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Triumph Over Trauma – Tonier Cain Shares Her Story to the Women of Deborah’s Place
“Whatever you did. Wherever you’ve been . . . There is hope”
It was this truth that Tonier Cain helped the women of Deborah’s Place to discover. That the experiences that they have gone through are traumatic and that there is nothing they did to deserve it.
Tonier brought this message of hope and her personal story of trauma and recovery at a private speaking engagement for the women of Deborah’s Place on Monday, June 3, 2013.
“What she showed me is that everything and anything is possible,” reflected Angela, a Deborah’s Place resident. “She illustrates how her trials and tribulations made her stronger.”
Tonier is a renowned motivational speaker and a consumer advocate with an uplifting story about turning her life around. After surviving a childhood of unspeakable...
WBEZ and Chicago Cares Support Deborah’s Place on Day of Service
For its first ever Day of Service, WBEZ partnered with Chicago Cares to complete several service projects with a range of non-profits across the region, including projects at Deborah’s Place.
Volunteers and the public signed up to complete 3 projects at Deborah’s Place. On Thursday, May 30, volunteers painted a shared space of the Teresa’s Interim Housing program. The new paint complements the newly renovated bathrooms
On Saturday, June 1, volunteers completed two service projects for Deborah’s Place. At our Sedgwick location, volunteers helped create an inviting outdoor area for residents to enjoy. And, at our Jackson location, volunteers prepared the gym for event that brought the inspiring motivational speaker Tonier Cain to speak to the residents of Deborah’s Place about...
Volunteers Create a Day of Luxury for the Women of Deborah’s Place
The residents of Deborah’s Place’s Rebecca Johnson Apartments thought they were in for a treat when the member of Maranatha Bible Church volunteered to bring and serve a meal. What they didn’t expect was a full on day of spa treatments brought straight to their home!
Organized by Chantel Turner, volunteers from Maranatha Bible Church provided over 30 women with lunch, pedicures, manicures and facials, creating a truly luxurious experience. “My church outreach team was searching for an organization and Deborah’s Place was on our list,” said Chantel. “I took the vision of pampering session & lunch that God had given me and shared it with the outreach team at church and everyone got on board and worked to put together this event.” The spa treatments and makeovers were...
2013 Benefit Dinner Exceeds Fundraising Goal
Thank you to all who joined us at the Deborah’s Place Benefit Dinner on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Thanks to the generous support of our attendees, donors and sponsors we exceeded our goal of $25,000 in contributions for the event to raise over $33,000!
Guests enjoyed a wonderful meal from the Entertaining Company at the Chicago Cultural Center. The program included inspirational words from guest speaker K. Sujata, President of the Chicago Foundation for Women, about the physical trauma many women face that lead to their homeless experience. St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church was presented with the Patty Crowley Service Award for their 17 years of dedicated meal service at Deborah’s Place. The event also included a video presentation of Bethany’s Story.
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Walk it Out for Hunger – Join The Deborah’s Place Hunger Walk Team
Join the Deborah’s Place Team for the 28th Annual Greater Chicago Food Depository and help Deborah’s Place provide healthy and nutritious meals for women experiencing homelessness. For every walker on the Deborah’s Place Team, Deborah’s Place will earn $12 towards our account with the Food Depository. Enough to provide seven meals for the women of Deborah’s Place!
REGISTRATION IS FREE
Saturday, June 29
Registration opens at 7:00 a.m.
Step-Off at 8:30 a.m.
Solider Field Stadium Green
Join our online team here
Pre-registration for the Hunger Walk is not required, but by joining our team online we can help organize and invite friends and family to participate. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. at Soldier Field’s Stadium Green. Step off for the 5K will begin at...
The Clothesline Project: Deborah’s Place Bears Witness to Violence Against Women
Up to 100% of women experiencing homelessness have experienced domestic or sexual violence at some point in their lives.
To help raise awareness of this startling statistic and find healing from their own experiences, the women of Deborah’s Place participated in “The Clothesline Project” as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The Clothesline Project is a worldwide event that addresses gender-based violence, including abuse, incest, rape, battery, and assault. Participants express their thoughts or stories on sexual violence by decorating a t-shirt. Then the t-shirts are hung on a clothesline in a public space to raise awareness and solidarity around these issues.
At Deborah’s Place the women decorated their shirts in the Learning Centers with not just statements to raise awareness,...
St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church to Receive Deborah’s Place Patty Crowley Service Award
Deborah’s Place will present St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church with the Patty Crowley Service Award at the 2013 annual Benefit Dinner.
The Patty Crowley Service Award is given to a volunteer or group of volunteers who exemplify the gracious leadership and generous spirit of one of Deborah’s Place’s founding mothers, Patty Crowley.
Since 1996, St. Chrysostom’s has been preparing monthly meals for the women of Deborah’s. Meals are prepared onsite at Chrysostom’s Church and delivered to the Teresa’s Interim Housing Program and the Dolores Safe Haven at our 1530 N. Sedgwick location. Their generous service provides meals for nearly 30 women every month.
When asked about why St. Chrysostom’s provides meals for the women of Deborah’s Place, volunteer and coordinator of meal...
National Volunteer Appreciation Week – Thank You Volunteers
This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, a time dedicated to recognizing the hard work and dedication of volunteers and celebrating their service. One week is not enough to thank you for everything you do for women experiencing homelessness.
Without you, Deborah’s Place would not be able to provide a safe and welcoming place for over 400 women every year as they begin to recover from the trauma that is homelessness. Over 500 volunteers support the mission of Deborah’s Place by assisting with meal service, leading classes in our Learning Centers, providing landscaping and administrative assistance and by helping to plan our special events throughout the year.
Volunteerism is deeply rooted in the history of Deborah’s Place. Our organization was started by a group of volunteers...
From Homeless to Home Buyer: A Deborah’s Place Success Story
A year and a half ago, Angela was a participant of the Deborah’s Place Teresa’s Interim Housing Program working toward her goals of housing and employment. Today, Angela has a promising career, is looking to buy a home and is spreading the word how Deborah’s Place helped her to get there.
Angela had a great career at a bank. However, when the financial crisis hit, Angela was one of many who lost her job. She had enough savings set aside for emergencies to impress any financial adviser at the time. However, like many, Angela struggled to find other work. After her savings and benefits ran out, she was homeless.
Homelessness was something Angela never thought she would ever experience. “I didn’t have a disability and I wasn’t an addict,” remarked Angela. The experience...
Deborah’s Place Resident Overcome Homelessness to Complete her GED
Imagine taking on the goal of going back to school later in life and all the challenges it would bring. Now imagine going back to school AND experiencing homelessness.
Lisa, a Deborah’s Place resident, overcame both to complete her high school equivalency.
While living in a shelter, Lisa was able to pass all but the math portion of the GED. Studying for the math exam was difficult for Lisa as she didn’t have access to the resources and environment she needed to prepare.
But, in December 2012, Lisa found a home at Deborah’s Place in the Rebecca Johnson Apartments. Here she had access to her own studying materials and a tutor in the Learning Center, Marilyn. ”Marilyn can explain math like it is nothing,” raved Lisa. “I’ve never seen...
2013 Benefit Dinner
Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness for Women in Chicago
Thursday, May 16, 2013
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, G.A.R. Hall and Rotunda
77 E. Randolph
Tables (Seat 10):
$125 Before April 15
$1,250 Before April 15
Click Here to Purchase Tickets
President, Chicago Foundation for Women
Leading Advocate for Women and Girls
Patty Crowley Service Award
In recognition of a volunteer(s) who personifies the gracious leadership
and generous service of Patty Crowley, one of our founding mothers.
St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church
Live Musical Entertainment
Executive Director to Present on Board Development
On Thursday, January 31, 2013, Executive Director Audrey Thomas will present as one of four panelist in a presentation about “Building a Strong and Healthy Board of Directors” hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Success.
Audrey will share her insights and experience from her nine years in board development. Her experiences with boards include recruitment, cultivation, orientation, development and retention. She also has experience staffing four board subcommittees.
The session is part of the Center for Nonprofit Success’s Chicago leadership series. This session will explore the responsibilities of a nonprofit board, board structure, techniques for board assessment, board management, and making the most of the board-executive relationship. Other presenters include Joseph Annotti,...
Fifth Annual Chili Cook-Off
Please join us for a family-friendly afternoon of food and activities to support the women and the work of Deborah’s Place. Bring a crock pot of your own chili and see how it stands up against the others, or just come for the tasting and the fun!
Saturday, January 26, 2013
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
2822 W. Jackson (Deborah’s Place Gym)
$25 Suggested Donation
Prizes Awarded in 5 Categories
Kid’s Best (under 14 years old)
There will be live music, a bean counting contest, games and entertainment for kids, and tours of the Rebecca Johnson Apartments. Please feel free to BYO alcoholic beverages. We’ll provide corn bread, kid’s snacks, and non-alcohol drinks.
If you are going for one of the chili...
Volunteer with Deborah’s Place for the 2013 Point-In-Time Homeless Count
Deborah’s Place will once again serve as Lead Agency for the West side Point-In-Time Homeless Count for the City of Chicago. This citywide volunteer lead effort will take place on Tuesday, January 22 from 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
The Point-In-Time Homeless Count is conducted every two years to gather data on the number of homeless as a basis for federal funding, for service and resource planning, and to raise public awareness about homelessness.
Volunteers are essential to this process. If you are interested in volunteering for Deborah’s Place’s team on the Westside or through any other site, please fill out the application form and return it to The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) by January 18.
DFSS will be holding information sessions about volunteer opportunities...
Holiday Cards by Deborah’s Place
“May the spirit of the holidays warm your heart and home.”
Introducing Deborah’s Place’s holiday cards for 2012. Drawn by long-time supporter Janet Krehbiel Pireracci, the cards send a message of hope and home for the holidays, while also supporting Deborah’s Place and raising awareness about women experiencing homelessness.
A set of ten cards only $18 (+$2.50 S&H per set).
Preorder your cards today! Contact Laurie Respass to place your order. (773) 638-6579 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to Janet for her beautiful and inspiring design!
Chicago’s Plan 2.0: A Home for Everyone
In August, the City of Chicago released Plan 2.0: A Home for Everyone as a reaffirmation of the City’s original Plan to End Homelessness, Getting Housed, Staying Housed. The updated plan identifies seven strategic priorities that cover the breadth and depth of what it will take to prevent homeless; Crisis Response System, Access to Stable and Affordable Housing, Youth Homelessness, Employment, Advocacy and Civic Engagement, Cross-System Integration, and Capacity Building.
Just as in the last ten years with the City’s original plan, Deborah’s Place will continue to provide leadership, expertise and experience in implementing Plan 2.0.
For an overview of the plan, check out this infographic we created.
For Chicago’s full plan visit the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness...
Deborah’s Place Announces $50,000 Challenge Grant
Double Your Gifts to Deborah’s Place!
Deborah’s Place has the opportunity to raise $50,000 this fiscal year with the help of our generous donors.
How does it work?
Make a new or increased gift to Deborah’s Place and our generous donor will match the new or increased amount 1 to 1.
You can make an even bigger impact with a multi-year pledge! If you pledge a new or increased amount for two years, our donor will match your gift for each year. So if you make a new pledge of $200 for two years, our donor will match $200 for the first year AND $200 for the second year.
Click here to make a gift in support of the challenge today!
If you have any questions about this challenge or making a donation, please contact Laurie Respass, email@example.com or 773-638-6579.
Summer 2012 Newsletter Available Online
The Summer 2012 newsletter is now available to view online. Learn some of the ways Deborah’s Place works to connect women to family and the community.
Read about one woman’s 36 year journey to find her lost family and how generations of volunteers connect at Deborah’s Place.
View the issue here!
Benefit Dinner exceeds $75,000 goal!
Thank you to all who joined us at the Deborah’s Place Benefit Dinner on Thursday, May 31, 2012. Thanks to the generous support of our attendees, donors and sponsors we exceeded our goal of $75,000 for the event!
View pictures from the event here!
Guests enjoyed a wonderful meal at Fulton’s on the River while enjoying a program that included performances from Her Story Theater’s production of “Gloss Over” based on stories of Deborah’s Place participants. The night also premiered a short film documentary featuring Deborah’s Place participant, Pauline King produced by Lauren Major of Major Multimedia and a group of students from DePaul University. These performances highlight the individual stories of the women we serve. Their strength and spirit...
Deborah’s Place Announces New Strategic Plan
Deborah’s Place is pleased to announce the 5 year Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2013 – Fiscal Year 2017.
Over the next five years, Deborah’s Place will lead a transformation of services for women who experience homelessness—raising the bar from helping women become “un-homeless” to helping each woman realize her potential.
This work will build on the organization’s past successes and lessons learned, maximize the strengths and competitive advantages we have developed, and respond to emerging needs and realities in our environment. After more than 25 years of effectiveness and leadership in serving women who experience homelessness, Deborah’s Place seeks to leverage our assets and focus our efforts with greater rigor and impact than ever before.
Download the full plan...
Support Deborah’s Place at the Run Home Chicago Race!
Deborah’s Place has joined with other Chicago homeless organizations to participate in the Run Home Chicago Race to raise funds and awareness for homeless services in Chicago.
Run Home Chicago is a family oriented event consisting of a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Dash being held on June 10, 2012 and starting at Soldier Field.
There are three ways you can help:
1. Make a donation to Deborah’s Place in support of the race. Show your support of this important effort by making a donation to Deborah’s Place in support of the Run Home Chicago Race. Click here to go to our online donation page and select Run Home Chicago as the program designation
2. Enter the race and raise funds for Deborah’s Place. Encourage your friends, family and coworkers to support...
The Body Shop’s “Give Another for a Mother” Event to Benefit Deborah’s Place
When you shop The Body Shop State Street location (3 N. State Street, Chicago) from now until May 13, 2012, you can support Deborah’s Place. Simply purchase products to donate during your trip and The Body Shop will collect them for distribution.
The more gifts collected the bigger the impact – if the State Street location is one of the three Chicagoland Body Shop stores to collect the most toiletries, Deborah’s Place will receive a cash prize up to $500 in addition to all the donated product.
Stop by The Body Shop State Street location to see what this great event is all about, and to donate a Body Shop gift to the women of Deborah’s Place!
Fun at the “Under One Roof” Pub Party
Thank you to...
Spring 2012 Newsletter
The Spring 2012 Newsletter is available to view online. Find out more about the makeover at our Old Town site courtesy of @properties, the MGR Foundation’s food circle, Learners Theatre Program, upcoming events and more! Click here to view now!
Deborah’s Place Helps Lead Chicago’s 2.0 Plan to End Homelessness
As Chicago’s Plan to End Homelessness enters its ninth year of implementation, an updated plan called Chicago Plan 2.0 is being developed. Key components of the updated plan include: system-wide data, current plan evaluation results and soliciting feedback and expertise from the community.
Beginning in November 2011, stake holder groups including consumers, service providers, advocacy groups, and government and philanthropic representatives had an opportunity to give input into how to best improve the current plan to end homelessness and determine strategic direction moving forward. This feedback phase culminated during the week of January 23rd when all stake holder groups gathered in a process called a community charrette facilitated by the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness and...
You’re Invited to the “Under One Roof” Pub Party!
The following is just a sample of the items in our silent auction and raffle:
Cubs vs. Cardinals outing: Wrigleyville bar party and tickets to 4/23 game
Signed jersey from 1991-2002 Chicago Bears star, James “Big Cat” Williams
Certificates to dining hot spots, including Acadia, Old Town Social, The Tasting Room, and Geja’s Café
Spring season goodies, such as cute springtime totes, jewelry, and certificates for manis & pedis
Amazing experiences, including tickets to Six Flags, Chicago Chocolate Tours, Tea with the Deborah’s Place Divas and iO theater comedy shows
Tickets for live music at the Empty Bottle and Katerina’s Jazz Club
Apple iHome, Flip Cam, and other cool gadgets
Kid’s outings to the Circus Spectacular and Storytown children’s theater
#NoLongerHomeless – Deborah’s Place resident featured on WGN TV News
This story, aired on WGN News Wednesday, January 11, is about a tenant of Deborah’s Place who is sharing her experience of homelessness through social media. After a length of time being homeless, today she now has a safe, stable home at Deborah’s Place and an array of supportive services to ensure she is never homeless again. You can view the segment and read the extended interview here
Twitter use turns homeless woman into a social media celebrity
This recent article in the Daily Herald is about a tenant of Deborah’s Place who is using Twitter to educate others about homelessness, and help her on her journey to stability and self-sufficiency. Read it here
Film Screening Events Bring Awareness to Women’s Movement, Raises Funds for Deborah’s Place
This winter the Northeastern Illinois University Social Work Program and other NEIU partners worked to promote the empowerment of women and girls as well as raise funds for women who are homeless. In January & February the NEIU Social Work co-sponsors hosted screenings of the critically-acclaimed documentary, “Miss Representation”, a film that explores women’s under-representation in positions of power and influence. Their goal was not only to bring awareness to the film and the Miss Representation women’s advocacy movement, but also to raise vital funds for the women and work of Deborah’s Place – a goal that they certainly achieved. The screenings were a great success, bringing in over 175 guests and raising over $1,700! These funds will be a great asset to Deborah’s...
Thank you Old Town Merchants and Residents Association
Thank you to the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association for supporting Deborah’s Place as part of the Old Town Holiday Drive.
Generous donors dropped off non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys and new cleaning supplies and toiletries at several local businesses in December.
For more information visit: www.oldtownchicago.org, or click on the flyer below for a larger version.
“A Winter Night’s Dream” — Cancelled
“A Winter Night’s Dream” has been cancelled, as of 12/5/11.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Holiday Wish List
The Deborah’s Place Holiday Wish List is now available. Please visit our In-Kind Donations page to learn more about our most needed items this holiday season.
Please bring all donations to 2822 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, by December 16, 2011.
Extreme Home Makeover: Deborah’s Place Edition
Deborah’s Place partners with local real estate company to makeover 1530 N. Sedgwick, home to 64 women.
On October 12 and 13, over 60 @properties real estate agents, contractors and friends joined Deborah’s Place in a makeover of our 1530 N. Sedgwick building, home to 64 women of the Dolores’ Safe Haven Program, Teresa’s Interim Housing Program, and the Patty Crowley Apartments.
Last spring, the @properties Friends and Neighbors Community Fund committee selected Deborah’s Place as a 2011 grant recipient but, in addition to their monetary support, wanted to “do something that would have a lasting impact.” So, this month volunteers rolled up their sleeves and worked with a pro bono designer, painters, movers, and hundreds of others who donated furniture and home goods to create...
The Winter Newsletter should be arriving in your mailbox soon. You can also view it online.
This quarter’s newsletter features stories about how Deborah’s Place is addressing the Basic Needs of our women.
Food: Sustaining social & emotional development at Deborah’s Place
Deborah’s Place Holiday Wish List
Funding challenges cut food program
Donor Spotlight: Whole Foods Market
Volunteer Spotlight: Food service volunteers provide more than meals
Food services volunteer opportunities
Geja’s Café Raises Funds for Deborah’s Place at their Women Winemakers Festival
In October & November, Geja’s Café in Lincoln Park will honor Women Winemakers from around the world, and the women of Deborah’s Place. During their Women Winemakers festival, Geja’s Cafe will donate $2.00 to Deborah’s Place for every bottle of wine ordered from their specialty women winemakers list.
Stop on by this romantic fondue-dining restaurant for affordable wine, great food, and to show your support for both the restaurants good deeds and the women of Deborah’s Place.
Thank you, Geja’s Café, for your generous support!
The Fall Newsletter is Here!
The Fall Newsletter should be arriving in your mailbox within the next week. Until then, you can view it online.
This quarter’s newsletter features stories about successes in Education & Employment.
From Audrey’s Desk
Dreams Achieved, Barriers Overcome (stories of DP women)
Would You Hire Diane?
Employment Coordinator Helps Women Overcome Barriers
Vanessa Lew: Champion of Education
25 for 25 Challenge Wrap-Up
Employment Services Wish List
2011 Annual Gala Summary
You’re Invited to the Opening Reception for Pathways to Stable Housing Photography Exhibit
You are invited to the Opening Reception for the Pathways to Stable Housing Photography Exhibit, featuring the work of Noah Addis.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Loyola University Museum of Art
820 North Michigan Ave., Chicago
Exhibit will be open August 20, 2011 – January 15, 2012.
Please RSVP for the Reception to: Gina Lopez at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-915-7769.
See the flyer below for information on the exhibit and Reception:
DP Women’s Stories Presented in “Gloss Over” Theater Production
Gloss Over will be presented for the second time during the Chicago Fringe Festival. This theater production, created and performed by Her Story Theater, and based on the stories of Deborah’s Place women, was presented last November, and is back again!
A portion of proceeds will once again benefit Deborah’s Place.
Synopsis: A beauty makeover for women who sleep on concrete sidewalks. Listen to the reveal of the heartfelt stories of these amazing Chicago homeless women. In its ugly reality, the true beauty of courage and resilience surfaces. An original production by Her Story Theater….funny, tragic, brutal, truthful, enlightening… Gloss Over.
Performances will be:
Sept 4 at 5:30pm
Sept 8 at 7pm
Sept 10 at 8:30pm
at Dream Theater, 556 W 18th St, Chicago.
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25 for 25 Challenge Raises $95,690!
Thank you to all of our committed volunteer and generous donors for making the 25 for 25 Challenge a success!
From April 1 – July 31 we challenged our donors, volunteers, Board Members, staff and friends to inspire 25 or more of their friends & contacts to donate a multiple of $25 to the 25th Anniversary Capital Campaign.
We are delighted to announce that you helped us raise $47,845 from over 530 donors! With a matching gift from a generous donor, we raised just under $95,700 total!
Throughout the four month Challenge, our deeply committed volunteers and dedicated staff members engaged in good-natured competition to raise vital funds and awareness for Deborah’s Place. We are so humbled by the enormous support we gained from current and new fundraisers and donors.
GODOGOOD Chicago Loop Project Supports Deborah’s Place
Photography Show Features Participants & Staff
GODOGOOD is a new initiative by the Chicago Loop Alliance in conjunction with the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. The goal of the campaign is to connect art to action and inspire 100,000 good deeds by Chicagoans this summer.
As part of the GODOGOOD campaign, The Chicago Photography Collective is hosting a gallery show to tell the stories of 12 Chicago organizations that are already making a difference. Deborah’s Place is delighted to have been asked by CPC member Ron Seymour to be part of this exciting opportunity.
Chicago Photography Collective Gallery Show
featuring photographs of Deborah’s Place participants & staff
108 N. State Street, just inside the Block 37 building entrance
Gallery hours: 11:30am...
@properties Breweries and Distilleries Event Supports DP!
The @properties Friends and Neighbors Community Fund is holding a party with half of proceeds to benefit Deborah’s Place! Bring your friends–everyone is invited!
Visit the @Properties Website for more information and to purchase tickets!
A proud partner of Deborah’s Place, @properties has shown its commitment to our mission beyond financial support. Besides being one of two charity recipients selected for a 2011 grant, Deborah’s Place will benefit from the company’s volunteerism and in-kind support, including renovation projects at our 1530 N. Sedgwick building. We are grateful for the support of @properties’ leadership, real estate agents and clients.
Tour and Coffee Dates Announced!
Do you want to learn more about Deborah’s Place? Have you been a long-time supporter or volunteer, but never seen all three of our locations? Are you new to Deborah’s Place?
Please join us for coffee and a tour of one of our facilities.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
1530 N. Sedgwick Ave
9:30am – 11:00am
Saturday, October 1, 2011
2822 W. Jackson Blvd.
9:30am – 11:00am
Contact Carol Brumer Gliksman at 773-638-6536 to reserve your space!
Summer Newsletter is here!
The Deborah’s Place Summer 2011 Newsletter has been mailed.
This quarter’s newsletter features:
Peer Leadership at Deborah’s Place
An article from Executive Director Audrey Thomas about the 25th Anniversary Capital Campaign
Staff Spotlight on Kathy Booton Wilson’s work as Co-Chair of the Evaluation Tool Committee of the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness
Volunteer Spotlight on Bonnie Hawkins, Program Volunteer & 2011 Annual Gala Chair
Click here for the electronic version of the Summer Newsletter.
DP Divas Featured in News from The Emergency Fund
Lashon and Roxanna, two tenants at the Rebecca Johnson Apartments, are featured in this month’s “That Says it All” segment of the Emergency Fund’s website. Deborah’s Place partners with The Emergency Fund, another Chicago non-profit, to provide immediate financial assistance to Chicagoans in need. Click here to read the story. And congratulations, Roxanna and Lashon!
Cubs Care Supports Marah’s Permanent Housing
Cubs Care, a Fund of the McCormick Foundation, recently awarded a generous grant to support Marah’s Permanent Housing. Audrey Thomas, Deborah’s Place’s Executive Director, met several Cubs celebrities at the grant reception in late April 2011.
Pictured from left to right: Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, Deborah’s Place Executive Director Audrey Thomas, Cubs pitcher Randy Wells.
For more information on Cubs Care, please visit their website.
Reduced Price Tickets to Six Flags Great America Benefit DP
Coasters for a Cause: Saturday, May 7 or May 14
Kick-start your summer with ½ price tickets to Six Flags and help raise money for women in need.
Get your special ½ price tickets today for the Six Flags Coasters for a Cause days on Saturday, May 7 or May 14! Tickets for this annual fundraiser day are only $25 (normal price is $56.99!) The park is open from 10:00 AM– 8:00 PM.
Six Flags Great America is located just off of Interstate 94 in Gurnee, IL. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 773-638-6539. A portion of each ticket sale benefits the programs and services of Deborah’s Place.
Take the Challenge!
25 for 25 Online Fundraising Challenge
April 1 – July 31, 2011
Every dollar up to $50,000 will be matched by an anonymous donor!
Work to get at least 25 of your friends, family & colleagues to each donate a multiple of $25 on your very own Challenge web page
Create your own fundraising page in less than 5 minutes
Personalize your page with photos and stories
Challenge yourself and compete with friends and acquaintances
Raise money, be recognized*, help women who are homeless
As part of the 25th Anniversary Capital Campaign, we are asking Deborah’s Place supporters to take part in the 25 for 25 Challenge. We challenge you to get 25 or more of your friends to each donate a multiple of $25 this spring and summer.
It’s fun, fast & easy! Simply register to set up your own fundraising...
DP Volunteers from Chicago Cares Featured on ABC 7!
On April 21, 2011, Chicago’s ABC 7 aired a segment on the 5:00 news about Chicago Cares volunteers serving dinner at the Dolores’ Safe Haven. We are so thankful for Chicago Cares volunteers, who help serve food at the Safe Haven 4 times each month.
Watch the video below, or click here to view the video on the ABC 7 website.
Twitter Film Screening Benefits Deborah’s Place
You’re invited to a new film about the Twitter community, which will premiere in Chicago on May 4, 2011, with 100% of proceeds benefitting Deborah’s Place. The film includes a segment about AnnMarie Walsh, @PADSChicago, a homeless advocate and new tenant of Marah’s Permanent Housing.
When: May 4, 2011
Time: 5:45pm Introductions, 6pm Screening and Q&A with Producer
Food and drinks to follow
Location: Morningstar, Inc.
22 W. Washington St., Chicago
Click here for more information, or to purchase tickets.
Celebration for New Play Supported DP!
The staff of a new theater production, Resurfacing, celebrated its release and raised funds for Deborah’s Place on April 18.
Guests enjoyed great company, a free pizza and appetizer buffet, drink specials, and a silent auction.
The production, Resurfacing, will be performed April 23 through May 4. Details are below.
Mary Mary Shopping Event Supports DP
Join Deborah’s Place
for an exclusive shopping experience at
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
706 North Dearborn Street
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift.
10% of sales will support the work of Deborah’s Place.
Shop for one of a kind gifts for the mom in your life.
Support Deborah’s Place in our work to end
homelessness for women in Chicago.
Enjoy champagne, wine, hors d’oeuvres and a
special gift for each guest!
Space is limited! Please RSVP by April 15 to Carol Brumer Gliksman
at (773) 638-6536 or cgliksman (at) deborahsplace.org
Campaign for Sustainable Growth
83% of the way to our $500,000 goal!
As we celebrate over 25 years of accomplishments, we are responsibly making plans for the future sustainability of Deborah’s Place. This $500,000 campaign will make it possible for us to sustain current critical supportive housing and services, adapt to changes in a volatile funding environment and steward Deborah’s Place into the future.
With this campaign we will:
Revitalize our buildings at 1530 N. Sedgwick Avenue, where over 100 women each year are supported in their efforts to regain self-sufficiency through the 3 housing programs at that site.
Build operational and capital reserves in order to address future capital improvements and sustain financial stability, as well as increase our capacity to respond to opportunities that further the mission.
The Spring Newsletter is Here!
The Deborah’s Place Spring 2011 Newsletter is now available. Look out for it to arrive in mailboxes within the next week, or preview it by clicking here.
Not on our mailing list? Click here to send us your information.
@Properties March Madness Event Supports DP!
Join the @properties community in celebration of March Madness and Saint Patrick’s Day at the Blarney Ball and help raise funds for Deborah’s Place! Deborah’s Place will receive half of all proceeds at this exciting event.
Friday, March 18 from 7:00-11:00p
Zella, 1983 N. Clybourn, Chicago
Tickets: $65 in advance, $75 at door
Bring your friends and we’ll see you there!
3rd Annual Chili Cook-off was Fun for All!
The Deborah’s Place Gas Blast Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the President’s Circle, resumed for its third fabulous year on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Over 65 guests joined us for the afternoon, raising over $3000 to support the women and work of Deborah’s Place.
The “Thai One On” chili vies for votes
Veggies, cornbread, desserts, and beverages complemented the chili
A contestant, Janie Wu, poses with her “Holy Chili Mole!!”
The afternoon included tours of the building, coloring and balloon animals for families, bluegrass music, a bean counting contest, and, of course, chili tasting!
Deborah’s Place COO Kathy Booton Wilson gives guests a tour of the Learning Center and the Rebecca Johnson Apartments
President’s Circle member Dana Brink and...
Our Annual Report is now online! If you would like a printed copy, please contact Elizabeth Golden at 773-638-6539.
“Brides, Bubbles and Bliss” Wedding Show to Benefit Deborah’s Place
Carasco Photography is bringing together a clever medley of wedding vendors for an avant garde bridal soiree that will benefit Deborah’s Place. Be inspired about your wedding day possibilities at Brides, Bubbles and Bliss as you sip champagne, devour culinary delights and preview couture gowns. Guests who purchase a bridal ticket will receive a luxe tote bag filled with gifts and incentives from boutique vendors and a raffle entry to a ‘Girls Night Out’ package, ‘An Evening in Chicago’ package and more.
Event highlights include food from Calihan Catering, a champagne bar, live entertainment by Style Matters DJs and an exclusive runway show by Belle Vie Bridal Couture.
Brides, Bubbles and Bliss
Date to be rescheduled due to weather conditions on February 2.
Gallery 1028: 1028...
Deadline for 2010 Donations
The Deborah’s Place Administrative Offices will be closed Friday, December 31. All 2010 credit card donations that are sent via postal mail must be arrive at Deborah’s Place by 2:00 PM on Thursday, December 30. If you would like your gift to be tax-deductible in 2010 and you are concerned that your credit donation will not arrive at Deborah’s Place by December 30, please call the Development Department at (773) 638-6539 before 3:00 PM that day.
The deadline to make a 2010 credit card donation over the phone is by 3:00 PM on Thursday, December 30. Please call the Development Department at (773) 638-6539.
The deadline to make a 2010 credit card donation online is by midnight on Friday, December 31. Click here to donate now.
To be considered a 2010 tax-deductible gift, all check or cash...
Holiday Thank Yous
We thank these individuals, organizations, churches, and businesses that have hosted and will be hosting holiday parties and sizeable in-kind collections on behalf of Deborah’s Place. They, along with our many other supporter who contributed this season, are bringing joy to the women of Deborah’s Place.
Marguerite Delacoma, Jane LoSasso, Margy Matthews and Betty Servatius
Element 79 and Linda Poe
Pam McBride, Dee Scott, Jackie Scott and families
The Zeno Group
Nancy, Jenna and Jack Hartung
The Residences at 41 E. 8th Street
St. Alphonsus Church
Mary Seat of Wisdom Parish
Volunteer for the City of Chicago Point-in-Time Homeless Count at Deborah’s Place
Preparations are underway for the 2011 citywide Point-In-Time Homeless Count, which will be held on Tuesday, January 25th from 8:00PM – 2:00AM. The Point-In-Time Homeless Count is conducted every two years to gather data on the number of homeless individuals as a basis for federal funding, for service and resource planning, and to raise public awareness about homelessness.
The West side count will be based from our very own Deborah’s Place gym at 2822 W. Jackson, and we would love to see you and your friends there! On the night of the count, volunteers will arrive at 2822 W. Jackson at 8:00PM and then leave in teams of three or four people at 9:00PM to begin the count. We will need one person with a car and one person with a cell phone on each team.
New volunteers are invited to attend...
Clean Your Home and Support DP!
AllStar Carpet Donation Program Available for a Limited Time
When you purchase one of the following cleaning specials from AllStar Carpets, 10% of gross sales will be donated to support Deborah’s Place:
Special Offer #1: $165
Carpets cleaned in 3 Rooms (500 sq ft), which includes preconditioning, reasonable spot cleaning, AND one free chair (non-silk) or LAZYBOY
Special Offer #2: $95
In-home cleaning of 2 Rugs (8’ x 10’ non silk)
Cleaning specials available anywhere in city (in the suburbs for a $10 travel fee.) Offers available for a limited time.
Call Rick Suttles for an estimate and more information: 773-728-7705 / 847-420-4111 (cell)
DP Board Member Lisa Zambrano Honored at Windy City Woman of Color Awards Ceremony
Windy City Woman of Color honored Deborah’s Place Board member Lisa Zambrano at the 2nd Annual Windy City Woman Diamond Awards at Hotel Sax on November 13. Lisa Zambrano, Treasurer of the Deborah’s Place Board of Directors, received the Pioneer Award for her outstanding work in business and leadership as a woman of color.
Guests generously donated briefcases and handbags for the women of Deborah’s Place, and a portion of proceeds from the event’s silent auction were donated to further the Deborah’s Place mission.
Windy City Woman of Color is a forum for women to gain access to career advancement options, networking, and business opportunities. We are honored to be a part of the event and encourage all Deborah’s Place supporters to learn more about the organization.
Her Story Theater Performance Tells Beautiful Stories of the Women of DP
In November, Her Story Theater, in partnership with Working Women’s History Project, presented GLOSS OVER – a premiere performance based on stories told by participants of Deborah’s Place. Over 350 guests attended three performances over the weekend of November 5 and helped raise over $5,000 for Deborah’s Place!
Gloss Over is a multi-media theater piece that tells the stories of women who are homeless and formerly homeless. The performance was set in and takes place at a beauty salon – Salon Echo in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Each actor represented one or a composite of several Deborah’s Place participants and the monologues were based on interviews with these women. Deborah’s Place interviewees, participants and staff were invited to attend the event and all agreed...
Changes to In-Kind Donation Policies
In-Kind donations of goods or services help Deborah’s Place improve and maintain quality programs and provide the women we serve with the resources they need to succeed. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of all of our in-kind donors.
IRS regulations state that nonprofit organizations are no longer able to include the estimated or real value of your donation or goods or services in donor acknowledgment letters. The valuation of any gift-in-kind is the responsibility of the donor and/or authorized appraiser. If a non-cash contribution exceeds $500, the donor must file IRS Form 8283. Please consult with your tax advisor about this matter.
We continue to ask that you state the estimated or real value of your donation on the In-Kind Donation Form that you are to complete at the time...
Deborah’s Place Holiday Newsletter is Here!
The Fall 2010 Newsletter is hot off the press, and on our website. Look for it in your mailbox in the next few days, and check it out before then by clicking here!
Internships Available at Deborah’s Place
Deborah’s Place is currently recruiting for three internship positions at our 2822 W Jackson location. See our Jobs & Internships page for more information and to apply.
Teresa’s Waiting List Opens Oct 27 at 8am
Teresa’s Interim Housing will open its waiting list on Wednesday October 27, 2010 at 8:00 am. Applicants must be unaccompanied women aged 18 or older who are homeless. Please call to complete an intake over the phone in order to be placed on the waiting list. Teresa’s will not complete intakes before 8:00am and does not accept walk-ins. This program is located in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago.
Phone number: (312) 944-8669
Participants and Staff Celebrate Deborah’s Place Silver Anniversary
The gym of the Rebecca Johnson Apartments at 2822 W. Jackson Blvd. was filled with dozens of smiling faces on Wednesday, September 22nd as Deborah’s Place participants and staff came together to celebrate the organization’s 25 years of service.
Over 140 participants and staff from our five housing programs and two daytime drop-in Learning Centers socialized, ate, danced, and reminisced throughout the afternoon. The gym was adorned with silver and purple balloons and dozens of tables were lined with shiny purple tablecloths. Hung on the walls were life-sized plastic doors representing each of the past and current programs of Deborah’s Place, on which guests were encouraged to write and post their fondest memories of those programs. “Freedom,” “Getting to know all the amazing women,”...
Choose to Shine supports Deborah’s Place on October 2nd!
Come out on October 2nd for appetizers and drinks at the Captain Morgan Club in Wrigleyville and support a good cause!
Choose to Shine, a non-profit organization designed to provide a forum uniting people and raising money for various charities, is hosting a private party in support of several local charities, including Deborah’s Place. The event will feature an appetizer buffet, call brand cocktails, house wines, beer and soft drinks for $35. See the flyer below for more details.
Deborah’s Place Hosts Press Conference for 100,000 Homes Campaign’s Registry Week
On the sunny morning of August 18, 2010, Deborah’s Place hosted a press conference to kick off Chicago’s Registry Week for Common Ground’s 100,000 Homes Campaign– a nationwide effort to place the most vulnerable homeless residents in permanent housing. A crowd of 40 press representatives and other campaign supporters gathered in the courtyard of Deborah’s Place’s Rebecca Johnson Apartments to hear comments from Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Family and Support Services Commissioner Mary Ellen Caron, Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness CEO Nancy Radner, Deborah’s Place Executive Director Audrey Thomas, and Deborah’s Place tenant Pam Boyd.
Mayor Daley speaks about homelessness in Chicago while officials and Homeless Services providers look on....
Jeans Event to Benefit Deborah’s Place
Now through August 31st, the Shops at North Bridge will be collecting gently used jeans at their “Great Denim Days” event on the first floor of the store. Shoppers will be able to donate jeans to the women of Deborah’s Place in exchange for discounts and special offers at the Shops.
ABC7 News featured this event on their August 9, 2010 broadcast, which included advice on how to find jeans appropriate for your body type. Click the picture below to view the story.
This is the second year that the Shops at North Bridge is partnering with Deborah’s Place for this event, and we are so excited to be a beneficiary. Click here to read about last year’s event.
Interested in donating other items to Deborah’s Place? Click here for details!
Support Deborah’s Place at Trader Vic’s!
Trader Vic’s is dedicating Wednesday nights to the ladies of Chicago, and this Wednesday, August 4, 2010, to the women of Deborah’s Place!
Trader Vic’s will also be offering drink and dinner specials during “Ladies Night,” and a portion of the night’s proceeds will benefit Deborah’s Place. See the flyer below for details.
Hope to see you there!
Trader Vic’s is located at:
1030 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610-5476
Phone: (312) 642-6500
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Deborah’s Place Featured in the Chicago Tribune and on CBS 2!
Deborah’s Place was featured in the Chicago Tribune on Friday, July 30, 2010. Pat Dunnigan’s story paints a beautiful picture of Deborah’s Place’s core vision of compassion throughout our 25 years.
Please click here to view “‘Housing first,’ help that lasts.”
Also, please see a video clip about long time volunteer Penny Applegate, which aired on CBS 2 on June 28, 2010.
25th Anniversary Celebration Event a Success!
On Thursday, June 17, 2010, Deborah’s Place celebrated a quarter century of service at the 25th Anniversary Celebration Event at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
Almost 270 friends and supporters gathered together for a sold-out event celebrating 25 years of breaking the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago. The memorable evening featured an exciting live auction and paddle raise, thirteen raffle packages, and a seated dinner, and raised over $80,000 for Deborah’s Place! The event was featured in several media outlets: Crain’s Chicago Business Blog, on the ABC 7 news, and on the NBC 5 News.
Guests strolled throughout the conservatory during the champagne reception and read about Deborah’s Place 25-year history along the way
Board Member Paul Haase and wife...
Deborah’s Place Waiting Lists Opening!
Two programs of Deborah’s Place will open their waiting lists in the next few weeks.
The Rebecca Johnson Apartments will be opening their waiting list on Thursday, June 24th for 1 hour only: 1pm to 2pm. Applicants must be unaccompanied homeless females, aged 18 or older, who are not full-time students.
To apply, please come to 2822 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612.
Teresa’s Interim Housing Program will open their waiting list on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 8:00 am. Applicants must be unaccompanied homeless females, aged 18 or older.
Please call 312-944-8669 to complete an intake over the phone in order to be placed on the waiting list. If the phone is busy, please hang up and call back until your speak with an actual person. Messages left on the voice mail do not qualify anyone...
Contribute to Deborah’s Place at Jam on July 10!
Nocturne: A Midnight Brunch and Benefit
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Jam – 937 N. Damen Avenue
Reception begins at 10:00 PM
Cost to enter the reception is a charitable donation at the door
Midnight Brunch seating at 11:30 PM
$55 per person
Call (773) 489-0302 for reservations
Contact Jerry Suqi at (312) 617-8711 with additional questions
Jam and Deborah’s Place are celebrating anniversaries together!
This month, Jam, a popular new brunch and dinner spot located in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago, will hold a midnight brunch to commemorate its one-year anniversary and to benefit Deborah’s Place.
Nocturne will be on Saturday, July 10, at Jam – 937 North Damen Avenue. It will start at 10:00 PM in the Sculpture Garden with an hour of passed canapes and live music from...
Deborah’s Place Featured on US 99.5!
Hear a recent radio interview with Deborah’s Place’s Executive Director, Audrey Thomas, on US 99.5 (WUSN-FM). This segment aired on Sunday, June 13, 2010, on the Weekend Journal with Lisa Kosty.
This clip is in mp3 format, and can be played using the Apple QuickTime player, available for free download.
Deborah’s Place 25th Anniversary Celebration Event!
You’re invited to the…
25th Anniversary Celebration Event!
Join us for the high point of our year-long celebration of Deborah’s Place’s history as we mark 25 years of service to women who are and who have been homeless!
The evening will feature a champagne reception, seated dinner, live auction, music, and fantastic raffle prizes.
We throw a great party! See how we celebrated our achievements last year at our 2009 Gala, and 2009 Mardi Gras Bead Bash.
Please Join Us!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624
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View the auction and raffle items for the Event!
The event has reached full capacity, and ticket sales are now closed. Please consider supporting the event by making...
Watch a Clip of Deborah’s Place on ABC 7′s Chicagoing!
On May 23, 2010, Deborah’s Place was featured on ABC 7 Chicago’s “Chicagoing” with Bill Campbell. The segment featured a discussion of the issues facing homeless women today, remarks on the successes and challenges at Deborah’s Place through 25 years of breaking the cycle of homeless for women in Chicago, and stories from Deborah’s Place tenant Ayisha Abdul, Board Member Kim Cole, and Executive Director Audrey Thomas.
“Chicagoing” is a weekly television show of ABC 7 Local that discusses issues impacting Chicago residents. Please visit the Chicagoing website for more information about the show.
The Chicagoing featuring Deborah’s Place was shown on Sunday, May 23, 2010, at 11:00am on ABC 7. View the video below to watch the segment online!
Cubs Care Supports Marah’s Permanent Housing
Cubs Care, a Fund of the McCormick Foundation, recently awarded a generous grant to support Marah’s Permanent Housing. At the grant reception in late April, 2010, staff of Marah’s was able to meet several Cubs celebrities, and we wanted to share the experience with you!
Pictured from left to right: Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, Marah’s Permanent Housing Clinical Services Coordinator Charla Weatherby, Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin, Cubs play-by-play announcer Len Kasper.
For more information on Cubs Care, please visit their website.
Professional Auxiliary Board’s Silver Spring Celebration a Shining Success!
On March 25, 2010, the Professional Auxiliary Board (PAB), the junior board of Deborah’s Place, welcomed over 80 guests at Shikago Restaurant in the Loop for their Silver Spring Celebration to raise funds for the women and work of Deborah’s Place, and to celebrate the agency’s 25th silver anniversary of breaking the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago.
The event was a memorable evening, raising over $7,000. Throughout the evening, guests sipped on silver-themed drinks and wine, nibbled on Asian-inspired hors d’oeuvres, and swayed to music from DJ Samm as they networked with like-minded professionals.
DJ Samm’s beats brought guests and staff to the dance floor
Jackie Warrick (2nd from right) and guests enjoy drinks and appetizers at a table
New Board Member!
Deborah’s Place extends a warm welcome to our newest member of the Board of Directors, K. Sujata. Sujata is the Director of Programs at the Eleanor Foundation and adds a wealth of skills to our now 15-member Board. Read more about Sujata and the rest of our Board on our Board of Directors page.
Come Celebrate with us at the Silver Spring Celebration
Deborah’s Place Professional Auxiliary Board presents the…
Silver Spring Celebration!
Join 150 socially-conscious modern professionals for an evening in support of the ladies of Deborah’s Place: the Silver Spring Celebration – March 25!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
5:30 – 9:00 PM
VIP After Hours until 10:00 PM
160 W. Adams, Chicago
The Professional Auxiliary Board (PAB) of Deborah’s Place cordially invites you to join them in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the organization we all cherish. The Silver Spring Celebration is an event to honor the women of Deborah’s Place. The evening will feature a live DJ, delectable food from Shikago, silver-themed cocktails, a silent auction and a very special VIP after hours social. Silent Auction items will include items such as sporting...
The Chili Cook Off Was a Blast!
A Great Time was had by all at the 2nd Annual Deborah’s Place Chili Cook-Off!
Over 60 guests spiced up their weekend at the Deborah’s Place President’s Circle’s Second Annual Chili Cook-Off on January 30, 2010. Held in the gym at the Rebecca Johnson Apartments, the event was a great success! The chili competition was tough, with fourteen chilis vying for guests’ votes.
Bluegrass duo Long Journey Home kept the party festive, while party-goers took tours of the building given by Deborah’s Place tenants and staff. The dozen children (and children at heart!) also watched a performance by Biz the Clown, played Bags, and enjoyed coloring activities.
Below are some pictures from the event.
President’s Circle member Cheryl Kobetsky (far right) talks with her...
You’re Invited to the 2nd Annual DP Chili Cook-Off!
Music! Fun! Friends! Kids’ Games! Tours! It’s the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off!
The Deborah’s Place Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the President’s Circle, resumes for its second fabulous year! Please join us for a child-friendly afternoon of food and activities to support the women and work of Deborah’s Place. Bring a crock pot of your own chili and see how it stands up to our other cooks, or just come for the tasting and fun!
Photo Credit: Amy Onesti
Please join us this year for live music, a bean counting contest, a clown and games for kids, and tours of the Rebecca Johnson Apartments.
Competitors: Please bring your chili ready in a crock pot at 2:00 PM, as tasting will begin immediately. We will provide an electrical outlet. Don’t forget your ladle and any desired...
Holiday Thank Yous!
Holiday Thank Yous!
We thank these individuals, organizations, churches, and companies that hosted holiday parties and in-kind collections on behalf of Deborah’s Place. Their support, and the support of the many others who contributed this season, makes the holidays brighter for women in need.
The Body Shop – State Street location, Chicago
Chicago Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals
Compubill Inc. employees
Marguerite Delacoma, Jane LoSasso, Margy Matthews and Betty Servatius
Dixon Elementary School, Students Who Care Group
Jones Day employees
Maria Pintos Studio
Markel Co. employees
Mary Seat of Wisdom Church
Metropolitan Club Women’s Group
Oscar Meyer Elementary School
Navistar – Health, Safety, Security and Productivity Department
GlobalGiving Open Challenge (It’s On!)
Deborah’s Place needs your help before 12/21/09! If 45 more donors give a total of $3200, we will secure a permanent spot on Global Giving’s website!
Deborah’s Place is Participating in the GlobalGiving Open Challenge this season!
Between November 24 and December 21, 2009, Deborah’s Place is participating in the GlobalGiving Open Challenge. GlobalGiving is an online marketplace that connects supporters to the causes and countries they care about, just like Deborah’s Place.
The GlobalGiving Open Challenge is a chance for Deborah’s Place to earn a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website – but only if we can mobilize at least 50 individual supporters to raise $4,000 during this time period. Please help us obtain a permanent spot on the international GlobalGiving...
The Body Shop Holds Holiday Drive for DP!
The Body Shop Holds “Shopping for Change” Holiday Drive for Deborah’s Place
Throughout November and December, The Body Shop, located at 3 North State Street, Chicago, is asking their customers to shop for change – change in the community. Customers and supporters of Deborah’s Place can purchase a bath or beauty product of $10 or more to go to the women of Deborah’s Place, or they can give a monetary contribution of $10 or more to support our vital programs and services. In exchange, customers and supporters receive a raffle ticket for fabulous prizes, supplied by The Body Shop and surrounding retailers. The raffle will be drawn at The Body Shop on December 1, 2009, at 12:00 PM.
Stop by The Body Shop on State Street for some holiday shopping and help support the women of Deborah’s...
Chicago Sinfonietta Concert to Benefit Deborah’s Place!
The Chicago Sinfonietta presents its Holiday Concert: a Global Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30pm.
In the spirit of giving, The Chicago Sinfonietta will donate $5 for every $25 adult admission sold through Deborah’s Place!
For tickets, and to ensure that Deborah’s Place receives the donated portion of your ticket, call the Sinfonietta box office at (312) 236-3681, extension 2, and tell them that you are participating in the Deborah’s Place donation program.
Chicago Sinfonietta’s Holiday Concert
Harris Theater (205 E Randolph, Chicago)
Wednesday, December 16
Tickets at 312-236-3681 x2
We’ll see you there!
The Fall Newsletter is Here!
Our Fall 2009 Newsletter has arrived! Please click here to read about the latest happenings at Deborah’s Place.
The Fall 2009 contents include:
25th Anniversary Celebration
From Audrey’s Desk
Teresa’s Alumni Gathering
Donor Spotlight – Joanna Rupp
Welcome New Board Members
Volunteer Spotlight – Advisory Council
Marah’s and Teresa’s Waiting Lists are Now Full
The waiting lists of Marah’s Permanent Housing and Teresa’s Interim Housing opened for new applicants on September 23rd and 24th. Both programs received a high response, and have filled their waiting lists to capacity. Teresa’s became filled within two hours!
Thank you to everyone who called, and to everyone who passed the word along. We look forward to meeting the future Deborah’s Place women in the upcoming months, as together we help break the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago.
New Radio Story on Homelessness
We have added a new piece to our Research & Resources page!
“Homeless in Chicago: Calling a Patch of Grass Home” is a story that aired on Chicago Public Radio on September 1, 2009. The article covers homelessness in Chicago through an interview with Ed Laster, a homeless man living in Uptown in 2009.
The Summer Newsletter is Here!
Check your mailboxes for the summer edition of “The Home Page,” DP’s latest newsletter!
In this Edition:
DP News: Women’s Wellness Celebration
DP News: Garden Pot-Luck Party
From Audrey’s Desk
15th Annual Gala Recap
Volunteer Spotlight: Meena Chelvakumar & Deloitte
Donor Spotlight: Partners in Hope
DP Summer Wish List
Click here for a pdf of the newsletter.
Didn’t get a copy in the mail? Let us know you’d like to receive one.
Support Deborah’s Place with a gift this summer.
New Home Kits for Teresa’s Women
Teresa’s Interim Housing provides a temporary home for women transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. These women arrive with only as much as they can carry: mostly clothing and other essentials.
Teresa’s women have at most a few days notice of when they will move into permanent housing. This is not enough time to plan, budget, or shop for their new needs.
Here’s where you come in!
Help Teresa’s women enter their new home in style by providing New Home Kits!
These are care packages that will be given directly to women moving into their new housing.
A New Home Kit is:
Bedding (pillow, pillow case, sheets, blanket)
Bathing items (towels, shower curtain and rings, new full-sized toiletries)
Cleaning items (garbage can, cleaning rags)
Lighting (lamps, light bulbs)
Pre-Applications for Rebecca Johnson Apartments Accepted July 8th
The Rebecca Johnson Apartments, at 2822 W Jackson Blvd in Chicago, accepted pre-applications from 10:00am until 2:00pm on Wednesday, July 8th. During these four hours, 168 applications were accepted! Thank you to all who made the process run so smoothly.
It is clear that homeless women in Chicago are in vital need of services. We look forward to the new ladies who will move into the Rebecca Johnson Apartments in the upcoming months as we continue to break the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago.
Take Action Now to Preserve Supportive Housing Funding!
Staff, Participants, Board, Interns and Volunteers of Deborah’s Place:
Please read the following and act today and tomorrow to help ensure that funding for supportive housing services provided to organizations like Deborah’s Place stays in the Illinois state budget. This is money that funds services at all of our sites.
Deborah’s Place is supporting an increase in the state income tax if there are provisions to safeguard funding for supportive housing and services.
What is happening:
The state is $12 billion in debt. Federal economic stimulus funding will fill in $4 billion, leaving us $8 billion in debt.
Gov. Quinn proposed an income tax increase with protections for low and moderate income households.
There are only 40 votes in the House for an income tax increase. 60 votes...
The Soloist and Deborah’s Place
The Soloist and Deborah’s Place
We’re excited about the new movie that is out in theaters– “The Soloist.” The film portrays an L.A. Times reporter who befriends a man who is homeless and mentally ill, living on L.A.’s skid row. The man turns out to have been a musical prodigy in his youth.
The type of housing that this man eventually moves into is harm reduction supportive housing– the same type of housing that Deborah’s Place provides. The movie also sends the same message that we at Deborah’s Place espouse– that relationship building and supportive housing are the key to helping people move from homelessness to stability. We are encouraged and excited that this message is being broadcast in such a public way.
Let us know what...
IL State Representative Visits Deborah’s Place
Tenants and staff of the Rebecca Johnson Apartments welcomed Illinois 10th District Representative Annazette Collins on April 20th. Representative Collins was given a tour by one of the Deborah’s Place Divas and then visited the Learning Center for a question and answer session with tenants.
Deborah’s Place Executive Director Audrey Thomas, Representative Collins, and Rebecca Johnson Apartments tenant Renee pose for a picture before their building tour.
Deborah’s Place and Six Flags Team Up for “Coasters for a Cause” Day– Saturday, May 2nd
Kick-start your summer with thrilling rides, great food and exciting shows while raising money for women in need at Six Flags Great America!
Get your tickets today for reduced admission to the theme park in Gurnee, IL on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009! Tickets for this special fundraiser day are only $26 (normal price is $54.99!) and include a pass to return another day for only $15 a person. The park is open from 10:00 AM– 8:00 PM.
Six Flags Great America is located just off of Interstate #94 in Gurnee, IL. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 773-638-6539. A portion of each ticket sale benefits the programs and services of Deborah’s Place.
Gifts in Honor of Women’s History Month 2009
Thank you to everyone who celebrated the women in their lives by donating to the women of Deborah’s Place!
Scroll down to see those who have been honored.
Women’s History Month Honorees:
Kathy Booton Wilson
Sister Pat Crowley
The women of Deborah’s Place
New Job Opportunity at Deborah’s Place!
We have just posted a new job opportunity at Deborah’s Place. Come be a part of our team as the Director of Development! See our Jobs & Internships page for more details, and pass on the word to any qualified candidates you may know. Thanks!
In Brief – Spring News
SIMPLE WAYS TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE:
Do you know all of the different ways you can support our vital services and help break the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago? It’s so easy!
• Donate your old car to Donate for Charity or your old cell phones and ink cartridges to Green Sweep in Deborah’s Place name.
• Ask your church or temple to hold a Sunday collection for Deborah’s Place.
• Plan a third-party fundraiser with your friends.
• Motivate your co-workers to start an office collection of toiletries, cleaning supplies or gift cards.
• Do your shopping through www.igive.com and name Deborah’s Place as your charity of choice.
• Simply search the internet by using www.goodsearch.com!
Spring Volunteer Spotlight
The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and ComEd are no strangers to the Deborah’s Place newsletter. Last June, CNT and ComEd retrofitted light bulbs in the buildings at 1530 N. Sedgwick, replacing the old ones with new, long-lasting energy-efficient bulbs.
Well they’re at it again. This February the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Energy Saver’s Program joined forces with ComEd Energy to provide and install 39 new energy-efficient refrigerators to the women who live in the Patty Crowley Apartments at 1530 North Sedgwick. Their assistance allows better food storage to women who have experienced homelessness and who are struggling to stay within their budgets. It also helps Deborah’s Place save money on our electric bills – money that can now be spent on vital services...
Spring Donor Spotlights
SCALAMBRINO & ARNOFF
and JANE HESSE
In 1989 a young legal associate by the name of Alisa Arnoff was asked if she could answer some legal questions from the Administration team at the then four-year-old Deborah’s Place. As a volunteer for a domestic violence organization, Alisa thought it was a natural endeavor for her to work with an organization that provides vital services for women. Now today, twenty years later, Alisa is a partner in her own law firm, Scalambrino & Arnoff, and continues along with all of the members of the firm to diligently provide pro-bono employment-related legal advice to Deborah’s Place.
Scalambrino & Arnoff was founded on the idea of “offering highly personalized service tailored to each client’s unique needs”, a concept that is carried...
Deborah’s Place Spring Program News
STAYING A LEADER IN CHANGE
and RECENT HAPPENINGS
When it comes to delivering effective services to women who are homeless and formerly homeless, it is important to stay ahead of the curve. That’s why Deborah’s Place is always looking for innovative and creative ways to help women achieve their goals of stable housing, sustainable income and greater self-determination.
This Spring, Deborah’s Place is continuing to uphold this commitment with the beginning of our annual intern recruitment process. Each year, three Intern Information Meetings are held to recruit interns for the upcoming year. Schools of Social Work, Psychology, and Art Therapy, such as the Loyola University of Chicago School of Social Work and the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art Therapy, are contacted...
A Fun Day Had by All at the Diane Hamilton Photography Accessories Show!
On March 3rd, 2009, Diane Hamilton Photography in Wilmette opened the studio for a special showing of the latest jewelry, purses, belts, home decor and designer stationary, all to benefit Deborah’s Place!
The event drew a great turnout. Shoppers had a fun time and raised over $600 for the women of Deborah’s Place.
Thanks to everyone who participated, and to Diane Hamilton Photography for hosting the event! Your generosity makes a big difference in our work breaking the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago.
A Blast at the Bead Bash!
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Over 100 guests partied the night away at the 7th Annual Deborah’s Place Mardi Gras Bead Bash on February 24th, 2009. Hosted by the Deborah’s Place Professional Auxiliary Board (PAB), the Bead Bash helped raise funds for the women of Deborah’s Place and end the cycle of homelessness for the women of Chicago.
Guests drank traditional New Orleans hurricanes, bid on the 25 silent auction items, and purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win round-trip airline tickets, among other prizes.
Scroll down for some pictures of the event!
Thank you to our event sponsors!
Our Gold level sponsors, pictured here from left to right with PAB president Brandon Eckenrode:
*Paul and Melissa Haase
*Gemma Allen (and Ronald Ladden,...
Teresa’s Waiting List is Now Closed
Thank you to everyone who referred women, and to those who called themselves. Teresa’s waiting list is now full once again.
Chili Cook-Off a Success!!
1st Annual Deborah’s Place Chili Cook-Off a great success!
On Saturday, January 24th, the Deborah’s Place President’s Circle held its First Annual Chili Cook-Off in the Deborah’s Place gym at 2822 W. Jackson. The event was a great success, bringing in over 65 guests and raising almost $2000!
Seventeen guests brought chili, which guests tasted and voted on. Party-goers also enjoyed music from bluegrass duo Long Journey Home and took tours of the building given by Deborah’s Place tenants and staff. Children also played Baggo, had their face painted, visited the coloring table, and received balloons.
Congratulations to our chili winners!
Hottest – Mike Burchinal and family
Best Vegetarian – Mary Whalen
Most Original – Michael Stanek
Best Overall – Mike Burchinal and...
New agency forms added
We’ve added our 990 tax forms and annual reports for fiscal year 2008. Please see them on our financials page.
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Special Ways of Giving to Deborah’s Place
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With soaring food and gas prices, coupled with a lack of affordable housing, Deborah’s Place needs your help more than ever! City, state and county budget cuts have drastically reduced essential services to people who are homeless in the city of Chicago.
At this time, all of Deborah’s Place permanent and interim housing have waiting lists of at least a year and we anticipate that demand for housing will increase in 2009.
In addition, over the past year, Deborah’s Place has seen a dramatic rise in the number of women living on the street who are dropping in at our Learning Centers to access supportive services. As a result of this increased demand for services,...
Deborah’s Place Spotlights
Donor Spotlight: Fourth Presbyterian Church
Home to many programs that provide services to the needy such as the Chicago Lights program, the Chicago Avenue Community Garden, and a great support of Deborah’s Place, the Fourth Presbyterian Church sits as a hub of worship and charity on Chicago’s famous magnificent mile. Several members of Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church currently volunteer at Deborah’s Place through their service on commissions, and by serving meals to our programs.
In November 2007, we opened On-Site Mini Clinics. As a component of our Health Services program, these clinics will help women improve their health and reduce health crises that require costly emergency room visits. The mini clinics are staffed through partnerships with 4th Presbyterian...
Supporters Gather to Celebrate Deborah’s Place
Supporters Gather to Celebrate Deborah’s Place
2008 Gala Makes History!
Friday, May 30, 2008–The 2008 Gala was the highest grossing gala in the history of Deborah’s Place! The gala grossed over $191,000 this year and exceeded revenue expectations. Thanks to our wonderful supporters and auctioneer Jeff Brown, the live auction raised over $28,000 and the gala paddle raise brought in a whopping $45,000 for Deborah’s Place programs and operations! Ticket sales, corporate sponsorship and contributions generated over $85,000. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this year’s gala!
The International Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel was a bustle with friends and supporters of Deborah’s Place, as we hosted our 14th Annual Gala. Guests were treated to musical...
The Heart of Deborah’s Place
Scholarship Fund Creates Opportunity for Participant
Dear Deborah’s Place,
It’s me, Irene. I am writing to give you a short update on how I am doing. I couldn’t be better. Well, I could always be better (think lotto winner) but I’m still moving forward and that’s what counts. I still have my hopes for a small cottage business of handcrafted items to sell at the arts and crafts fair markets.
Remember when I was trying to teach myself to quilt? There were patterns and colors and instructions flying through my brain! When I found a quilting class, Deborah’s Place was there with a grant from the Scholarship Fund. It was not only enough to cover the class but the materials I needed as well. Suddenly, all those patterns and colors made sense!
Not long ago, I found...
From the Desk of the Executive Director
Welcome to our first e-newsletter! We hope that you take the time to read about the great things happening at Deborah’s Place.
We ended our fiscal year on a high note with our annual Gala celebration. More than 300 people came out to enjoy an evening of food, fellowship and fundraising. We were, once again, overwhelmed by the generosity and support that made the event a success.
We have much to celebrate. Some of our achievements for FY’08 include:
• Serving almost 400 women, 10% more women than the previous year
• Assisting 90 women to improve their housing status
• Housing retention rate was 97%
• 0 evictions
• Receiving a MetLife Foundation award for excellence in Supportive Housing
• Expanding our housing resources through the...
Neighborhood Benefits From RJA Tenant Initiative
Neighborhood Benefits From RJA Tenant Initiative
Monday, July 21st 2008 at 9:00 a.m., 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti and tenants of the Rebecca Johnson Apartments cut the ribbon for a new bus shelter located near 2822 W. Jackson Blvd.
The Apartments, owned and operated by Deborah’s Place, are home to 90 women who are formerly homeless. This bus shelter serves as a source of comfort and security for tenants, staff and community. It also represents a victory for the tenants at RJA who met with Alderman Fioretti last year and requested the bus shelter.
The morning included an official ribbon cutting as well as a coffee hour where Alderman Fioretti had the opportunity to talk with tenants and staff about the process of obtaining the bus shelter as well as other issues and concerns that...
WomanCraft to Join Heartland Alliance
WomanCraft to join Heartland Alliance
WomanCraft, Heartland Alliance and Deborah’s Place are pleased to announce that on July 1, 2008, WomanCraft, Chicago’s premiere hand-crafted paper social enterprise came under the banner of Heartland Human Care Services.
WomanCraft, an eco-friendly and fair trade social enterprise in the North Lawndale neighborhood produces handmade, recycled paper products including wedding invitations and other special event items, notecards, stationery and gifts. WomanCraft is a winner of Mayor Richard Daley’s GreenWorks award for environmentally responsible products.
WomanCraft was founded in 1998 by Deborah’s Place to provide employment opportunities for the women it serves. Deborah’s Place, an organization that is breaking the cycle of...
Matching Gift Program
Double Your Donation to Deborah’s Place
Did you know that your employer might match your contribution to Deborah’s Place? You can double your donation if your company offers a matching gift program! To see if your company offers a matching gift program, check the list below or inquire with your employer.
4charity Systems LLC
ACCO Brands Inc.
Adams Harkness & Hill Inc.
Adobe Systems Inc.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
Alexander Haas Martin & Partners
Allegro MicroSystems Inc.
Alliance Capital Management, LP
Allied Tube & Conduit
Altria Group Inc.
American Express Co.
American International Group Inc.