PADS Shelter Volunteers Creative New Ways to Make a Difference

Monday, May 18th, 2020

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?

Flipping Over Donated Flip Flops

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

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.

Two Popular Midwestern Tastes Combine to Form a Partnership and Feed the Homeless

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

This past weekend, Hidden Valley Ranch and Gino’s East of Wheaton and Gino’s East of South Barrington partnered to respond to the needs of people who have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan came together when Sarah Dolan, a member of the Housing Forward Board of Directors, connected the Maywood nonprofit agency with offers of help from the makers of Hidden Valley Ranch, and two Gino’s East franchises.

Our clients need cloth face masks.

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Housing Forward Community Health Nurse Deirdre Kassay interacts regularly with clients—both those staying in temporary accommodations—and our existing clients in supportive housing. In order to comply with new Illinois rules now in effect, and for their protection as well as staff and meal delivery volunteers, she has put out a call for donated cloth face masks.

Senior Corps Member continues to answer the call.

Saturday, April 25th, 2020
Senior Corps Member Etta working in Support Center

Etta Martin is serving her second year as a Senior Corps member with Housing Forward. She is enthusiastic in her praise of the organization and remains committed to serving its mission to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability.

AmeriCorps Members Team Up to Deliver More Than Just Food

Friday, April 24th, 2020
Housing Forward AmeriCorps Members deliver food.

Demetrius Lowery and Calvin Jefferson, who we at Housing Forward affectionately call Team DC, have been consistently providing meals to clients who have been moved from a rotating overnight emergency shelter program to individual 24/7 accommodations so they can safely “shelter in place” during the corona outbreak. The number of people being served has grown from 64 to 104 over the past month. This is nearly double the number we would be serving in our regular shelters.

Oak Park Stay-Home Marathon Fundraiser

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

This weekend, April 25-26, the Straughan family of Oak Park is planning to run a fundraising marathon in their back yard and will split all the funds raised between Housing Forward and Beyond Hunger. Anton Straughan was inspired when he watched a YouTube video of a man in Cheltenham, England running a marathon for charity in his back yard that raised over $40K for the UK National Health Service. It took him more than one thousand trips back and forth in his 20 ft. yard to complete the feat.

With Much Help, Housing Forward is Providing More Than 1600 Client Meals Each Week

Monday, April 13th, 2020
Gaetano's helps to feed Housing Forward clients.

Every weekday, each of our 78 clients, many of whom were moved from the rotating PADS shelter sites to individual accommodations, receive breakfast and lunch donated by our volunteers, and dinner from local caterers. On weekends, meals are provided by one local restaurant.