Wednesday Journal 2020 Villagers of the Year

Friday, January 8th, 2021

These helpers and heroes brought us through a year like no other.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

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.

What a Community!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

We are an amazing community! The outpouring of support from donors, congregational groups, organizations, and small businesses throughout the COVID crisis has, frankly, stunned us. The unwavering support since March allowed Housing Forward to respond swiftly to keep those experiencing homelessness safe. We are humbled and deeply appreciative of all those who have offered assistance, encouragement, and stepped up to help neighbors who are among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Sojourner House Celebrates its First Anniversary

Saturday, September 5th, 2020

Exactly one year ago today, September 5, 2019, Housing Forward unveiled Sojourner House, its next step toward ending homelessness. Based in Oak Park, this interim housing and medical respite program is the first of its kind in suburban Cook County.

Thanks to National Express Transit, We Are Really Going Places

Sunday, August 9th, 2020
Staff members with donated van.

CDT, owned by National Express Transit (NEXT), recently delivered a passenger van they have donated to our agency. It is the first vehicle we have ever owned and will greatly lessen our dependence on rental trucks and staff vehicles. We are grateful to Delilah Strickland, a member of our Board of Directors, who generously made this gift possible through her employer.

A Hotel-to-Home Kit Finds Its Way Home

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Imagine moving to a new apartment when everything you own fits in several grocery bags. That is the experience of many of those we’re serving through the Hotel-to-Home Initiative.

Since each Hotel-to-Home Kit has a story, we’re sharing how one kit came into being.

“Hotel to Home” Project Meets Bat Mitzvah Project

Friday, July 10th, 2020

The UPS driver stops regularly at the Weiss’ house in Oak Park. Inside, boxes of donated household items are piled up—filling their living room and spilling out into hallways.