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Community Event, Saturday, April 27th, 2-4:30pm

Walk/Roll the Redline

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حول
نحن

نحن نكافح من أجل الإسكان العادل.

 

نعتقد أن المكان الذي تعيش فيه مهم ، ومكان إقامتك يحدد كيف تعيش. يجب أن تكون جميع المجتمعات - وخاصة المجتمعات الغنية بالموارد والفرص - في متناول جميع الناس.

 

تشجع Open Communities ممارسات الإسكان العادلة من خلال التعليم ، بما في ذلك خدمات المشورة للمالك والمستأجر وحبس الرهن وتثقيف المجتمع لجعل مجتمعاتنا في الضواحي الشمالية والشمالية الغربية من شيكاغو ترحب بالجميع. جميع خدماتنا مجانية وتشمل استشارات الإسكان والتعليم ، وتحقيقات الإسكان العادلة ، والإنفاذ.

اقرأ قصة محقق الإسكان العادلة.

مهمتنا

مهمة Open Communities هي التأكد من أن الإسكان في شمال ضواحي شيكاغو عادل وشامل.

نقوم بذلك من خلال التثقيف والدعوة والتنظيم للقضاء على التمييز في السكن ، بجميع أشكاله وضد جميع الأشخاص ، بسبب العرق ، واللون ، والأصل القومي ، والدين ، والجنس ، والهوية الجنسية ، والجنس ، والتوجه الجنسي ، والإعاقة ، والحالة الأسرية. ، أو مصدر الدخل.

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Mission
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تاريخنا

تتجذر المجتمعات المفتوحة في حركة الحقوق المدنية عندما نظمت النساء والزعماء الدينيون المحليون مشروع نورث شور الصيفي للاحتجاج على التمييز في مجال الإسكان. توجت المجموعة أنشطتها بمظاهرة في Winnetka Village Green في عام 1965 ، حيث تحدث الدكتور مارتن لوثر كينغ الابن إلى حشد من 10000 ، وهو أول تجمع للحقوق المدنية في ضاحية بيضاء بالكامل. بعد بضع سنوات من التعاون غير الرسمي ، تم تنظيم مجلس الإسكان بين الأديان في نورث شور رسميًا في عام 1972 من قبل مجموعة من المصلين "لتوفير وسيلة مستمرة للتعبير الديني عن الاهتمام بالمجتمعات الأكثر شمولاً وتوفير الإسكان للأشخاص المعتدلين والراغبين في ذلك. الدخل المنخفض."  

 

على مدى السنوات التي تلت ذلك ، أنشأ المجلس مركز إسكان الضواحي الشمالية في عام 1977 لتقديم خدمات داعمة وشركة تطوير الإسكان بين الأديان في عام 1983 لتطوير المساكن المطلوبة بأسعار معقولة في المجتمعات المستهدفة. عند تقاعد المدير المؤسس رينا ميللر في عام 1986 ، اندمج المجلس والمركز ليشكلا مركز الإسكان بين الأديان في الضواحي الشمالية ، والجمع بين الخدمات والدعوة. ظلت شركة التطوير (الآن شركة تطوير فرص الإسكان) مستقلة. استمرت المنظمة في النمو والتوسع استجابة للتحديات المتطورة التي تواجه المجتمعات ، وفي عام 2012 ، غيرت اسمها إلى المجتمعات المفتوحة.

History
Board

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Co-President

Carol Golder is a retired marketing professional who is passionate about justice and equality. This passion led her to Open Communities, where she uses her boundless energy to work to make fair and diverse housing a reality in the north and northwestern suburbs. Carol has served on a variety of boards in the area. She resides in Glencoe with her husband, David.

CAROL GOLDER

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Secretary

Emily Love has practiced exclusively in immigration and nationality law since 1993. In 1999, she opened the Law Office of Emily Love, P.C., in Evanston. Throughout her career, Emily has collaborated with various local and national nonprofit immigrant and refugee legal services agencies. She has witnessed first-hand how housing discrimination affects immigrants and joined Open Communities to help put an end to it. She lives in Highland Park with her family. 

EMILY LOVE

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Board Member

As a North Shore native and Evanston resident for 30+ years, Grace values the diversity that Evanston brings to the North Shore. Grace is a licensed Realtor in the State of Illinois, with Baird and Warner as her brokerage company. She enjoys cooking, hiking, dinners with friends, and traveling in her spare time.

GRACE MIYA

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Co-President

Years ago, Herb Brenner came to Open Communities as a Fair Housing tester. He has advocated for affordable housing, created the Northbrook Working Family Coalition, and promoted the Cook County minimum wage and paid sick leave ordinances. Professionally, Herb is a CPA who specializes in taxation. He lives in Northbrook with his partner, Patti.

HERBERT BRENNER

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Board Member

Connie Berman is a Managing Director of CIBC Bank US where she focuses on client relationship management and business development.  She has served the banking needs of North Shore residents and businesses since 1995. Active in local and community affairs, Connie currently serves on the Plan &  Zoning Commission for the Village of Northfield, has served on the boards of Winnetka-Northfield United Way and Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Club, and is the former board president of Haven Youth and Family Services.

CONNIE BERMAN

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Board Member

Rose Shapiro, MSW, is the Community Development Manager at JCUA, an organization bringing together the Jewish community to pursue justice in partnership with neighbors across the state. She manages the Community Ventures Program, a zero-interest loan fund for affordable housing and economic development projects. Rose is grateful to be part of Open Communities, an organization with endless care for clients and dedication to the pursuit of fair housing.

ROSE SHAPIRO

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Treasurer

Jessica Flores was born in Mexico City and grew up in Chicago's West Town community. She is a first-generation college graduate with more than fifteen years of leadership experience in the nonprofit social service and education sector. Currently, she is the Director of Innovation, Economic Mobility Partnerships at Feeding America., As a Board member, she looks to continue to center neighbors by supporting the mission to eradicate housing discrimination.

JESSICA FLORES

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Board Member

Adam Klinger is a real estate professional and president of Greenwood Beach Partners, a boutique investment firm specializing in the acquisition and asset management of class A/B multifamily housing. Adam holds an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis and a BA in History from Lake Forest College. Adam has two adult children and lives in Evanston with his wife, Amy, and dog, Lily.

ADAM KLINGER

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Board Member

Roger Williams is a real estate broker who is committed to racial equity, justice and mercy. Roger is also a board member of Championing Racial Equity Work in District 65 (CREW65) and previously served as president of the Organization for Positive Action and Leadership (OPAL). After entering the real estate business, Roger became aware of the historical and present injustices that have led to race-based housing and wealth disparities in our community. Roger holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He has lived in the Evanston/Skokie community with his wife for more than 44 years and has 2 adult daughters.

ROGER WILLIAMS

People

شعبنا

فريق العمل لدينا صغير ولكنه قوي ، لكن قدرتنا محدودة. نحن نبذل قصارى جهدنا للرد على جميع المكالمات ورسائل البريد الإلكتروني في غضون يومي عمل.

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HUD-Certified Housing Counselor

ANAYELI AGUILAR

Anayeli graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 2019 with a bachelor’s in Justice Studies and a minor in Criminology and Child Advocacy. She gained professional expertise while working and volunteering in nonprofit organizations. In her previous role, she served as a Case Manager working directly with the homeless population connecting them with community resources. Anayeli is passionate about helping those in need and is excited to bring that energy and passion to supporting those in her community of Evanston. Anayeli enjoys traveling and getting to know new places around the world.

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HUD-Certified Housing Counselor

SARAH BUCKLEY

Sarah graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 2019 with a Bachelors of Social Work. She has been working in non-profits for about 4 years, and has gained significant experience in working with individuals and families experiencing housing instability. Sarah has a passion for helping and loves to uplift others to see their strength in the challenging moments of their lives. She is excited to start her journey at OC and be a part of a team that shares the same passion for our community. She loves anything and everything outdoors. Her ideal day is filled with sunshine, live music, and good friends.

Director of Housing Counseling and Education
HUD-Certified Housing Counselor

SARAH DELGADO

Sarah Delgado has a passion for social justice and almost 10 years of housing equity experience. She oversees intake and housing counseling staff, provides direct client support through counseling and community education, and ensures that her team has appropriate training and resources. Previously, Sarah worked in policy and advocacy for Fair Housing rights at the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA). She was also a Housing Counselor, Condominium Program Coordinator, and Interim Executive Director at Lakeside Community Development Corporation.

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Community Navigator

DaVON MARSHALL

As Community Navigator, DaVon provides outreach to share information about rights and helps clients navigate complex systems.  After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Ohio University, DaVon’s commitment to service led him to LA, where he served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with City Year. DaVon then entered the nonprofit, government, and political sectors where he learned about the power of community and advocating for others. DaVon now lives in Chicago and attends Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science for his Master of Science in Nursing. DaVon enjoys hanging out with his friends and family and exploring new corners of the world.

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Client Services Coordinator

SARAH PRICE

Sarah Price, JD, considers herself a lifelong learner. She has spent the bulk of her legal career in the non-profit sector: advocating for the rights of individuals who are homeless to meaningfully access their education, representing tenants in eviction cases, and advising individuals with disabilities about their civil rights. Her combined background in education and law fuels her passion for helping people learn about their individual rights and available community resources. She lives in Evanston with her spouse and two children and is thrilled to be working with a team devoted to ensuring fair and inclusive housing in her hometown. 

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Test Coordinator

KENYA BARBARA

Kenya was born and raised in Chicago. She grew up in Public Housing which birthed her passion for criminal justice reform and fair housing/housing reform. Kenya earned her BA in Political Science and Justice Studies at Northeastern Illinois University and her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Her Commitment to social justice led to internships with Legal Council for Health Justice, CGLA, and Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, followed by full-time employment with Legal Aid Chicago and Westside Justice Center. Kenya enjoys watching Beyonce concerts, reading, and watching sports during her spare time.

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Fair Housing Associate

ADELAIDE DEL ANGEL

Adelaide del Angel grew up in Chicago and Evanston before attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She studied Molecular and Cellular Biology pre-medicine, but after graduating in 2020, she began to transition to the world of public health and policy. Since then, she has worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a nonprofit clinic in Chicago and completed a fellowship with Cook County Government through the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. As the Fair Housing Associate with Open Communities, she will continue her pursuit of knowledge in public health from a holistic standpoint while working to expand organizational capacity through outreach, education, and advocacy.

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Vanessa A. Johnson-McCoy was born and raised in Evanston. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She held various corporate positions in Human Resources before becoming a licensed real estate broker. She is part of our Fair Housing team, researching fair housing laws, designing workshops, and speaking to public audiences, among other outreach and educational activities. She strives to daily reflect her motto to have a Victorious And Joyously Marvelous attitude and encourages others to do the same.

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Community Navigator Coordinator

MAYRA MORENO

Mayra is bilingual/bicultural and uses her lived experiences and knowledge of overcoming hardship to help others. Prior to Open Communities, Mayra worked as a District 65 Parent Advocate connecting with families most in need through parenting education and support of the parent-child relationship. As a Community Navigator, Mayra provides outreach to the community in Spanish and English to help educate residents about their rights. Mayra lives in Evanston with her family, volunteers for Latinos en Evanston Northshore (LENS), as well as enjoys connecting with friends, nature walks, reading, and watching movies.

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Outreach Coordinator

EVE SUBRIN WILLIAMS

Eve Subrin Williams, JD, joins Open Communities with a desire to bring her knowledge of employment discrimination to housing. Eve uses her community outreach and Board experience to expand awareness about housing discrimination throughout the north shore and to build partnerships with new allies. Her 2022 Northwestern University certification in Leading Equity and Inclusion in Organizations offers a fresh lens on how the organization’s Strategic Planning and Equity Audit can be embedded moving forward.

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Director of Development

DALAL BOUDIAF

Dalal's experience in advocacy work has cemented her passion for social justice. She strives to support and empower underserved populations. With her educational background in Urban Development and her strong cultural competency, she helps ensure that the efforts of OC reach community partners and the families in the North Suburbs of Chicago. In her free time, she likes to connect with her friends (the power of a good laugh) and bake (her three children are her best fans). She has lived in four different countries and speaks three languages, and would love to add Spanish to her language skills.

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Director of Operations

MAURYA DELANEY

Maurya doesn't miss an opportunity to build a better community. Whether participating in anti-racist diversity training or volunteering in her school community, she is always dedicated to inclusion and helping those in need. She's using her experience as a classroom teacher and her education in community advocacy to support Open Communities with fundraising and grant writing. Maurya lives in Evanston with her amazing family and sweet dog. She aspires to be an avid reader if life would allow the time.

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Chief Executive Officer

CHERYL LAWRENCE

Cheryl Lawrence, JD, has executive-level experience in nonprofit and business sectors. She served as the Executive Director at Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing, one of Illinois' preeminent housing and legal-aid organizations. She is excited to bring her many years of leadership experience to support fair and equitable housing opportunities on the North Shore. She lives in Evanston with her wife and daughter.

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Development Associate

SARAH B. PETERSEN

Sarah B. Petersen, LCSW, is a community connector who uses linkages to create meaningful change for equity and justice. Trained as a clinical social worker, Sarah has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, education, mental health, and interfaith sectors. Through volunteer work advancing racial equity in Evanston’s public education and civic arenas, Sarah recognizes the central role fair and affordable housing plays in creating inclusive, just, and vibrant communities. Sarah lives in Evanston with her family and loves spending time in nature, reading, and being creative.

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Director of Fair Housing

DOMINIC VOZ

After more than a decade of therapeutic work with youth and families in the mental health sector, Dominic shifted towards the policy and administrative side of social work practice. Inspired by The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, he decided his passion was in the realm of housing justice, organizing and advocating for the human rights of all people to access safe and affordable housing, free from discrimination. He graduated with a Master's  at the University of Chicago's Crown School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice in June 2021. He joined our team in December of that same year.

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كوفيد -19

مع استمرار Covid-19 في التأثير علينا جميعًا في جميع أنحاء العالم ، فإننا نقوم بدورنا للحفاظ على سلامة موظفينا وعملائنا هنا في Open Communities. نحن نتبع التوصيات الصادرة عن مراكز السيطرة على الأمراض والوقاية منها (CDC) والحكومات المحلية وإدارات الصحة العامة.

 

اعتبارًا من يناير 2022 ، سنعود إلى العمل عن بُعد بعد عودة قصيرة إلى المكتب. نحن نعمل مع العملاء عبر الهاتف ، ونواصل أيضًا مقابلة العملاء عبر Zoom.  

 

أحيانًا يؤدي العمل كفريق عن بُعد إلى تأخر الاستجابات. نحن نقدر سعة صدرك وتفهمك عندما يتعلق الأمر بإعدادنا عن بعد. 

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