From the Desk of Richard Ducatenzeiler, Franciscan Outreach Executive Director


Dear Friends,

Each of us is feeling the impact of the growing concern regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). These are definitely unprecedented times.

At Franciscan Outreach, we have been working hard to put measures in place to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. We are taking preventative actions and implementing proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of our guests, employees, donors, volunteers and the community.

We are working under the guidelines of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect our entire Franciscan Outreach community.

Because of the increased concern regarding COVID-19, and with the recent announcement by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to cancel gatherings of more than 1,000 people, Franciscan Outreach has made the following decisions to put safeguards in place to protect the health and safety of all those associated with our life-changing work:

  • We have canceled our Run, Walk & Hops for the Homeless day of events for March 22, 2020. This includes those who registered as part of Team Franciscan Outreach through the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, which was also canceled, and those who purchased tickets for the Hops for the Homeless event at Revolution Brewing.
    • The Shamrock Shuffle organizers will refund their entry fees for the Run/Walk. Franciscan Outreach will refund tickets purchased to the Hops for the Homeless event. Anyone who would like to make their ticket purchase a tax-deductible contribution to Franciscan Outreach, we would greatly appreciate the support. Just send an email to to let us know.
  • Starting tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2020, we will suspend all community volunteer activities, including serving meals at our shelters and all volunteer service projects. We value our community volunteers but we must put these measures in place to protect the entire Franciscan Outreach community.

Thank you for understanding the need for us to implement these preventative measures. Please keep the health and well-being of our Chicago neighbors in need in your thoughts and prayers as we manage through this difficult time.

With appreciation,

Richard Ducatenzeiler
Executive Director