Kenn Johnson, Director of Finance at Good News Partners, is the perfect example of a man who goes above and beyond his duties of being a father. In his personal life he is a hero to his childrean and grandchildren, and at GNP - he is a hero for our community. From the very beginning of his time here - up until now, he continues to make countless sacrifices in his own life to contribute to the work that we do.
Ernesta Williams is a mother, and every mother wants to be able to provide a stable home for their family and ensure that they have everything they need. She first arrived at Good News Partners in July 2004 as a resident at our women's shelter. Unlike most of the residents, Ernesta was actually an employee of one at the time. However, when budget cuts and funding becomes unstable - it has a huge impact on those who work there, and this time it meant bad news for Ernesta. Having to care for a family, those cuts caused her to get behind on payments.
Kevin Taylor is the Program Director for the Urban Resiliency (UR) Chicago Alliance: Job Readiness Program. Raised by a single mother of three in the Cabrini Green Housing projects, an area notorious for violence, Kevin is no stranger to poverty stricken communities and a system that does little to correct it. As a child, he often wondered why their living situation was different from what was seen on TV.
In December of 2017 when WVON 1690AM hosted a live broadcast at our shelter, we introduced all of our supporters and the city of Chicago to our resident, Mary. Mary, a mother of 3, found herself in need of interim housing after parting ways with her husband, losing her job, and not being able to maintain the rent. In a fight to reclaim her voice and her life, she reluctantly agreed to share her story.