Housing First - Joy! Lutheran Church

Joy! Lutheran Church in Gurnee is the first organization to implement a Housing First program in its congregation. A longtime supporter of the PADS Shelter programs, we felt we could do more to help the longer-term or chronically homeless. Through our Faith in Action Team, we sought support within our congregation to give individuals a stable place to live.
We are excited that through our congregation and partners, we have raised enough to house TWO individuals! We are consistently seeking new supporters to either sustain these individuals or to expand to more! Donations made monthly add to our ability to sustain - one-time gifts are divided by 12 in order to meet our monthly goal. This is done manually on a regular basis, but progress towards goal may appear higher than actual at any given time due to system automatically counting the entire yearly gift towards the monthly total.
Below are some remarks from one of the individuals that has been housed:
John (name changed) is the person we have housed. He has been housed stably since December of 2015.

​John has talked about the improvements to his health since starting this program. He talks about the thrill of having a library card. He talks about even having fewer gray hairs.

​"The program helps me to keep myself in a much better way - improving health condition and preserving mental security. I do not need to take a nap in a parking lot or have a can of food for a meal inside my car anymore. Thank you!"
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    Dale Arnold

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    Gloria Ricchio

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    Robert Lenning

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    Mark and Rose Froseth

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    Nathaniel Alden

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    Jon Sundberg

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    Gloria Ricchio

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    Dale Arnold

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    Robert Lenning

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    Mark and Rose Froseth

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    Nathaniel Alden

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    Lisa & David Pilkington

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    Kathryn Swanson

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    Sheilja Lorenz

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    Dale Arnold

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    Robert Lenning

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    Mark and Rose Froseth

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    Nathaniel Alden

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    Jon Sundberg

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    Lisa & David Pilkington

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    Gloria Ricchio

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    Tina Coleman

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    Kathryn Swanson

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    Sheilja Lorenz

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    Dale Arnold

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    Robert Lenning

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    Mark and Rose Froseth

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    Nathaniel Alden

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    Jon Sundberg

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    Lisa & David Pilkington

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    Gloria Ricchio

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    Sheilja Lorenz

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    Dale Arnold

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    Robert Lenning

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    Mark and Rose Froseth

    Donated $103.30
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    Nathaniel Alden

    Donated $103.30
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    Jon Sundberg

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    Lisa & David Pilkington

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    Gloria Ricchio

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    Tina Coleman

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    Kathryn Swanson

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    Sheilja Lorenz

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    Dale Arnold

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    Robert Lenning

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    Mark and Rose Froseth

    Donated $103.30
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    Nathaniel Alden

    Donated $103.30
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    Jon Sundberg

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    Lisa & David Pilkington

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    Gloria Ricchio

    Donated $103.30
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    Tina Coleman

    Donated $20