This year, Inner Voice is celebrating 30 years of service to Chicago’s most vulnerable citizens. In its three decades of operation never has Inner Voice experienced more change than in the past 24 months. We’ve lost and gained staff, moved offices and been challenged to do more with less, a lot less. One thing has remained constant; Inner Voice’s mission to support socially and economically disadvantaged persons in their quest to obtain self-reliance and a place to call home. Today, inner Voice operates 7 programs serving families with children, veterans, ex-offenders and individuals experiencing the residual effects of domestic violence, substance abuse and/or mental health challenges. The primary goal of Inner Voice’s programs is to link individuals with long-term stability and well-being.
Some of you reading this have been long-time supporters of Inner Voice while others may be learning about our agency for the first time. Each and every one of you is extremely important to our ability to service those with little or nothing. Government money is shrinking and the demands on foundation and private resources have increased exponentially. Natural disasters around the globe have touched the hearts and pocketbooks of millions of people. Clearly, competition for funds has never been greater. YOU make the difference for Inner Voice and our ability to continue serving those most in need!
Imagine, a mother with a newborn infant and young child, lucky enough to finally find housing she can afford, move into their new apartment with nothing, not even a bed; no furniture, no blankets, no pillows… nothing. Or, imagine that you are a single male of color, trying to come backs from years of bad choices, beleaguered by barriers to moving forward. Most complained about and last to be helped. This type of man-made disaster is not an uncommon situation for our case managers and the many families and individuals they assist. It occurs on a daily basis in this city and throughout this country.
The need for services does not end there. In addition to physical resource needs such as housing, furnishings, clothing and transportation, other services such as job training, financial literacy, critical thinking and life skills training are sorely underfunded. All of these services are essential for our participants to become job-ready and successfully obtain and retrain employment. Economic self-sufficiency, a job, is the answer to homelessness for most of our service population.
Your donations can fund necessities such as:
- A starter kit of household items, $70 (singles); $265 (families)
- A transit card for one month, $100.00
- Identification documents, $15.00-$30.00
- Mattress, twin $170.00, full-size $205.00
Your contributions allow Inner Voice to fill the gaps in funding for critical services. As you review your choices for holiday giving, please consider Inner Voice, a 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt, non-profit organization. You will receive an acknowledgement letter from Inner Voice for your donation. Checks should be made out to The Inner Voice, Inc. and mailed to 567 W Lake Street, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60661, or visit our donation page at http://www.innervoicechicago.com/donate and click on the DONATE button to use PayPal.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at Inner Voice, thank you for your support and we wish you a peaceful and blessed holiday season and prosperous New Year.