[September 12, 2016] Chicago, IL—Neli Vazquez Rowland was among four honorees at the 2016 Chicago Maestro Awards Ceremony held at the historic Intercontinental Hotel on August 31, 2016. Mrs. Vazquez Rowland was recognized for her leadership as the recipient of the 2016 Maestro of Leadership Award honor.
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“I would like to thank Latino Leaders Magazine and its co-founders Raul and Jorge Ferraez for this recognition. I am incredibly humbled to be named the recipient of the 2016 Maestro of Leadership Award, and am honored to be recognized among my friends and fellow honorees, also doing amazing work in Chicago. As many people can imagine, working to lift the lives of those that are seemingly hopeless, lost, and in despair is not easy. Awards like this bring me so much joy, because it gives A Safe Haven a wider audience, while emphasizing to our entire team that people around the country notice and support what we do and how we do it! God Bless them for taking the time to recognize me on behalf of all of those I represent at A Safe Haven and the people we serve.” says Neli Vazquez Rowland.
Neli Vazquez-Rowland serves as the President of A Safe Haven Foundation (ASHF), a not-for-profit social business enterprise with a mission to solve the root causes of homelessness and poverty. Neli and her husband, Brian Rowland, co-founded ASHF in 1994, and since then, the organization has grown to become one of the largest social service organizations in the Midwest, serving over 5,000 individuals annually. Neli is often called upon by media, academia, business and policy leaders to share her experience and insight on the impact of poverty and sustainable poverty solutions. She is the recipient of multiple awards, and extends sincere thanks to Latino Leaders Magazine.