We have so much to be thankful for - as these notes from our many guests attest. Happy Halloween from Hesed House! Trick or Treat! Pastor Dennis Webb of the Church of the Brethren in Naperville, helps with his congregation as a PADS church, and also felt called to share his gift of music at Hesed House. Many thanks to the many volunteers from AIG who recently spent several days helping at Hesed House - inside and out! Interviewing for a job in the Hesed House Employment Skills Program. This year's 10th Annual Hike for Hesed raised enough money to help 35 men, women and children out of homelessness! Thank you to all of our Hikers, sponsors, helpers and supporters! (What's left of) Haunted Hesed, Hesed House's award-winning entry in this year's 12th Annual United Way What Floats Your Cardboard Boat Race Notre Dame interns Gabby (left) and Laura brought a pinata to Hesed House for the children (and a few adults feeling young at heart) to enjoy and help celebrate their birthdays. Some of the wonderful volunteers from the Target store in Oswego, who visited Hesed House to tackle some much-needed painting! Thank you to all of our 6,000 volunteers! Hesed House cares for over 1,000 men, women and children every year. Soccer camp for the children of Hesed House, run by volunteers Tom and Dave VanderMuelen and their assistants Maddie, Quincy and Shelby The Aurora Fire Department visits the YMCA summer camp at Hesed House. The Orchard Group serving in PADS. Thank you! 2014 Notre Dame SSLP interns Laura (left) and Gabby grilling lunch for our guests. (Former) TLC Resident holding the lease to her new apartment. A recent graduate of our Employment Skills Program (with Assistant Director, Neil McMenamin and Waubonsee Comunity College Employment Skills Adviser, Leslie Lantow) The youth group from Ginger Creek Community Church volunteering at Hesed House this past May. Executive Director, Michael Cobb, and Master of Ceremonies, Ray Kinney, with guests enjoying the 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Gala Chaplains in Action volunteering in the PADS kitchen Carpenter's Homeless Prevention Program, preventing a person from becoming homeless in the first place The Men's Group from Knox Presbyterian Church donating their time and talent to an extreme makeover in TLC. Hesed House guest enjoying a visit to a local farm The new bunk beds in the PADS men's sleeping area, creating more space and a more comfortable night's rest for our guests. Just a few of the 40+ children calling Hesed House home every day. Because EVERYONE deserves dignity.
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Hesed House's mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again.

Hesed House is a national model for ending homelessness – one person, one family at a time. It is the culmination of nearly three decades of strategic evolution from a formerly acceptable model of "eats and sheets" to a Comprehensive Homeless Resource Center – a campus of centralized highly skilled professionals collaborating to provide the tools necessary to help individuals and families break free of the shackles binding them to homelessness.

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Hesed House Health Advocacy Clinic Supervisor Honored as ‘40 Under 40’

NIU Law Clinical Assistant Professor Honored as ‘40 under 40’From NIU Today October 10, 2014 Northern Illinois University College of Law clinical assistant professor Colleen Boraca was named one of this year’s “40 under 40” attorneys by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The Law Bulletin Publishing Co. conducts the “40 under 40” survey annually to […]

October 10th 2014

The Summer That Changed My Life

By Emily Claps, Computer Science and Theology Major, University of Notre Dame Every summer, hundreds of Notre Dame undergraduate students are assigned to various volunteer sites across the country through the Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP), each site with one or two students giving of themselves and serving for eight weeks. Little, indecisive me, applied […]

June 20th 2014

Kentucky Derby Gala Helps 103 Out of Homelessness

We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to everyone who made this year’s 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Gala fundraiser such an overwhelming success. Because of your support, proceeds from this event will be used to lift 103 of our less fortunate neighbors out of homelessness – a substantial increase from the 84 we were […]

May 20th 2014
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