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RSSI is raising funds to support Veterans this Memorial Day!

This Memorial Day, we’re asking you to help us support Chicago’s veterans.
I’d like to tell you about Milton:

Milton was a homeless veteran living on the streets for 2 years before he was referred to Renaissance Social Services. He suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and struggled with depression after being honorably discharged from the US Navy.  He reflects on his homeless experience:

“I was mentally messed up,” Milton said. “I wanted to run away from my problems and ended up living in the streets. You name it, I slept there– parks, benches, and riding the CTA all night.”

When Milton reached out to RSSI, he was struggling to stay safe and to stay healthy.  We found him a new home and helped him connect with important benefits, like Veterans Administration health care, so that he could deal with his physical and mental health problem. Joei Johnson, RSSI’s Rapid Re-Housing Specialist found Milton a new home, which Milton said makes the all the difference in his life.

This is what Milton had to say after working with RSSI:

“On the streets, it’s hard to take your medication. Now I have a stable place to live… I don’t have to sleep with one eye open. I’m always telling fellow vets– take the services offered to you from Renaissance.”

Renaissance Social Services is asking you to pitch in to honor Chicago’s homeless vets this Memorial Day. Our goal is to raise $2000 to provide housing and supportive services for veterans living on Chicago’s streets.

This year, our work with homeless veterans is especially critical. The proposed federal budget includes deep cuts to many of the programs that many veterans rely on: VA benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), nutrition programs, and housing assistance programs. We are working hard to serve as many veterans as possible and connect them with affordable housing, health care, and employment services to get them back on their feet.

We can’t do this without your help.

A gift of $25, $50, or $100 will support the many homeless veterans on Chicago’s streets and in shelters.

Please consider making a gift today.

Regards,

Michael Banghart

Join RSSI at Revolution Brewing on June 20th!

 

Join RSSI on June 20th to kick of the official start to summer!
We will have beer, snacks, raffles, and door prizes; bring a friend or two– or your whole office crew!

Date: June 20, 2017
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Revolution Brewing, 2323 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Tickets: $35 in advance/ $40 at the door/ $150 for 5 tickets
Buy your tickets here.

 

 

RSSI’s Spring newsletter has dropped!

Check out the latest about RSSI!  Our Spring 2017 newsletter has just dropped!

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Page 2 here.
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RSSI Executive Director featured on Chicago homelessness panel

RSSI’s Executive Director was featured on a panel called “Taking Action to End Homelessness” on March 16 at the Weinberg-Newton Gallery in Chicago.  He spoke alongside several noted homelessness advocates in the City, including Nonni Brennan of All Chicago and Ronald Smith of the Speak Up program at Corporation for Supportive Housing.

The panel focused on exploring ways that CHicago agencies are actively working to address homelessness, independently and collaboratively.  The panel also focused on ways community members could take action to promote more affordable housing and homelessness services for Chicagoans.

You can watch the full discussion below.

Medicaid and Supportive Housing

logo: Renaissance Social ServicesRenaissance Social Services is excited to announce that on May 8th we received certification from the State of Illinois to provide Medicaid-funded mental health services to the men and women participating in our supportive housing programs.  With Medicaid certification, Renaissance will now be able to bill and collect payment from the state for the mental health services we provide daily – a critical component of the work we do to stabilize people’s lives and keep them securely housed.

Most of the people we serve have serious mental health needs and providing them with quality care is how we assist them on their path to stability and independence. It is how we help to break the cycle of homelessness among those who are most vulnerable to housing instability. This certification not only recognizes the quality of our services, but represents an important way for us to sustain and grow programs that have too often been underfunded in Illinois. We expect to begin billing for Medicaid-eligible services later this year.  For more information, please contact me at (773) 645-8900 extension 108.

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received services from RSSI in 2014

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RSSI on NBC

NBC 5’s Rob Stafford comes out to visit Renaissance Social Services in this Making A Difference segment from August 1, 2014. He met with Tommy who had been living in homelessness for years near RSSI’s West Side office before agreeing to accept our housing services and getting an apartment. http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/making-a-difference/269639151.html