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Welcome Gail Schechter, H.O.M.E.'s new Executive Director

Joel Rice
Published: July 18, 2018

Dear Friends of H.O.M.E.,

I write to inform you of recent changes at H.O.M.E., as Bruce Otto officially stepped down from his position as Executive Director on July 17, 2018, due to his long-planned retirement.

The Board of Directors expresses its tremendous gratitude to Bruce for a decade of service to H.O.M.E.  Under his guidance, H.O.M.E. has become a strong organization and a beacon of hope to thousands of low-income seniors in Chicago. The mission and vision of H.O.M.E. has strengthened as Bruce built a team that is committed to improving the quality of life for Chicago’s older adults. With a grateful and heavy heart, we wish Bruce a happy retirement.

As the culmination of a thoughtful and thorough search process, we are pleased to announce that Gail Schechter will take the reins as Executive Director on August 6, 2018.

Gail-1Gail holds an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a BA in history from Oberlin College. She brings over 25 years of leadership in fair housing and non-profit organizations in the Greater Chicago area. She is also a widely recognized thought leader in conceiving of and implementing creative grassroots strategies for fostering inclusive, just and diverse communities.

H.O.M.E. is dedicated to helping seniors remain independent and part of their community by offering intergenerational living and by providing a variety of housing support services. Over our 36-year history, we have served seniors through innovative and person-centered programs that focus on community-building. We believe Gail will bring a wealth of knowledge and depth of experience to the pursuit of H.O.M.E.’s mission.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we welcome Gail to the H.O.M.E. family.

With gratitude,

Joel Rice
Board President

When she begins on August 6th, Gail can be reached at or 773-295-2711.


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