We are thrilled to be a beneficiary of The Surplus Project, an initiative launched by MacNeal Hospital, part of Loyola Medicine, to package excess hospital and cafeteria food for delivery to people experiencing homelessness and food insufficiency people in the area.
Each year, students in the 6th Grade Religious Education class at Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oak Park create a social justice project. The curriculum exposes them to the concept of social injustice and guides them to work together to research an issue they care about, choose a beneficiary and then decide what their action will be.
If you live in suburban Cook County and lost income due to COVID-19, know someone who has, or are a landlord with tenants struggling to pay rent—the deadline to apply has been extended to April 9 at 5pm. To learn about the eligibility requirements and documents needed to apply for rent and utility help visit www.cookcountyil.gov/recover or keep reading.
During the recent bitter cold 18 unsheltered individuals had a place to stay, three meals, and for those who wished—a chance to meet with a case manager. This was possible because many caring people helped set up, staff and provide what was needed in the space. A team of ten volunteers helped set up the center and forty volunteers provided coverage, along with staff members, and/or meals.
For several years, The Children’s School family has given generously to Housing Forward by packing hundreds of lunches for our clients. They do this because a large part of the school’s philosophy centers around a commitment to social justice and caring participation in their wider community.
When the Student Council at John Greenleaf Whittier School decided to focus their efforts locally this year, they started with Housing Forward. According to Leslie Weiss, one of the student council sponsors, any 4th or 5th grader at the Oak Park school who wanted to join the council was invited to participate.
These helpers and heroes brought us through a year like no other.
Kim and Anthony, two former Forest Park residents, will feel especially grateful this Thanksgiving Day because a year ago they were sleeping in a tent in a secluded part of the village and panhandling for money on the ramps where Harlem crosses I-290. Two weeks ago, they moved into an apartment.