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Listed below are our immediate needs. Please click here to view full list.
- Disposable razors
- Cough drops
- Wash cloths
- Baby wipes
- Fabric softener/dryer sheets
- Athletic (white) socks
- Underwear (men's and women's)
- Twin-size sheets (flat and fitted)
- Your prayers
In less than a month, the most exciting two minutes in sports will be celebrated at the Gerald Subaru 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Gala to benefit Hesed House. With live coverage of the Run for the Roses on dual theatre screens, great food and drinks, live jazz, hat contests, singing of My Old Kentucky Home and exciting auctions and raffle baskets filled to the brim with exciting items, this year's Gala is guaranteed to be another sellout event with proceeds going to help homeless men, women and children at Hesed House return to independent, productive lives.
Hesed House is proud to present at the Gala, its 2015 Humanitarian of the Year Award to Joy and Rogers Freedlund whose generosity and kindness - and Rogers' leadership on the Hesed House Board of Trustees - have impacted the lives of homeless individuals and families at Hesed House for nearly twenty years.
For more information about the Gala, auction items, making reservations or becoming a Gala sponsor, please visit our Events page or contact Mary at 630-914-6428 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
By Stephen Madison, Associate Program Director, PADS
Excerpted from the April Volunteer Newsletter
For 365 nights a year, including Christmas and New Year’s Eve – when most people are relaxing and enjoying time off with their friends and family – our volunteers are joyfully serving the guests of Hesed House: not only making dinner for up to – and sometimes more than – 200 people, but providing so much more!
As much as the volunteers and I enjoy being here for our guests, there’s one thing that I enjoy more; the day when a volunteer walks in and asks where a particular guest is today, and my answer is that they have secured stable housing and no longer reside at Hesed House. That is the ultimate goal, and one that could not be achieved without countless individuals like you, who are definitely not like most people. And for that, we are truly grateful. On behalf of Hesed House staff and guests alike, thanks to all of you!
April 10th 2015
By Denise Crosby, Aurora Beacon-News
Kevin Harmon lives in Aurora and works in West Chicago… which doesn’t sound like a bad commute, until you consider it starts off with a four-block walk at night to catch that last bus of the day to the Metra station in Geneva. From there, Harmon catches the train that takes him to West Chicago, where he hops off the train and onto a bike he keeps chained there for a half-hour ride to his third-shift job.
Still, despite the 3 1/2 hour travel time each way, he’s mighty happy to make that commute day in and day out.
Homeless for over a year, Harmon last week was able to move into his own apartment, thanks to that job, and the donation of a second-hand bicycle by Aurora Central Catholic senior James Glaser…
March 27th 2015
As part of a senior project, three AU communication students, Loretta Johnson, Lorelei Ritzert and Brittany Roydhouse, organized an event for the children in Hesed House’s after-school program. The event was planned to bring the youth from the area shelter to the AU campus to experience student life, learn about lacrosse and build a relationships with student-athletes. Special t-shirts and stickers with a lacrosse logo design on them were sold with all proceeds being donated to the Hesed House after-school program.