A Safe Haven President’s Rotary Club Award

A Safe Haven’s President Recognized by Rotary Club of Chicago with “Service Above Self” Award

Chicago, IL – June 17, 2014 A Safe Haven Foundation’s Co-Founder and President, Neli Vazquez Rowland, received honorary recognition from Rotary Club of Chicago, during The Rotary Club of Chicago’s, “Chicago Woman of the Year” Awards Luncheon on June 17, 2014. Michael Faris, President of Rotary Club of Chicago, presented fellow Rotarian member Neli Vazquez Rowland, with the “Service Above Self Award”, for her work at A Safe Haven in helping people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose.


“It is a rare award that I did not expect at all. As you can imagine, I am overwhelmed by the huge surprise and honor! I am Blessed to be surrounded by so many business and civic leaders who have supported me and our work. Because of their support and the support of many other leaders in the community throughout the year, they are helping me become a better person and a better world citizen as we consider and apply the tradition as members of Rotary’s Four Way test and Service Above Self mantra in everything we do. I am grateful to be recognized and encouraged to be able to do more to help others overcome challenges and pursue their dreams for a better future”, stated Vazquez Rowland.

Theresa Mintle, President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber, served as keynote speaker, and the event honored three distinguished women leaders: Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President; Deborah Rickert, Founder and President, Operation Support Our Troops; and Janice Rodgers, Partner, Quarles and Brady LLP.