2019 Honorary Host Committee

Honorary Host Committee of Illinois Elected Officials Announced for
9th Annual 5K RUN! To End Homelessness



Chicago, IL (July 2, 2019)— A Safe Haven Foundation is excited to announce a growing list of dedicated Honorary Host Committee Members for the 9th Annual 5k RUN! To End Homelessness. The event is set to take place on Saturday, July 13th on Chicago’s beautiful Montrose Harbor. A Safe Haven is grateful to the bi-partisan leadership of over 100 elected officials from across the State of Illinois who have made a commitment to help solve homelessness and poverty in the city, state, and nation. A Safe Haven invites all elected officials to join the honorary host committee, including the Governor (pending), Mayor (pending) and Cook County President (confirmed) to Co-Chair the event.


The event is held to promote the connection with exercise and physical and mental health, raise awareness, build compassion and to raise funds for A Safe Haven’s award winning model and the cause. A Safe Haven is an anchor organization in Chicago that uniquely helps over 5,000 of Chicago’s most vulnerable homeless populations including youth, families with children and military veterans, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation get access to individualized services and a multi-disciplinary range of services and professionals including food, shelter, drug treatment, education, job training and jobs through social enterprises and workforce, veteran and senior permanent affordable housing.


All of the proceeds go directly to help continue to provide services FREE of charge to those in need. A Gold Star Guidestar rated charity, Safe Haven is proud to share that .93 of every $1 donated go directly to services. Worth noting, too, is that A Safe Haven is also celebrating its 25 Year Anniversary this year.  A Legacy of Excellence Gala will be held at the Drake Hotel in Chicago on November 16th.


“It is truly humbling to garner the support of so many honorable elected officials so many of whom have been with us to support the cause and A Safe Haven, since the beginning.. Each year, the 5K RUN! To End Homelessness is our largest event, bringing together media, corporate and civic leaders, associations, chambers, elected officials, athletes, A Safe Haven alumni, and supporters of our mission and model from across the State of Illinois. Despite the focus on crime and violence, we know that poverty and homelessness are real underlying and solvable issues for the vast majority of people living in the midst of social and economic unrest. We have proven with both anecdotal and empirical data that over time that by healing and stabilizing individuals and families with barriers to mainstreaming, that we can get people back on track to becoming positive members of society. By standing in solidarity, and walking and running shoulder to shoulder with us, our elected officials are demonstrating that they are mutually committed to making a lasting positive impact in the lives of those in crisis. Thank you so much to the leaders and runners alike for joining the fight to end homelessness! We look forward to running the most important campaign for humanity alongside them on race day,” Neli Vazquez Rowland, President of A Safe Haven.


5K RUN! To End Homelessness

The Honorary Host Committee takes an active role in supporting the 5K Run! To End Homelessness in many ways, such as serving as RUN! Team Captains as well as recruiting family, friends, associates and constituents alike to join in the fun while supporting a vital cause. All committee members encourage individuals from across the state to run, walk or stand with them to show support for those living in poverty and experiencing homelessness. To register to run, join a team, or receive more information on the 5K RUN! To End Homelessness on July 13th, please visit www.runtoendhomelessness.org.