Geraldine (Geri) graduated from National Louis University with a Ph.D. in Community Psychology in 2012 and is the Executive Director of South Suburban PADS, a nonprofit corporation providing housing and supportive services for people at-risk of, or experiencing homelessness. She also teaches community and social psychology as an adjunct for Adler University. Geri has spent the past 22 years as a community practitioner, with 20 of those years in housing and supportive services. She sees “housing” as Horace Mann (1848) shared about education, as the “great equalizer of men”. Today, achieving a quality education is the result of many social and economic factors, but without stable housing, education is a dream out of reach. Her focus is on several factors related to achieving social/racial justice and argues that the overrepresentation of African Americans in the homeless system is both systemic and sadly, toxic charity. Geri is a recipient of the 2015 African American Treasures Award from Dorothy Brown, Circuit Court of Cook County and a 2014 Phenomenal Women Award from the Reaching Back Foundation for her work in Human Services and Social Justice.