You Can Help Our Most Vulnerable Neighbors
Franciscan Outreach exists as a safety net for hundreds of men and women who rely on us to provide for their immediate basic human needs and who count on us to safeguard them from harm. During this COVID-19 pandemic, we are especially concerned about our guests who are most vulnerable, including people who are 60 years old or older and have underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk for illness.
We’re working closely with our community partners on Chicago’s West Side, including Rush University Medical Center, Heartland Alliance, Lawndale Christian Health Center, University of Illinois Hospital and A Safe Haven to put protective measures in place to minimize the risk of illness and transmission and to address the urgent medical needs of our guests.
In an effort to increase social distancing and isolation practices, we worked together with the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) to transport 145 individuals experiencing homelessness to a local Chicago YMCA. This action was a proactive step to decrease capacity at our two largest shelters on Chicago’s West Side to increase social distancing and to reduce the risk of illness and transmission.
With this additional location, we are now operating four shelters 24/7. The Chicago YMCA, Salvation Army and the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) are supplying cots, blankets and food to help us provide for our guests at this additional location. However, the immediate needs of our guests and our shelters has grown tremendously.
To provide immediate assistance, please consider making a financial contribution.
We Need Your Help!
During this crisis, we’re operating an additional location at a local YMCA to provide greater protection and social distancing among our guests. We’re now operating four shelters 24/7. We have increased our capacity as well as our need for help.
Our guests have immediate needs for basic items such as underwear, socks, clothing, and hygiene products.
We’ve created an Immediate Needs List on Amazon. If you choose to purchase any of the items on this list, they will be delivered directly to Franciscan Outreach.
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Here are the most urgent need items for our guests and our shelters:
Men & Women’s Clothing: Sizes – Medium to 5XL
Men & Women’s Hygiene Items
- Hand Sanitizer
- Shaving Cream
Shelter Cleaning Supplies
- Disinfectant Wipes
- Disinfectant Spray
- Hand Sanitizer
- Laundry Detergent
Shelter Food & Water
- Bottled Water
- Non-Perishable Food
- Non-Perishable Snacks