What a wonderful organization with very dedicated and passionate staff and volunteers. They are truly making a difference in the Rogers Park community! It is a pleasure to volunteer with this organization and the people they serve. This is a very diverse organization, encompassing all beliefs and faiths.
Good News Partners is an exceptional faith-based organization that serves the neediest of the needy in Chicago's Jonquil neighborhood. The most unique aspect of the organization is its low-income co-op model offering home ownership to folks as a stepping stone out of GNP's transition housing option. The ability to offer home (apartment) ownership to low-income families truly does differentiate this organization.
Good News Partners is an extraordinary ministry bring shelter and hope to many who are hopeless. The love that flows from it is transcendant. The people on the staff are truly mission driven. They reach out to those in need with love and support. What beauty, what specialness! Barbara and Wally Scott
The most rewarding volunteer work I've done has been in serving in a number of capacities with Good News Partners. In a neighborhood familiar with virtually every problem of urban poverty, Good News Partners tries to be a tangible expression of God's love. The focus is on homelessness and housing, but the broader needs for friendship, support and encouragement are addressed as well. For almost 25 years, I have been blessed to be directly engaged as a friend, a board member and an admirer of many people I might otherwise have never known.
GNP is an amazing organization. Founded on a deep desire to be Christ to our neighbors and to do what it can to end homelessness, it is an organization that has stayed true to it's call. They help the homeless in many ways - from providing housing via a women's shelter, via a single occupancy residence, via rental property and finally to resident ownership. They operate wholistically by coming alongside residents to provide support on all levels. They even created a tutoring program for the kids of their residents. I cannot say enough about what terrific work they do and the positive impact they have.
I live about a mile away from Good News Partners. For years I've admired their work to help homeless families get on their feet. In recent years Good News folks and some of us in my church community decided the time had come to build bridges between our two groups. We planned a series of large picnics that brought together lots of families living at Good News with many single and married folks in our community. The fellowship was lively and relaxed and it built many bridges. I and others got involved in volunteer roles and began working out ways for ongoing cooperation that would be mutually beneficial--sharing of ministries, expertise, work projects, etc. Now we're involved with many other congregations that are supporting Good News work to buy, fix up, and rent units in a large apartment building in that neighborhood.
I am just learning about Good News Partners and went for a site visit last month. I am amazed by the the genuine community spirit surrounding Good News. I met several residents, including a woman who was moving into her apartment with her five children from the shelter. She was so filled with joy to be moving her family into a space of their own made beautiful by Good News Builders. Then I met a young man - also a Good News Builder - who is rehabbing a barber shop. He was proud and filled with vision and promise for making his and others lives better.
Our Parish has been supporting Good News Partners financially for many years because they have done an exceptional job in serving the homeless in the Rogers Park area. This year our parish partnered with them to paint, repair, and generally clean-up various buildings under their care. It was a true partnership with staff, clients, and parishioners all involved. Because our working together allowed us to get to know the people of the community, we did not feel like we were dispensing charity. We felt like we were given a glimpse of the Kingdom of God.
Good News Partners personifies unconditional love, acceptance, and generosity. Year in and year out they are meeting the practical needs of people that society and government has left behind while they demonstrate and share the love of Christ. A group of us had the honor of providing and facilitating a Christmas Party for GNP's Jonquil Hotel residents. It was evident that many children and adults are saved from homelessness and hunger as a result of the committed and caring leadership of GNP.
As a member of an affiliated church, I have heard Bud Ogle speak on a number of occasions over the years and have been very impressed with his level of commitment and with the wonderful things GNP has done in the North of Howard area. This year, I became much more involved on a personal level with GNP's shelter for women and children, NeW Life Interim Housing. I can testify from lots of experience now that they do an incredible job helping women and their families get back on their feet and independent, and am very proud to be able to assist them in this effort.