Kevin Campbell provides us with the following update:
After I left Albertsons in 2004, I moved from Phoenix back to Chicago and joined Sears Holdings as a Senior Automotive Buyer. My team of Associate Buyers and I were responsible for all over the counter auto accessories in Sears Auto Centers and Kmart. After leaving Sears Holdings in March 2011, I was offered the position of VP Retail for Home of the Sparrow, Inc. (HOS).
Headquartered in McHenry, Illinois, HOS provides transitional shelter and services to homeless women and children in Northern Illinois. HOS has three shelters, one in Crystal Lake and two in McHenry. We also have Department of Justice (DOJ) apartments for clients seeking refuge from severely abusive relationships. At any given time we have over 50 clients residing in our shelters - 65% are children. We provide a 9 month program in an effort to promote self sufficiency and place them into permanent housing. This year is our 25th anniversary.
Funding HOS shelters and services comes from grants from federal and state agencies, proceeds from our various fundraisers, and revenue from our four thrift stores called the Sparrow's Nest Thrift Stores. I oversee all retail and logistics operations of the agency. Our stores are located in Woodstock, Cary, McHenry and Palatine. The work force in each store is a combination of paid staff and volunteers. Everything that my stores sell is donated. I get to see first-hand how generous the American public is. Something the U.S. is never given enough credit for. I have a fleet of trucks and a logistics team that makes free furniture pickups and brings them to the store for resell as well as moving clients, their children, and their belongings from the shelter to their permanent housing. Behind women's apparel, furniture is my number two volume category. I am actively searching for additional store sites to help grow our great regional thrift store chain which will enable our agency to reduce homelessness in women and children in Northern Illinois at a faster rate. Our website is www.HOSparrow.org
My wife Cindi works as an Activities Assistant at the Garlands, an assisted living community in Barrington. My oldest son Kyle is a Corporal in the Marines stationed in Okinawa Japan. My next son Brady is an Arizona State graduate working for the Fresh and Easy grocery chain in Phoenix - apple doesn't fall far from the tree here! My daughter Kelsie is attending McHenry County Community College and will be wrapping up at Northern Illinois in the fall to become a Medical Lab Technician.