We realize this is a challenging time. We are here to help.
As our nation continues to be impacted by the horrific death of George Floyd, and countless other Black and Brown lives lost caused by acts of violence, brutality and racism, Housing Forward stands in solidarity with those calling for justice and reform.
Not long after putting out a call on social media for face mask donations, we received a delivery of 1,000 cotton masks from Ruggable.
We are listening to our staff and our clients, and digesting the events that occurred over the past week and weekend.
This is Lalema Bakate, a valued member of the Housing Forward Outreach and Engagement Team. Lalema is an Engagement Specialist and according to Armando Smith, Director of Operations and Client Services, she is able to keep a shelter site running smoothly without ever raising her voice above a whisper.
When brothers Joe and Anthony Shaker, of Shaker Recruitment Marketing, told their Lake Street neighbor Veronica Ciobotaru, owner of Delia’s Kitchen, that they wanted to help those affected by COVID-19, a plan was hatched.
What do some of our regular PADS emergency shelter volunteers do when our clients have been relocated due to COVID-19, and are sheltered in place in several locations?
Long before our PADS shelter program was moved from regular locations to individual accommodations, a volunteer at First United Church of Oak Park noticed that when many clients used the restrooms to clean up in the evening, they entered in bare feet.