Still MANY impactful ways to volunteer in the shelter

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
Shelter diningroom

We are almost half way through the regular shelter season but it's not too late to pick up a shift!

Honoring Schueler's 20 years of service

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

On Nov. 2, 1998 Lynda Schueler began working at Tri-Village PADS (now Housing Forward) as manager of Volunteer Services. She joined six other employees working in two rooms of a church basement in Maywood. Much of the work in those days was done by a small, hardy band of volunteers and a determined board of trustees (most often the same people) concerned about a growing population experiencing homelessness in the area. Nothing has been the same around here ever since.

The faces of homelessness in Forest Park

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

21 students registered as homeless in District 91

Adar's Homecoming

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Adar is finally stably housed after living under bridges, in stranger's cars, on sidewalks, in doorways, in woods and at times couch surfing for almost 3 years. After being homelessness once before, Adar had made a promise to himself to stay on the straight and narrow to avoid being in that position ever again. He had a steady job as massage therapist, a car and an apartment, but after a break-up depression hit. He wanted be a "normal guy” but things quickly fell apart.

SHPA 2018 Annual Meeting & Fall Conference: Working Together, We Can Accomplish Anything

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

This past week, five Supportive Housing clients, and members of Housing Forward staff traveled south to Springfield for the Supportive Housing Providers Association (SHPA) 2018 Annual Meeting & Fall Conference.

Special Fresh Thyme Market Giving Bags Hold Shelter Donations

Monday, November 12th, 2018

During the month of November, every Giving Bag sold at the Fresh Thyme located at: 7501 North Ave., River Forest will generate an automatic $1 donation to support PADS Shelter, unless otherwise directed by the Giving Tag attached to the bag. Fresh Thyme Giving Bags can be found on the reusable bag rack and at various registers.

Housing Forward Needs more shelter sites

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Lynda Schueler, Executive Director of Housing Forward, said that by mid-November her staff will be turning some homeless people away from their shelters. There is a seasonal dynamic.

"Homelessness is a 365-day-a-year problem," she explained, "but the numbers seeking our services do tend to dip in summer. Some people prefer to sleep outside." Housing Forward made a decision 27 years ago to invest their limited resources in an emergency shelter that would be open mid-September to mid-May.

2018 Housing Matters! Conference Underway

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Armando Smith, Director of Operations & Client Services, traveled to Bloomington, Illinois for the 2018 Housing Matters! Conference, entitled “Leading the Way ” October 25-26. He joins nearly 300 individuals and organizations who care about expanding and protecting affordable housing and ending homelessness in Illinois.

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