Volunteers are an essential part of the PADS Emergency shelter program which operates from September to May providing a place to sleep and three meals, 7 nights a week at 11 rotating sites in host congregregations in Berwyn, Forest Park and Oak Park for between 20 and 60 people in the midst of a housing crisis.
Forest Park Baptist Church is coming on board as a Monday night secondary shelter site in January.
As my service year as an AmeriCorps member has come to an end, I reflect on my experience at Beyond Hunger – one of Housing Forward’s partner agencies.
Our biggest fundraising event of the year is less than 2 months away. Join us Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Aon Grand Ballroom on Navy Pie with our special guest host Jim O'Heir.
Tony Martinez, President and CEO of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, delivered a check recently in the amount of $10,000.
Holly, the program manager at Sojourner House, learned recently that one of the children living there was about to celebrate her birthday.
Our 27th PADS Emergency Shelter season is off to a strong start, but we need more volunteers!
Andrew had been homeless for more than three years before he became the first resident at Sojourner House. His 72 year life story includes many ‘ups’ and ‘downs', from a business running antique shows, to owning a private plane and a vacation home in New Zealand, to financial decline and the eventual loss of his home.