They help us with food, social services. Nothing but love, that's how I feel about the Chicago Help Initiative.


Nobody should go hungry. With the Chicago Help Initiative, you don't have to.


A lot of people don't have shelter, food, clothing. They need help. And they get it here.


Goodness. All-encompassing goodness. In a world filled with so many who have so little, they give so much.


The Chicago Help Initiative


We're Here to Help

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a higher percentage of Americans are living in extreme poverty than they have ever measured before. Not everyone can enjoy abundance, but The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) is here to lend a helping hand to assist those in need. Please join us in serving delicious meals to those in need and break the cycle of hunger in an effort to make an impact within the Chicago community. 

For more on the organization and the many ways you can help, please download our  Information Packet or Program Overview.

Information Packet   Program Overview









Everyone likes a good challenge. Maybe it's climbing Mount Everest or winning a spot on an Olympic team. In our case, it's raising much-needed funding to support our efforts to help those less fortunate in Chicago. 

One of our generous donors, a CHI Angel who wishes to remain anonymous, has presented The Chicago Help Initiative with a challenge. This limited-time challenge offers to match every new dollar we raise between now and May 31 up to $10,000!  That means a $50 contribution will be matched with an additional $50, making a total of $100 available. Accept the CHI Challenge and your contribution might provide CTA passes so one of our guests can get to the doctor or to a job interview. It might provide for a gift card to help them celebrate a birthday when they have no one else to remember their special day. It might allow the purchase of textbooks for our literacy program or materials for our very popular art therapy program.

CHI's need is great and this offer comes at an especially good time as we are expanding our program beyond just providing a hot meal on Wednesday evenings to 200 homeless and disadvantaged people in the area. Each week our volunteers and partner organizations also offer our guests the opportunity to improve their quality of life by helping them to find a job or permanent housing, by offering on-site medical care, and by including speakers at each meal who can address some of the challenges many of our guests face on a daily basis.      

CHI has accepted a challenge to bring caring volunteers together to help build a better Chicago. Now we're asking YOU to also accept the CHI Challenge. With this limited-time challenge match, your gift will be doubled. All money raised will be deposited into the general fund to directly benefit those we serve.

You, too, can become a CHI Angel, but remember, to obtain the matching funds, we must receive your gift by May 31. Please give today. 

Thank you.  

February 4, 2015

Meal provider:

The Ritz Carlton Chicago


Desirie Howard-McKay, Program Director,  Single Room Housing Assistance Corporation

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