“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...

When the polar vortex hit Chicago, it was the homeless who were hit the worst. While most of us stayed in the warmth of our homes, cars, or offices on those days, thousands of homeless, unable to find space in emergency shelters or warming centers, were left on their o...

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