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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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By CBS 2′s Roseanne Tellez, Chicago
Activists recently protested outside Governor Rauner’s home on May 13th, with several planning to spend the night outside his condo, located inside a Lakeshore East high rise.
The coalition of about 150 people from several community groups protested a proposed $18 million in budget cuts, which they say will spell disaster for the state’s homeless, poor, disabled and people with mental health and substance abuse problems.
In response to the protest, the governor said the state is facing a hole because of insider deals and overspending and says the budget contains $15 million for services specifically designed to help the homeless and other assistance programs.
May 13th 2015
Hesed House is very concerned about the State of Illinois’ proposed budget cuts for the upcoming fiscal year, which will have a very negative effect on our ability to serve “the least of these.”
Our advocacy strategy and plan is to have one-on-one and small group meetings with our area state senators and representatives, letting them know the unimaginable harm that these proposed budget cuts will have on those we serve on a daily basis. We will be asking them to oppose these proposed budget cuts, and to not allow the budget to be balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable families and individuals in Illinois.
In addition, we will be sending out targeted Advocacy Alerts (as well as posting them here), seeking assistance from all of our supporters and volunteers in contacting their state senators, representatives and the governor’s office. Please be on the lookout for these Urgent Advocacy Alert emails (and posts) throughout May and June, as we push to maintain current levels of critical services funding for those we serve in the upcoming State of Illinois Fiscal Year Budget, which goes into effect on July 1st, 2015.
May 6th 2015
Hesed House was honored to present its 2015 Humanitarian of the Year Award to Joy and Rogers Freedlund at the recent Kentucky Derby Gala. The Freedlunds have dedicated themselves to providing hope and dignity for homeless men, women and children at Hesed House.
For almost 20 years, in addition to Rogers teaching Sunday school, he has provided guidance and leadership on the Hesed House Board of Trustees as it navigates through challenging economic downturns and increasing demands for
services. During his tenure on the Board, Hesed House now serves over 400 individuals a day and has expanded to include a Comprehensive Resource Center adjacent to the shelter and Transitional Living Community.
The Hesed House Community is proud to honor Joy and Rogers Freedlund who embody and live the meaning of Hesed – love, mercy, grace and kindness.