1:30 PM13:30

Screening of "The Public" at Oak Park Public Library

The Oak Park Public Library will be hosting a screening of Emilio Estevez’s film, “The Public” in the second floor Veteran’s Room on October 27 from 1:30-4:30pm. Attend to see this powerful and heartfelt film that centers around a group of homeless individuals that occupy the Cincinnati Library during a polar vortex.

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10:30 AM10:30

Community Dedication of SoJourner House

  • 324 North Austin Boulevard Oak Park, IL, 60302 United States (map)
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For the first time in Suburban Cook County, there is an alternative to being discharged to homelessness from MacNeal Hospital/Loyola Medicine following treatment. SOJOURNER HOUSE offers a necessary respite.

Sojourner House is the first interim housing facility for the those experiencing homelessness in Suburban Cook County. The program will also serve families awaiting permanent housing placement with stable housing and it also serves as an alternative to the PADS shelter for those who with limited mobility.

Join us Thursday, September 12, from 10:30 a.m. to noon for a community dedication of SOJOURNER HOUSE at 324 N Austin Boulevard in Oak Park.

Sojourner House is the result of the power of strong partnerships between government, non-profit organizations, healthcare institutions and the community.

Sojourner House, located in Oak Park, is the first of its kind in suburban Cook County.  The five unit home and additional coach house, is designed to:

  • keep families together with short-term stable housing

  • be an accessible alternative to homeless shelters

  • provide temporary medical respite for post-treatment recovery

 A resident of SOJOURNER HOUSE will join the community leaders speaking Thursday.  The speakers include:

  • David Pope, Executive Director, Oak Park Housing Authority

  • Lynda Schueler, Executive Director, Housing Forward

  • Anan Abu-Taleb, Mayor, Village of Oak Park

  • Dr. Charles Bareis, Chief Medical Officer, MacNeal Hospital

  • Andrew, Resident of Sojourner House

SOJOURNER HOUSE not only serves those being released from the hospital, it ensures they have a place to go; and it puts the residents on a path to permanent supportive housing and serves as a bridge to housing stability.

To RSVP contact, cjackson@housingforward.org or 708.338.1724 x201.

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12:00 PM12:00

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Cookout

Join Fresh Thyme Farmers Market and the OPHC for a cookout at the Fresh Thyme River Forest location on Saturday, June 29 from 12-3pm. Food will be available for purchase, and there will be an information booth where you can learn more about the OPHC and our mission. Proceeds from this event will go to the OPHC for continued progress towards making homelessness in Oak Park rare, brief and one time.

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7:00 PM19:00

"The Public": Presented & Sponsored by OPHC and Oak Park Public Library

A new film directed by Emilio Estevez and featuring Alec Baldwin, Emilio Estevez, Rhymefest, Taylor Schilling and Christian Slater, The Public is the story of an act of civil disobedience that turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.

Join the OPHC and the Oak Park Public Library for a special screening of this powerful film, followed by a discussion with Lynda Schueler of Housing Forward and David Seleb of the Oak Park Public Library. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by clicking the button below. Attendee names will be on a list at the door; no physical tickets will be distributed.

Proceeds will go toward continued renovations of the Sojourner House transitional housing program via Housing Forward and the Oak Park Housing Authority, as well as the Jim Madigan Oak Park Public Library Staff Education Fund.

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12:00 PM12:00

Connecting the Dots: How to End Homelessness in Our Community

The Rotary Club of Oak Park - River Forest is hosting a luncheon followed by a presentation by the Oak Park Homelessness Coalition (OPHC) on February 27 from 12:00-1:30pm. Attend this presentation to hear Coalition members John Harris and Lisa DeVivo speak on how to connect the dots to end homelessness.

This event is open to the public, and there is a $13 fee for the luncheon.

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3:30 PM15:30

18th Annual Messiah Sing Along

Join the OPHC and Housing Forward at the 18th annual Messiah Sing Along event at First United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 2. Sing the chorus as you listen to the sounds of the orchestra, organ, and vocal soloists. Hear from Housing Forward Executive Director and Coalition member Lynda Schueler about our goals and progress. The event is free, and there will be an offering to benefit Housing Forward and provide services to those in our community who do not have stable housing. Fellowship reception to follow.

Singers and non-singers welcome!

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