Slide UNLOCK PURPOSE. DISCOVER POWER. UNLOCK PURPOSE. DISCOVER POWER.

At Featherfist, we believe it’s time somebody eliminated homelessness.

We’re “somebody.”

For 35 years, Featherfist has brought power and purpose to the homeless community in Chicago. We go above and beyond to eliminate the cycle of homelessness by addressing the specific demands of each person or family with empathy and respect. We believe everyone should have a home, not “housing,” the chance to retrain and/or rehabilitate for a better life, and the opportunity to re-enter the mainstream as a member of our society.

It is our mission to end homelessness—period.

FEATHERFIST SERVICES INCLUDE:

OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT

We Judge Nothing and No One.

For those who are homeless or at risk for homelessness, we provide 24/7 access to emergency shelter. And that’s just the beginning of our life-changing support.

CASE MANAGEMENT

We Turn Possibilities Into Probabilities.

Our dedicated teams work to decrease the barriers that lead to the endless cycle of homelessness. We take as long as it takes—there are no deadlines for real change.

HOUSING PROGRAMS

We Open Doors to Homes—And Hope.

We work to move everyone into affordable, permanent homes in the neighborhood they choose.

VETERAN SERVICES

We Serve Those Who Proudly Served.

More than 50% of those we serve are homeless veterans. Whatever they need—housing, mental health and substance abuse treatment, educational training, vocational placement—we provide directly or through our collaboration.

CONTRACTUAL SERVICES

Need Help with Your Social Services? Partner with Us.

We partner with for profit and nonprofit agencies who need help with social services. Working on a “fee for service” basis, we help with your social service needs.

Real Lives… Real Changes

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The name Featherfist combines two words that encapsulate my notion of the work I wanted to do with homeless and vulnerable people.

The feather at the entrance of the campground or pow wow, including its shape, size and color, indicates the “purpose” of the gathering.

The fist represents the “power” every person has to fight for change, overcome obstacles, and stand up for their undeniable rights.

Hence, the name Featherfist….Power & Purpose.”

-Melanie G. Anewishki
Founder + Executive Director

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