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. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers and supporters who make Hesed House possible. Wishing you and your family the safest and happiest of holidays! We have so much to be thankful for - as these notes from our many guests attest. Thank you for being someone that remembers. A few of the Hesed House children enjoying a recent field trip to the Red Oak Nature Center. 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. This year's 10th Annual Hike for Hesed raised enough money to help 35 men, women and children out of homelessness! Thank you to all of our Hikers, sponsors, helpers and supporters! (What's left of) Haunted Hesed, Hesed House's award-winning entry in this year's 12th Annual United Way What Floats Your Cardboard Boat Race 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. 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. Soccer camp for the children of Hesed House, run by volunteers Tom and Dave VanderMuelen and their assistants Maddie, Quincy and Shelby The Aurora Fire Department visits the YMCA summer camp at Hesed House. The Orchard Group serving in PADS. Thank you! 2014 Notre Dame SSLP interns Laura (left) and Gabby grilling lunch for our guests. (Former) TLC Resident holding the lease to her new apartment. A recent graduate of our Employment Skills Program (with Assistant Director, Neil McMenamin and Waubonsee Comunity College Employment Skills Adviser, Leslie Lantow) The youth group from Ginger Creek Community Church volunteering at Hesed House this past May. Executive Director, Michael Cobb, and Master of Ceremonies, Ray Kinney, with guests enjoying the 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Gala Chaplains in Action volunteering in the PADS kitchen Carpenter's Homeless Prevention Program, preventing a person from becoming homeless in the first place The Men's Group from Knox Presbyterian Church donating their time and talent to an extreme makeover in TLC. Hesed House guest enjoying a visit to a local farm The new bunk beds in the PADS men's sleeping area, creating more space and a more comfortable night's rest for our guests. Just a few of the 40+ children calling Hesed House home every day. Because EVERYONE deserves dignity.
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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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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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Happy Holidays!

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

This sentiment is shared by billions of people of all nationalities and creeds throughout the world. At its very core, it speaks about the power of giving and sharing, the importance of community and faith and the idea that it is more blessed to give than to receive. It is a time when many celebrate God’s special gift to the world in the image of a child lying in a manger, and with grateful hearts, find various ways to “pay it forward.”  

December 19th 2014

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. 


December 5th 2014

Holiday Matching Gift Challenge!

Longtime Supporters Provide Generous Holiday Matching Gift Opportunity

A very generous longtime donor and volunteer couple are reaching out to help our less fortunate neighbors in a very special way.

All donations made to Hesed House between November 17th and December 31st, 2014, will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000!

We are very grateful for your consideration—and to our wonderful benefactors—and thank you in advance for helping make the holidays a little happier for our friends and neighbors most in need.

Please contact Mary at (630) 914-6428 (or via email at with any questions you may have, and, once again, thank you!

December 4th 2014
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