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.
Housing Forward would like to congratulate Lily Alter for two honors she is receiving this month! Lily was chosen to receive the Governor’s Service Award in the Youth Northeast category and as a Youth Hero by the American Red Cross.
Every day, Housing Forward transforms the lives of those in need by helping people meet their immediate housing and crisis needs, addressing health and income needs and transitioning individuals and families back to housing stability.
Funded by the Future Philanthropists Program of the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation the student council of the Mann School in Oak Park and other students have coordinated educational kits to be used by the children in our PADS Shelter along with birthday presents for the children in our housing programs.
As we transition into Spring, it is a great time to reflect on the impact we have had over the last year. In 2016, our generous supporters enabled us to assist 1,849 unique individuals with their housing crisis. Of our donors that contributed at least one financial gift in 2016, 5% have committed to supporting our mission with monthly contributions.
So why does BMO Harris support Housing Forward? “We take a long-term view of our responsibility to the community, doing what we can to help non-profits like Housing Forward, who are doing life-changing work on the ground,” says Alma Velasquez, Vice President of Community Affairs at BMO Harris. Cross got involved with Housing Forward because she has a strong belief that every person deserves a home. “Housing Forward’s mission is inspiring, their results are impactful, and the strides they continue to make in our communities is powerful.
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.