Watch Berkowitz w/ Neli Vazquez Rowland, President of A Safe Haven on how to save five thousand people yearly, Cable/Web

Revised on Wednesday, March 28 at 10:10 am

Tonight’s and next Tuesday's Chicago Metro suburban edition of the Public Affairs TV show features Neli Vazquez  Rowland, President of A Safe Haven, a feel good story that will inspire you throughout the day, month and year.

In short, A Safe Haven has about 5000 people pass through its doors every year.  These are ex-offenders or others who have gone astray, and they want to straighten up and fly right.

These individuals are in crisis, perhaps they are exiting the criminal justice system, but often without a home, job or a support system to which they can turn.  Others may have a substance or addiction problem (perhaps opiods, alcohol, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, meth, etc) that is interfering with their ability to function normally in society. Still others may have lost their job and tumbled down the socio-economic ladder, and their family has given up on them.

With a big hand up, not hand out, by Neli and her husband- Brian Rowland (A Safe Haven's CEO) and a large, productive and efficient staff of more than 250 "A Safe Haven," employees to assist them to get back on their feet, many, if not all, get it right and become productive members of society.

Watch the show featuring Neli Vazquez Rowland 24/7 by clicking here.

You will love learning what Neli, Brian and their great staff do in providing or guiding those in need toward temporary transitional housing, assistance in completing high school education (if needed) and obtaining vocational training, help in preparing for interviews and other aspects of obtaining a job, professional and other help in dealing with substance abuse problems, professional assistance with medical/health issues, adhering to a healthful diet and accessing a myriad of other services needed to become productive, self sufficient members of our economy and communities.    

As you can see, helping these individuals return to civil society takes many kinds of resources that together comprise a holistic approach to get the job done successfully.

And, you will be thrilled to see that so many come to A Safe Haven in crisis and leave on their way to becoming wonderful, productive members of our great country.

Neli discusses with show host Berkowitz the above and much more, including the current drastic impact throughout various socio-economic groups of our local, state and national opiod problem.  

Jeff Berkowitz discusses with Neli Vazquez Rowland on March 9, 2018 how A Safe Haven provides holistic wrap- around services to the ex-offenders and others in crisis who come to A Safe Haven as they seek to become productive, self-sufficient, contributing members of our society. It is a tremendous, feel good story which needs to be told again and again and again and...

Jeff Berkowitz discusses with Neli Vazquez Rowland on March 9, 2018 how A Safe Haven provides holistic wrap- around services to the ex-offenders and others in crisis who come to A Safe Haven as they seek to become productive, self-sufficient, contributing members of our society. It is a tremendous, illuminating and inspiring story which needs to be told again and again and again and...

The show also  airs tonight and next Tuesday night (April 3) in the north and northwest Chicago Metro suburbs at 8:30 pm on:

Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and on

Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in  Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.

You can also Watch the show featuring Neli Vazquez Rowland 24/7 by clicking here.

 

 

From Left: Illinois' First Lady Diana Rauner, A Safe Heaven's President-Neli Vazquez Rowland, Gov. Rauner and State Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) at a Safe Haven's primary facility last Thanksgiving. The Rauners & Rep. Ford have visited A Safe Haven every Thanksgiving since Bruce Rauner was elected in 2014. Quietly, with little fanfare sought or received from the media, the Rauners and Ford have spent spent hours each Thanksgiving serving and mingling in with many of the 400 residents at 2750 W. Roosevelt (12th & Califnoria, 2 miles south of the Cook County jail and main criminal court). The Rauners, Ford and other pols who show up to serve the low income residents should receive a lot of credit, but they are unlikely, sadly, to get it from the media. The Rauners have taken a lot of heat on other issues from this reporter of late, so to be fair, I say that I admire greatly what Diana and Gov. Rauner have done each Thanksgiving for the last four years. Moreover, I imagine similar acts of kindness have been repeated by the Rauners many times elsewhere during the last four years and no doubt during the last few decades. I just don't know the specifics, or I would report those as well.

From Left: Illinois' First Lady Diana Rauner, A Safe Heaven's President-Neli Vazquez Rowland, Gov. Rauner and State Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) at a Safe Haven's primary facility last Thanksgiving. The Rauners & Rep. Ford have visited A Safe Haven every Thanksgiving since Bruce Rauner was elected in 2014 (and perhaps previously). Quietly, with little fanfare sought or received from the media, the Rauners and Ford have spent spent hours each Thanksgiving Day serving brunch and mingling in with many of the 400 residents at 2750 W. Roosevelt (12th & California, 2 miles south of the Cook County jail and main criminal courts at 26th & Cal). The Rauners, Rep. Ford and other civic personalities and politicians who show up at A Safe Haven's largest of more than forty housing facilities in the Chicago Metro area to serve it's low income residents should receive a lot of credit, but they are unlikely, sadly, to get it from the media.
The Rauners have taken a lot of heat on other issues from this reporter of late, so to be fair, he reports that he unabashedly admires greatly that the First Lady and Gov. Rauner have given to those less fortunate their time, support and affection each Thanksgiving Day for the last four years. Moreover, no doubt, similar acts of kindness have been repeated by the Rauners many times elsewhere during the last four years and most likely during the last few decades.  This reporter just don't know the specifics of most of those acts, or he would report those as well.  However, it is well known that the First Lady and Gov. Rauner, for many years, have been big time financial supporters and civic  leaders in helping to provide optional educational opportunities, e.g., charter schools and opportunity scholarships for students of low income parents whose traditional neighborhood CPS and other public schools have  failed to teach them how to read, do math and write at grade level.    

You can also watch the "Public Affairs," show featuring Neli Vazquez Rowland

-- twice daily at 8:30 am and 8:30 pm in Evanston on Cable Ch. 6 this entire week and next.

--in Aurora and surrounding suburbs this Saturday (March 31) and next Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night at 6 pm on Aurora Community TV (ACTV-10).

--In Rockford and surrounding suburbs next Thursday (April 5) night at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 17

-- and next Monday night (April 2) throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 [CAN TV]

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