2019 - The First Five Months

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. ♥️