Caring For The Homeless In The Middle Of The Pandemic

As communities continue to respond to the impact of COVID-19, the Caterpillar Foundation is dedicated to helping local organizations on the ground build back the communities in which we live and work.   

With the support of the Foundation, our Caterpillar facility in Aurora provided a grant to our long-standing partner, Hesed House, the second largest homeless shelter in the state of Illinois and the largest shelter outside the city of Chicago.  Through its work, Hesed House is committed to feeding the hungry, providing clothing to the homeless, and giving people the chance to hope again. Each year, the organization works with more than 7,000 volunteers from more than 90 churches, businesses and service organizations to assist those experiencing homelessness.

To address the immediate needs of its beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hesed House expanded its services by:

  • Utilizing warehouse space to open a third shelter equipped with tents, portable showers and toilets, food, security and technology
  • Relocating shelters into hotels to help stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Conducting street outreach to identify and provide basic necessities to those in need

Since 2007, the Caterpillar Foundation has been proud to support Hesed House in their mission to end homelessness in some of Illinois’ most vulnerable neighborhoods.

Visit The Hesed House to learn more about their work.  

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