The Seymour & Anne Okner
Transitional Living Program


About the Okners

Seymour "Sy" Okner and his wife Anne were generous donors to a number of philanthropic efforts in the Chicagoland area.  They gave quietly without fanfare because they wanted to change people's lives.  Sy was highly successful over the course of his career and believed in supporting programs that gave a 'hand up' not a 'hand out.'

The Transitional Living Program

The Transitional Living Program provides housing together with supportive services such as counseling, psychiatric care, life skills and other resources. Every year, 45 individuals are served by the Program. The goal is to help clients stabilize and build the skills necessary to live independently.  Truly, the program offers a ‘hand up’ to those who may otherwise be homeless.

The Transitional Living Program transforms lives.  It gives hope to the homeless and offers the skills and tools needed to live independently.  It offers formerly homeless individuals a place to call home. Read Steven and David’s story to see how the Transitional Living Program makes a difference.

The Need Is Urgent

Currently, the Transitional Living Program has a waiting list of more than 40 people.  The need for its services is significant. Our goal is to raise money to enable an additional 100 clients to be housed over the next few years.

Because of state and federal budget cuts, philanthropic support of mental health services is critical to bridge this gap.

The Campaign

To memorialize Sy & Anne, the Okner and Mangone Families have pledged $750,000 to support the Transitional Living Program.  The goal is to raise $1,250,000 to rename the Program in honor of the Okners.

By their support of the Transitional Living Program, the Okner’s children are creating a legacy for their parents.  A long-time friend and colleague, Dominic Mangone, is also a lead donor for this effort. He witnessed firsthand the impact the Okners made with their gifts.

The remaining funds needed to meet this goal are being sought from friends and colleagues of the Okners and Mangones as well as from people who support the mission of the Transitional Living Program to change the lives of homeless individuals.

Help Us Create a Living Memorial

Renaming this Program recognizes two individuals who helped hundreds of people over many decades and continues their legacy. It assures Sy and Anne will never be forgotten.

It also assures that people like Steven and David have a place to call home, now and in the future.