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Listed below are our immediate needs. Please click here to view full list.
- Sheets (twin size, fitted and flat)
- Toothpaste (travel size)
- Mosquito repellent
- Batteries (AA, AAA and C)
- Diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6)
- Sleep aid
- Children's allergy medication
- Fans (all shapes and sizes)
- Your prayers
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.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, approximately 32 percent of the 14,144 people who experience homelessness in Illinois suffer from a serious mental illness. While Illinois already cut $113.7 million from mental health services between 2009 and 2012, the State’s most recent proposed budget includes a $1.5 billion reduction in Medicaid, the largest source of funding for mental health services in Illinois.
Hesed House faces substantial cuts under the proposed budget, but at the same time it will have stronger needs from the community for its services. The proposed service cuts will also impact the agencies that employ substance abuse and mental health counselors, and the Medicaid cuts will impact the services provided by Aunt Martha’s (which is also housed at Hesed House’s Comprehensive Resource Center), making it harder for our neighbors most in need to receive medical care.
While Hesed House continues to help “the least of these,” we truly hope that our lawmakers in Springfield will join us by recognizing how devastating the proposed budget cuts would be to so many in Illinois.
July 23rd 2015
By Bruce Bachmeier, Director of Volunteers
Now in its second year, the new phase of the Volunteer Dental Ministry has made it possible for 48 of our guests – through 180 appointments – to receive follow-through dental care!
Our volunteers have been taking guests to dental appointments in Warrenville for years, and in the last year or two, we have been blessed to be able to expand the dental ministry exponentially with partnerships at the Chicago Dental Society Foundation (CDSF) Clinic in Wheaton and Midwestern University in Downers Grove. While we have not yet met the unyielding demand of serious dental work that our guests need, which can often lead to other serious health problems, we are on the path towards healthier (and happier) living which gives everyone something to smile about!
July 16th 2015
by Jennie Brown, Artistic Director, Picosa
Our partnership with Hesed House during our inaugural 2014-2015 season was an amazing source of inspiration for us, as we visited their children to host workshops for all ages, brought exposure to their cause and contributed many donations of needed items and over $500 in financial support. Few things this season were as gratifying as seeing our vision of work with Hesed House fulfilled so beautifully.
Embarking on a journey such as this with dear friends who also happen to be inspiring artists and consummate professionals is a true honor and joy.
Our upcoming season presents even more thrilling prospects. The direction of programming will not only cross boundaries of time but also present a global perspective including composers from Spain, Cambodia, Nigeria, Mexico, Iran and more. We are also excited to add a new regular venue to our season, Gottlieb Hall at the Merit School of Music. We look forward to having you join us for our performances, and as always, enjoy great refreshments and conversation at our receptions! Please visit www.picosamusic.com for additional information.