One of the models in the TLC Spring Children's Fashion Show and Dinner. The Light of The Heart, a community art therapy project, during a recent visit to Hesed House. Notre Dame students Taylor and Siri, who are spending their summer at Hesed House, help a guest move into her new home. Staff, guests and supporters of Hesed House meet with our elected officials in Springfield to protest proposed budget cuts that will irreparably harm our neighbors most in need. Please join us on Sunday, August 23rd for Hesed House's First Annual Dignity Ride to End Homelessness Thank you to Thrivent Financial, the Larson Family and all of their awesome neighbors for helping to ensure a fun-filled summer for everyone at Hesed! The Little Caesars Love Kitchen recently visited Hesed House to help feed the hungry in our community. Just a few of the awesome volunteers from BMO, who recently visited Hesed House to lend a hand - actually LOTS of hands! Please join Hesed House for our First Annual Dignity Ride on Sunday, August 23, 2015! Staff, guests and supporters of Hesed House meeting with our elected officials in Springfield to express our concerns about the negative effects that planned budget cuts will have on our ability to serve our guests. Over 6,000 volunteers donate their time and talent to Hesed House every year. The true heart of Hesed House: our volunteers! Please join us on Sunday, August 23rd for Hesed House's First Annual Dignity Ride. Please visit our Events Page (or click below) for more information! PADS guest Mario planting flowers that he bought in front of Hesed House. A dedicated staff, alliances with outside agencies and 6,000 volunteers come together at Hesed House every year to help over 1,000 individuals utilizing our shelter and housing programs. 
Super Volunteers, Tom and Robin, welcoming a new PADS guest. Staff, volunteers and guests all work together to help our friends and neighbors most in need - seen here moving furniture on a recent weekend. A note from a nine-year-old PADS guest to all of our wonderful volunteers: Thank you volunteers, for all your food to help people. And for being nice! Just a handful of the incredible volunteers that make our Clothes Closet - and just about everything else here at Hesed House - possible. Thank you! Graduate successfully completing the Employment Skills Development Course Joy and Rogers Freedlund recently received the 2015 Humanitarians of the Year Award for all of the incredible work they have done for the guests of Hesed House over the past 20 years. Thank you! Aurora Central Catholic senior James Glaser with some of the 31 bicycles he donated to Hesed House for his Eagle Scout project. 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. The Aurora Fire Department visits the YMCA summer camp at Hesed House. Celebrating a birthday in TLC 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! (Former) TLC Resident holding the lease to her new apartment. Hesed House guest enjoying a visit to a local farm 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!
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  • Deodorant
  • Sheets (twin size, fitted and flat)
  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Batteries (AA, AAA and C)
  • Diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6)
  • Sunblock
  • Sleep aid
  • Children's allergy medication
  • Fans (all shapes and sizes)
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Hesed House's First Annual Dignity Ride

The First Annual Hesed House Dignity Ride will help raise funds for the 400 men, women and children who turn to Hesed House every day. It takes $1,188.00 in private funds to get an individual at Hesed House out of homeless. Please help us bridge this gap with a beautiful 70-mile motorcycle ride through the Fox Valley Area. All makes and models of motorcycles are invited. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Fox River Harley-Davidson Dealership in St. Charles. Coffee and donuts will be provided. With your registration you will receive a map of the route with turn-by-turn directions and a wristband for a brat or burger with chips and a non-alcoholic beverage at the after-party, which is being hosted by O’Malley’s Pub & Eatery in Aurora. Registration is $20 per rider; $15 per passenger. Please click here for additional information.



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.

How You Can Help

Whether you choose to lend your time and talents by volunteering, writing a check, planning a fundraising event or coordinating a collection of food, holiday toys, and warm winter clothes, ALL demonstrations of support are appreciated.

The Human Face of The Proposed Budget Cuts

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, approximately 32 percent of the 14,144 people who experience homelessness in Illinois suffer from a serious mental illness. While Illinois already cut $113.7 million from mental health services between 2009 and 2012, the State’s most recent proposed budget includes a $1.5 billion reduction in Medicaid, the largest source of funding for mental health services in Illinois.

Hesed House faces substantial cuts under the proposed budget, but at the same time it will have stronger needs from the community for its services. The proposed service cuts will also impact the agencies that employ substance abuse and mental health counselors, and the Medicaid cuts will impact the services provided by Aunt Martha’s (which is also housed at Hesed House’s Comprehensive Resource Center), making it harder for our neighbors most in need to receive medical care.

While Hesed House continues to help “the least of these,” we truly hope that our lawmakers in Springfield will join us by recognizing how devastating the proposed budget cuts would be to so many in Illinois.

July 23rd 2015

Hesed’s Dental Ministry

By Bruce Bachmeier, Director of Volunteers

Now in its second year, the new phase of the Volunteer Dental Ministry has made it possible for 48 of our guests – through 180 appointments – to receive follow-through dental care!

Our volunteers have been taking guests to dental appointments in Warrenville for years, and in the last year or two, we have been blessed to be able to expand the dental ministry exponentially with partnerships at the Chicago Dental Society Foundation (CDSF) Clinic in Wheaton and Midwestern University in Downers Grove. While we have not yet met the unyielding demand of serious dental work that our guests need, which can often lead to other serious health problems, we are on the path towards healthier (and happier) living which gives everyone something to smile about!

July 16th 2015

Picosa’s First Season

by Jennie Brown, Artistic Director, Picosa

Our partnership with Hesed House during our inaugural 2014-2015 season was an amazing source of inspiration for us, as we visited their children to host workshops for all ages, brought exposure to their cause and contributed many donations of needed items and over $500 in financial support. Few things this season were as gratifying as seeing our vision of work with Hesed House fulfilled so beautifully.

Embarking on a journey such as this with dear friends who also happen to be inspiring artists and consummate professionals is a true honor and joy. 

Our upcoming season presents even more thrilling prospects. The direction of programming will not only cross boundaries of time but also present a global perspective including composers from Spain, Cambodia, Nigeria, Mexico, Iran and more. We are also excited to add a new regular venue to our season, Gottlieb Hall at the Merit School of Music. We look forward to having you join us for our performances, and as always, enjoy great refreshments and conversation at our receptions! Please visit for additional information.

July 9th 2015
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