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.
Paulina Guerra, Volunteer Coordinator
Paulina is the Volunteer Coordinator for Care For Friends. She was born in Mexico City, attended high school in Quebec Canada, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is now living in the Windy City.
Paulina is bilingual in Spanish & English, and has a background in Community and Environmental Sociology. For as long as she can remember, she has wanted to positively impact the communities that she is a part of and to help those who are less fortunate than she is. Her education opened her eyes to the most pressing social issues affecting vulnerable communities in the U.S. She is passionate about tackling food access issues, investing in community public health, and creating an equitable and sustainable society for future generations.
Outside of Care For Friends, Paulina is also a Certified Yoga Teacher. Besides teaching yoga, she enjoys baking, spending time outdoors, reading new books, playing piano and ukulele, and loving on her cat, Stella.
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.
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.
Maleek Ratliff, Social Support Intern
Maleek is currently in his Bachelors of Social Work program at Northeastern Illinois University. He volunteered with Care For Friends, and has decided to continue his work as an intern. Alongside being an intern, Maleek works as a Mental Health Counselor and has been so for almost four years. His interest in working with the underprivileged population comes from seeing others in his community lacking resources and support systems.
Maleek has experience with various populations including mental health, behavioral health, at-risk youth, homeless, and elderly. He is passionate about working with the Care For Friends team, and making a big impact on the community that we serve.
In his free time, Maleek likes to be with family and friends, workout and read.