Want to know how we are making a difference in 2019?
We provided shoes, socks, underwear, and pajamas for some of our shelter guests.
We expanded our service area to include Justice and Oak Forest.
We were able to help an Oak Lawn single mama catch up on her mortgage payment and prevent probable homelessness.
We were able to help a single mother from Chicago Ridge with one month of rent, one car payment, and her electric bill.
We partnered with Central Middle School in Evergreen Park for a MLK Day of Service project, spreading warmth throughout downtown Chicago.
We expanded our outreach to include spiritual care, and brought Reverend Larry Paris from the First United Methodist Church of Evergreen Park on board as our Pastoral Care Minister.
Smiln’ Clyde’s Hot Dogs in the Oak Lawn Library and Grassano’s Pizza of Oak Lawn joined Beggars Pizza of Oak Lawn as Almost Home Pending Meal partner restaurants.
We decided to hold non-denominational religious services under the bridge so our homeless friends have an opportunity to worship - first service will be held the first week of June.
We helped a local man catch up on rent to prevent homelessness.
We helped a friend with a portion of his rent so he wouldn’t end up back under the bridge.
We assisted a Hometown family with their water bill to avoid disconnection.
We provided a friend with a number of gift cards so she can eat while she is awaiting Link approval.
We gifted a friend from the shelter a gift card to Marshall’s so she could find the perfect interview outfit.
We helped a friend from the shelter with a month’s worth of bus fare.
We paid a phone bill for a young couple to help them with their job search.
We ordered 50 shower passes for our friends on the streets.
We helped a single mother of three in a domestic violence situation catch up on her rent and avoid eviction.
We helped a young couple from the shelter with a tow, two new tires, and a tank of gas.
We came together to help a single mom who is living in a motel with groceries and a generous gift card for essentials.
We gave a young homeless gentleman a full tank of gas and a cart full of items from Family Dollar.
We gave coffee and donuts to dozens of our friends on the street.
We helped a woman from the shelter with a full tank of gas and needed medical supplies.
We made a large delivery of warm blankets and a few essentials to our friends at the bridge.
We received our first call for help from someone who is battling addiction to prescription medication.
We held a super successful shelter hair cutting event, where we served over 50 individuals.
We filled up our Blessings Bin for our friends who are currently experiencing homelessness.
We brought fresh fruit for a mom and her son who are currently living in a motel.
We prevented probable homelessness for a woman from Evergreen Park.
We paid a cell phone bill for a friend from the shelter in hopes that he will receive a call for employment.
We paid for hearing aid molds for a friend from the shelter.
We helped a friend from the streets with food and a needed car repair.
We had an AMAZINGLY successful 4th birthday, raising close to EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS.
We began a partnership with a local halfway house and recovery home for men recovering from drug and/or alcohol addition - and our newest program, Loaves and Fishes was born.
We held a Naloxone training seminar for 12 friends from the shelter.
We helped a friend with a week’s worth of groceries and some new gym shoes.
We helped a grieving mother lay her only child to rest.
We filled bus passes for a couple from the shelter for an entire month so they could travel to the shelter sites.
We loved on a woman going through a difficult season by taking care of a few of her most important bills.
We assisted a veteran with his electric bill.
We helped a single mother stay in her home and provided the family with a few essentials.
We were able to surprise an Almost Home client with a BRAND NEW stove and dryer.
We were able to give Dr. Shaw from Palos Orthodontics two huge bags of essentials for his mission trip to Guatemala.
We gifted a local grandmother a brand new recliner to help keep her comfortable as she recovers from breast cancer surgery.
We gave a special friend a backpack filled to the brim with love.
We gave out dozens of donuts and cups of coffee to our friends on the street.
We helped a friend from the shelter with gas assistance and a gift card to Kohl’s for a few new outfits.
We were able to get a friend paired up with an AMAZING dentist so that she can receive the gift of a full set of dentures - and regain her self-confidence and health.
We were able to get groceries delivered to two families who desperately needed help.
We helped two friends from the street with a tank of gas each.
We received generous donations from American Legion Post 854, St. Rita High School, and Bimba Manufacturing.
We were able to assist a local man with one month's rent, preventing possible homelessness.
We helped an AH friend and supporter purchase one month's worth of medication that she needs to keep her heart ticking.
We came together to help a friend from the street with a much needed car repair.
We helped a friend pay his portion of rent, preventing him from having to go back to the bridge.
We took a new friend to a salon, where she received a few hours of pampering.
We were able to purchase a gently used bicycle for a man who is currently experiencing homelessness.
We held a SUPER successful bridge clean-up. In just two hours, we collected 50 bags of litter!
Provide a full tank of gas for an elderly woman who lives out of her car.
Help a friend from the street with month of bus passes.
Help a local family avoid an electricity disconnection.
Purchase a new bed, box spring and bedding for a friend that found a new home.
We restocked our Loaves and Fishes closet at Guildhaus.
We assisted a family with their rent payment, preventing homelessness.
We held our first worship service under the bridge - and it was incredibly moving. Please joins us as we do it all over again on June 15th at 6pm.
And the best news of all? Just last night, our amazing Patty got a friend from the street off to detox. We haven't heard anything, and that's a good thing. Usually no news is good news. Let's all pray that he sees the next few days thru, and continues into a rehab center. ♥️