Chuval Adams, Peace Officer
Seasoned in de-escalation practices, Chuval Adams is disciplined and always finds ways to be helpful to others. Before he became a professional barber, he studied psychology. He hopes to one day intertwine his barber skills with non-profit work serving the under privileged.
Passionate about social services, he mentored at risk youth with special needs before finding his home with Care for Friends. Chuval spends his spare time taking care of his family and looking for new ways to put a smile on people’s faces.
Ashley Bland, Volunteer Coordinator
Ashley is the Volunteer Coordinator for Care For Friends. Originally from Northwest Indiana, she attended the University of Missouri for undergrad and spent a few years in Arizona, before returning to the Windy City.
Ashley's background is in Hospitality Management, Special Events and Catering, though she always maintained an authentic interest and involvement in social justice issues and volunteer work, which showed through her activism and time with local organizations such as #TheTakeBack Chicago. She loves working with people who care and are striving to create better systems and situations for others, so Care For Friends seemed like a great fit for her! She is currently pursuing her Master's of Counseling at National Louis University, in hopes of becoming a School Counselor in CPS.
Entertaining is her jam- She grew up dancing and can still be convinced to bust a move when the timing is right! She and her partner, Sam, live in Pilsen, with her cat Marlyn, and loves a solid podcast, movie or recipe recommendation!
Hope Pavich, Executive Director
Hope Pavich is the Executive Director for Care For Friends and has dedicated her career to working in the Chicago nonprofit sector. Prior to Care For Friends, Hope worked as a Program Director at Greenheart Travel, where she was responsible for the oversight, growth and development of international youth programs.
As a Program Coordinator at Vietnamese Migrant Workers and Brides Office, Hope worked with partner organizations and government officials to research, develop and facilitate recreational programs for victims of human trafficking in shelters and detention centers.
Her interest in working with Chicago communities began when she first started working at the Marriott Foundation. With them, she worked with Chicago Public Schools, Chicago employers, and inner-city youth, as well as conducted client recruitment and managed the WIA grant database.
She is excited to return to Chicago focused programs, while working with the City's most vulnerable.
Hope received her Bachelor's degree (BA) from St. Norbert College (2004), and her Masters degree (MA) from the School for International Training (2010) with a concentration in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management.