Our work is largely made possible by vital volunteers who lend an open heart and a helping hand. Housing Forward recognizes volunteers as "everyday heroes" who come from all walks of life and all ages with something special to offer. This month, we’d like to spotlight Jon Fjortoft.
Linda was 50 and had been living in an unattached garage for 3 years when her chronic lung condition sent her to the emergency room. The hospital social worker connected with Housing Forward’s Street Outreach & Engagement team to see if Housing Forward could help her.
More than ten years ago, Frank and Mary Pellegrini began volunteering with St. Giles Parish for the dinner shift at First United Methodist Church PADS Shelter site. They both grew up in the Oak Park and Forest Park area and believed it was important to be involved in their local community.
In early March, the President laid out a list of potential agencies that could face budget cuts. AmeriCorps and Serve Illinois were among those that were facing major cuts. Housing Forward relies upon this funding to staff 12 positions in our programs.
On Monday, April 17, Housing Forward welcomed more than 200 guests to the annual Progressive Dinner to help those in the community that are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.
The Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity has released a new paper about integrating rapid re-housing and employment.
The summer Transitional Shelter program is designed to foster self-sufficiency for clients that are on an employment or educational track with a combination of short-term shelter and supportive services in order to rapidly re-house individuals who are homeless in west suburban Cook County.
Please join us as we honor all of our volunteers at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Program Thursday, May 25th. The dinner will be held at the 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park, from 6pm-8pm.