March 26, 2020

Is race a predictor of success in Supportive Housing?

Renaissance has been focusing on racial equity within our programs and at the organization as a whole over the past year. This focus was ignited by the SPARC Phase One Study Findings published in 2018. We wanted to a...

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I want to take this opportunity to share with your all that Renaissance is doing to keep our participants and staff safe, and meet the needs of Chicago's homeless during this crisis.

Because Renaissance provides mental health services, ca...

September 27, 2019

Homelessness remains a national crisis in the U.S. Recent estimates via the Department of Housing and Urban Development show that there are still 552,830 homeless people across the country. The report also notes that the number of people in unsheltered locations h...

Renaissance has been focusing on racial equity within our programs and at the organization as a whole over the past year. This focus was ignited by the SPARC Phase One Study Findings published in 2018. We wanted to answer the question about whether African-American par...

July 3, 2019

The Buzz...(cont'd.)

And finally, summer is here! We all thought that the “spring” (or what passes for spring in Chicago) was going to stay forever. And now that summer is here, what does that mean for people who are homeless? When it’s below zero, we all understand tha...

“I Never Felt Settled”

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It's befitting to use this space to share what I have witnessed in my work with chronically homeless individuals who also experience issues with mental health. I vividly recollect a conversation with a partici...

Veteran homelessness is unacceptable. The idea that there are literally tens of thousands of veterans around this country who have sacrificed – body and mind – for this country only to end up living on the streets and in shelters is appalling.  It dishonors their servi...

April is National Volunteer Month. So it seems like a perfect time to introduce myself.

I’m Fidel Williams and I am the Community Engagement and Volunteer Services Manager for Renaissance Social Services, Inc. I’m also a three-term AmeriCorps Alumni, where I’ve complete...

Harm Reduction = Any Positive Change

Harm Reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of drug use and other high-risk behaviors.  It incorporates strategies that range from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence.  It meets and accepts...