Waukegan Township Eddie Washington Center provides transitional housing for single adult men who are homeless in the Lake County area.
In 1993, Patricia Jones, Waukegan Township Supervisor, Katherine Rothwell-Francis, Lucy Rios, Richard Balmes, and Ann Hughes-Johnson; began the unique and challenging task of renovating the historical Waukegan Fire Station building.
The Eddie Washington Center and 19th Judicial Circuit Specialty Courts (Drug, Veteran, and Mental Health court) have a healthy and mutually beneficial partnership. Which operates off of a referral system that allows the EWC to maximize our services and provide assistance to men which may have otherwise not have been helped.
EWC “gives back” to the community through volunteering with local employers and organizations.
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.
Thanks to Supervisor Jones determination, compassion, and vision, a facility for women became a reality. 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. Since its inception, Staben House has served 323 families with 623 children.