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Our Summer 2022 News

CHI’s Feeding Hope Gala Returns to Chicago Sports Museum on Sept. 15th.

We’re excited to announce that, due to popular demand, we’re bringing back our in-person ANNUAL GALA…and YOURE INVITED!

WHAT: The Chicago Help Initiative Annual Gala, “Feeding Hope”

WHEN: Thursday, September 15th

TIME: 6:00 - 9:00 PM CT



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We’re thrilled to be bringing back our Annual Gala IRL (that is, “in real life”). Our Gala over the years has been THE pivotal event in helping us keep our doors open and our weekly meals and services possible. And we look forward to celebrating with all of our supporters who’ve kept our meals and our services going through this long, turbulent and uncertain pandemic, when we had to put our in-person meals, services and events on hold.

So, please mark your calendars for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th. Your attendance at our Gala will be so meaningful to us at CHI, and we promise to make it an evening to remember! It’s important to note that we will be following all health guidelines and protocols to keep our event safe and Covid-free.

Advance tickets are $125 each; or $150 at the door.

Purchase your tickets online here.

Homelessness on the Rise Across US

The New York Times morning newsletter recently put a spotlight on homelessness, which is on the rise in cities across the US. The article outlines multiple factors that are leading more people to experience housing insecurity. And how each of us, along with our elected officials, can address and alleviate the issues surrounding homelessness. It also underscores the reasons why we do the work we do at CHI. Please give it a read.

One of CHI's meal guests at his new residence at Zelda Ormes Apartments, with furniture he selected from the Chicago Furniture Bank's vast inventory.

Home Sweet Home

In partnership with the Chicago Furniture Bank (CFB), CHI has helped furnish more than 10 apartments in recent months for our guests who have recently moved into new housing.

For a nominal fee (covered by CHI), CFB provides good-quality, gently-used home furnishings, decor and appliances to people in need of them — and will deliver and move it all in, too.

Individuals can access the CFB showroom only if approved and accompanied by members of its partner organizations. Long-time CHI supporters Susan Carlucci Gold and Claude Battat have recently shopped its showroom with several of our guests, who were able to personally select items for their new digs ranging from couches, tables, dining sets and lighting to flat-screen TVs, kitchen appliances and home decor.

You can help cover the cost of furnishing a new apartment or room for a CHI guest. Make your tax-deductible contribution here.

Learn more about how to make a donation of furniture or other gently used household items to the Chicago Furniture Bank and take a video tour of its new 10,000-square foot warehouse located in Brighton Park on Chicago’s southwest side.

CHI is partnering with local churches like St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church to expand the social services we offer to Chicagoans in need.

CHI New Foundations Program Expands Access to Social Services

To expand access to the social services we offer our guests, CHI is offering training workshops to several local churches that provide meals to people in need.

Volunteers with First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church are partnering with CHI volunteers and social workers who have experience with housing assistance, financial literacy and job training, among other areas, to learn how they, too, can offer assistance to people at their meals who are seeking housing and employment opportunities.

To assist with our New Foundations program, click here and let Annie know.

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Did you know?

30% of Chicago’s homeless population suffers from mental illness.

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