One of the models in the TLC Spring Children's Fashion Show and Dinner. Fifth Third Bank volunteers helping Hesed House create their cardboard boat for United Way's Cardboard Boat Race! Join us Saturday, October 3, for the 11th Annual Hike for Hesed! The Light of The Heart, a community art therapy project, during a recent visit to Hesed House. One of our 6,000 volunteers that support Hesed House through their hard work! Josh (left) in front of Job Corps where he will be able to complete an GED and obtain training as a computer service technician! Notre Dame students Taylor and Siri, who are spending their summer at Hesed House, help a guest move into her new home. Because everyone deserves dignity! 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! Some great artwork from one of our young TLC residents after a trip to the Japanese Garden in Rockford! The Little Caesars Love Kitchen recently visited Hesed House to help feed the hungry in our community. Beauty at Hesed House captured by one of our volunteers. Just a few of the awesome volunteers from BMO, who recently visited Hesed House to lend a hand - actually LOTS of hands! 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. Register now for the 11th Annual Hike for Hesed! Over 6,000 volunteers donate their time and talent to Hesed House every year. The true heart of Hesed House: our volunteers! 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.
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Listed below are our immediate needs. Please click here to view full list.

  • Toothpaste (travel size)
  • Deodorant
  • Kleenex
  • Sheets (twin size, fitted and flat)
  • Paper towels
  • Air mattresses
  • Batteries (AA, AAA and C)
  • Diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6)
  • Sunblock
  • Sleep aid
  • Your prayers
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11th Hike

Join us on Saturday, October 3, 2015, as we raise funds for the Hesed Employment And Training (HEAT) Program which equips individuals at Hesed House with the tools necessary to regain self-sufficiency and independence! Walk alone or with a team of co-workers, family, or friends through downtown Aurora and take the journey that many individuals staying at Hesed House take daily on foot.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at Hesed House located on 659 South River Street. The Hike begins at 9:00 a.m., and we hike in rain or shine. Hike as an individual or create a team. Individuals who raise $25 – or a family of four who raises $50 – will receive “HIKE for HESED” T-shirts. Please click here to register.HikePictures



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.

Aurora officials looking to combat chronic homelessness

Maggie Angst

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

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
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