Jackie

My job title is Director of the Elam Davies Social Service Center, and I have been in this position since December 2014.

My work involves executing the vision for the Elam Davies Social Service Center by building relationships with and providing services for men, women, and families who are in need of housing, food, clothing, health education, and support for their life’s journey.

What I like about my job is having the opportunity to work with a variety of programs and networks to best assist our guests on their journeys toward self-sufficiency.

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Organization

Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center
The Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center (EDSSC) meets basic human needs while working with partner agencies to support persons on their journey toward greater stability and self-sufficiency. Chicago Lights Mission Statement: To provide hope and opportunity to our city's children,… More

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8 supporters
Funded on 8/20/2013

Stanley from Chicago, IL

I finally have an apartment and a new job after 7 yrs homeless; I need bus fare to get to work

Bus fare will let me get to work so I can pay off past rent, from before I got my job, and save up to take the CDL exam. Then I'll finally be stable! More

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1 supporter
Funded on 10/19/2013

John from Chicago, IL

I'm getting my life back on track and I need a new state I.D. card to get started

I was homeless for 2 years & now that I have a home, I'm working towards finding a job & opening a bank account. A new state I.D. is the first step! More

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9 supporters
Funded on 2/10/2014

Kenneth from Chicago, IL

I just moved into my first apartment in 10 years! I need household items and cleaning supplies

I need bedding, kitchen items, and cleaning supplies to live comfortably and to keep my new apartment clean. It will help me make my apartment a home. More

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1 supporter
Funded on 12/24/2013

Calvin from Chicago, IL

I'm looking for housing & employment; I need a copy of my birth certificate to move forward

I'm in the process of moving my life forward with housing & employment. To take the next step, I need to provide my birth certificate documentation. More

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6 supporters
Funded on 7/28/2014

Sue from Chicago, IL

My son & I are starting fresh! We need basics for our home to launch forward.

My goal is to get my GED. Knowing that my son has a bed and other basics - a place to call home - will help me focus on my education! More

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12 supporters
Funded on 7/8/2014

Gary from Chicago, IL

Proudly transitioned from homelessness; I need basic household items for stability.

I was homeless for over 2 years. Essential household items will allow me to call this new place home, move forward and feel like a whole person again. More

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15 supporters
Funded on 7/22/2014

Angela from Chicago, IL

Trained & ready to start job interviews. I just need bus passes to get there!

I'm working hard towards my goals of employment and self-sufficiency. Transportation will help as I begin attending interviews & employment workshops. More

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9 supporters
Funded on 9/29/2015

Teresa from Chicago, IL

I'm excited to be back on my feet! A bed will get me off the floor & ready for work.

I just moved into my apartment after several difficult years. To feel rested, healthy and ready for work, I need a bed! More

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1 supporter
Funded on 9/16/2014

Levon from Chicago, IL

Finally housed after 9 yrs of homelessness; Need birth certificate to apply for jobs

I'm looking forward to rebuilding my life & finding employment. Having a birth certificate will help me apply for jobs, benefits & stable housing. More

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5 supporters
Funded on 12/12/2014

Kellie from Chicago, IL

I'm staying with family friends & need bedding items to sleep comfortably

My son and I need 2 futons, 2 small space heaters, and bedding to keep us warm this winter. Our air mattresses have punctured so we need new bedding. More

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3 supporters
Funded on 5/30/2014

Johnny from Chicago, IL

Proud to be housed! One-time help with electric will enable me to maintain my home.

I've been housed for 4 yrs after 10 yrs of homelessness. Unforeseen expenses set me back. I need one-time help with electric to keep moving forward. More

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12 supporters
Funded on 1/6/2015

Milton from Chicago, IL

I'm excited to have a space to call home! I need furniture for my new apartment.

I was homeless for 4 years and I've finally gotten my own apartment! It's empty, so I need some kitchen and bedroom furniture to make it a home. More

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7 supporters
Funded on 3/29/2015

Kenard from Chicago, IL

Caring for my daughter's family and my own health. I need bus passes to get around.

I'm looking for work, making my doctors' appointments, and caring for my grandkids. Bus passes will help me get everywhere I need to be. More

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8 supporters
Funded on 5/18/2015

Charles from Chicago, IL

Finally working again! Now all I need is a security deposit so I'll be housed.

I've been homeless since 2013, staying with family & friends. Now I have a job & can afford to rent a place of my own, but I need a security deposit. More

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2 supporters
Funded on 7/30/2015

Ricky from Chicago, IL

I'm so happy to be housed after 4 years of homelessness! I need to furnish my new apt

I'm working with a supportive housing agency but they don't have the funds for furniture. I only have a bed and a table, so I need other furniture. More

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5 supporters
Funded on 8/30/2015

Janie from Chicago, IL

Moving to a safe, affordable community. I need moving expenses!

I'm a retired social worker on disability. I can afford rent but not a security deposit or moving expenses. More

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5 supporters
Funded on 8/21/2014

Kenard from Chicago, IL

From homelessness to housed & employed! A bed will help me rest for work.

After 15 years of homelessness, I have finally turned my life around and am now staying with family. A bed and frame will help me as I move forward. More

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3 supporters
Funded on 9/15/2015

Dwayne from Chicago, IL

I'm looking for work. A bed will help me get the sleep I need to move forward!

I'm on the other side of 10 years of homelessness! I'm eager to find a job and know that I need to be rested to do so! I need a bed! More

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4 supporters
Funded on 8/4/2015

Brian from Chicago, IL

To better stay connected with my family, I need my own phone!

I've been using a phone at a social service agency many times a day to call my family. Having my own phone will help me maintain our strong relationships. More

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8 supporters
Funded on 11/4/2015

Ray from Chicago, IL

I'm a single dad in need of reliable public transit to get to my job training program

With reliable transportation, I'll be able to successfully complete a job training program, secure employment and keep my kids in school. More

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3 supporters
Funded on 11/11/2015

Jerry from Chicago, IL

Eager for stable housing before winter comes! I need help with my security deposit.

After my hip surgery & with winter coming, I need housing more than ever. All that's currently standing in my way is $350 for a security deposit. More

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11 supporters
Funded on 3/17/2016

Lawrence from Chicago, IL

Proud to have overcome 13 yrs of homelessness! Help me make my new space a home.

I recently moved into my new place. I need household items such as furniture, sheets, cooking items and bathroom necessities. More

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4 supporters
Funded on 12/17/2016

Egypt from Chicago, IL

I was recently laid off. One payment will allow me to complete my GED!

My biggest Christmas wish is to be able to cover one payment which will enable me to earn my GED and move toward a new career! More

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11 supporters
Funded on 2/12/2017

Donna from Chicago, IL

I'm overcoming mental illness. A safe, comfortable bed will help me move forward.

A new bed will help me begin to live life as it should be lived: by spending time with friends and family. More

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5 supporters
Funded on 4/21/2017

Billy from Chicago, IL

Determined to get back on my feet. Getting my driver's license will let me get there.

I need to pay for the cost to reinstate my license in order to pay my own way toward independence. More

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1 supporter
Funded on 3/6/2017

Kenny from Chicago, IL

On my way out of homelessness! Need some essential household items for my new home.

I need household essentials and furniture because I just received a voucher for Veteran housing in Chicago. More

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3 supporters
Funded on 6/22/2017

Brian from Chicago, IL

I'm ready to start a new job. I need to reinstate my license to begin work.

I have a job offer waiting for me, pending the my drivers license being reinstated. Once I can cover this cost, I'll be able to start! More

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8 supporters
Funded on 6/16/2017

Edward from Chicago, Illinois

Veteran on the way out of homelessness. I need basic furniture for my new apartment!

I am so grateful for my new apartment. Meeting this need will help me get back to being functional and stable. More

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6 supporters
Funded on 8/5/2017

Egypt from Chicago, IL

I'm SO CLOSE to graduating. I just need a laptop to complete my last few classes!

Since my laptop was recently stolen, I've been unable to continue my classes towards earning degree. More

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Charles from Chicago, IL

I'm SO CLOSE to moving into my own place. I need basic work gear to make it happen.

With the winter season approaching, warm and dependable clothes and boots are essential for my job. More

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