Who We Are

Forgiven But Not Forgotten Foundation is a non profit 501c3 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

The mission of Forgiven But Not Forgotten Foundation is to significantly reduce crime, domestic violence and abuse by empowering individuals and families to reach their full potential and become productive community residents.

Our Vision

Our vision is to see a world ecosystem that gives every woman and girl the opportunity to freely participate, thoughtfully contribute and positively succeed in every area of their lives.

Our Values

The guiding principles and values 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.

original - history

Our History 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 provide 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!

original - blueprint

Our knowledge of perpetrators and abuse/domestic violence causal issue, and our passion for making a difference for victims and communities;
Our commitment to share and expand our reach to create and develop essential programs and services and to provide services that will enhance the quality of life for each individual we serve;
Our assets and relationships: Strengthening our network through staff development and education, and ensuring the financial sustainability of the Foundation;
Mobilized support and increased understanding of the Foundation’s programs, thereby allowing us to support more youth and families in the community.



  • Expand our education program (provide after school services)

  • Introduce self-defense classes for women and domestic violence survivors


  • Begin annual walkathons for domestic violence survivors.


  • Sponsor annual Empowerment retreats that address the needs of the individuals holistically, mind, body, and spirit, inclusive of health and wellness teach and talk sessions

  • Host annual luncheons and empowerment seminars to inspire, motivate and enrich the lives of women and domestic survivors

  • Introduce Massage therapy and therapeutic methods of healing for women that have been exposed to or that are domestic violence survivors

original - board members

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.

Founder/Executive Director

Lydia Fox, Founder/Executive Director

The Founder/President, Lydia Fox, a survivor 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 to help survivors 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.

Vice President

Jessie Cazares, Vice President

Ms . Cazares has been a public service worker for over 25 years. She has devoted her life to helping people of all ages, sex, and genders. She is a survivor of domestic violence and an advocate for those that have been in abusive relationships and those that share similar plights. Ms. Cazares is a loving mother of 3, as well as, a devoted grandmother. She is bilingual and has helped many people within her community and other communities as well. Ms. Cazares is extremely instrumental in helping our Spanish speaking and/or bilingual community in transitioning from harmful and/or potentially harmful situations. She is a pilar within the community, a respected leader, mentor to many, and friend to all.


J. David Smith, Director

J. David Smith taught private piano lessons, and for eighteen (18) years, took time each summer to teach Band Camps throughout the Southeast. He is a Pastor, a lifetime member of the Kappa Kappa Psi Professional Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc, serves on the board of two additional nonprofit organizations, a member of the Atlanta Black Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Government Contractors Association, a member of the National Small Business Association Leadership Council, a Chaplain of American Legion Post 224, a public speaker/mentor to youth groups and adults, a playwright, a published poet, a distinguished member of the International Society of Poets, and an entrepreneur.


Wanda Mauldin, Treasurer

Wanda Mauldin is a Childcare Director, mediator, public speaker and public service worker.