Facing Forward

Why Do We Face Forward?

Envisioning a better future is the first step to empowerment. We turn our backs on homelessness and position ourselves to envision what’s next. We break the cycle of homelessness in Chicago by providing housing and social services that empower individuals to face forward to a new future. We know that connecting people to safe, stable, long-term housing first creates the best platform to address the root causes of homelessness.

Over the past five years, 85 percent of our clients have changed their lives and ended their cycle of homelessness. They have pride in their homes. They receive health care that improves their quality of life. They earn high school degrees and excel in college programs. And their children thrive.

Meet Our Team

Staff (Directors and Managers)

Rev. Douglas Bradshaw, Executive Director


Laura Bass, Director of Programs


Lashonda Milton, Director of Finance


Melissa Anson, Director of Development


Chanel Bailey, Contracts Manager


Alexis Clark, Operations Manager


Robret Simpson, Director of Operations & Human Resources


Edith Davis, Program Manager


Olandrian Glasper, Program Manager


Alexis Gregg, Grants Manager


Trevon Hagan, Accountant


Venus London, Program Manager


Marilyn Salazar, Communications and Events Manager


Canentra Williams, Program Manager


Board of Directors

Julie Hamilton, Board Chair

Principal, Brand Partner, +Intention

Bryce Bach, Board Vice-Chair

Principal, Oliver Wyman

Jeff Oskin, Board Treasurer

Vice President, J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC

Arnav Amin, Secretary

Executive Vice President, OHL North America

Harish Venkitaramanan, Governance Chair

Corporate Strategy Manager, Cisco Systems

Rev. Douglas Bradshaw, Executive Director

Facing Forward to End Homelessness

Ashwin Avasarala

Analytics Engagement Leader, KBS

Lynne Gillis

Principal, Information Resources, Inc.

Schundra Hubbard

Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Steve Larson

Client Partner, Fiserv

Christine Lopez

Vice President, BMO Harris Bank

Dr. Aaron R. Quarles

Emergency Physician, Northwestern Medicine

Michael Richmond

Sales Executive, The Horton Group

Raquel Salazar

Resident Representative

Matthew Tucker

Chief Commercial Officer and Board Member, NightWare

Stephanie Van Vlerah

Founder, Financial Illumination Advisors, LLC

Damon Warren

Co-Founder & CEO, Mission Driven IT, Inc.

Associate Board

Krystal Bradley, Co-Chair

1225 Old Town Property Management

Ethan Roeder, Co-Chair

First Midwest Bank

Tita Arroyo, Engagement Chair

LIFE LOVES Health Coaching

Mark Seconsky, Fundraising Chair

Mayer Brown

Ian Watkins, Marketing Chair

Chappell Communications

Cora McCusky


Carol Schmitz

Illinois Inst. of Technology

Malini Udayabhan

Discover Financial Services

Our Partners

Above and Beyond Recovery Center

Access Community Health Network

Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

All Chicago

Association House of Chicago

Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center

Breakthrough Urban Ministries

Cabrini Green Legal Aid

Cara Chicago


Casa Central

Catholic Charities

Center for Changing Lives

Center for Housing and Health

Chicago Commons

Chicago Family Health

Chicago Furniture Bank

Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network

Chicago Recovery Alliance

Christian Community Health Center

Claretian Associates


Connections for Abused Women and their Children

Cook County Health

Corporation for Supportive Housing

CPS Students in Temporary Living Situations

Cradles to Crayons

Deborah's Place

Department of Rehabilitative Services

Department of Family and Supportive Services

Erickson Institute


Friend Family Health Center

Goldie's Place


Greater Chicago Food Depository

Haymarket Center

Healthcare Alternative Systems

Heartland Alliance Health

Helping Her Live

Hines VA Medical Center

Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly

Housing Opportunities for Women

Howard Brown Health Centers

Inspiration Corporation

Interfaith Housing Development Corporation

Jackson Park Hospital

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center


La Casa Norte

Lawndale Christian Health Center

Lawrence Hall

Legal Aid Chicago (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation)

Mary Crane Center

Mercy Health

Metropolitan Family Services

Midwest Harm Reduction Institute

Mile Square Health Center

Mount Sinai Hospital

Near North Health Systems

New Moms

Northeastern Illinois University

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

One Summer Chicago

Ounce of Prevention

Pacific Garden Mission

PCC Wellness

Pilsen Wellness Center

Presence Health (Amita)

PrimeCare Community Health

Rush University

Rush University Medical Center

Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center

Safe Families for Children

Safer Foundation

Salvation Army

Share Our Spare

Sharing Connections Furniture Bank

SpiderMeka Portraits 

St. Bernard Hospital

St. Leonard's Ministry Michael Barlow Center

St. Sabina Church

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

The Boulevard

The Women's Treatment Center



UI Health

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Chicago

University of Chicago Medical Center

Westside Health Authority

Platinum Partners
  • Horwood Marcus & Berk
  • Chicago Wolves
Gold Partners
  • First Eagle Bank
  • Northern Trust
Silver Partners
  • The Horton Group


First Presbyterian Church of Evanston

First United Church of Oak Park

First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove

Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago

Glencoe Union Church

Knox Presbyterian Church, Naperville

Presbyterian Church of Western Springs

River Glen Presbyterian Church

Temple Jeremiah, Northfield

The Presbyterian Church in Orland Park

Yorkfield Presbyterian Church, Elmhurst

  • Leva Family Foundation
  • The Crown Family