"The only way to empower a single mother who is homeless is to provide her and her children with the opportunity to gain skills and education" - (Patricia Jones, Waukegan Township Supervisor)
Waukegan Township Staben House provides transitional housing and community enrichment services to homeless women with children. We strive to develop goals with families, assist them in establishing and sustaining permanent housing, increasing skills, income and achieving greater self-determination.
History Of Staben House
Waukegan Township Staben House is a subsidiary of Waukegan Township. The eradication and addressing the causes of homelessness has long been on the forefront of Waukegan Township's mission. In keeping with this goal and vision, Patricia Jones, Waukegan Township Supervisor, and the Board of Trustees opened Eddie Washington Center, a transitional housing program for homeless men, in 1993.
The House was built in 1930 for Dr. Robert Smith a native of Barbados who later became Chief of Staff at St. Therese Medical Center. In 1963 the House was sold to Dr. DeLong another prominent physician at St. Therese. He converted the rear of the house into treatment rooms. In 1996 Waukegan Township purchased 3000 Grand Avenue and converted it into a transitional housing facility for homeless women with children.
The house is named in memory of the late Milton E. Staben, former Waukegan Township Supervisor, and his son Peter Staben, a Lake County attorney. Both Milt and Peter dedicated their lives to protecting the rights of the impoverished.
The program was designed to provide a base to operate from, comprehensive case management, budget management skills, and education to develop the necessary skills to succeed, break the cycle of homelessness and live independently. The opening of Staben House in July of 1997 provided a counterpart to Eddie Washington Center by providing assistance for homeless women and their children. Today, homelessness is less a housing issue than a poverty issue, an education issue, a family support issue, and most importantly, a children's issue.