Our History & Mission

Inner Voice was founded in 1984 by the late Reverend Robert Johnson with the focus of supporting socially and economically disadvantaged persons in their quest to obtain self-reliance and a place to call home.  Reverend Johnson began attending to the physical needs of individuals experiencing homelessness on the near west side of Chicago where he operated a soup kitchen.  He quickly realized that while food was essential to survival, a broader array of services was necessary to help people realize their potential and thrive, thus truly breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

Throughout its thirty-plus years of service to the homeless community, Inner Voice has been serving:

  • Very low or no income single men and women
  • Women and men with children
  • Two-parent families
  • Individuals and families “at-risk” of homelessness
  • Homeless veterans

Through its programs, Inner Voice assists individuals and families to rapidly secure permanent housing, establish an income and, whenever possible, gain employment that pays a living wage, supporting both the Housing First approach and the goals of Chicago’s Plan 2.0 A Home for Everyone.

Our Mission

Founded in 1984 by the late Reverend Robert Johnson, Inner Voice’s mission remains to support socially and economically disadvantaged persons in their quest to obtain self-reliance and a place to call home.

Inner Voice programs provide a continuum of care recognizing that individual participants will require different levels of service. Some reach housing stability and improve their life circumstances relatively quickly and are referred to permanent supportive housing. Others require more intense levels of intervention to reach their goals and are often served by one of Inner Voices’s two transitional housing programs and Chronic Homeless Initiative or the myriad of partner agencies that support the overall goal of improving the lives of those experiencing homelessness through stable housing and improved health.