Newsmakers Making A Difference: Cheryl Potts, Bonaventure House

Bernie Tafoya
May 17, 2018 - 7:21 am

Windy City Medical Group

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Giving the homeless a chance to get back on their feet, Bonaventure House opened in the early 80's to house people living with AIDS.

"We expanded our reach to serve those with chronic illnesses of any kind who are experiencing homelessness in Chicago," said Cheryl Potts, executive director of AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House. 

The facility has 35 units, but the organization also has other facilities and scattered site housing providing addiction treatment, job-training, and volunteering experiences.

"We like to say that, people can’t pull themselves up by their bootstraps if they don’t have bootstraps.  As an organization, we’re trying to give people bootstraps, so that they can pull themselves up into a healthier, more independent life," Potts said.

John Gould used to be homeless. He’s now a resident of Bonaventure House and said he’s undergone a sea change in his awareness of what the homeless are capable of.

"My previous impression would have been, it’s not possible to give back without significant resources," Gould said.

Clinical Service Manager Nyeisha Winfrey helps to find housing for clients.

"It is a humbling experience," Winfrey said.

As WBBM celebrates its 50th anniversary as Newsradio, this year we’ll be honoring 50 Newsmakers making a difference in the community.  Listen for reports each Tuesday.

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