For more than 10 years, Doris experienced housing insecurity. Ever since losing her home to foreclosure during the recession in 2008, she had been determined to live in her own home again.

"I'm one to go for it. I'll search high and low to find a way to make it and to not have that burden on my family," she says.

Last year, Doris became the first participant in the Housing Opportunities Program, a new initiative of the Chicago Lights Social Service Center that partners with adults to provide rental subsidies and intensive case management. The program aims to help participants find and maintain stable housing.

In November 2020, in the height of the pandemic, Doris moved into her own apartment.

"I have no worry in the world. I feel really comfortable. I just feel so safe," she says.
Social Service Center Doris at home
Thousands of people continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic--from illness, job loss, and financial strain. Providing access to stable housing is especially important, now more than ever.

Now is the time to give. Thanks to a generous offer by the Greer Foundation, your gift today will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000.
This means your gift will go twice as far to support individuals like Doris as they make their dreams a reality.

Thank you for joining the Chicago Lights community and making a difference.
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Stacy Jackson
Stacy Jackson
Executive Director
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