We are pleased to recognize the generous donors in our top sponsorship tiers for this year's Housing Forward Have-a-Heart Gala on February 23rd. Their leadership level support means a great deal to us. There is still time to buy ads in our program book, sponsor tables and of course, buy tickets for the event. We are also extremely pleased to welcome Colin Donnell as our host for the evening.
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.
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.
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.
We are almost half way through the regular shelter season but it's not too late to pick up a shift!
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.