A Safe Haven and the Small Business Advocacy Council Host The Rooftop Rebound to Support Our Homeless Population and Small Businesses


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(Chicago, IL) May 4th, 2022 —The SBAC advocates for small businesses struggling to hire employees.  A Safe Haven helps bring those fighting homelessness back into the workforce.  A Safe Haven and the SBAC are holding The Rebound event on May 11th on the Rooftop of DeskLabs, a shared office space for entrepreneurs in Evanston, IL, to highlight each organizations efforts to foster economic growth, create jobs and support their constituencies.   This annual in person fundraising event will also recognize Michael Bempah, as the SBAC “Small Business Advocate of the Year.”

A Safe Haven (ASHF), is an internationally acclaimed top Chicago-based 501 ©3 nonprofit dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness and helping get people back to work and permanently housed and The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC), is an advocacy organization fighting for the small business community.

“This historic partnership between A Safe Haven and the Small Business Advocacy Council is a powerful example of how to align the interests of both small businesses and a robust homeless service organization that helps build a strong workforce. We need both to rebuild from the devastating impact of the pandemic on those hardest hit socially and economically by the pandemic,” said Vazquez Rowland. “Thanks to this strategic partnership we have done a tremendous job of helping give a unified voice to so many people and small business owners.”

“The small business community has fought resiliently through the pandemic but still face considerable challenges, including difficulties with respect to hiring and retaining employees.

The SBAC advocates for policies to support small businesses and get people back to work.  However, we must also supplement the workforce, which A Safe Haven does by providing support and training to the homeless population.”

So far, ASH has helped over 135,000 people since its founding in 1994. “What we do now will impact us and future generations,” Vazquez Rowland said. “We must focus on prioritizing rebuilding lives and small businesses now.”

Also, during the event, the 2021 SBAC Small Business Advocate of the Year President and Co-Founder Neli Vazquez Rowland, will be passing on the award to the 2022 Small Business Advocate of the Year, Michael Bempah.  Every year, the SBAC recognizes an engaged business leader who dedicates time and effort to support the small business community.

To RSVP to the event, and/or to donate in advance, and to help thank our sponsors please visit:   The Rebound Event Page.

This complimentary REBOUND event has been made possible thanks to the major sponsors of THE Rebound fundraising event.