Connections was founded in 1984, when a group of churches banded together to demand that the City of Evanston let them create a shelter for the homeless. Over the years, Connections has added programs that respond to the rising need for housing and supportive services in Evanston and throughout north suburban Cook County. We are now a multi-service agency that works with people at all points on the continuum of self-sufficiency.
In 1988, we began the Family Housing Program to provide apartments for use by homeless families.
In 1993, we started to provide Health Services, including health engagement and stabilization.
In 1999, we opened Entry Point Outreach and Drop-In, engaging people living on the streets in services and providing basic necessities.
In 2004, we began the Supportive Housing Program, providing secure housing and comprehensive services for disabled adults.
In 2009, we launched our Employment Program to help people gain stable, living-wage employment.
In 2011, we started Project 20, part of the national “100,000 Homes” initiative. This program provided housing and long-term support services to chronically homeless individuals who are at highest risk for dying in the streets within the year.
In 2013,Education Services began offering access to basic, vocational, and higher education programs to support clients' personal and career goals.
In 2014,we opened Our House, a residential program for homeless young adults between the ages of 18 and 24.