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HOW 5K Plus - Sunday June 6th
Register Today!!
HOW's second annual 5K Plus is right around the corner on Sunday, June 6th! Please join with other HOW supporters to walk, run, bike or 5K your own way to raise awareness for HOW's work and raise much needed funds for our programs. Register via the link below and we'll follow up with details on how you can create your personal and/or team fundraising page.

Registration also includes a swag bag filled with goodies, a chance to purchase (or earn!) a 5K Plus t-shirt, and an invitation to HOW's exclusive post-race virtual afterparty.
  • Who: Anyone! Make it a solo adventure, or register as a team.
  • What: A fun do-it-yourself style fitness event where you're in control. You chose the activity, time, and place.
  • When: Anytime on June 6th!
  • Where: Anywhere!
  • Why?: All funds raised through HOW's 5K Plus will help individuals and families in Chicagoland secure the housing and support needed to create opportunities and rebuild lives.
  • How?: Complete your chosen exercise on June 6th, take some pics (don't forget to tag HOW!) and join other participants for the virtual Zoom afterparty in the evening!
The Passing of a Chicago Champion
Jim Mabie and His Generous Spirit
HOW Board Vice President, Denis Pierce introduced James Mabie to HOW a few years ago, and since then Jim has been a generous supporter, most recently as a sponsor of this year’s 5K Plus. Denis recently reflected on Jim’s legacy: 

"It is a sad but profound moment that we take to celebrate the life of Jim Mabie. His family’s tribute is a wonderful story of his life journey. From setting bowling pins at a bowling alley in Wilmette as a youngster to engaging in so many important organizations in Chicago. He, and his wife Kay, supported them with not only their financial means, but their passion and total commitment.

The Chicago Furniture Bank, a recent organization that has thrived with the support of Jim, now is the major supplier of furniture those once homeless, and now moving into permanent housing throughout the city. This group would not exist today without Jim’s support.  

As Jim mentioned to me, “I like to support organizations that I think can succeed and have a strong and important mission.” HOW is one of the groups that he admired and felt important to support. While I have only known Jim for a few years, I grew to admire his incredible ability to enhance the work and mission of so many groups in Chicago. He really is a champion in my mind. I will deeply miss his presence."
Fruits and Vegetables Galore
HOW's Garden Party
HOW's Pitner building in Evanston, with 16 units of affordable housing, was designed keeping occupants in mind. The space has common areas for residents to gather and socialize, natural light in every room, and featured work from local artists throughout.

This past weekend the building received another community resource: a garden! Nonprofit partner Evanston Grows, and their wonderful volunteer crew built garden beds from the ground up and planted a variety of vegetables and flora. In the coming months and years the garden is expected to produce marigolds, cucumbers, and other items for residents to enjoy. Thank you to Evanston Grows' volunteers!

Additionally, HOW's longstanding partnership with Greater Chicago Food Depository resumed its regular bi-weekly distribution for the first time in over a year. This program connects HOW clients to fresh produce enabling them to integrate more fruits and vegetables into their meals at no cost.
Jim Fox
Two Decades of Remarkable Service
With deepest gratitude we recognize James (Jim) Fox, as he steps away from HOW's Board of Directors after almost two decades of service. Jim has served as Board President for several terms, and under his leadership the organization experienced tremendous growth and success, helping thousands to rebuild their lives after periods of instability and homelessness.

Jim first joined the board in 2004 after being connected to the agency through his alma mater, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. As the President of North Wells Capital, a real estate investment firm, Jim put to use his expertise and provided invaluable guidance and knowledge about the market. With Jim's input, HOW expanded its housing portfolio and completed its first new-construction building, greatly impacting HOW's ability to house and serve more individuals.

Jim's passion for housing equity made him an active volunteer beyond his board service - he, along with his wife Marsha and daughter Olivia (who recently wrapped up an internship with HOW), could be found organizing in-kind drives or chatting with clients at the agency's annual holiday parties. Jim's investment in HOW will have a lasting impact on the agency and our clients. We are grateful for all he has done and that he remains a fierce advocate of HOW's work.

Thank you Jim, for your dedication, leadership, and brilliance!
Another Successful Spring Cleaning
Thank You
Keeping a clean house is a key ingredient to living a healthy life. Studies show that clean spaces can improve an individual's mental and physical wellbeing. As always, we are inspired by, and grateful for HOW's phenomenal community of support. The donated supplies and products we received through this year's drive will enable hundreds of clients to keep clean homes as they work towards achieving their goals. We are especially grateful for this year's corporate and group partners who provided bulk donations!

A Special Thanks To:
Branch Basics
Chi Omega Lambda Mu, Loyola University Chicago
Chi-Town Multicultural Film Festival
Kovar Family 
The Supportive Housing Providers Association (SHPA) is ramping up its ongoing advocacy efforts to to increase funding for supportive housing in Illinois' state budget! SHPA is asking supporters and advocates to make calls to their local lawmakers this week to ask for $45 million in funding for supportive housing services. Those interested volunteering can find all the resources they need in SPHA's Spring Into Action call guide.
The 2019 National Conference on Ending Homelessness and Capitol Hill Day is the nation’s largest convening of service providers, leaders, advocates, and consumers working to end homelessness in the United States. This year’s virtual conference will enable attendees to advocate directly for legislation to help end homelessness by speaking with members of Congress and their staff Learn more here.
The Housing Matters' upcoming Social Housing webinar on May 27th from 6-7pm will go into detail about this growing movement. The event will outline best practices and provide case studies of social housing around the world, and will touch on how to phase social housing into a community using the example of San Jose, California. Sign up here.
Ways to Support HOW's Work

Monthly donors provide reliable funds to sustain families as they rebuild their lives after housing instability or homelessness.

There are many ways to leave a meaningful, lasting legacy of impact to address homelessness in Chicago.

Major Donors at HOW provide crucial support to help fund the agency's most innovative new projects and programming.
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Since 1983, HOW has been a leader in permanent solutions to homelessness. Through prevention strategies; expanded, affordable, supportive housing; and individualized support services we have helped thousands take back their lives.