One of the models in the TLC Spring Children's Fashion Show and Dinner. 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. East Aurora High School students at a recent fundraiser that raised over $6,000 for Hesed House. Thank you! PADS guest Mario planting flowers that he bought in front of Hesed House. 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. 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! Staff, volunteers and guests all work together to help our friends and neighbors most in need - seen here moving furniture on a recent weekend. 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. 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. After recently finding work, PADS guest Joey and his girlfriend recently moved out of Hesed House. 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. 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. Amanda, from the NIU Health Advocacy Clinic team, helping one of our guests complete Power of Attorney for Health Care documentation. We have so much to be thankful for - as these notes from our many guests attest. Celebrating a birthday in TLC Students from the Universal School treating TLC residents to burgers, fries and drinks instead of using their money to go out to the movies. 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. Just a few of the 40+ children calling Hesed House home every day.
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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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Highlights Masthead Spring 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

Humanitarian of the Year Award

Hesed House was honored to present its 2015 Humanitarian of the Year Award to Joy and Rogers Freedlund at the recent Kentucky Derby Gala. The Freedlunds have dedicated themselves to providing hope and dignity for homeless men, women and children at Hesed House.

For almost 20 years, in addition to Rogers teaching Sunday school, he has provided guidance and leadership on the Hesed House Board of Trustees as it navigates through challenging economic downturns and increasing demands for
services. During his tenure on the Board, Hesed House now serves over 400 individuals a day and has expanded to include a Comprehensive Resource Center adjacent to the shelter and Transitional Living Community.

The Hesed House Community is proud to honor Joy and Rogers Freedlund who embody and live the meaning of Hesed – love, mercy, grace and kindness.

May 3rd 2015
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