Hands to Help Ministries Begins 2017 Strong

Hands to Help Ministries is grateful for all of our neighbors who supported us throughout this past year. 2016 was the first full year Hands to Help offered expanded staffing of a part time Executive Director in addition to our part time Outreach Worker. Your donations and partnership allowed us to reach over 100 neighbors on the brink of losing their homes and those living on the street.

This help is critical during Chicago’s winter season. As the temperature dips below freezing, many of our neighbors living on the street do whatever they can to stay warm. Since there are few shelters with open beds, and none nearby, most have nowhere else to go.

Many of you have contacted us with information on these neighbors. Hands to Help serves as many as we can. Our service area is neighbors living in the 60618 and 60641 zip codes. Hands to Help is creating a guide for neighbors, like you, reaching out to neighbors living on the street. If you would like to receive a copy once it is completed, please contact us at hthexecdirector@gmail.com. In the meantime, please treat each neighbor with dignity and tell them about Hands to Help.

All of us wish we could do more. Hands to Help has exciting plans for the upcoming year. We are planning new events for neighbors to come together and strengthen our community. In addition to our community dinners and annual Trivia Night we will be hosting a new event in February. We are also exploring how we can expand to serve the Jefferson Park community. Please watch your email and the Hands to Help website for more information. Also, stay connected via social media by liking us on Facebook (handstohelpministries) or following us on Twitter (HandstoHelpChgo).

In 2017 we will continue to increase the organization’s visibility, collaborate with more local organizations and houses of worship, and expand the number of volunteers and members of our board of directors. There are many openings for all of you to participate, including one time and regular opportunities. For more information, please contact Gayle at hthexecdirector@gmail.com. Together we identify neighbors before they are evicted and work with neighbors living on the street.

THANK YOU for your support and partnership! Here is to a great 2017.