Volunteer Trainings & Point-in-time Homelessness Count

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

New Volunteer Shelter orientation, Saturday, January 5th  10am – 11:30am

New Volunteer Shelter orientation, Thursday, January 17th  7pm - 8:30pm

Extra Emergency Shelter volunteers needed over the holidays

Thursday, December 13th, 2018
Extra holiday helpers needed.

We are grateful to our regular shelter volunteer shelter teams and host sites for welcoming clients for extra time during the holidays. We will have staff on duty but appreciate greatly extra volunteer support during the times underlined below.

Volunteers Needed for 2019 Point-in-Time Homeless Count on January 30th: Let's make everyone count.

Thursday, December 13th, 2018
Point-in-Time Home Count 2019

The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County is the coordinator of a federally mandated homeless count that occurs every other year. During this single night, over one hundred volunteers canvass the streets in groups of three or four and attempt to count every person living outside in suburban Cook.

Meet Etta Martin, our new Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator and an AmeriCorps member

Thursday, December 13th, 2018
Etta Martin, new Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

This month, our Volunteer Spotlight section features a new staff member we'd like you to know. Since starting at Housing Forward last month, Etta has really hit the ground running. With a leadership position open on the volunteer program team, the learning curve has been steep, but she’s proving to be up for it.

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.