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Getting to Zero: Engaging the Homeless Community

May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



Proactive Community Services invites you to join us for a series of conversations about engaging communities vulnerable to HIV, STIs, and other communicable diseases. During the months of May and June, the agency will host a series of conversations focused on Black and Brown communities Getting to Zero for HIV, STIs, and other diseases that are negatively affecting the south suburban and other Illinois communities. The series will launch on May 5, 2022, at 6 pm CST with a discussion about inclusion, diversity, and equity.

PCS invites faith leaders, community advocates, and other individuals interested in reducing the rate of HIV, STI, and other communicable diseases in Black and Brown communities, to join the conversation facilitated by Alfred Forbes, MBA, and Minister Oliver Patton, MSP. The format will allow listeners to ask questions or provide their insights as to how the community can positively change the current health crisis in the south suburbs.

Together we will make a difference!


Alfred Forbes, MBA

Founder & CEO
Forbes Consulting

Alfred Forbes graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where he earned his BA in Philosophy and completed his MBA at the University of Phoenix. Mr. Forbes has worked in the health field since 1990 as an HIV Buddy, member of the NH Community Planning Group, HIV health educator, and case manager. In 2000, he joined the Northeast Capacity Building Assistance Program, which provided technical assistance addressing the HIV needs of agencies serving African American/Black men who have sex with men in the Northeast. In 2003, Al started Forbes Consulting and has worked nationally and internationally to support departments of health, organizations, and academic institutions to engage the community and strategize to address HIV and other blood-borne epidemics.

He has provided organizational development and capacity-building assistance to departments of health, community and faith-based organizations, and social justice organizations in over 25 states. He has worked with organizations in Brazil and is currently working on international HIV studies, as Chair of Project WISH Community Advisory Board, the Clinical Studies Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Minister Oliver W. Patton, Jr., MSP

Love Abide M.B. Church in the Roseland Community of Chicago, IL

Minister Patton is the founder and executive director of Open Arms 101, a nonprofit organization that serves the elderly population of South Suburban Cook County and the Metropolitan Chicago area. His mission is to reduce poverty and promote the well-being, healthy aging, and independence of older adults, including those living with HIV.

Minister Patton is a recent graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Master’s in Psychology and also serves on the Seniors Committee of the Southland Human Services Leadership Council, the Faith Church Advisory Board of Faith United Methodist Church, and as Board Vice-President of Kabod House International.

Pastor Charles Straight

Faith United Methodist Church, Dolton IL

Pastor Straight is a Board Member and President, of The People’s Lobby Education Institute, a movement of clergy and people of faith who work together to transform our economy and society so that justice might reign, and not the dominant values of greed and individualism.

Rev. Straight is a former Board Member at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago; the Black Church & HIV Advisory Committee for the NAACP and the Spiritual Care Committee for the Alexian Brother’s Bonaventure House transitional living facility for person with HIV.  Since 1987 Rev. Straight has been a person living with HIV.

In 1985, Rev. Straight organized and chaired the city’s first African-American church-based AIDS ministries, serving over 20 HIV-impacted persons at the Fellowship M. B. Church and other churches.

Guest Speaker

John B. Perkins

Street Outreach Coordinator

SSPADS & Aunt Martha’s

An accomplished social service professional and business entrepreneur. John possesses over 20 years of experience in many areas of Social Services, such as Case Management, Counseling, Resident Social Work, and Program Development. John has experience in mentoring, capital campaigns, and fundraising, and reached the level of Executive Director/CEO of a non-profit. John is experienced in Grant/Proposal/Business Plan Writing, Research, and Development, Board Development, Budget Development/Management, Community Development, Public Speaking, Group Develop/facilitation, also POS and Customer Service delivery, account solicitation and management, Product Marketing/Presentation/Distribution, Event Planning & Coordination.

For over 20 years, John has worked with nonprofits such as the YMCA, Institute of Cultural Affairs, SOS Children’s Village Chicago, and Center for New Horizons. Other affiliations and activities: Proactive Community Services, AmeriCorps/Vista, American Cancer Society – Volunteer, Arch Angel Social Services – Youth Mentor (DCFS and Chicago Public Schools), Kismet Family Services – Youth Mentoring (DCFS and CPS), M.A.D.E Organization – Program Consultant for Sam and Theo Hill (Basketball Foundation), BB&T National Bank Local Advisory Board, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board of Directors in the state of Kentucky, Kentucky ASAP Board of Directors, Community Character Council Board, Rotary International, Chicago Housing Authority Advisory Board (ABLA), Simpson Academy for Young Women Advisory Board, Program Facilitator- 100 Black Men of Chicago Saturday Mentoring Program 2001-2003, Mentor – Extended Services Home for Boys 2002-2003, Program Facilitator- Creative Communities Program which was an Arts collaborative with Merit School of Music & Chicago Housing Authority. John currently works with South Suburban PADS and Aunt Martha’s coordinating Street Outreach efforts for the homeless population in Suburban Cook and Will Counties as a COC partner of the Alliance to End Homelessness. John has also worked as an Entrepreneurship Instructor for Future Founders in Chicago Public Schools and School District 150 in South Holland. Lastly, John along with his family in Kentucky are the owners of Johnny B’s Wet Sauce and Dry Rub Seasonings. Their items are sold in more than 250 stores in 4 states.

  • Married for 16 years and has 4 children.
  • Holds a Bachelor of Arts-Social Work Degree, University of Kentucky 1996
  • Played college football, University of Kentucky 1991-1992
  • Certified Senior Director & CEO Trained, YMCA of USA in 2006
  • Illinois Small Biz Entrepreneurial Training Scholarship & Certification, University of Chicago Hull House Program 2010
  • Member of ‘The Chicago Assembly’ since 2019


May 19
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm