For National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, a coalition of Chicago-based homeless service providers and advocates will host an hour-long candlelight vigil and memorial service to remember Chicagoans who died this year without a home.
Many thanks for your generous support on Giving Tuesday, a global day of charitable giving held Nov. 29. We sought to raise $8,000, and by day’s end, 89 donors generously gave $8,755, surpassing our goal by 9%. We are so grateful!
We’re also thankful for our youngest donor, Peninah. Accompanied by her mother, Anika, the 5-year-old donated $215.58 to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH), most of it earned running a hot cider stand Sunday in her South Side neighborhood.
Four years after graduating, Jayme Robinson is back at Schurz High School, helping students who are homeless like she was.
Jayme, 22, works for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless as an AmeriCorps VISTA organizer. One of her projects is to mentor homeless students, including teens at her alma mater on the Northwest Side. Along with group meetings, Jayme talks one-on-one with teens about their lives and plans for the future.
Chicago Public School layoffs of more than 500 teachers and 500 support staff will disproportionately impact homeless students. Last school year, CPS identified 18,831 homeless students, which was 4.8% of its total enrollment.
Taishi Neuman wanted to help other families coping with homelessness. First homeless herself at age 15, she experienced homelessness again after multiple sclerosis left her unable to continue work as a nursing home assistant.
Still, Taishi thought she was too quiet to speak up.
Have you see this digital short story by Wayne Richard? Wayne is CCH’s associate organizing director for training development. His work includes running Horizons, an outreach program that encourages shelter residents to express themselves through creative writing. About 100 people participate each year, most of them mothers living at family shelters in Chicago.
We are grateful to you for supporting our community organizers, policy experts and legal aid attorneys who are fighting to end the cycle of extreme poverty and homelessness. Together, we can ensure the development of effective solutions to the issues faced by the ever-growing number of homeless families, youth and adults.