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! Boy Scout Pack 543 donating money raised from their pinewood derby to Hesed House, along with items from our Immediate Needs list . A couple of our younger TLC residents helping each other in the kitchen. 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. Thank you for being someone that remembers. 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. The Orchard Group serving in PADS. Thank you! 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) The Men's Group from Knox Presbyterian Church donating their time and talent to an extreme makeover in TLC. 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 Chaplains in Action volunteering in the PADS kitchen The youth group from Ginger Creek Community Church volunteering at Hesed House this past May. 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! The Aurora Fire Department visits the YMCA summer camp at Hesed House. (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 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. Hesed House guest enjoying a visit to a local farm Executive Director, Michael Cobb, and Master of Ceremonies, Ray Kinney, with guests enjoying the 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Gala The new bunk beds in the PADS men's sleeping area, creating more space and a more comfortable night's rest for our guests.
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Listed below are our immediate needs. Please click here to view full list.

  • Ski/warm gloves
  • Athletic (white) socks (men's and women's)
  • Underwear (men's and women's)
  • Disposable diapers (sizes 3 - 6)
  • Pull-Ups (larger sizes)
  • Baby wipes
  • Cold medicine (w/o acetaminophen)
  • Sheets (flat and fitted, twin-sized)
  • 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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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

The Christmas Store

Hesed House Employee Makes Sure Christmas Comes

Hesed House’s Tom Aguillar may shrug off any comparisons to Santa, but for many years, he has been just that.

Tom has acted as an “elf behind the scene” bringing Christmas to guests of the Aurora-based Hesed House, the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois.

Through donations from more than 90 community groups, on Christmas Eve, a building across the street from Hesed House is transformed into a very special place so that Hesed House guests can “shop” for Christmas gifts including toys and clothes themselves and their families.

December 22nd 2014
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