Hear Us

Diane Nilan

Diane Nilan—Hear Us founder, and distinguished advocate for the homeless

Hear Us is a national organization started by distinguished homeless advocate Diane Nilan in 2005.  Its mission is to give voice and visibility to homeless children, youth, and their mothers.  On this quest she criss-crosses America in an RV named “Tillie” advocating for homeless people, documenting their lives, and manifesting the truth that “Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost.”

This page collects resources about Diane and Hear Us.  See below, especially the Hear Us website, where you can learn more about the plague of homelessness and get involved in helping to end it.  In the richest nation on earth, 1.5 million children are homeless, driving the average age of a homeless American down under 10.

My wife Linda Bonifas-Guzman is on the Hear Us board of directors.  We have worked—and still work (see last item below)—in shelters Diane started or ran, and been involved in other projects with her for close to three decades.

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 Visit the Hear Us website:  www.hearus.usLearn. Donate. Get involved.

 Read more about  Hear Us on this site.

 Read about the Hear Us movie on the edge shown by PBS stations nation-wide.

 Hear a radio documentary about Diane, “Homeless on the Road.”

 Read a book review of Diane’s Crossing the Line: Taking Steps to End Homelessness.

 Read about the Life Achievement Award Diane received from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY).

Read about Diane’s award from The Bridge Community.

 Read a  Huffington Post article about Diane and homeless students.

Read about and see Video of the Daybreak Shelter.  In the 80’s, Diane started a shelter in Joliet, IL, that would become today’s Daybreak.  Linda & I still serve there, coordinating food on the third Friday and Saturday of each month.  See the schedule, and COME JOIN US.



in wealth, education, and opportunity.
Learn more about these here:

  “Graphic Inequality” highlights the growing wealth gap.
  “A Return to Plessy vs. Ferguson” analyzes the education gap.
  “Chicago Family Directions” tells of an organization that works to tutor and mentor homeless and other disadvantaged youth.
  Emmanuel House is an organization also working to address these inequalities.

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