Good News Partners has some “good news” for the mothers and children/families that it serves: Plans are moving ahead to renovate the 30-year-old New Life Interim Housing Shelter located in Rogers Park this summer. With a little help from the community, they are hoping for a few blessings to reach their fundraising goal to ensure completion of the project.
The New Life Interim Shelter is a 36-bed shelter in Rogers Park for mothers, children, and families in transition that has been in operation since 1991. This 5,450-square-foot warm and safe space has helped thousands of people get back on their feet.
Now, the shelter itself is in transition, with a planned design and construction overhaul slated to start mid-summer. The New Life Interim Housing Shelter will provide improved privacy, an elevated sense of dignity and more resources for case management, job search, and next-step housing. The fresh design and new configuration will also help to uplift the culture and serve as a comfortable and calm environment.
This past year alone with limited capacity, New Life served more than 1,000 adults and children. New Life Interim Housing is part of Good News Partners, a nonprofit organization that has worked for more than 40 years to end homelessness and hopelessness.
The plans were developed thanks to a Designs4Dignity grant along with generous support from design and construction professionals. Seed money to start the project came from Willow Creek Northshore and Illinois Bone and Joint Cares. A leadership donor has stepped up to provide matching for donations made in May up to $5,000.
- Double door secure entrance
- Completely upgraded family bathrooms
- New counseling, training and computer space
- New playroom for kids
- Fully renovated kitchen
- New beds, dining tables and furniture throughout
- New mental health counseling program will be piloted
- Air conditioning and new mechanical systems throughout
“This renovation will enable us to provide dignified housing for mothers and their children,” says Kelvin Johnson, program director, New Life Interim Housing. “It will provide a clean, safe haven for families in trauma as well as improved space for counseling and support services.”
While much of the design and construction costs have been covered, along with generous materials donations from various partners, the project needs final funding to pay for the contractors and building materials.