HOTLINE: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
HOTLINE: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Forgiven But Not Forgotten Foundation is a non profit 501(c)3 organization devoted to servicing women and girls in low-income and/or high crime communities. Our organization is structured to meet the needs of women and girls holistically in the Chicagoland area and other surrounding communities.
Our mission is to provide comprehensive support services that promote healing and well-being for women and girls who have experienced domestic violence.
Our vision is to see a world ecosystem that gives every women and girl the opportunity to freely participate, thoughtfully contribute and positively succeed in every area of their lives.
INTEGRITY - being honest in our process of making change
RESPECT - for ourselves and others in our community
SAFETY - feeling secure and safe in ourselves as well as in our surroundings
HOPE - expectations of a better today and greater tomorrow
HEALING - becoming sound, well and whole inclusively
HAPPINESS - joy in knowing we’ve achieved ultimate success!
The guiding principles that move our organization are being mindful that safety comes first, being integrous in all our programs, being respectful to all and promoting hope, healing and happiness to our clients.
In 2009, the Founder, Lydia Fox embarked on her journey to serve her community, by way of a church collaboration, Church of Abundant Life Center, now known as Abundant Life Teaching Center and One Way C.O.G.I.C. Looking back, we have been able to assist over 1700 women and girls in areas such as Blue Island, Markham, Hazel Crest, East Chicago, Riverdale, Robbins, Englewood, Garfield Park and many more low-income high crime communities by providing food, clothing and shelter referrals. Our staff provides a culturally competent and wholesome learning environment where individuals are challenged and motivated to be their best. We offer life skills, literacy, resume building and interviewing classes, our long-term goal is to help our clients become independent and thriving citizens in the community. We work to collaborate and engage community stakeholders to ensure a continuum of care for our clients who may need help with their traumatic experiences and mental health issues.
We strongly feel that connecting a bridge between FBNFF and communities will enhance our ability to fulfill the needed services of women and girls in low-income high crime communities. FBNFF will expand its reach through outreach, networking and collaborating with other organizations to strengthen our current programs and target and deliver other programs and services to those individuals and families in need. Through our advocacy, we anticipant the increase of women and girls changing and transforming their lives for the better!
The board is legally responsible for governing the organization’s mission, policies, procedures, financial oversight and stability, program accountability, strategic planning and organizational performance. What our board members all have in common is that they all live in or serve the communities of our target population.
The Founder/President, Lydia Fox, a former victim of domestic violence and sexual abuse, formed the foundation in support of women and girls that shared a similar plight. Ms. Fox has dedicated over 10 years to serving the needs of a vulnerable demographic of women and girls. She is driven by her desire is to help victims heal from their past and achieve ultimate success. Ms. Fox earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with minors in both Psychology and English. She is a motivational speaker, advocate, life coach and a woman with a giving heart and a helping hand. Working with her board members, volunteers and collaborative partners, she provides numerous support services to women and girls in low-income, high crime communities throughout the Chicagoland area and surrounding communities.
The Vice President, Jessie Cazares, is a manager of operations, Evangelist, domestic violence advocate, public speaker, mentor and mediator.
The Secretary, Wanda Mauldin, is a childcare director, women's advocate, mediator, public speaker and an organizational recruiter.
The Treasurer, Brian Durkin, is the CEO and Wealth Management Advisor at Integrated Wealth Planners LLC. He is a team builder and organizational planner.