“Before Fellowship Housing, my life was an endless struggle to hold onto a job that paid very low wages and our family’s life was one of survival and an emotional roller coaster with a husband whose life was ruled by addiction to drugs and alcohol… Fellowship Housing’s program has been so important. I’ve gotten financial counsel, helping me learn how to budget and live within my means. I have now repaid $16,000 and by next year, I will be debt-free. My children have also grown from the ministry of Fellowship Housing. All this would be impossible without the generous giving of people like you. This community of people and this program have changed the lives of families and truly given us a hand up and not a handout.”
Who are we?
Fellowship Housing is an independent, 501c3 non-profit organization that serves the needs of single moms and their children who are homeless or one small crisis away from homelessness. The mission of Fellowship Housing is to demonstrate Christ-like love by serving single moms and their children through a two year transitional housing program that focuses on accountability and a path to independence.
Outlined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Being willing to answer for the outcomes resulting from your choices, behaviors, and actions
Freedom from reliance on or control by others and the ability to maintain the direction of one’s own affairs without interference.
The majority of our clients can be classified as the working poor. They are age 21 or older and fully employed. They are a diverse group from various economic, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds. Through a variety of circumstances, they are unable to afford independent housing and are either homeless or facing eviction. There are hundreds of such cases on any given day right here in the Northwest suburbs. We receive over 400 intake calls per year. On average, Fellowship Housing helps 18 families each year.
How does the program work?
Once accepted into the program, each family moves into one of our apartments located in Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg where they will live in community with other single moms in the Fellowship Housing program. This community environment helps create a sense of normalcy and stability for our families. They then work individually with a case manager and develop a comprehensive goal plan to address each woman’s finances, employment, debt, emotional, parenting, spiritual and physical needs.
Fellowship Housing is also supported by many volunteers who work alongside the case managers to support and mentor the families as they work through the program. Over 20 years of service, Fellowship Housing has helped over 200 families totaling 610 individuals. Since 2007, ten Fellowship Housing families have qualified for a Habitat for Humanity house.
Our mission at Fellowship Housing is to move these families from homelessness to hope, one family at a time. We desire to be a catalyst to transform the lives of these single moms and their children. We strongly believe that if you change the life of a mom, you change generations to come. We work diligently to appropriately steward all that is given to us and to partner with individuals, corporations, churches and the local community to successfully carry out our mission.
What does the program offer?
- housing for homeless single mothers and their children
- case management
- budgeting/debt repayment
- life skills training
- spiritual mentoring
- food pantry access
- auto maintenance
- assistance in applying for Habitat for Humanity home for permanent residence
To get more information about our program, please contact us at 847.882.2511.