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About Us

At Family Promise Chicago North Shore, we are dedicated to helping families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless get back on their feet and provide a stable lifestyle for their children.

Our People


Executive Director - Fethiya Idris, M.A.

Fethiya Idris has worked in the field of Social Services for over ten years. She has served as a professional advocate for her clients, connecting them to internal and external stakeholders, including DHS, employer partners, educational institutions, and ensuring that career and educational goals were met. Fethiya has her Master's in Community Development and Non Profit leadership from Roosevelt university and brings both her passion and strategic leadership to Family Promise Chicago North Shore. What drew Mrs. Idris to Family Promise was the holistic approach that each family is provided to achieve self sufficiency . “I am so impressed with how Family Promise truly impacts each family that is served and the lasting relationships that are built.”



How it works

We Have a Unique Solution

We keep families together.  Traditional shelters often require men and older male children to separate from mothers and small children.  We provide a safe environment where we can care for the whole family as a unit.

We Leverage Community Resources

We provide transitional shelter using the existing facilities of local congregations and organizations, making our model very cost-effective.

We bring people in need together with people who want to help. We provide the framework that turns compassion into action.

We Provide a Daytime Location

Unlike most shelter programs, we also offer our families a daytime location which provides them with a mailing address, job search resources, and a place to have their children picked up for school.

Keeping Families Housed

Last year we were involved in 700 calls with the goal of keeping families housed.  These calls involved social service agencies, landlords and the families.

We Address the Root Causes of Family Homelessness

We provide supportive services tailored to each family to address the root causes of their homelessness. Through workshops, training, and counseling, each family develops a stabilization plan to prepare them for independence.  

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Karen Aikens -  Case Manager

Jim Greene - Van Driver

Board of Directors:

Ms. Abra Berkley(Co- Board President)

Mr. Rick Drake

Ms. Katie Hauser

Ms. Julia Joehl

Ms. Sharon Moise (Co- Board President)

Ms. Bessie Simmons

Mr. Steve Sudhoff (Treasurer)

Ms. Dedra Flournoy

Ms. Sylvia Ryba

Partnering Congregations

  • Am Yisrael Synagogue

  • Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah

  • Congregation Hakafa

  • Congregation Sukkat Shalom

  • Christ Church of Winnetka

  • Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church

  • First Congregational Church of Evanston

  • First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette

  • Glencoe Union Church

  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

  • Grace Lutheran Church

  • Kenilworth Union Church

  • Northfield Community Church

  • Northminster Presbyterian Church 

  • North Shore Congregation Israel

  • North Shore United Methodist Church

  • Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

  • St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church

  • St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church 

  • St. James Armenian Church 

  • St. John’s Lutheran Church

  • Saints Joseph & Francis Xavier Catholic Church

  • St. Nicholas Catholic Church 

  • St. Norbert Catholic Church 

  • St. Paul’s African Methodist Episcopal Church

  • Temple Jeremiah Synagogue 

  • Winnetka Covenant Church   

  • Winnetka Presbyterian Church 

We Need Your Support Today!

Our Mission
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