On Friday, June 9, Sarah Dolan, Housing Forward Board Member and owner and instructor of the Maiden Street Irish Dance Academy, hosted a benefit dance performance at St. Vincent Ferrar Church in River Forest. More than 100 parents and families attended this special night of true Irish celebration of dance and music with all class levels participating for a fun night fundraising. The event raised more than $1650 in support of Housing Forward and our mission to end homelessness.
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.
On April 17th, past attendees of the Progressive Dinner may be surprised by a major event change. During this unique dining experience, guests enjoy three courses at three Oak Park restaurants. This year, two new venues will be featured- Oak Park Brewing Company for appetizers and Live Café for desserts. “We are hoping that switching up the venues will give those that have been coming to this event for many years a renewed experience,” says Janet Gow, Director of Development and Communications.
With the 2017 Have-a-Heart Gala completed, we'd like to thank everyone who attended the event for making it a truly special night and tribute to our 25th Anniversary.
K.R. came to Housing Forward in June of this year after losing her home and fleeing a volatile situation. She had been staying in a family shelter in the city when she called our Homeless Prevention call center. As she had already lost her home, she was referred to Jessica in our Rapid Re-Housing Program. K.R. had managed to keep her new job, but had to work part-time between the commute from the city and two children to care for – one with special needs.
AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they provide pathways to opportunity for people entering or re-entering the workforce. AmeriCorps members learn valuable work skills, earn money for education and develop an appreciation for citizenship. Housing Forward’s AmeriCorps program focuses on assisting clients with basic needs and encouraging access to services and housing.
Check out our career opportunities for open positions and to apply: housingforward.org/about-us/jobs
We are grateful to Chris Mickens and Marty Vernon, for chairing this event and we’d like to thank those that competed to defeat homelessness and attended our 6th Annual Trivia Night on July 13 at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn. We exceeded our income goals and set a new attendance record that evening! Duking it out with a “Rock, Paper, Scissors” contest to break the tie, coming in 1st Place was Team “Sharp Dressed Sharp Minds” to defeat 2nd place “Team Blah Blah”. Rounding up the winners was 3rd Place Team "Where The **** Are My Keys?".
On May 24, the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held at the 19th Century Club in Oak Park to recognize and reward the 1000+ loyal volunteers that help Housing Forward bring programs and services to those in need in our community.
Two of the most exciting political stand-up comics working today will be performing at DePaul University's Merle Reskin Theatre in downtown Chicago on May 20, 2016 at 7pm in order to raise money for Housing Forward. The tickets are $30, and they are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets. Click here to get yours today! All proceeds from this event benefit Housing Forward.
Fresh from CNN's new hit show, United Shades of America, W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian whose new one-hour comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro, also debuted on Showtime last month.