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. We are the second-largest homeless shelter in the State of Illinois, and the largest shelter outside of the city of Chicago. The culmination of over four decades of strategic evolution.
Our campus of centralized, highly skilled professionals collaborate to provide the tools necessary to help individuals and families break free of the shackles binding them to homelessness. 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. As the area’s largest Comprehensive Homeless Resource Center, people receive support related to housing, support systems, life skills, legal issues, physical/emotional abuse, mental/physical health, and much more.
Hesed House sees newly homeless families and individuals turn to us each day, and we work to help them move back into independent living while meeting their unique needs.
Typically, more than 7,500+ volunteers serve at Hesed House each year. Representing over 90 area churches, businesses, and service organizations, these groups are a special part of our organization’s fabric. They help provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and they share hope for those experiencing homelessness every year. We are grateful to the many groups and individuals who continue to support us through food and financial donations.