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Abby

My work as Associate Director involves helping individuals on their path toward self-sufficiency through the coordination of case management and supportive services. I enjoy working closely with individuals toward goal setting and achievement. Watching people's lives change because of resource connection is incredible!

Connect with Abby on LinkedIn here.

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

Needs validated

$280of $280

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8 supporters
Funded on 8/13/2013

Perry from Chicago, IL

I have my first place after 4 years of homelessness and I need furniture to get a good night's sleep

This is the first place I've ever had on my own, and I need a futon and other furniture so I don't have to sleep on the floor. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$335of $335

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11 supporters
Funded on 9/18/2013

David from Chicago, IL

I'm supporting my children but my job was reduced to part-time; I need bus fare to get to work

My monthly income has decreased significantly & I'm looking for a new, full-time job, but I need bus fare to get to my current work and to interviews. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$20of $20

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1 supporter
Funded on 10/11/2013

Donald from Chicago, IL

I'm working hard to find housing & a job; I need a copy of my birth certificate to move forward

I've been actively applying for housing & I have everything except a birth certificate. Meeting this need will help me get off the streets. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$290of $255

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9 supporters
Funded on 1/8/2014

Mitchell from Chicago, IL

I'm a dad newly housed after 5 yrs of homelessness; I need the basics to further my self-sufficiency

Now that I have a safe place to live, I can start working towards my goals: education & employment. I need furniture & kitchenware to move forward. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$70of $70

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1 supporter
Funded on 12/13/2013

Josie from Chicago, IL

I'm determined to get my MSW to help inner-city children and I need the app fee for grad school

My goal is to help underprivileged kids achieve their dreams in education just like I was able to. I need the app fee to apply for an MSW program! More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$225of $225

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3 supporters
Funded on 12/15/2013

Peter from Chicago, IL

I'm a veteran & I was just accepted into a rehousing program; I need furniture!

Recently, I found both a job & housing! To be productive at work, I need to sleep & eat well. Thus, I need help with small furniture & kitchen items. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$205of $170

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3 supporters
Funded on 1/27/2014

Peter from Chicago, IL

I'm a veteran returning to the workforce and need training to enter the hospitality industry!

Recently, the business I was working for closed. I want to transition to the hospitality industry but need my BASSET certification to be marketable. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$115of $115

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5 supporters
Funded on 5/7/2014

Tyrone from Chicago, IL

I've overcome so much! I need a proper uniform to take my job to the next level.

I need a full working tuxedo in order to work more catering events. Getting this uniform is the only thing standing between me and more work! More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$335of $335

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4 supporters
Funded on 5/31/2014

Charles from Chicago, IL

I'm working towards my GED and I need transportation passes to get to class!

I'm well on my way to getting my GED. Funding for transportation to my prep class will go a long way in helping me reach my goals! More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$35of $30

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1 supporter
Funded on 6/2/2014

Edward from Chicago, IL

I'm a veteran looking to reunite with my family. I need a bus ticket to get there.

I'm taking steps to straighten my life out. I need a bus ticket so I can get home to my daughter to get back on my feet. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$335of $335

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4 supporters
Funded on 7/2/2014

Craig from Chicago, IL

Training to become a building analyst. Bus passes will help me achieve my goal.

Re-entering the workforce on a new career path. I need bus passes for transportation in order to complete the training program. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$45of $45

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2 supporters
Funded on 8/17/2014

Shawn from Chicago, IL

I need my birth certificate & criminal history report to be ready for a job.

I've been actively working with a Case Manager while also looking for employment & housing. These documents are vital to the application process. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$75of $75

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1 supporter
Funded on 10/3/2014

Ben from Chicago, IL

I'm ready to start looking for work! Just need help with license fees to get started.

I'm very grateful to have secured a bike! License fees and a flash-drive to save my resume will make sure I'm ready to start applying for a job. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$45of $45

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1 supporter
Funded on 10/3/2014

Corey from Chicago, IL

Just need my birth certificate & background check to start applying for jobs!

My goals are to gain employment & find stable housing. These items are the only thing standing between me and a job to be able to get off the streets. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$25of $25

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1 supporter
Funded on 10/8/2014

Chris from Chicago, IL

Just need help with an ID card to be able to apply for housing and jobs!

My goals are to have my own place to live and have a permanent job. Having my ID will help me get started! More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$95of $90

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5 supporters
Funded on 11/13/2014

George from Chicago, IL

Left homelessness! I need basic household items to prepare for self-sufficiency.

I'm proud to have overcome 22 years of homelessness! I need help with basic household items to get me started and help me prioritize my job search. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$375of $375

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10 supporters
Funded on 12/31/2014

Charles from Chicago, IL

I finally have a home! I can pay the rent but need help getting furniture.

Lost my job & home in the economic downturn & kept afloat w/ temp and part-time work. Now I'm housed again and ready to furnish my apartment. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$250of $250

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3 supporters
Funded on 2/23/2015

Umar from Chicago, IL

Homeless for 20 years, but now I'm finally getting housing. I need a bed to sleep on.

I couldn't be more exciting about my new housing! I have a new outlook on life & am ready to find a job. A bed will get me proper rest. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$25of $20

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1 supporter
Funded on 1/27/2015

Ivory from Chicago, IL

I'm a homeless vet finally eligible for housing - I just need my birth certificate.

With my birth certificate, I'll be able to move into my first home in 25 years. Everything's lined up! This is the last piece of documentation I need. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$15of $15

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1 supporter
Funded on 1/29/2015

Richard from Chicago, IL

I'm 19 years old and homeless. I need my birth certificate so I can get a job.

I'm ready to work, so I need to get an Illinois State ID so I can apply for jobs. To get the ID I need a copy of my birth certificate. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$15of $15

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1 supporter
Funded on 4/16/2015

Derrick from Chicago, IL

My identity was stolen. I need to apply for my birth certificate.

With my birth certificate, I can get a new social security number & ID card & get my SNAP benefits. Then I can find employment and housing. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$15of $15

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1 supporter
Funded on 4/27/2015

Lenora from Chicago, IL

I'm looking for housing. I need my birth certificate to apply.

I have been homeless for over 1 year. I have been offered housing but I need documentation like my birth certificate to qualify. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$140of $200

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3 supporters
Funded on 7/23/2015

Spotty from Chicago, IL

I'm a 57 year old retired dock worker. A couch & table will make my new apt a home.

I'm very excited to be living in my own place. I used to live in an SRO where I couldn't have much furniture but now I have more room. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$20of $20

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1 supporter
Funded on 6/23/2015

Dwayne from Chicago, IL

I need to renew my expired state ID so I am eligible to apply for employment.

I was homeless, but now I'm housed and moving forward with my goals! I need my state ID to apply for work. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$10of $5

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1 supporter
Funded on 7/14/2015

Sister Carrole from Chicago, IL

I need reliable transportation to make doctors appointments to regain my health!

My goal is to regain my health. I need a $5 ride free card to travel to doctors appointments. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

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