992 people! Since expanding our drop-in services one year ago from two days per week to five, we have served 992 people and provided more than 24,000 services.
This incredible growth in the number of people we are serving and the services we are providing is thanks to support of our community. From financial resources to in-kind donations to volunteer hours, it is our community that makes it possible for us to offer critical services to people who are homeless. Services we know they need and deserve, and services that we are proud to provide.
Kurtis came to live at Connections’ transitional living program, Our House, in September of 2017. While in the house, Kurtis has been quick to take advantage of all the program offers. He participates in life skills and employment opportunities, engages in employment training programs, and connects to our clinical services to keep moving forward.
Thalma Brooms, Youth Programs Manager, noted, "His eagerness and positive attitude have helped him overcome obstacles and move through tough moments. This is what I like about Kurtis. He keeps pushing after he’s been knocked down, and he always gets back up and finds a new way."
In Landladies, a landlady and tenant find much in common, but their friendship walks a delicate balance. Faced with dilemmas that pit fairness versus kindness and honesty versus eviction, both women are determined to build a home, and both know the threat of losing one. It’s a story that’s all too common – even on the North Shore.
After the performance, panelists Sue Loellbach (Manager of Advocacy, Connections for the Homeless), Sarah Flax (Housing & Grants Administrator, City of Evanston), and Mark Tendam, Northlight Theatre Trustee & Connections for the Homeless Board Member discussed the relevance of the play’s themes to Chicago’s North Shore and what community members can do to make a difference.