About Hesed House

Sleeping Room in Transitional Living Community at Hesed House

Hesed House moved into its current location, the former Aurora Municipal Incinerator, in the fall of 1985.

In the early 1980s, religious leaders of six Aurora churches and other concerned citizens formed a grassroots coalition to shelter, feed and clothe homeless individuals and families found walking the streets in adverse weather conditions. Rotating among the six church halls each night to provide a port in the storm for this struggling group, a core of volunteers prepared and served food at the churches – not just for the lone person who showed up the first night of shelter – but for the growing number of homeless who appeared at church doors each night.

The coalition approached City of Aurora leaders imploring them to help find a better solution to shelter, feed and care for this group of human beings caught in desperate situations. At that time, the City of Aurora’s former incinerator was available for sale and proposed as an option for providing services and shelter under one roof at an out–of–the–way location, yet on a bus route for access by the population who would be served at Hesed House and who did not have transportation. Thus was the creation of Hesed House.

Today, Hesed House is the second largest homeless shelter in the State of Illinois, and the largest shelter outside of the city of Chicago.  We utilize more than 7,000+ volunteers from over 90 area churches, businesses and service organizations to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness every year. Hesed House sees 16 newly homeless individuals each week – that’s one new homeless individual every 8 1/2 hours. Hesed House strives to get 16 or 17 individuals out of homelessness each week. With the help of professional staff, alliances with outside agencies over a thousand people are served through Hesed House’s shelter and three housing programs annually.

In 2018, 1798 Total outcomes were achieved in the 15 areas tracked (identification, support systems, transportation, child services, life skills, benefits, legal, financial, physical/emotional abuse, mental health, physical health, employment, education and housing).

7 p.m.: Men's Sleeping Area (Overnight Emergency Shelter)

7 p.m.: Men’s Sleeping Area (Overnight Emergency Shelter

By the Numbers

  • 242,298 Warm, nutritious meals were served
  • 80,766 Warm, safe nights of restful sleep were provided
  • 928 Unduplicated homeless persons were assisted
  • 120 Children served over the course of the year
  • 82 Individuals served at the Transitional Living Community (TLC)
  • 367 Individuals served at Carpenter’s Homeless Prevention
  • 867 Individuals served in PADS Overnight Emergency Shelter
  • 783 Individuals served at PADS A.M. Daytime Drop-in Center
  • 60 Families were part of those assisted at PADS Overnight Emergency Shelter and TLC (combined)
  • 70 Individuals served at LIGHT-House Permanent Supportive Housing

Lives Changed

  • 291 Individuals directly assisted in obtaining housing
  • 41 Individuals engaged in mental health treatment with ongoing services
  • 173 Individuals obtained benefits such as social security, Veteran’s or other benefit
  • 82 Individuals engaged in substance abuse treatment and/or maintained their sobriety

Public Action to Deliver Shelter, Inc., dba Hesed House is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our EIN # is 36-3285644. We are governed by a 15 member board of directors, please click here to review our current board member list. We take financial transparency very seriously as we value and appreciate the generous support of our many donors and volunteers. To review our most recent available financial documents, please click here for the IRS Form 990 and click here for the Audited Financial Statements. Please click here for our most recent Fact Sheet.

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