Our Programs


Wednesday Dinners

Every Wednesday, a nutritious meal, donated by our partner restaurants and supporters, is provided to 130 guests in the diningroom at Catholic Charities, in downtown Chicago.

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Health and Wellness

The Chicago Help Initiative offers a number of health and wellness services to our guests.

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Bike Fair

Each Spring, in partnership with Working Bikes, we distribute up to 75 bikes, helmets and locks to our guests who are in need of transportation or want to get more exercise.

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Social Services

The Chicago Help Initiative serves much more than food. We also provide our guests with access to an array of free social services.

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Arts and Culture

In partnership with Red Line Service, a nonprofit arts organization serving Chicago’s homeless population, we host regular outings for a group of our guests to some of the finest cultural and entertainment venues Chicago has to offer. 

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Adult Learning

Our trained education volunteers provide on-one-one tutoring to our guests on a variety of subjects such as computer skills, reading, writing, math, GED preparation and books club. 

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Jobs Club

We provide job listings, resources to job training and referrals, and a weekly jobs club for our guests who want to brush up their skills and re-enter the workforce.

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Did you know?

20% 

of the people we serve are military service veterans.

They help us with food, social services. Nothing but love, that’s how I feel about the Chicago Help Initiative.”

Andre