Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Who will benefit from my donation?

 A. Individuals in need will receive the initial benefit from your donation. We don't sit inside a building waiting for the homeless or near homeless to come to us, we go to the homeless.

 Q.  How much of my cash donation goes to individuals needing help?

 A85% of your cash donations go toward food, and clothing.15% goes toward transportation, utilities and office maintenance.

 QCan I donate edible items instead of cash?

 A. Yes! We welcome non-perishable food and water donations. There is a list of items you can donate. Just click on this" donate food" link.

 Q. Do Outreach Chicago provide housing or shelter for individuals who need housing?

 A.  We don't have housing or shelter facilities to accommodate homeless individuals. Our " Resources" link will send you to the page that will help you or a loved one find the resources you need.

Q.  How can I help a loved one find housing or a shelter? 

A.  Click here this link will direct you to shelter listings in your state.   

QDo you provide resources to help families in need of housing?   

A.  Presently we don't have housing facilities. Our organization provides links to services that are willing to help families regain stability.

Q. Can I donate clothing?

A. Currently, we are not accepting clothing donations due to space limitations. We are accepting new and lightly worn, freshly washed coats, sweaters, and socks from September 1 thru March 31.

Q. I'm hungry, how can I get a meal?

A.  Click here to find a listing of food services in your state.

A. How can I get housing assistance?

Q. Just click on this link. There are various resources that will help you obtain stable housing.

Q. I just lost a place to stay. How can I get emergency housing.

A. Call 311 in most areas to get assistance. Or find warming centers in your area.




Outreach Programs
  •        Lunch Time Program

    provides bag lunches to homeless and low- income veterans, individuals, and families living on the streets of Chicago and South Suburban area.
  • Personal Hygiene Product Collection

    provides baby diapers, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products and toiletries to homeless and low-income indiviuals.
  • Winter Gear/Clothing Program

    New or lightly worn recently cleaned used coats,gloves, sweaters needed, blankets, sleeping blankets.
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