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Marge Sondler

Marge Sondler

Board Secretary

LSW, MSW, ACSW

"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."


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Health Services

Health Services

The Chicago Help Initiative offers the following programs to our program participants: HIV and Hepatitis C Testing The Night Ministry conducts free HIV and Hepatitis… Read More
Bike Fair

Bike Fair

Members of Working Bikes Cooperative collect abandoned bikes throughout the city. The bikes are refurbished and donated to worthy causes – and CHI is… Read More
Resource Table

Resource Table

Our Resource Table is staffed by both professional case workers and volunteers at every meal. They assist our guests with various needs… Read More