Chuval Adams, Peace Officer & Delivery Manager
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.
Marcos Alvarado, Programs Manager
Marcos is a recent Public Relations graduate from Bradley University. Originally from Blue Island, Marcos began his love for Non-Profit work at age 10 when he first volunteered at his local Blue Cap. Since then, his academic efforts have focused on community outreach, communication, and involvement. While in school, Marcos served as a programs intern at The Peoria Riverfront Museum. Before finding his home at Care For Friends, Marcos worked as a Youth Support Specialist at Aunt Martha's Health and Wellness in Hyde Park, providing care for children aged 10-21 with behavior and developmental disabilities within the DCFS system.
Hope Pavich, Executive Director
Hope has dedicated her career to working in the Chicago nonprofit sector. Prior to Care For Friends, she 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.
Mia Sostrin, Social Support Intern
Mia is Care for Friends' newest Social Support intern from Northeastern Illinois University! They work with so many organizations around the city from Night Ministry with their youth work to National Runaway Safeline where they serve on their board from working with ONE Northside on their Mental Health Justice team for 3 years and for almost two years have been working on Bring Chicago Home to ensure that everyone has access to supportive permanent housing! Their goal in their career is to help everyone in some way. They personally have been through a lot and the reason they chose social work is because they want to prevent what happened to them from happening to someone else. During their free time they also enjoy listening to music, singing, and spending quality time with the people in their life. Mia is originally from Skokie graduating from Niles West attended Oakton for a few years then transferred to Northeastern Illinois University where they are getting their bachelor's degree in Social Work.