The Inner Voice, Inc. was founded in 1984 by Rev. Robert Johnson with the aim of providing Chicago’s homeless population with the means to become self-reliant. Initially, Inner Voice operated out of a store-front location on West Madison Street; and provided overnight shelter residents with meals, clothing and a refuge during the day. Within a few years the agency’s founder saw that Inner Voice needed to provide more if it was to make a lasting impact on the lives of the people that were coming in day after day. Reverend Johnson held an abiding faith that people, regardless of their struggles and difficulties, were deserving of support in obtaining permanent housing and regaining self-respect. In 1991, Reverend Johnson began recruiting other visionaries who were willing to volunteer countless hours to support the agency’s mission. Within one year, Inner Voice had established the Rev. Robert Johnson Learning Center and the Pioneer House – its first transitional housing program.
For over thirty years, Inner Voice has provided services responding to the needs of the community, and today, the organization operates two Interim Housing programs, four social service programs and two permanent housing programs, one dedicated for persons with disabilities.
Last year, 1,552 households, including 408 children and 166 veterans, benefited from Inner Voice’s services. Inner Voice’s programs achieved the following milestones: 471 adults and children were linked with safe, stable housing; Over 400 individuals received job training and job search assistance; 382 were successfully linked with employment.
Although these accomplishments are significant, the true measure of the agency’s success will be a steady reduction in the number of households that are impacted by homelessness. In the years to come, we will continue to partner with groups and individuals that share our vision.
We believe that everyone, regardless of their current circumstance is entitled to have a “place to call home” and that with your help it is possible to end homelessness. Please join us.
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