Boy Scout Pack 543 donating money raised from their pinewood derby to Hesed House, along with items from our Immediate Needs list. Students from the Universal School treating TLC residents to burgers, fries and drinks instead of using their money to go out to the movies. Fun in the snow! Executive Director, Michael Cobb, and Master of Ceremonies, Ray Kinney, with guests enjoying the 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Gala 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. A few of the Hesed House children enjoying a recent field trip to the Red Oak Nature Center. 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. 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 Soccer camp for the children of Hesed House, run by volunteers Tom and Dave VanderMuelen and their assistants Maddie, Quincy and Shelby Notre Dame interns Gabby (left) and Laura brought a pinata to Hesed House for the children (and a few adults feeling young at heart) to enjoy and help celebrate their birthdays.
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Listed below are our immediate needs. Please click here to view full list.

  • Men’s jeans/dockers, 34-36 waist
  • Ski/warm gloves
  • Athletic (white) socks (men's and women's)
  • Underwear (men's and women's)
  • Disposable diapers (sizes 3 - 6)
  • Baby wipes
  • Cold medicine (w/o acetaminophen)
  • 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.

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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Collecting Coats and Promoting Tolerance

By Al Lagattolla, Kane County Chronicle

Kaneland High School junior Andy McFarlin recently organized a clothing drive resulting in 434 articles of winter apparel being dropped off at Hesed House. The story of how he orchestrated several disparate groups into working together to help the homeless was recently featured in the Kane County Chronicle, and you can read it here.

February 12th 2015

Looking Out for Others

By Tom Strong, Special to the Tribune

As I have pursued stories of those who serve others in the Fox Valley, the many and varied journeys that those servants have traveled have been most interesting.

When I recently met Tom Zimmerman, Assistant Development Director at Hesed House, I found that the path he followed before arriving at the comprehensive Aurora center for the homeless was yet another engaging story…

January 9th 2015

Goals for Charity

Gerald Auto Group Helps Hesed Score Big with the Blackhawks

Hesed House recently received word that the Gerald Auto Group will, once again, proudly serve as the naming sponsor for the fourth annual Kentucky Derby Gala.  And in making the announcement, Doug Gerald had a very creative way to help reach – or surpass – that sponsorship goal. Doug said, that “while it would certainly be okay to just write a check for the sponsorship, we felt that there was a more impactful way to support the work at Hesed House and increase the awareness of homelessness in our communities.”

The Gerald Auto Group teamed up with the Chicago Blackhawks through the “Goals for Charity” program presented by WGN Radio that takes advantage of the Hawks’ aptitude for scoring goals. Every time the Blackhawks score a goal, a $100 donation will be made to Hesed House by the Gerald Auto Group.

January 1st 2015
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