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.
21 students registered as homeless in District 91
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.
This past week, five Supportive Housing clients, and members of Housing Forward staff traveled south to Springfield for the Supportive Housing Providers Association (SHPA) 2018 Annual Meeting & Fall Conference.
During the month of November, every Giving Bag sold at the Fresh Thyme located at: 7501 North Ave., River Forest will generate an automatic $1 donation to support PADS Shelter, unless otherwise directed by the Giving Tag attached to the bag. Fresh Thyme Giving Bags can be found on the reusable bag rack and at various registers.
Lynda Schueler, Executive Director of Housing Forward, said that by mid-November her staff will be turning some homeless people away from their shelters. There is a seasonal dynamic.
"Homelessness is a 365-day-a-year problem," she explained, "but the numbers seeking our services do tend to dip in summer. Some people prefer to sleep outside." Housing Forward made a decision 27 years ago to invest their limited resources in an emergency shelter that would be open mid-September to mid-May.
Armando Smith, Director of Operations & Client Services, traveled to Bloomington, Illinois for the 2018 Housing Matters! Conference, entitled “Leading the Way ” October 25-26. He joins nearly 300 individuals and organizations who care about expanding and protecting affordable housing and ending homelessness in Illinois.
Mutual Appreciation Continues Between Housing Forward and Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township
The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township recently awarded its 2018 Community Partners Award to BUILD Chicago, Opportunity Knocks, Riveredge Hospital, and Housing Forward. The award acknowledges agencies and community members dedicated to helping make the community stronger & healthier.