Jacqueline C. Hayes
Jacqueline is founder and president emerita of The Chicago Help Initiative and for more than 17 years she has unselfishly donated thousands of hours to help those less fortunate than herself. Jacqueline is a Chicago real estate broker specializing in retail leasing along the Magnificent Mile and Oak Street and a community activist.
Douglas B. Fraser
The Chicago Help Initiative is an amazing and unique organization. It is two communities – the guests we serve, whom we try to connect to the best resources and opportunities and the most caring and committed volunteers that I can imagine. I like to think that whether someone is with us for one meal or for fifty and whether they are dining with us or serving with us, that they will leave with something positive. It is truly a privilege to be here.
Board of Directors - Officers
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.
Did you know?
30% of Chicago’s homeless population suffers from mental illness.
“A lot of people don’t have shelter, food, clothing. They need help. And they get it here.”Tracy