Stronger, Together: Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Chicago is going through challenging times. The city’s place in the national spotlight is often focused on our worst moments. Despite the well-publicized problems, there are good things happening in every neighborhood. The story of Homan Square stands out as a time-tested example of how much can be accomplished in collaboration and community. We are clearly stronger together.

Over the past year, we have relied on our solid foundation while creating a new infrastructure for the Foundation for Homan Square. IFF (formally Illinois Facilities Fund) has assumed management of all the properties on the campus after years of dedicated stewardship from the Shaw Company. A new board and new plans are in place and the future for Homan Square looks exceedingly bright.

Our campus partners continue to amaze with their innovative and insightful programs. Whether addressing the needs for first-time home buyer assistance or providing computer training for young people, our providers and their team members are bringing people together to reach their full potential and enrich their lives.

As we explore future community development opportunities in and around Homan Square, several truths guide our work. First, the efforts of dedicated and generous supporters from across Chicago that made Homan Square possible have stood the test of time. Homan Square is permanent and impactful. Second, we know we are stronger together and that community residents, allies, partners and supporters from near and wide can continue to build on this legacy for the betterment of North Lawndale.

Homan Square was developed from a vision of compassion and community that together we can make the world a better place than we found it. Thank you for sharing and building that vision with us.

Kevin Sutton
Executive Director, Foundation for Homan Square