Marge Sondler

Marge Sondler

Board Secretary


"I am a retired social worker, having worked at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for many years as a manager of mental health services.  Many of the clients we served were, or had been, homeless.  Some years ago, I learned of Jacqueline Hayes' effort to bring together the local business community, religious organizations, and social service providers, to address the needs of homeless individuals in the Near North area.  I thought this was a unique approach, participated in the planning discussions, and ended up on the board of directors of what eventually became the Chicago HELP Initiative.  I have remained involved because of the organization's commitment to providing not only weekly dinners to the guests, but also information and resources that help change lives."

CHI Board of Directors

Success Stories

Success Stories

We're proud of the impact that our programs can have on our guests. Read some of our success stories.

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Literacy Program

Literacy Program

CHI holds a regular weekly literacy program that matches volunteer tutors to individuals that need assistance. Our volunteers complete a one-day training workshop and then,… Read More
Holiday Gift Certificates

Holiday Gift Certificates

One of our favorite projects is the distribution of the annual Holiday Gift certificates, which allows our guests to buy items that they personally… Read More