Hesed House is now on Instagram! Make sure to follow us at Hesed_House! Staff Lynne leading her weekly Art Expressions group in PADS which gives guests a creative outlet. Wishing you a warm winter season! Callie's Cuties Bake Shop helps Hesed House PADS guests celebrate their birthday each month with a special cake! Hesed House's window display in downtown Aurora! Downtown Aurora's Farmers Market's weekly donation of fresh veggies for guests at Hesed House! Former TLC Resident, Stephanie, opening the door to her new apartment! Boy Scout Troop 505, who were here on a very warm Saturday, painting the Clothes Closet for an Eagle Scout project! Fifth Third Bank volunteers helping Hesed House create their cardboard boat for United Way's Cardboard Boat Race! The Light of The Heart, a community art therapy project, during a recent visit to Hesed House. Follow Hesed House (@hesedhouse) on Twitter for even more updates! 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 spent their summer at Hesed House, helping 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. 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. Over 6,000 volunteers donate their time and talent to Hesed House every year. 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! The true heart of Hesed House: our volunteers!
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Listed below are our immediate needs. Please click here to view full list.

  • Cough/Cold Medicine
  • Cough drops
  • Scientific calculators
  • Baby formula (newborn and sensitive)
  • Mouthwash (travel size, without alcohol)
  • Thermal underwear (men's and women's)
  • Underwear (men's and women's)
  • Benadryl
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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.


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.

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Hesed Highlights

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Hesed House Partners with H&R Block

Hesed House is partnering with H&R Block this tax season! Click here to download our referral form with the necessary referral code and take it to the office when you have your tax return prepared. If you are a new H&R Block client, we will get a $20 contribution. Thank you for supporting Hesed House!

February 2nd 2016

Hesed House Executive Director Announcement

Amidst much speculation and anticipation, the Hesed House Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce today that the next leader for Illinois’ 2nd largest comprehensive homeless shelter and resource center will be Ryan Dowd.

After reaffirming their sincere thanks to Michael Cobb, who recently resigned, for his service to the staff and guests of Hesed House, Board Chair John Ball announced that effective February 8, 2016, Ryan will return to Hesed House as the next executive director. Ball states, “We believe he is the right leader who possesses the vision and experience to guide us as we move forward with the goal of becoming one of the premier anti-poverty organizations fighting to end homelessness in the Fox River Valley!”


January 22nd 2016

Leadership Change at Hesed House

Effective January 5, 2016, Michael Cobb has resigned from Hesed House. The members of the Board of Trustees express their sincere thanks to Michael for his service to the staff and guests of Hesed House and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors. The Board is moving quickly and thoughtfully in search of our next Executive Director. Please pray for the right leader to be called to serve Hesed House who possesses the vision to guide us as we move forward with the goal of becoming one of the premier anti-poverty organizations in the country!

January 14th 2016
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