Senior Community Organizer Dollie Brewer escorted eight community leaders to Springfield Wednesday to talk to legislators about maintaining support for key human services, including homeless youth and shelter programs.
Working with Mrs. Brewer (front, left) and Policy Specialist Jennifer Cushman, leaders met with 10 legislators serving on the Human Services Appropriations Committees in the State House and Senate.
Our leaders live at Deborah’s Place, Breakthrough Urban Ministries, and You Can Make It shelter, all in Chicago.
One couple on the trip also talked about being homeless for three years. Their names are on four housing waitlists, and when they are not in shelters, the couple stays with friends, relatives or even on the train.
Leaders met with State Sen. Donne Trotter, Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, Sen. Heather Steans and Sen. Mattie Hunter.
They also met with State Reps. Rep. La Shawn Ford, Rep. Robyn Gabel, Rep. Esther Golar, Rep. David Harris, Rep. Camille Lilly, and Rep. Elgie Sims (pictured below).