Hands to Help Ministries works to find housing for homeless people living in our neighborhood, and provides assistance to those in danger of becoming homeless by:
- Offering long-term relationships and a stable support system for those in need
- Connecting faith communities and their resources
- Advocating for systematic change in services for people in need
- Providing referrals for housing, healthcare, jobs, and benefits
- Providing financial assistance for rent, transportation, and identification.
In the mid 1990’s, two Irving Park Community residents began to organize people to help those in crisis in the neighborhood. Out of the discussion and involvement of interested individuals and clergy, an organization called Cornerstone was formed to assist those in need. Soon after the group started working together, a name change to Hands to Help Ministries occurred and the organization became a not-for-profit 501(c)3.
Hands to Help Minitries has grown to encompass the support of several area churches, non-profit organizations, and the Six Corners Association. Our efforts have provided families with housing, furniture, clothing and transportation as well as over 2000 days of housing and many meals for people at risk of hunger. Hands to Help volunteers and the outreach worker have helped clients with obtaining prescriptions, paying medical bills, getting assistance through Medicare Part D, the Chicago Department of Housing and the Social Security Administration in addition to bringing clients to hospitals, shelters and other emergency housing as needed.
In August 2007, Hands to Help partnered with Six Corners Association to hire an outreach worker in order to reach out to homeless people and others in crisis. The outreach worker meets with people to assess their needs and offers resources such as assistance with obtaining benefits, housing suggestions, emergency rental assistance, referrals to shelters, doctors, and treatment programs.