If you have not yet made a tax-deductible gift in 2013, there's good news:
Gifts made on or after December 26 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by a $21,000 challenge grant from the Pierce Family Foundation.
Your gift can go twice as far to further the work ahead in 2014. We're grateful to you and all our supporters, and we're grateful for the community leaders we work with — people like Rolanda and Robert Lee.
“We were embarrassed about our situation. We did not want people to know,” said Rolanda Lee, recalling the time she and her husband first met Dollie Brewer.
For almost 17 years, Dollie has offered outreach at family shelters across Chicago. As a senior organizer, she helps the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) mobilize homeless families to speak up about the need for more affordable housing and fair wage jobs.
“Me and my husband discussed different things we’d like to do to give back to the community. When Dollie was talking, a light bulb went on,” Rolanda said.
Rolanda says it is empowering to involve other people in the couple’s work with CCH – inviting other families to rallies, speaking up in meetings with public officials. '
“I want to bring attention to the fact that homelessness has no one face, “ Rolanda said. “You could ride Metra or the CTA, sitting next to people who are dressed nice with their children, but you don’t know if they have somewhere to go at night.” Read More