Champions of Change

Neli Vazquez Rowland has been recognized throughout Chicago for creating one of the most successful multifaceted organizations that addresses important issues like homelessness, unemployment and addiction. In 1994, Neli and her husband started A Safe Haven… Continue Reading

Chicagoans of the Year 2010

As Neli Vazquez-Rowland drives up Michigan Avenue, she gestures at the plantings in the median. “It’s one of the best-kept secrets of Chicago,” she says. “People don’t realize that the people who work on those medians were formerly homeless or incarcerated. They’re getting paid to do that work, they’re learning a job skill, and they’re getting a work ethic that they can transfer over to anything.” She points to the holiday lights twinkling on the trees. “We do that, too.”  By “we,” Vazquez-Rowland means A Safe Haven… Continue Reading

Chicago Tribune

Neli is president of A Safe Haven Foundation, which provides a holistic path from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Neli was the first in her family to attend college, and she was successful in the financial industry when alcoholism in her family sparked her mission to replace fragmented social services with a comprehensive approach… Continue Reading

Champagne and Beyond: Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

Being a wife, mother, entrepreneur, and the leader of a highly lauded social business enterprise keeps Neli Vazquez Rowland’s life interesting, to say the least.  This recipient of numerous awards is frequently meeting with business leaders, government officials, and any ear she can bend to get them interested in A Safe Haven, even the president of the United States… Continue Reading

Huffington Post: “Can We End Homelessness?

The issue of homelessness has made headlines across the country. The question is, can we end homelessness? Our response is realistically, yes and no. Yes, we can for the vast majority of people in need, if we support a proven path that leads to sustainable self-sufficiency. No, for the few who suffer from severe mental and physical health issues; however, basic human needs of shelter and food must still be met. Why would we support the idea of helping the homeless? Because it is not only the right thing to do,… Continue Reading

Chicago Business

Neli Vazquez-Rowland, 40, CEO of cosmetics company Be! Products Inc., co-founded A Safe Haven and is president of its foundation. The private organization provides services for recovering addicts and recently housed Haitians evacuated to Chicago. Her go-to list:  Mornings it’s the Tribune and Sun-Times, then the Capitol Fax Blog… Continue Reading