Hesed House is now on Instagram! Make sure to follow us at Hesed_House! Hesed House's window display in downtown Aurora! Staff Lynne leading her weekly Art Expressions group in PADS which gives guests a creative outlet. Join us for O'Malley's 8th Annual Hesed House Holiday Fundraiser on Saturday, December 12th! For more information please visit www.omalleysaurora.com. Callie's Cuties Bake Shop helps Hesed House PADS guests celebrate their birthday each month with a special cake! Downtown Aurora's Farmers Market's weekly donation of fresh veggies for guests at Hesed House! Former TLC Resident, Stephanie, opening the door to her new apartment! Boy Scout Troop 505, who were here on a very warm Saturday, painting the Clothes Closet for an Eagle Scout project! Fifth Third Bank volunteers helping Hesed House create their cardboard boat for United Way's Cardboard Boat Race! Fall is here, which means it's time for pumpkins! The Light of The Heart, a community art therapy project, during a recent visit to Hesed House. Follow Hesed House (@hesedhouse) on Twitter for even more updates! One of our 6,000 volunteers that support Hesed House through their hard work! Josh (left) in front of Job Corps where he will be able to complete an GED and obtain training as a computer service technician! Notre Dame students Taylor and Siri, who are spent their summer at Hesed House, helping a guest move into her new home. Because everyone deserves dignity! 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! Some great artwork from one of our young TLC residents after a trip to the Japanese Garden in Rockford! 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! 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. Over 6,000 volunteers donate their time and talent to Hesed House every year. 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. 
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! Graduate successfully completing the Employment Skills Development Course 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! The true heart of Hesed House: our volunteers!
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  • Cough/Cold Medicine
  • Cough drops
  • T-shirts (XL and 2XL in particular)
  • Sleep Aid
  • Mouthwash (without alcohol)
  • Kleenex
  • Benadryl
  • 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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Giving Tuesday

You made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, and now Hesed House is asking you to join us for Giving Tuesday! Whether you make a donation from our holiday wish list, a monetary donation, or fill out a volunteer application, you can help make a difference to the 400 men, women and children that seek help from Hesed everyday. Don’t forget that American Guardian Group of Companies is matching up to $50,000 this holiday season, so your generosity is doubled!

December 1st 2015

Hesed House Welcomes Michelle Hess

We are excited to announce that Michelle Hess, CFRE, was recently appointed as Director of Development at Hesed House. Michelle will oversee all of Hesed House’s fundraising, volunteer, marketing and communication efforts alongside our development team of professionals.
Michelle stated, “I am excited to leverage my deep community roots and love for our community by joining one of our most important and vital organizations as part of the Hesed House family’s development team. Since walking through the door on day one, I feel like I have ‘come home’!”
Executive Director Michael Cobb stated, “We are excited to have such a passionate and well qualified individual as Michelle to join our team. Michelle is a proven professional with a heart to serve those who are less fortunate. We are blessed to have her join the Hesed family and yes she is home!”
November 17th 2015

Holiday Matching Gift Opportunity

Generous longtime donor and AGWS President and CEO, Rogers Freedlund has announced that all donations made to Hesed House between November 16th and December 31st, 2015, will be matched by American Guardian Group of Companies dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000!

“American Guardian Group of Companies believes in the mission of Hesed House and understands that especially in these challenging times for our state, they need our support as well as yours. Thank you for joining us in assisting Hesed House in their fight against homelessness,” Freedlund says.

November 16th 2015
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