Rush Wellness Center at Facing Forward
The Wellness Center is a program that provides a wide range of services for Facing Forward residents with a focus on healthy eating and lifestyle choices. Some of the services include weekly health topics, healthy cooking demonstrations, health coaching, peer counseling, health screenings, nutrition counseling, respiratory health counseling, stress management workshops, self-esteem workshops, and exercise groups. The Wellness Center operates every Thursday evening in the community room at Sanctuary Place. http://ow.ly/i/4ETI9
Thank you to everyone that came out and attended Sanctuary Place’s 10th Anniversary Celebration! Special thanks to Walter Burnett, Jr., 27th Ward Alderman, John Pfeiffer, First Deputy Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Family and Supportive Services, Gladys Jordan, President of Interfaith Housing Development Corporation, and Rev. John Hobbs, former Executive Director at Facing Forward. Here’s to ten more years!
Sanctuary Place Class of 2003
November 16-24th is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Sanctuary Place is hosting an open house this Wednesday to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. Over the last ten years, Sanctuary Place has ended homelessness for over 150 women and families. It has provided them the opportunity for a second chance and the stability and support needed to work toward self sufficiency. The open house begins at 2 p.m., with a short program starting at 2:30 and tours to follow. We hope to see you there!
Facing Foward to End Homelessness would like to thank Wine Sergi Insurance for their continued support of the women and families of Facing Forward. Recently, Wine Sergi made a $1,000 donation to Facing Forward’s program to end homelessness. Additionally, Wine Sergi also coordinated a Winter Boot Drive to help provide our families with much need winter boots. We appreciate your support!
Bill Johnson, Facing Forward ED, receiving the donation from Wine Sergi
Wine Sergi staff and ED Bill Johnson with the Winter Boot Drive donations
Facing Forward’s Homeless Experience
Yesterday, Facing Forward to End Homelessness hosted a “homeless experience” for the middle schoolers and some parents from First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, a long-time supporter of Facing Forward.
The educational experience is designed to simulate in a small way the difficulties and obstacles that Chicago’s homeless face as they work to rebuild their lives and find permanent housing. Participants must navigate the shelter system, work to gain identification and proper documentation, take their children to school, find gainful employment and work toward their ultimate goal of securing permanent housing for their family.
It was a rewarding experience for Facing Forward as well as all the participants. Some photos of the day are available here.
Below are some comments from a few of the participants-
What did you learn from the experience?
“Being homeless is exhausting, frustrating, confusing and frightening.” - 6th grader
“I learned that it is very difficult to go from being homeless to having a job and finding a new home.” – 7th grader
What was most frustrating about the experience?
“Figuring out exactly what you needed to be able to get a job, ID card, etc. It was really hard when you just don’t know where to go for help.” – parent
“There is so much you need to do but it so hard when you have to take care of your children and then try to find a job. There was never enough time!” – 8th grader
Facing Forward provides this experience for groups of all ages. If you are interesting in learning more about our homeless experience, please contact Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-265-1207
Facing Forward would like to thank the Mendel and Moore families for their continued generosity and support of our organization. They were the winners of the Board of Director’s Prepared Dinner from last year’s 3H Social Live Auction. The dinner was this past Saturday and featured four courses with a “Tuscany” theme. Head chef and former Board member Doug Bradshaw created the menu and prepared and served the dinner with help from the rest of the Facing Forward Board of Directors. It was a great evening for everyone involved and we would like to once again thank everyone that participated as well as our gracious hosts, the Mendels and Moores. http://ow.ly/i/1WQSO