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Our Successes

Since its founding in 1983, HOW has empowered thousands of clients to break the cycle of poverty and achieve permanent housing, long-term economic stability, and empower them toward lifelong self-sufficiency. Here is a snapshot of our successes.

Shelter from the Storm
Alicia and her five children found themselves homeless after she quit her job to care for her sick mother. Alicia’s mother eventually died and with nowhere to go and no income, the family was forced onto the streets. After living in a homeless shelter for a few months Alicia thought they would never have a place to call home again.  Then, they were connected to HOW through a transitional program and life started looking up again. They moved into an apartment made available through HOW’s subsidized housing program and Alicia eventually found a job using HOW’s employment services. One of HOW’s partners, Baird & Warner even provided the family with furniture to fill their new home. Alicia continues to work; one of her daughters is attending Loyola University and another is a high school honor student.  It’s amazing what some shelter can do.
More than 90% of HOW’s permanent supportive housing clients have retained that housing.

From the Bottom Up
Victoria traveled a long way up—up from 26 years of heroin addiction and the pain and agony that it caused her and her loved ones.  With HOW’s help she has been sober for five years and is currently a sponsor for recovering addicts at Haymarket Recovery Center and the Mustard Seed. She is also a keynote speaker at a number of recovery venues. Victoria has been gainfully employed for five years now.  She is also completing educational classes in chemical dependency to fulfill her goal of becoming a licensed drug and alcohol counselor. 
60% of HOW’s clients have a history of substance abuse.
85% of those in recovery adhere to their “Contract for Sobriety.”

Building a New Life
Zella works for a Chicago construction company, but her greatest re-building project was her life.  After being victimized through years of domestic violence, Zella and her four young children came to HOW in search of a new life. HOW helped Zella secure permanent housing and a permanent future.  While she is busy raising roof beams, her children attend school in Indiana.  All are busy building a better future.
75% of clients have survived domestic and/or family violence.



Angela’s Story
Learn more about HOW it all begins with a place called home by watching Angela’s story.



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