Counting Miracles: Successes from January to December 2016


January 11th 2017 | Read this Article

Westfield Insurance Foundation’s Legacy of Caring Fund Benefits Hesed House

Hesed House received a grant from Westfield Insurance Foundation thanks to the help of Esser Hayes Insurance Group.   The grant is part of the new Westfield Legacy of Caring program in which Westfield agencies across the country were invited to nominate a local nonprofit in the areas of disaster relief, insurance pathways, family stability or safety.   

July 26th 2016 | Read this Article

Hesed House’s Second Annual Dignity Ride

The Second Annual Dignity Ride to Benefit Hesed House will be held on August 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM beginning at Fox River Harley Davidson located in St. Charles, Illinois and ending at O’Malley’s Pub & Eatery located in Aurora, Illinois. Following the Dignity Ride, there will be an after party held at O’Malley’s. The after party will feature raffle baskets, live entertainment food and fun. You will not want to miss year’s event!

May 16th 2016 | Read this Article

Hesed House Partners with H&R Block

Hesed House is partnering with H&R Block this tax season! Click here to download our referral form with the necessary referral code and take it to the office when you have your tax return prepared. If you are a new H&R Block client, we will get a $20 contribution. Thank you for supporting Hesed House!

February 2nd 2016 | Read this Article

Hesed House Executive Director Announcement

Amidst much speculation and anticipation, the Hesed House Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce today that the next leader for Illinois’ 2nd largest comprehensive homeless shelter and resource center will be Ryan Dowd.

After reaffirming their sincere thanks to Michael Cobb, who recently resigned, for his service to the staff and guests of Hesed House, Board Chair John Ball announced that effective February 8, 2016, Ryan will return to Hesed House as the next executive director. Ball states, “We believe he is the right leader who possesses the vision and experience to guide us as we move forward with the goal of becoming one of the premier anti-poverty organizations fighting to end homelessness in the Fox River Valley!”


January 22nd 2016 | Read this Article

Leadership Change at Hesed House

Effective January 5, 2016, Michael Cobb has resigned from Hesed House. The members of the Board of Trustees express their sincere thanks to Michael for his service to the staff and guests of Hesed House and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors. The Board is moving quickly and thoughtfully in search of our next Executive Director. Please pray for the right leader to be called to serve Hesed House who possesses the vision to guide us as we move forward with the goal of becoming one of the premier anti-poverty organizations in the country!

January 14th 2016 | Read this Article

Art for the Soul

by Lynne Saidac, TLC Associate Director

Every Tuesday afternoon I carry a bag of art supplies upstairs to PADS in the hopes that a few guests may want to relax for an hour and experience some creative expression.  There are usually two to five people that I can coerce into joining in.  I have hope that more will join as art making IS contagious! Art and self expression can be a healing process that, among other things, allows a person to reflect on oneself, feel a sense of accomplishment, enhance one’s self image and self esteem, build a sense of identity, affirm life and decrease one’s sense of isolation. 

December 30th 2015 | Read this Article

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 | Read this Article

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 | Read this Article

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 | Read this Article

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