Since 1999, the Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) has been providing meals and access to social services to the homeless, underprivileged, and jobless citizens of the near North Side of Chicago. Read about our latest news below. 

Members of the press: For more information about CHI and the people it serves, or to schedule a news interview with CHI Founder Jacqueline Hayes or another CHI representative, please contact CHI Executive Director Doug Fraser at

Press Releases

WorkingBikes Joins with CHI on May 21 to Distribute 55 Bikes, Helmets, and Locks to North Side’s Homeless and People in Need

Chicago Tribune Editorial Cartoonist Scott Stantis to Host 2016 CHI Helping Hands Gala on June 7 at The Montgomery Club

CHI Named Official Charity of the Run Mag Mile 5K, to be held September 10 in Grant Park”

Metropolitan Capital Bank Presents $5,000 Grant to CHI During Ceremony on April 21

In The News

Handy Handout” – Eric Zorn writes about CHI’s Resource Guide in the Chicago Tribune (February 28, 2016) 

Dining with Dignity” – WBEZ 95.1 Chicago interviews CHI Founder Jacqueline Hayes (December 15, 2015)

“Someone You Should Know” – Harry Porterfield interviews CHI Founder Jacqueline Hayes on the organization’s 15-year Anniversary for CBS Chicago (February 28, 2015)  


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
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
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