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Help and hope for low-income families


We are FamilyForward

Our mission statement:

Strengthening northwest suburban families to achieve financial stability and independence through mentoring, rental assistance and support services.

Transforming lives, one family at a time, since 2003.


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We equip families to reach for their dreams and create a better life.

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Who We Are

FamilyForward is a charitable, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and staffed by professionals knowledgeable in the areas of poverty, housing and social services. Our staff, volunteers and supporters are passionate about empowering low-income families to reach for their dreams, create stable households and a better life, and contribute to a stronger community in the process.

How We Help Families

The two main pillars of our two-year program are rent subsidy and mentoring. In addition to providing financial assistance, trained volunteer mentors guide parents as they develop the skills, confidence and financial footing they need to build a brighter future for their families. Additional support includes professional case management.

How Your Donations Help

Your donations enable struggling families  to achieve a secure living situation through rent subsidies, assistance with expenses including child care and parental education, and other types of financial help. Donations of gift cards for food or gas, as well as pro bono services, are also very helpful as families struggle to meet basic needs.


A word from a supporter

Long-time FamilyForward volunteer mentor Mike Thompson explains how FamilyForward's two-year program helps low-income, working families in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

We are grateful for this partnership! 


Special events, from large galas to dine-and-share opportunities to supplies drives and other activities are so important to our efforts to help families. Thank you for your participation and support! 

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We help families move forward — toward a brighter future.

“The presence of this program in my life has impacted my ability to grow as a parent. With their constant support, my mentors paved the way for me and told me I was on the right path. I have a home because of your program.”    
— Jenny

“All we can say is thank you. You have all been very supportive and enabled us to see light at the end of the tunnel. Life seemed without hope when we joined the program over two years ago. Through your relentless guidance and mentoring, we made progress and found hope. We are grateful and 
— Mark and Patti

“Because of my mentors, I know I always have someone looking out for me and my family. Their mentoring helped me be organized and learn how to get things done each week to get my life back on track. Don’t stop doing what you do. My life has changed so much, thanks to your program.
      — Rachel

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Give today to help low-income, working families in the northwest suburbs.


Volunteers and financial partners are welcome and needed to accomplish our mission.

Working together, we are inspiring hope and changing lives. 

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