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Listed below are our immediate needs. Please click here to view full list.
- Toothpaste (travel size)
- Sheets (twin size, fitted and flat)
- Paper towels
- Air mattresses
- Batteries (AA, AAA and C)
- Diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6)
- Sleep aid
- Your prayers
Because Everyone Deserves DignityHesed 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 HelpWhether 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.
Without the proper support services and housing, many homeless people find themselves caught in a cycle of shelters, jails and hospitals.
“If you take a person dealing with a disability and you put them in a house with service providers, then they’re not in the chaos of ‘Where am I going to eat lunch today’ or ‘Where am I going to go later,'” said Neil McMenamin, associate director at Hesed House, a facility in Aurora that works to help the homeless. “So, they hardly have any ER visits, hospitalizations or jail visits, because they have a home base now, and they’re not engaging a bunch of service systems.”
There are 113 permanent supportive housing units in Aurora that offer housing and support services to the most vulnerable populations of Aurora, including the chronically homeless. Based on the results of recent surveys, city officials have identified housing with supportive services as a priority over the next five years.
August 18th 2015
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
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!