One of the models in the TLC Spring Children's Fashion Show and Dinner. Please join us for the 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Gala on May 2nd at the Naperville Marriott. Aurora Central Catholic senior James Glaser with some of the 31 bicycles he donated to Hesed House for his Eagle Scout project. Executive Director, Michael Cobb, and Master of Ceremonies, Ray Kinney, with guests enjoying the 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Gala Amanda, from the NIU Health Advocacy Clinic team, helping one of our guests complete Power of Attorney for Health Care documentation. Please join us for the 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Gala on May 2nd at the Naperville Marriott. Celebrating a birthday in TLC Executive Director, Michael Cobb, presenting the Corporate Humanitarian of the Year Award to our friends at Caterpillar at the 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Gala. After recently finding work, PADS guest Joey and his girlfriend recently moved out of Hesed House. Please join us for the 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Gala on May 2nd at the Naperville Marriott. Students from the Universal School treating TLC residents to burgers, fries and drinks instead of using their money to go out to the movies. Participating in the Live Auction at the Third Annual Kentucky Derby Gala to Benefit Hesed House - a fun-filled event for a fantastic cause! Please join us on May 2nd at the Naperville Marriott! The team from School District 129 and 131 work with Hesed House staff on a weekly basis to ensure every child living here receives the same education as their non-homeless classmates. Please join us for the 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Gala on May 2nd at the Naperville Marriott. Hesed House hosts a chapter of AA in the Comprehensive Resource Center every Wednesday night at 5:30. 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. We have so much to be thankful for - as these notes from our many guests attest. Please join us for the 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Gala on May 2nd at the Naperville Marriott. The Men's Group from Knox Presbyterian Church donating their time and talent to an extreme makeover in TLC. Because EVERYONE deserves dignity. 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. (Former) TLC Resident holding the lease to her new apartment. 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. Just a few of the 40+ children calling Hesed House home every day.
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  • Disposable razors 
    (preferably multi-blade)
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  • Cough drops
  • Wash cloths
  • Baby wipes
  • Fabric softener/dryer sheets
  • Athletic (white) socks
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  • Twin-size sheets (flat and fitted)
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Derby Logo for WebsiteIn less than a month, the most exciting two minutes in sports will be celebrated at the Gerald Subaru 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Gala to benefit Hesed House. With live coverage of the Run for the Roses on dual theatre screens, great food and drinks, live jazz, hat contests, singing of My Old Kentucky Home and exciting auctions and raffle baskets filled to the brim with exciting items, this year's Gala is guaranteed to be another sellout event with proceeds going to help homeless men, women and children at Hesed House return to independent, productive lives.

Hesed House is proud to present at the Gala, its 2015 Humanitarian of the Year Award to Joy and Rogers Freedlund whose generosity and kindness - and Rogers' leadership on the Hesed House Board of Trustees - have impacted the lives of homeless individuals and families at Hesed House for nearly twenty years. 

For more information about the Gala, auction items, making reservations or becoming a Gala sponsor, please visit our Events page or contact Mary at 630-914-6428 or at

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Because Everyone Deserves Dignity

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.

Extraordinary People

By Stephen Madison, Associate Program Director, PADS
Excerpted from the April Volunteer Newsletter

For 365 nights a year, including Christmas and New Year’s Eve – when most people are relaxing and enjoying time off with their friends and family – our volunteers are joyfully serving the guests of Hesed House: not only making dinner for up to – and sometimes more than – 200 people, but providing so much more!

As much as the volunteers and I enjoy being here for our guests, there’s one thing that I enjoy more; the day when a volunteer walks in and asks where a particular guest is today, and my answer is that they have secured stable housing and no longer reside at Hesed House. That is the ultimate goal, and one that could not be achieved without countless individuals like you, who are definitely not like most people. And for that, we are truly grateful. On behalf of Hesed House staff and guests alike, thanks to all of you!

April 10th 2015

Bikes Put Homeless on Road to Opportunity

By Denise Crosby, Aurora Beacon-News

Kevin Harmon lives in Aurora and works in West Chicago… which doesn’t sound like a bad commute, until you consider it starts off with a four-block walk at night to catch that last bus of the day to the Metra station in Geneva. From there, Harmon catches the train that takes him to West Chicago, where he hops off the train and onto a bike he keeps chained there for a half-hour ride to his third-shift job.

Still, despite the 3 1/2 hour travel time each way, he’s mighty happy to make that commute day in and day out.

Homeless for over a year, Harmon last week was able to move into his own apartment, thanks to that job, and the donation of a second-hand bicycle by Aurora Central Catholic senior James Glaser…

March 27th 2015

AU Hosts Special Guests from Hesed House

As part of a senior project, three AU communication students, Loretta Johnson, Lorelei Ritzert and Brittany Roydhouse, organized an event for the children in Hesed House’s after-school program. The event was planned to bring the youth from the area shelter to the AU campus to experience student life, learn about lacrosse and build a relationships with student-athletes. Special t-shirts and stickers with a lacrosse logo design on them were sold with all proceeds being donated to the Hesed House after-school program.

March 26th 2015
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