Boy Scout Troop 505, who were here on a very warm Saturday, painting the Clothes Closet for an Eagle Scout project! American Guardian Warranty's team of hikers at the 11th Annual Hike for Hesed! Thank you to everyone that joined us in raising funds for the men, women and children we serve! Hesed House is now on Instagram! Make sure to follow us at Hesed_House! Downtown Aurora's Farmers Market's weekly donation of fresh veggies for guests at Hesed House! Hesed House wished you a safe and happy Halloween! Former TLC Resident, Stephanie, opening the door to her new apartment! Fifth Third Bank volunteers helping Hesed House create their cardboard boat for United Way's Cardboard Boat Race! Follow Hesed House (@hesedhouse) on Twitter for even more updates! The Light of The Heart, a community art therapy project, during a recent visit to Hesed House. Fall is here, which means it's time for pumpkins! 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. 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. Over 6,000 volunteers donate their time and talent to Hesed House every year. The true heart of Hesed House: our volunteers! 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.
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  • T-shirts (XL and 2XL in particular)
  • Jeans (32, 34 and 36)
  • Sweatshirts
  • Cough medicine
  • Cough drops
  • Razors
  • IBuprofen
  • Diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6)
  • Pull-Ups
  • TUMS, Rolaids or the like
  • 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.


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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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Hesed Highlights

Hesed Highlights is Hesed House's quarterly newsletter, filled with page after page of useful information and facts we hope you'll enjoy. Please click here (or below) to view the latest issue. Highlights Masthead Spring 2015

Hesed House’s Residents Respond to the Pope’s Message

By Denise Crosby, Aurora Beacon-News – I went to Hesed House, where I sat with a group of men and women – some clients, a few volunteers – while they enjoyed lunch and watched the Holy Father deliver his speech to Congress.

I have to say, listening to the pontiff’s words while sitting among those who are homeless was the most humbling assignment I had all month, for it’s clear from all I know about this pope that these are the people he loves most.

September 30th 2015

Homeless Youth, Advocates Rally Outside Thompson Center Against Social Service Cuts

By Craig Dellimore, CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago Coalition for the Homeless held a rally with Homeless young people and Hesed House outside the Thompson Center today, crying out against cuts in social services during the budget impasse, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

The crowd chanted for more revenue and Flora Koppel with Unity Parenting and Counseling argued that the state could save money by providing the average of $2,000 a year to care for a homeless teen.

September 24th 2015

A Light at the End

By Shar, former Hesed House guest – My daughters and I moved back to Illinois from Ohio in 2009 after my oldest daughter accepted a scholarship at Aurora University. At that time I began to seek full-time employment in the business/accounting field. However, I was only able to secure part-time employment. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we were no longer able to stay with family and found ourselves at Hesed House. The journey was very dark at times but truly we have found light at the end of it. 

September 15th 2015
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