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Hesed House services transition families back into independent lives and housing.

Hesed House services transition families back into independent lives and housing.

Financial Donations

Financial donations to Hesed House can be made in four convenient ways:

  • By writing a check made payable to Hesed House and mailing it to Hesed House, 659 South River Street, Aurora, IL 60506;
  • Cash donations can be brought to the main building at 659 South River Street (Door B), Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Upon entrance to the building, please inform the receptionist that you are making a cash donation and he/she will contact designated Hesed House staff to receive your donation.
  • Donate by credit card by calling the Hesed House Finance Office or Development Office (630-897-2156 extensions 516 or 537).  Credit card donations can be made as a “one-time” gift or set up as an automatic monthly donation in an amount determined by the donor.
  • By donating on-line. To donate to Hesed House on-line, please click on the link below. You will receive an immediate automated confirmation of your donation.

Make a Donation

Financial donations will be acknowledged upon receipt of donation and included on your itemized year-end tax letter issued by Hesed House, including those donations made on-line.


Waiting on Santa at Hesed House

Waiting on Santa at Hesed House

Corporate Employee Matching Program

Please check with your Human Resources Department to see if you employer matches employee financial donations.  If it does, please obtain and complete your company’s Matching Gift form and mail it along with your check to Hesed House to initiate the Matching Gift process.  Some companies will also make a donation to a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization for employee volunteer time there.

On-line donations can also be matched by completing information within the designated Matching Gift section.

87 cents of every dollar donated to Hesed House supports the services and programs designed to help individuals out of homelessness:  immediate shelter, food and case management; job skills training; mental health and addictions counseling; veteran’s and housing assistance; children’s counseling; medical care, etc.  The remainder of your donated dollar helps meet general operating expenses.


Donate:  Gifts-In-Kind

Items listed on this website’s Needs List can be donated by dropping them off at 659 South River Street, Door B, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  To receive a gift-in-kind receipt for your donation, please sign the donation registry in the lobby. Click here to view the current Needs List


Hesed House’s Hall of Honor

This award is conferred upon individuals who exemplify “service above self,” helping to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and giving people a chance to hope again. Honorees are people who respond to Hesed House’s calls for help without question and with much enthusiasm; people who support their local communities and efforts to improve the lives of individuals who are in need of help; people who have dedicated themselves to providing hope and dignity for homeless men, women and children at Hesed House; people who have provided the resources to house struggling and worthy families and embody and live the meaning of Hesed: love, mercy, grace and kindness.

The very first inductee to Hesed House’s Hall of Honor is Michael Marchesani. For over two decades, Michael Marchesani and his family have returned the blessings in their lives to thousands of homeless individuals at Hesed House. When living in the Aurora area, Michael’s initial introduction to homelessness was serving food in the PADS Overnight Emergency Shelter with Our Lady of Mercy Church. That experience was a pivotal one, compelling him to establish a special children’s fund to enable the children living here the same life experiences and opportunities as other children. 

Through the Marchesani Children’s Fund, hundreds of children staying at Hesed House have taken educational field trips, expanded their studies and involvements in school activities, attended proms and homecomings, played sports and applied for college. Two former high school seniors living in the Transitional Living Community are now attending college with the help of scholarships generated through the Annual Marchesani Benefit.

Although Michael is now retired, his legacy will live on at Hesed House, and we know that Michael will continue to share the Hesed Story with anyone who will lend him an ear, encouraging them to pay it forward.

Please click here to read Michael’s story.

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Hesed House is grateful to individuals, businesses, organizations and faith–based groups that enable it to keep its doors open 24/7, 365 days a year. As you can imagine, the cost of operating its facilities is not insignificant – from the standpoint of staffing and volunteer efforts to financial and material needs – to serve approximately 400 men, women and children every day. Your support is greatly appreciated. Once again, thank you.

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