About Care For Friends
At Care For Friends, we want to provide Chicago's homeless with more than a handout. We want to give them hope for a lasting change in their lives.
We know that there are many organizations in Chicago that can affect the major causes of homelessness. Yet we also know that the identification requirements and other barriers to entry mean those organizations don't get to serve nearly as many folks as they'd like.
That's why we have focused on gathering a community - of homeless folks, volunteers, and partners - who come together for a regular meal that has no sign-in requirements or other "asks" of our members. Clothes are distributed, doctors visits happen, and relationships are built - including with new friends who can now be trusted to help improve the lives of our homeless.
As a result of these interactions:
50% of clients served by an affordable housing partner were met at Care For Friends gatherings. 78% of are now housed
Graduates of a job skills partner program are now earning an average wage of $12.38/hour, for an average of 38 hours work per week
60% of our guests have now found a permanent medical home.
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