One of the models in the TLC Spring Children's Fashion Show and Dinner. Notre Dame students Taylor and Siri, who are spending their summer at Hesed House, help a guest move into her new home. Staff, guests and supporters of Hesed House meet with our elected officials in Springfield to protest proposed budget cuts that will irreparably harm our neighbors most in need. 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! Please join us on Sunday, August 23rd for Hesed House's First Annual Dignity Ride to End Homelessness 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! East Aurora High School students at a recent fundraiser that raised over $6,000 for Hesed House. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many! 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. Please join Hesed House for our First Annual Dignity Ride on Sunday, August 23, 2015! 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. Please join us on Sunday, August 23rd for Hesed House's First Annual Dignity Ride. Please visit our Events Page (or click below) for more information! 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. 
The Northern Illinois University Health Advocacy Clinic students spent several months at Hesed House assisting our guests with legal issues impacting their health and keeping them from independent living. 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! One of our younger TLC residents trying on a mustache. 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. 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. Celebrating a birthday in TLC The Men's Group from Knox Presbyterian Church donating their time and talent to an extreme makeover in TLC. Because EVERYONE deserves dignity. 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! Just a few of the 40+ children calling Hesed House home every day.
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Hesed House's First Annual Dignity Ride

The First Annual Hesed House Dignity Ride will help raise funds for the 400 men, women and children who turn to Hesed House every day. It takes $1,188.00 in private funds to get an individual at Hesed House out of homeless. Please help us bridge this gap with a beautiful 70-mile motorcycle ride through the Fox Valley Area. All makes and models of motorcycles are invited. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Fox River Harley-Davidson Dealership in St. Charles. Coffee and donuts will be provided. With your registration you will receive a map of the route with turn-by-turn directions and a wristband for a brat or burger with chips and a non-alcoholic beverage at the after-party, which is being hosted by O’Malley’s Pub & Eatery in Aurora. Registration is $20 per rider; $15 per passenger. Please click here for additional information.

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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.

Community Foundation Provides Grant to Hesed House

Hesed House, the state of Illinois’ second largest homeless shelter serving the Greater Fox Valley and located in Aurora, is proud to announce that the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has given the organization a $19,100 grant to upgrade its current security system.

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a local, non-profit, philanthropic organization that administers individual, charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the Tri-Cities and Kendall County. Michael Cobb, Executive Director of Hesed House, spoke highly of The Foundation, praising them for the the vital role they have played “in assisting Hesed House in ministering to the needs of some of the most vulnerable residents of the Fox Valley, as well as the most vulnerable in our state. In my opinion, they are true champions of support for our local human services organizations.”

June 15th 2015

Activists Protest Budget Cuts Outside Gov. Rauner’s Home

By CBS 2′s Roseanne Tellez, Chicago

Activists recently protested outside Governor Rauner’s home on May 13th, with several planning to spend the night outside his condo, located inside a Lakeshore East high rise.

The coalition of about 150 people from several community groups protested a proposed $18 million in budget cuts, which they say will spell disaster for the state’s homeless, poor, disabled and people with mental health and substance abuse problems.

In response to the protest, the governor said the state is facing a hole because of insider deals and overspending and says the budget contains $15 million for services specifically designed to help the homeless and other assistance programs.

May 13th 2015

State Proposes Budget Cuts That Will Harm the Homeless

Hesed House is very concerned about the State of Illinois’ proposed budget cuts for the upcoming fiscal year, which will have a very negative effect on our ability to serve “the least of these.” 

Our advocacy strategy and plan is to have one-on-one and small group meetings with our area state senators and representatives, letting them know the unimaginable harm that these proposed budget cuts will have on those we serve on a daily basis. We will be asking them to oppose these proposed budget cuts, and to not allow the budget to be balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable families and individuals in Illinois.

In addition, we will be sending out targeted Advocacy Alerts (as well as posting them here), seeking assistance from all of our supporters and volunteers in contacting their state senators, representatives and the governor’s office. Please be on the lookout for these Urgent Advocacy Alert emails (and posts) throughout May and June, as we push to maintain current levels of critical services funding for those we serve in the upcoming State of Illinois Fiscal Year Budget, which goes into effect on July 1st, 2015. 

May 6th 2015
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