Photo courtesy of the Forest Park Review (Oak Park, IL)

April 16, 2019

John Netherly MSW '10 has been using his own car for the last two years to provide what he calls a taxi cab service for homeless people. John, who works as a social worker, spends his nights as a paid behavioral health technician for Presence Behavioral Health and his days as a volunteer who seeks to help those who choose to live on the street. During the two coldest days caused by the polar vortex in January, John transported 70 homeless people to shelters or warming centers.

John founded The Bedrock Movement with the goal of inspiring others to recognize the needs of the homeless residents in their neighborhood and realize how a small act of kindness goes a long way. His goal is modest: "I don't think we will ever end homelessness," he said but added, "we can prevent people from dying. This is not a third world country. This is America. We can't let people die on the street."

Read more: A taxi service for the homeless - Netherly operates a taxi to serve those living on the street