Our board

Our Board members

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John Shafer – Director

At 56yrs, I began in Oct 2012 after a early Christmas shopping trip in Downtown Chicago and witnessed many street homeless after panhandling all day after 10pm were lying on a cold sidewalk with no blanket and felt I had to do something. In 2 weeks I returned and distributed 25 new blankets and it went over so well that I decided to keep bringing blankets all Winter and created a face book page to get donations coming in. It took off quickly and in a few months we filed to be incorporated. A year and 5 months later we became a 501 c3 charity organization. We continue from that one small act of kindness to grow in many ways and each year have done more than the year before. We expect greater things year after year. My passion and vision to see an end to homelessness in Michiana is what inspires me daily.

Rodney Rabel  co – Director

Rodney is a born native of Nappanee Indiana and is head of quality control at Gulf Stream in Nappanee. He is also co-founder of the Organization. Rodney made some critical support and guidance in the beginning months and still supports the work founded together. He offers many contributions and has made every trip to Chicago doing the distribution to the street homeless in the downtown area since 2012. Rodney brings a caring heart and organizational skills to the table. As a leader where he works full time managing 10 people daily and maintaining high quality controls for over 20 years along with his compassionate heart makes him a great co-founder.

Sherrie Aman – Board Member

Hello, I am honored to be a board member for Chicago Five for the Homeless. As far back as I can remember , I’ve had a heart for reaching out to the homeless in the areas in which I have lived. I grew up in Elkhart, IN. Graduated from Memorial High School in 1984. From there I moved to Minneapolis , MN for 4 years. In Minneapolis , I worked with the homeless native Americans and did some street ministry. I then moved to Tulsa, OK for 2 years working at St john Medical Center as a rehab technician on an intensive rehabilitation unit. I eventually moved back to Elkhart to be close to my family. I went to nursing school at IUSB and obtained my RN nursing degree and licensure in 1993. I’ve worked in hospitals and different area nursing homes. I was director of nursing at Woodland Manor in Elkhart in recent years. My current position is at Memorial Hospital Epworth Center. I love my job. It involves mental health which is a greatly underserved need. Nursing has always been my heart combined with my Christian faith. Combining these two causes me to desire to reach out and do what I can do in a tangible way. I believe in James 2: 14 “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? The strengths that I bring with me as a board member is organization, knowledge of the issues that lead up to homelessness, educated in health and mental health issues and genuine concern for my brothers and sisters in need. I have ideas to share and am available to respond if needed. I look forward to serving my community with the Michiana Five for the homeless!