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Wednesday Dinners

Chicago Help Initiative provides meals for 200 of Chicago's homeless and disadvantaged individuals each week.

Each Wednesday a nutritious meal is provided to 135 guests at the dining hall facilities made available to us by Catholic Charities, located at 721 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago. The meals are donated by local area restaurants, hotels, businesses, board members, friends and their families and members of the community who want to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. The weekly meals are served in a warm and welcoming atmosphere by a host of dedicated volunteers who assure a positive experience for the guests.

In addition to the hot meals served, we put together 65 bag meals for those who cannot be accommodated in the dining hall because of fire code requirements.

At a typical CHI meal, there will either be a guest speaker, live entertainment or a game night. Guest speakers provide information about matters of interest to our clients. Some recent speakers include The Safer Foundation who provided information about expunging criminal records, Lincoln Park Community Shelter with housing information, and a representative of Streetwise speaking about employment opportunities. Guests also have access to health and social service programs with various community agencies present at the meals.

Volunteers are always welcome to assist in serving our guests on Wednesdays. For more information on how to volunteer with CHI, please visit our volunteer page. If you are interested in volunteering at this week’s dinner or a dinner in the future please click here to sign up, choose your day(s), and submit your information.

Chicago Help Initiative celebrates guests' birthdays each week.

Birthday Acknowledgement

We celebrate guests’ birthdays with a birthday card and gift certificate and sing Happy Birthday to let them know someone cares. Help us celebrate our guests’ birthday by making a donation.

Job Training

Guest speakers provide information about employment opportunities, interview techniques and assistance with resume writing to help guests navigate through employment search and placement.


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Stories Of Interest

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