2011 Annual Report - How-Inc.org


2011 Annual Report - How-Inc.org

2012 Calendar

Empowering women, children and families to break the

cycle of poverty and homelessness since 1983.

Dear Friends,

Getting down to the business at hand, 2011 marked our most

successful year to date.

For women accessing placement services at our Center

for Working Women, the average wage increased by 20%.

In addition, 36 completed their GED’s or graduated from

college with their Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees.

Nearly 95% of the women and families in our Permanent

Supportive Housing Program either retained their housing

with HOW or graduated to independent permanent housing.

Nearly 600 children were served through a wide array

of programs, from safe housing to on-site tutoring and


Through competitive awards, HOW’s budget increased by

10%, allowing our work to continue to grow--including a

new project to serve chroncically homeless families.

Approximately 400 households maintained stable housing

and avoided the emergency shelter system through HOW’s

homelessness prevention efforts.

And thanks to your partnerships, there are more successes on the

horizon! Thank you for all you do to move our mission forward.

Best wishes,

Britt Shawver, CEO James Fox, Board President

2011 Annual Report

Board of Directors


James Fox, President

Pearlmark Real Estate Partners

Victoria Donati, Vice President

Crate & Barrel

G. Marie Leaner, Secretary

Keller Williams Realty

Jennifer Des Groseilliers, Treasurer

Ameriprise Financial

John Moore, Immediate Past President

Environmental Law & Policy Center

Britt Shawver, Chief Executive Officer

Housing Opportunities for Women


Linda Bursic

Pearlmark Real Estate Partners

Kristin Condon

Jones Lang LaSalle

Ron Damasauskas

CES Partners, Ltd.

Brad Denny


Wanda Denton

Grant Thornton LLP

John Gekas

Gekas Law LLP

Sylvie Légère

PMP, Consultant

Rachel Lei

GATX Corporation

Robert McGhee

US Bank

Darcel Pickett

Illinois Department of Human Services

Leah Schleicher

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg

Paoola Sefair

Cisco Systems

Melanie Walker

Sidley Austin LLP

Erica Zolner

Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Doris Adelstein

Chicago Community Trust (ret.)

Mary Dillon

U.S. Cellular

Laura Ricketts

Chicago Cubs, EcoTravel LLC

Donna Welch

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Leadership and Innovation

For the last 29 years, Housing Opportunities for Women has been rooted in Rogers Park and dedicated to ending the cycle

of poverty and homelessness for women, children and families across Chicago. During this time, HOW’s leadership has

ushered in a number of advances and innovations including the community integration model of housing development

which builds on the pioneering housing first approach, homelessness prevention strategies and the expansion of affordable

supportive housing in Illinois. Today, we continue to be at the forefront of a national movement, working towards our mission

through three primary strategies including permanent housing, homelessness prevention and career and education services.

In fiscal year 2011, HOW stabilized 1,491 individuals, including 581 children. “This record-breaking outcome is a reflection of

the success found in working together with our investors and community partners to meet the ever increasing need for our

services” said Britt Shawver, HOW’s Chief Executive Officer.




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Martin Luther

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Permanent Supportive


Women who enter HOW’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program are

confronted with a variety of barriers. Last year, forty-seven percent faced

chronic health issues and disabilities, thirty-nine percent survived domestic

violence, thirty-seven percent tackled and addressed mental illness, thirty-seven percent

recovered from substance abuse and twenty-nine percent worked to address criminal

backgrounds. Intensive case management is crucial in assisting women and families to

overcome their individual barriers and begin their path to economic independence and


HOW Case Managers assist each client in developing vital life skills to rebuild their

community network. Group time and individual counseling focus on improving

fundamental self management and advocacy skills. One of the primary areas of focus is

money management. All clients receive individualized budget counseling and are invited

to participate in All My Money workshops. This eight-week course hosts an average of

four to five clients per session. “Our goal is to provide financial literacy for low-income

people on limited budgets, and for most of our participants this is a first time experience

to focus on topics such as budgeting, credit management and bankruptcy,” said Lois

George, HOW Case Manager. In addition to skills-building workshops, HOW offers clients

opportunities to bond. Monthly socials and breakfasts encourage women, children

and families to build relationships with one another and consequently with their

communities. “It is our priority to assist our clients in creating positive and productive

interactions,” stated Martha Juarez, moderator to a new HOW program called Healthy

Relationships. This eight-week course focuses on forming relationships with community,

family and service providers. In its inaugural year, HOW saw course participants make

tremendous strides such as reaching out to family members and first time attendance at

a HOW program.

Overall, our staff and services have enabled 92 percent of the women and families

in HOW’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program to either achieve independent

permanent housing upon program graduation, or retain their own housing with HOW.

The average length of stay for HOW Permanent Supportive Housing clients is three years.



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Valentine’s Day

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Health and wellness programming plays a crucial role in

stabilizing the lives of HOW clients. “Many of the women we serve either

have never been to a doctor or have not been to see one in a very long

time” shared Lakethia Conner, HOW’s Patient Navigator.

In 2010, HOW was able to dedicate special funds for the first time towards dental

and vision services for the women and children in our programs. Twenty-two

uninsured clients received comprehensive dental procedures and an additional

73 people obtained full vision exams. To provide easier access to health care,

Conner also coordinated monthly on-site visits with a nurse practitioner from

the Heartland Alliance. This service offers wellness exams within a clinical

setting geared towards improved quality of life for clients. Further, to enhance

the general mental and physical well-being of the women in our programs, a

six-week course called HOW Smart was instituted to cover topics such as stress

management, sexual health, the role of alcohol in relationships and aging well.

Yoga was also introduced for the first time in 2011 and is offered weekly for

clients and staff alike.

Recovery support groups take place once a week and follow the 12 Step Program

model. Discussions focus on recovery in the context of relationships, grief and

loss, daily living and more. Since more than half of HOW clients struggle with

drug or alcohol addiction, groups and individualized case management provide

the additional support and sense of community necessary in recovery.

Lastly, in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles and camaraderie, a five-week

course, Peer Chef, is offered throughout the year. While the goal is to encourage

women to make healthier meals while shopping on a budget, the bonding that

takes place becomes central. “You don’t need to send out reminders to come

to class, participants share phone numbers and look out for one another” said

Simonia Staton, HOW Case Manager. The peer chef, Lynn Gist, has led the last five

courses inspiring fellow clients to enroll in culinary programs.HOW also receives

fruits and veggies from the Greater Chicago Food Depository twice a month to

support our healthy lifestyles programming.

Health and Wellness



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Daylight Savings

Time Begins

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First Day of Spring

HOW’s 29th


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St. Patrick’s Day

Career and Education Services

The Center for Working Women’s (CWW) mission is to provide comprehensive career services to HOW clients and to women in our

surrounding community who earn between $10,000 and $40,000. The Center assists clients in overcoming barriers to employment

by emphasizing career advancement and using a holistic, team approach. Case management, trainings and access to services and

technology are just several examples of the tools we draw upon. In the last year, the Center enrolled over 100 new clients who completed

vocational trainings, certifications or enrolled in school. Additionally, 36 women obtained their GEDs or graduated from college with their

Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees to enhance their long term income potential.

Last year the Center facilitated over 10 workshops to address existing barriers of those we serve. Training themes were strategic and

included employer call center instruction, online job application assistance, basic computer skills, mock interview practice and resume

writing. Partnerships were crucial to this process. North Side Community Federal Credit Union helped participants to open bank accounts

and concurrently offered financial literacy trainings; Bethel New Life ran a matched savings program toward the purchase of a home; and

Heartland Alliance IDEA Initiative provided individual financial consultation for female-headed households. The Center is excited to share

that the average wage increase was 20 percent for those placed in employment and average credit scores improved as well.

The Community Partners Board, created and facilitated by the Center, is an important component of the CWW strategic plan. Its continued

growth to 26 member agencies is crucial to improving access to employment assistance. Members of the board provide services such as

child care, business attire and transportation in an effort to make sure clients are well supported in their employment search. Additionally,

staff developed more than 12 employer partner relationships to identify job placements for the Center’s clients. The excellent work of CWW

has been recognized by the City of Chicago as a Community Development Block Grant recipient. CWW is also a beneficiary of employment

grants from the Polk Bros., Eleanor, J. Jill, Ameriprise Financial and Dewan Foundations.




April Fool’s Day



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Good Friday;

Passover begins at


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Earth Day

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Events and Celebrations

This year’s gala dinner and auction, HOW Very Exceptional, took place at The

Field Museum and hosted over 400 guests raising a record-breaking $220,000.

“We are truly humbled by the support of our donors, friends and family. In the

last four years, this event has doubled in both the amount of money raised and the

number of guests May due to their continued belief in our mission” reflected James Fox,

HOW Board President.

HOW would like to thank our Honorary Chair, Emery Moorehead, 1985 Super Bowl

Champion and Chairman of North Shore Barrington Board of REALTORS for sharing

the value of building tools necessary to be successful and self-sufficient; the evening’s

Emcee, Val Warner, Host of Windy City Live, for making the evening unforgettable

with her energy, humor and compassion; and our Presenting Sponsor, Kirkland & Ellis

LLP for their on-going participation and support of our mission. Most of all, HOW

would like to thank the evening’s honored guest and client, Denise Charleston, and

her family for sharing her personal story of strength and perseverance as she builds a

new life for herself and children.

This last winter, HOW volunteers Gretchen Oschman and Jennifer Greenow,

coordinated a family fundraiser Beat the Winter Blues at the Skokie Theatre. The

evening’s entertainment, Marcus Gentry, belted out 50’s and 60’s classics including

Elvis, The Drifters, Ray Charles and more. Staff, friends and guests rocked out both

in the audience and on stage in honor of HOW’s life-saving work. The highlight of

the evening came with a testimonial by HOW client, Tracy Saunders, who shared

the challenges in stabilizing both her own life and her daughters. HOW would like

to thank Al Curtis, manager of the Skokie Theater, for his assistance in planning the




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Memorial Day

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Cinco de Mayo

Advocacy and Outreach

Advocacy is a necessary part of HOW’s work in Chicago for several reasons. First and foremost, we provide a voice for those we serve

and secondly, we seek to better coordinate our own service delivery across the city. Crucial partnerships with groups such as the

Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness ensure that we draw attention and awareness to our work in the community by sharing best

practices with other groups, remaining informed of policy shifts and providing a unified voice along with nearly seventy other homeless

services organizations. HOW is proud to report that last year we had four employees engaged in various committees with the Alliance.

HOW is also an active member of the Supportive Housing Provider’s Association (SHPA), a statewide membership-based group comprised

of nonprofit service and housing providers. SHPA is unique in its dedication to providing a combined voice for supportive housing groups

on both the state and federal levels. This relationship assists HOW and other similar organizations advocate for necessary intensive case

management service dollars from the State of Illinois. Currently, HOW has one staff member who sits on SHPA’s board of directors and many

others who participate in committees and other vital meetings and initiatives.

Advocacy does not stop with HOW staff. We also encourage our clients to find their own voice as well. To that end, HOW hosts a Tenant

Advisory Board to empower our clients to take an active part in their own advocacy. This group of clients meets once a month with the

goal of remaining informed about their community. “We want to encourage both a dialogue amongst the women and the development of

subsequent actions that they can accomplish themselves,” shared LaShun Reed, HOW Housing Specialist. All concerns and activities of the

group are also reported quarterly to the HOW board of directors to better improve operations and services.



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Center for

Working Women

3rd Anniversary


Father’s Day

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First Day of


Flag Day

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HOW Very at The

Field Museum


July 1, 2010--June 30, 2011

$400,000 +

Chicago Department of Family & Support


US Department of Housing and Urban


Illinois Department of Human Services


AIDS Foundation of Chicago

City of Chicago Department of Housing

Eleanor Foundation


Chicago Department of Public Health

Polk Bros. Foundation


Pierce Family Charitable Foundation


Ameriprise Financial

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Helen Brach Foundation

Cubs Care Foundation

Higher Gear

J. Jill Compassion Fund

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Foundation

Nuveen Investments

W.P. & H.B. White Foundation

The Irvin Stern Foundation

Verizon Wireless



Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Judy Family Foundation

James and Marsha Fox

Freeborn & Peters LLP

Ellen and Eric Friedler

John and Jami Gekas

Gekas Law Firm LLP

George M. Eisenberg Foundation

Sonny Ginsberg and Heather Moore

Richard Godfrey

Bruce Gorchow and Marie Fioramonte

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jennifer and Bryce Greenow

Lorna Grothe Shawver

Joanne McClure Hoff and Kevin Hoff

Carol Anne and Bart Huff

Kraft Employee Involvement Program

Legal People

Sylvie Légère and Todd Ricketts

Rachel and Richard Lei

Tom and Anne Morel

Nicor Gas

North Shore Community Bank

North Shore-Barrington Association of


Jennifer Reiners

Mario and Debbie Retondo

Marc Rosenthal and Angela Elbert

Paoola Sefair and Gokce Tezel

Lawrence Shawver

Sidley Austin, LLP


Kathryn Taylor and Stephen Bylciw

Test Positive Aware Network

The Private Bank

Trinity Lutheran Church

Melanie Walker and Chad Belfor

Marland Webb

Winnetka Congregational Church

Joseph and Emily Wisniewski

Melissa and Jeff Ross

Matthew and Jillian Ryan

Catherine and John Sharp

Cathy and Conrad Sheehan

Maraya and Paul Steadman

Kiley Strauss and Matt Stevenson

Jodi and Bryan Stuart

Dean Tatooles

Anne and Greg Taubeneck

Carolyn Tripp

Jill and Tom Wittekind

Erica and Derek Zolner


Christopher Allen and Virginia S. Holbert

William Alston and Chevonne Herring

Mary Lou Andrews

David and Maluwa Behringer

Kay Berkson and Sidney Hollander

Maurice and Sally Blanks

Esme and Pedro Borrero

Eugene and Kathryn Boyle

Walter Carlson and Debora De Hoyos

Devon Bank

Dana and Brendan Dorais

Sharon Eiseman

Sari and Andrew Enschede

Kellye Fabian

Peter Falconer

Thomas Fitzgibbon

Yolanda Gamboa and Cesar Gutierrez

Sally and John Gimpert

Stephen Gladden

Deborah Golden

Catherine and David Goldhaber

Dave and Samantha Gordon

Lawrence and Molly Griffin

Dennis Hammer and Sandra Dilla-Hammer

Arthur and Nicole Herbst

AT&T United Way Employee Giving


Ann and David Baker

Chris Bandurski

Bank of America Matching Gifts

Paula Basta

Pam and Jerry Belfor

Ann and Malvin Bergart

Cynthia Bergmann and Anthony


Sharen Berman

Dorian Bezanis and Deborah Hirsch Bezanis

Kathleen and Matthew Blouin

Gerry and Rosie Bonar

Heidi Bonfield

Tom and Jaclyn Boras

Peter and Susan Brown

Gelene Brown

Sharon Brubaker and Judy Mattoon

Edward and Barbara Burns

Nicole Burt

Gloria Callaci and Lawrence Suffredin

Mary Childers and Ben Gish

Linton Childs

Marilyn Christensen

Nancy and Bill Colman

Trisha Connolly and Chuck Wasserburg

Tom and Mindi Craddock

Avril Crawford

Cynthia Dodge

Mimi Doll and Aaron Modica

Calib and Nina Donnell

Robert and Laura Donoghue

Rich and Alice Dory

Kate Duffy

Cathy and Jay Dumphy

Stephanie Elam

Gary Elden and Phyllis Mandler

David and Ann Erie

Patrick and Anna M. Cudahy Fund

John Moore

GATX Corporation

Donna Welch


Dr. Scholl Foundation

Earling Fund


Harry Gottlieb and Brenda Fowler

Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Pearlmark Real Estate Partners

Pierce & Asscociates

Matthew E. Steinmetz

The Seabury Foundation

Turner Construction Company

US Bank

Urban Innovations



Eric and Gail Adelstein

Doris and Harvey Adelstein

Akzo Nobel, Inc.

Matt and Alyssa Albers

Baird & Warner Good Will Network

Larry Berlin

Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation

Jennifer and Charles Botchway

Lauren and Brian Breit

Darlene and Michael Buenzow

Linda Bursic (Misetic) and Mike Misetic

Pam and Howard Conant

Chris and Steve Cusack

Sue W. Dedmond

Bradley and Katherine Denny

Dewan Foundation

Victoria and Peter Donati

Thomas Dutton and Liz Michaels


Don Alan

Jennifer Aubrey

Dr. and Mrs. William and Donna Barrows

Martha and Tim Boudos

John and Sarabess Cahill

Amalya and Christopher Campbell

Nichole and Aaron Charfoos

Chicago Spirit Brigade, Inc.

Jeff and Kim Cohen

John and Dawn Collins

Creative Designs

O.S.B. Benedictine Sisters of Chicago

Monica and Michael Duffy

Elizabeth L. Joksimovic Memorial


Bethany and Kevin Feeley

Alison and Bill Fitzgerald

Beth and Todd Flaming

Ryan and Anjie Folkening

Zach Fox and Dena Rubenstein

Kim Frankovich

Brandon and Tracy Frein

Mary and Bryan Funkhouser

Joanne Haas

Kathy and Kevin Josephson

Vinnie and Sumeet Kanwar

Jules and Judith Kirshner

Josh and Monica Kline

Scott and Janet LeVee

Charles and Erin Loeher

Barrington Lopez

Midwest Bank & Trust

Christine and Michael Mulligan

Brent and Gretchen Nord

Nat and Summer Piggee

Larry and Anita Pusateri

Laurie Regenbogen and Bruce Fleisher

David and Alicia Resnicoff

George and LeeAnn Huebner

Jerry Janis

Brian Kavanaugh and Julie Koca

Michael and Jennifer Kelber

Michael and Irene Kelly

Mike and Marcena Love

Mary Beth and Lou Manfredini

Mercedes McFarland and Jackson Thomas

Sonia and Raj Menon

Ana Misetic

Russell and Carole Moroz

Mike Newman and Katrina Van Valkenburgh

Tom Niedoborski

Dan and Rebecca Nilson

Pamela Lee Peters and Michael Hughes

Corinne Peterson

Jason Pierce and Julia Zamudio

Lisa and David Pilotto

Vincent Porter and Sarah Flotte

Zora Ristanovic

Alice Rooks and Philip Pulliam

Kristen and Steve Seeger

Corey Shapiro and Ashlee Bergin

Berta Shapiro and John Friedland

Jeff and Elizabeth Sharer

Britt Shawver

Kristi and Ray Sitki

Skokie Theatre

Carol Spartz

Ryan Sylvan

Andrea and Joe Teunessen

Tom Underberg and Jessica Mandel

Teresa and Seth Vamos

Bronna Wasserman and Ken Seeskin

Sandra and Douglas Youngren


Judith A. Aiello and Maurice Fantus

Melissa Ammarell

Curtis Evans and Annette Wallace

Mariam Farah and John Boyle

Elias Fernandez and April Garrett

Pam and Stephen Fitzell

Sabiena and Richard Foster

Veronica Frausto and Rachel Thomas

Mary Fry

Ruth Fuerst and James Block

Sara Gentry

Caroline Girgis

Rick and Alice Godfrey

Gene and Jo Anne Gottfried

Tamara Gray Jain

Sandra and Eston Gross

Kate Grossman and Peter Fidler

Tess Grote

Josie Guth

Rhondda Hartman

Jordan Heinz

Rhona Hoffman

Sue Holbert

Jim Holland and Nancy Hahn

Richard and Gina Houghton-Larsen

Lisa Ibarra

Gloria Jackson

Kim Kaulas

Matthew and Leigh Kennelly

Denise Kenny

Steve and Christina Knox

Scott and Lura Lackie

Joanna Laine

Katherine Laing

Lori, Paul and Amy Laskowske

Yvonne and Nick Lemperis

Linda Letcher

John and Jill Levi

Angie Lieb

Jill Liedlich

Robert Lifton and Carol Rosofsky Lifton

$1-199 continued

Carolyn and Jason Little

Steve and Betsey Madden

Wes and Monica Makin

Florence Malizola

Hank and Teresa Marshall

Beverly and John Meyer

Ali Asghar and Firouzeh Mirarefi

Natalie and Lucky Mohmoh

Tom and Cary Mondschean

Alex Moore and Scott Schoonover

Holli and Chris Moore

Emery Moorehead

Nanako Mura and Vincent Kwasniewski

Phillip and Gwendolyn Nyden

Marie Osadjan

Fred and Ann Patterson

Emily Pick

Francoise Pierre

Liz Ptacek

Susan Reyna-Guerrero

Deborah Reznick

Marsha Richman and Richard Lanyon

Joe and Jeanne Rickard

Anna Robinson

Jill Elden Rorem

John and Mary Rowe

Pamela and Peter Russell

Anthony Scalise

Betsy and Jerald Scherrer

Erica Sevilla

Wynn Shawver

Mike and Debbie Shawver

Jeong Shin and Jeff Gregg

Natalia Sokolova and Michael Lueras

Kim Steiner and Patrick Casey

Chad Steinke and Jenna Marmy

Bob and Janie Stevens

Beverly Stewart

Mike and Margaret Sweeney

Jennifer Tani

LeighAnne and Jeff Thompson

Mary Ann Waller

Robert Watson

Karen Westcost

Mary Beth Whalen

Stacey and Chris Whoerle

Zach Wilson and Jennifer Peters

Clara and Eliot Wineberg

Shayna Yagoda

Susan M. Yates


Airetta and Roy Beverly

Anike and Johnathan Coates

Fred Maclin

Jen Patterson and Steven Skovensky

Natalia Pergamentseva and Andrejus


Ben and Katherine Pershey

Mary Ann Stott

Tom and Miriam Wetzel

Cynthia Young


Acacia Catalog

Doris and Harvey Adelstein

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

Alyssa Albers Photography

Anita Dee Yacht Charters

Ann Sather Restaurant


Arlington Park

Art and Science Salon

Atwood Cafe

Ayla’s Originals

Belgian Chocolatier Piron

Swati Bharteey

Big City Swing

Blue Man Group - Chicago

Gail Boudreaux

Bubbles Academy

Darlene and Michael Buenzow

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Linda (Bursic) Misetic and Mike Misetic

California Closets

Cantigny Golf

DP Carlson and Film Foetus

Charles Ifergan Salon & Day Spa

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Bears

Chicago Beverage Systems, LLC

Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago Children’s Theatre

Chicago Cubs

Chicago Festival Association

Chicago Fire

Chicago Firefighters Union

Chicago History Museum

Chicago Home Staging

Chicago Public Radio

Chicago White Sox

Chicago Wolves

Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo

Kimberly Christensen

Marilyn Christensen

City Provisions

Contour Landscaping Inc.

Court Theatre

Davis Street Fishmarket

Bradley and Katherine Denny

DePaul University, Blue Demons

Mary and Terry Dillon

Distinctive Services and Transportation Inc.

Stephanie Dockendorf

Victoria and Peter Donati

Robert D. and Laura L. Donoghue

Ease Wellness Center

Eli’s Cheescake Company

Erin Nightingale Fitness

Fantasy Kingdom

Therese Fauerbach

Field Museum

Amanda Fisk

Flat Out Crazy Restaurant Group

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Fleur, Inc.

Flo and Santos

Folio Press

Food for Thought Catered Event Concepts

James and Marsha Fox

John and Jamie Geka

Gorilla Tango Theatre

Green Mill Jazz & Cocktail Lounge

Jennifer and Bryce Greenow


Hand Picked Pumpkin, LLC

Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel

Tracy Healy and Gregory Beard

Hickory Creek Winery

Hilton Garden Inn Evanston

Hotel Sax Chicago

Michael Humphreys

Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum



Jewish Child & Family Services

John Hancock Observatory

K9 University

Kimpton Hotels

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

La Madia

LACOSTE (Devanlay US Inc)

G. Marie Leaner

Rachel and Richard Lei

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Tod and Tess Lickerman

Lifeline Theatre

Lift Laser & Body

Lillstreet Art Center

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Square Theatre

Loyola University Athletics

Luxe a Salon and Spa

Lynfred Winery

M & K Designs

Barry Masek

Robert and Tracey McGhee

Meez Meals

Michael Scarpelli Photography

Midwest Metal Works

Mike Kelly Photography

John Moore

Emery Moorehead

Museum of Science and Industry

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Northlight Theare

Tim O’Brien

Omni Hotel Chicago

Operation Christmas

Bob Oschman

Paoo Jewerly

Jen Patterson and Steven Skovensky

Piccolo Sogno Restaurant

Pour it Again Sam

Prairie Moon

Pump It Up

Raven Theatre

Rebecca E. Eden Photography

Redtwist Theatre

Renaissance Chicago Downtown


Todd Ricketts and Sylvie Légère

Rosebud Restaurants

Senator Jeff Schoenberg

Shaw’s Crab House

Lawrence Shawver

Shedd Aquarium

Six Flags Great America

Soe Cafe

Solstice Stained Glass

Sonia Roselli Productions, Inc.

South Water Kitchen

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Tattoo Candy

Kathryn Taylor and Stephen Bylciw

Andrea and Joe Teunessen

The Art of Organization

The Body Shop

The Chicago Diner

The ComedySportz Theatre

The Counter

The Dinner Detective

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation

The Joffrey Ballet

The Neo-Futurists

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Second City

The Spice House

The Waverton Hotel

The Wit

The Writers’ Theatre

Three Tarts Bakery & Café

Turquoise Restaurant and Cafe


Untouchable Tours

Urban Oasis

US Cellular


Walt Disney Worldwide Co.

Valerie Warner

Wendella Boats


Ann Wickizer

Wine Road-Northern Sonoma County

Wishbone Restaurant

Wrigleyville Rooftops

XSport Fitness

Humaira Zafar

Zanies Comedy Nite Club


Erica and Derek Zolner

FY11 HOW Financials


Government Contracts: $3,956,661

Private Grants: $418,443

Individuals & Events: $264,552

Inkind Donations: $16,545

Federated Giving: $2,624

Client Rent Co-Payments: $342,998

Program Revenue: $19,495

Management Fees: $22,000

Interest Income: $596

TOTAL: $5,043,585


Programs & Services: $4,753,190

Management & General: $69,532

Fundraising & Events: $216,606

TOTAL: $5,039,268

Revenue Over Expenses: $4,713

Government Government Contracts and Contracts Grants an

Foundation, Corporate Foundation, and Corporate Other an

Grants Grants

Individuals and Individuals Events and Events

Inkind Contributions Inkind Contributions

Federated Giving Federated Giving

Client Rent Co-Payments

Client Rent Co-Payments

Other Program Other Revenue Program Revenue

Building Management Building Management Fees Fee

Interest Income Interest Income

Programs and Services

Management & General

Fundraising & Events

Thanks to all investors and donors who make our mission possible!

We have made every effort to ensure our donor listing is an accurate account of

all gifts received during our fiscal year 2011. We regret any omissions or errors

that may have occurred in assembling this list.

To make a correction or to request further information, please contact

Jen Patterson, Director of Development, at 773-465-5770 x240.


Homelessness Prevention Program

HOW’s Homelessness Prevention Program is designed to prevent people who need short-term temporary assistance from having

to enter Chicago’s emergency shelter system. In partnership with The Emergency Fund, federal dollars are made available in the

form of stipends that can go towards rent, utilities, moving expenses and storage fees. This assistance enables clients to maintain

their housing and consequently stabilize their lives. Since its inception two years ago, HOW has taken 465 referrals from Chicago’s 311

call center, enrolled 345 households and successfully placed 293 households, adding up to more than $600,000 worth of assistance.

Additionally, HOW staff successfully assisted 134 of those placed to maintain their homes, relocated 159 clients and developed more

than 300 landlord relationships. “This program is meant to help people get back on their feet from the recession, and that is just what

we are doing as nearly 84 percent of those we have worked with have remained stably housed” stated Fred Maclin, HOW Homelessness

Prevention Director. HOW’s Homelessness Prevention Program also participated in the 100,000 Homes Campaign, providing temporary

assistance to chronically homeless individuals waiting for a permanent subsidy to become available. Moreover, the prevention staff

assisted 41 families outside its formal referral system and also placed clients transitioning from HOW’s Permanent Supportive Housing

Program into independent housing. Since this is a three-year pilot program, Maclin and his team are working with other city organizations

and the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness to advocate making homelessness prevention a permanent part of the homeless services

landscape in Chicago and across the nation.




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Independence Day

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Child and Youth Services

Last year, HOW’s youth team expanded their

programming to include Academic Coaching. “This

is a necessary program for the families we serve, as

many children who experience homelessness are behind

in the classroom and need help getting caught up with

their classmates” said Johnna Lowe, HOW Youth Specialist.

Tutoring took place three nights a week with Loyola

University work-study students throughout the school year.

During this time, the HOW youth team remained in constant

contact with teachers to strengthen academic success and is

proud to report that all remaining participants ended their

school year on the honor roll.

Book to Cook is a course in its second year of operation and

geared toward developing applied math and literacy skills

while encouraging children to embrace healthier eating and

cooking habits. The six week lesson plan exposed young

cooks to different ethnic foods such as tostadas, Senegalese

chicken and egg rolls with the primary goal of having fun

while learning new skills. Additionally, HOW hosted our

fourth After School Matters Summer Pre-Apprenticeship for

fifteen teenagers called Arts to Activism. Participants were

encouraged to express their feelings about social issues

through various forms of art.

Our youth team also assisted HOW mothers in developing

positive parenting techniques in partnership with the Adler

School of Psychology. These intensive four-week courses

focus on a “positive discipline” curriculum. In addition to

other enrichment activities for younger children, HOW also

partnered with Rauner YMCA to provide a home-based Head

Start program for children ages three to five years old.




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Women’s Equality


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HOW’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program

has 250 units operated throughout the city. The

Housing Department is responsible for managing

the properties that HOW owns as well as units leased

with partner landlords. Specifically, they oversee a variety

of activities including rent collection and receipting,

staffing on-site volunteer service projects, tracking and

reporting payments and rent recertification. HOW’s five

staff members have a combined twenty-three years of

property management experience which they draw upon

to coordinate with landlords and clients to prepare units

for future tenants. Plumbing, painting, cleaning and

structural integrity are just a few topics that they must

cover to assure that the apartments are safe and clean for

our clients.

Outside of the day-to-day management, the primary

challenge our housing team faces is making sure clients

are comfortable with their new surroundings. The lifestyle

shift from homelessness to permanent housing can be

difficult and acclimating tenants to their new environment

is a top priority. Imparting the importance of apartment

maintenance is also crucial because for many this is a first

time experience.

“What I love the most is when I move a client into their

first apartment, someone who has never had their own

place before. Their gratitude is both overwhelming

and humbling” confided Brandi Smith, HOW Housing

Counselor. HOW continues its growth and will be

expanding its housing portfolio next year.



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Grandparent’s Day

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Independence Day;

Rosh Hashanah

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Labor Day


CPS First Day Back

to School

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Literacy Day

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Community Relations

Staying connected with our constituents is a priority for HOW and consequently sharing the status and successes of our mission is an

important activity at our annual meeting, Harvest of Hope. This fall event is open to the public and last year took place on Loyola’s

Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park. We are proud to report that in its fourth year, our attendance was at its greatest, exceeding 160

attendees. Guests including staff, volunteers, board members, donors, community partners and clients enjoyed complimentary food and

drinks, while listening to a state of the union and keynote speech. Last year’s featured speaker was Rosanna Marquez, CEO of the Eleanor

Foundation, who focused on the importance of investing in women as evidenced by the Foundation’s support of HOW’s Center for Working

Women. We were also honored by the attendance of Representative Harry Osterman who encouraged all present to use their voices in the

upcoming election and vote. The most memorable part of the evening came during the Client Awards Ceremony which honored women in

our program who have made tremendous strides towards self-sufficiency. “It was a proud moment when I think back to where our clients

entered our program and realize that HOW has given them a chance to hope and this award exemplifies that journey” reflected Terry

Jones, HOW Case Manager.

Along with events, we continued to broadened our external communication through integrated media platforms over the last year. We

produced four publications and now also post regularly on our Facebook (Facebook/HOWChicago) and Twitter (Twitter/HOWChicago)

accounts on subjects such as events and advocacy efforts. Last Spring we established a LinkedIn (LinkedIn/HOWChicago) page to further

extend our reach into the community. We also continue to create our online newsletter, Happenings at HOW, and develop a more

interactive website.



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Annual Meeting

Yom Kippur begins

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Volunteerism at HOW came in many forms this last year. We

hosted two volunteer work parties with companies Deloitte and

Baxter International dedicated to property improvement. Each

group brought over 25 volunteers who were ready and willing to paint,

weed and clear brush. Their support enabled us to maintain clean and safe

homes for clients in our properties.

Last winter, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg Women’s Network prepared

100 home starter kits. Holly Johnson, Director of Client Services and

Marketing organized these “fresh start” bins by purchasing needed items

that the women we serve often do not have when settling into their

new households. A crock pot, cookbook, towels, light bulbs and cleaning

supplies are just a few examples of her thoughtful planning. HOW would

like to thank Holly Johnson, the Women’s Network and board members

Vicki Donati and Leah Schleicher for making this project possible. “We

provide the housing and services for our clients, but partnerships like this

make a home” said Mary Ann Stott, Director of Supportive Services.

The Chicago Spirit Brigade, a long time HOW partner, is a full cheerleading,

dance and drill squad. Their mission is to collect donations for area

nonprofits and last year, HOW was the lucky recipient of proceeds from

their Andersonville Midsommarfest performance. We were also featured at

their inaugural Spread the Cheer event, a fundraiser garnering donations to

match dollar for dollar the funds collected at their shows. HOW would like

to thank Mary LaPierre and Mickey Huang for their ongoing support of our

work in Chicago.

In total, HOW received over 3,000 hours of volunteer time last year.

Interns, work-study students, community volunteers and company

partnerships dedicated time and talent to help us reach and serve a record

number of clients.

Volunteers and





Daylight Savings

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Making a Difference!

Holidays at HOW are extremely special as we receive a diverse

range of support from many community members. The Woman’s

Club of Evanston partnered with HOW last year to hold two

parties specifically tailored for our clients. The first was a Valentine’s

Day party where arts and crafts were the central activity. Children made

picture frames, jewelry and Valentine cards for their mothers. Complete

with pizza, soda and homemade cookies this party was a favorite for all

who attended. The second party took place in December and included

gift bags for both mothers and their children. What made the party

unique were the family portraits, holiday caps and scarves, yummy

food and holiday pins for the moms. “Our families were thrilled at the

opportunity to celebrate the holidays together, something that they may

not have been able to fully do in the past” shared Ruby Konopka, HOW

Case Manager.

The Christmas season at HOW continued with a donation of toys from

the Chicago Firefighter’s Union. Mothers were able to choose and wrap

gifts for their children while HOW staff created a festive Santa’s workshop

experience complete with holiday music, milk and cookies. Finally, this

is the second year HOW families participated in The Cathedral Shelters

of Chicago’s Christmas Basket Program. Approximately 45 mothers and

their children received gift baskets to help celebrate the holidays. Finally,

HOW’s newest Holiday partner Operation Christmas also made the

season bright for 20 children, filling each of their wish lists and donating


HOW would also like to recognize and thank all of our individual donors

who share their time, talents and treasure with us. Your contribution last

year had a tremendous impact and is the reason HOW is able to provide

extensive and thoughtful services for those we serve year around. Your

support truly made a difference!



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Hanukkah begins

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Human Rights Day

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Christmas Eve

New Year’s Eve


Christmas Day

First Day of Winter

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Britt Shawver, Chief Executive Officer

Tom Wetzel, Chief Operating Officer

Natalia Pergamentseva, Controller

Izabella Drubinskaya, Accounting Clerk

Airetta Ramey-Beverly, Administrative


Permanent Supportive Housing Program

Mary Ann Stott, Director

Lakethia Conner, Patient Navigator

Alfredo Delgado, Case Manager

Lois George, Case Manager

Teyonye Franks, Case Manager

Kimberly Gleeson, Case Manager

Terry Jones, Case Manager

Martha Juarez, Case Manager

Ruby Konopka, Case Manager

Michael Lopez, Case Manager

Simonia Staton, Case Manager

Nelly Yonovich, Case Manager

Youth and Education Services

Dave Siegel, Director

Jason Lemberg, Youth Specialist

Johnna Lowe, Youth Specialist

Homelessness Prevention, Rapid Re-Housing

and Housing Location Program

Fred Maclin, Director

Kenese Clay, Intake Specialist

Sam Doyle, Housing Locator

Valerie Harris, Housing Locator

Tarita James, Housing Locator

Janice Johnson, Intake Specialist

Darrell Lathan, Housing Counselor

Denis Miron, Housing Counselor

Housing and Property Management

Tami Martin, Director

Autumn Love Lloyd, Intake Coordinator

Kyle Miller, Housing Counselor

LaShun Reed, Housing Counselor

Brandi Smith, Housing Counselor

LaToya Trice, Housing Counselor

Center for Working Women

Cynthia Young, Director

Sandi Brown, Business Services


Debra Crosby, Case Manager

Ruby Dorsey, Career Coach

Humaira Zafar, Case Manager

Spresa Zeqiri, Case Manager

Development and Communications

Jen Patterson, Director

Kim Christensen, Individual Giving Manager

Anike Neverdon-Edmonds Coates,

Foundation & Corporate Relations Manager

Casey Wittekind, Development Associate

1607 West Howard Street | Second Floor | Chicago, IL | 60626 | 773.465.5770 | www.how-inc.org

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