Boy Scout Pack 543 donating money raised from their pinewood derby to Hesed House, along with items from our Immediate Needs list. 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. Celebrating a birthday in TLC After recently finding work, PADS guest Joey and his girlfriend recently moved out of Hesed House. 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. Executive Director, Michael Cobb, presenting the Corporate Humanitarian of the Year Award to our friends at Caterpillar at the 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Gala. Students from the Universal School treating TLC residents to burgers, fries and drinks instead of using their money to go out to the movies. 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. 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 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. A few members of the Hesed House staff, doing their best to help our neighbors most in need. The Aurora Fire Department visits the YMCA summer camp at Hesed House. A recent graduate of our Employment Skills Program (with Assistant Director, Neil McMenamin and Waubonsee Comunity College Employment Skills Adviser, Leslie Lantow) Just a few of the 40+ children calling Hesed House home every day. Carpenter's Homeless Prevention Program, preventing a person from becoming homeless in the first place
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  • Nursing Bra
  • Deodorant
  • Cough drops
  • Wash cloths
  • Baby wipes
  • Fabric softener/dryer sheets
  • Athletic (white) socks (men's and women's)
  • Underwear (men's and women's)
  • Twin-size sheets (flat and fitted)
  • Your prayers
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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.

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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.

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East Aurora High School Students Focus on Poverty and Homelessness

by Kalyn Belsha, Aurora Beacon News

In mid-April, about 120 East Aurora High School students will arrive at their school’s football field with nothing but the items they can carry on their backs.

There will be no food after 5 p.m. or electronics on the field, where they’ll sleep overnight.

The “sleep out,” which will run April 18-19, is part of an effort by East High students to raise money and awareness about poverty and homelessness in Aurora. The students hope to raise $15,000 and split the funds between Hesed House and district families in need.

March 21st 2015

Hesed House Wins The IKEA Life Improvement Challenge!

Hesed House was awarded a complete room makeover from our generous friends at the IKEA store in Bolingbrook!

Each year, IKEA receives many inspiring proposals from IKEA co-workers as candidates for the campaign. Then the IKEA steering committee – at each store – selects up to three organizations for co-workers and customers to vote online (this year’s voting period was February 16 – March 2). The charitable organization, from each store market, with the highest number of online votes becomes the winner, and, thanks to you, that organization was Hesed House!

March 11th 2015

Doing “Hesed” in Elgin

Homeless Ministry Getting People off the Street

Based on the Hesed House model of providing food, shelter, clothing, assistance and dignity to “the least of these,” Matthew 25:40 Ministries shelter in downtown Elgin is in its second year of providing an overnight emergency shelter during the winter months. Although there is a permanent homeless shelter in Elgin, its restrictive rules prohibit entry by many of those most in need of help.

Named after the Biblical passage of “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,” the ministry was started by a parishioner at the First United Methodist Church.

It typically attracts about 30 people a night who would otherwise have nowhere else to go.

Thank you, Matthew 25:40 Ministries, for helping us care for “the least of these.”

February 16th 2015
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