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.
If you live Oak Park or River Forest, you are invited to take a survey to help decide future public health priorities, including those for behavioral health and developmental disabilities.
Current volunteer openings in our PADS Shelter for the following days and shifts:
We need volunteers to provide breakfast on Wednesday, March 29, at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 W. Lake Street, Oak Park. The site capacity is generally 60 clients.
Last night of PADS Shelter
Please note that the last night of Emergency Shelter will be Thursday, May 11th at First United Methodist Church.
Last week we celebrated National AmeriCorps Week. Beyond showing appreciation for our AmeriCorps members, it was an opportunity to increase awareness of the valuable contributions AmeriCorps members make to our communities and country. Housing Forward would like to thank our 13 members serving here and hosted at our partner agencies, BEDS Plus and the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.
Housing Forward, in partnership with 30-plus stakeholders, is a leader in the efforts of the Oak Park Homelessness Coalition (OPHC). After launching a Plan of Action, the OPHC continues to meet quarterly to develop strategies and solutions to combat homelessness. As a commitment to this effort, Housing Forward has integrated plan strategies into our 3-year strategic plan and will support this initiative through our agency's 25 years of experience and expertise.