Community Partners

Franciscan Outreach provides a wide variety of services to Chicago’s poor and homeless population.  We have shower facilities, a drop-off laundry service, mail holding services, and connections with housing and employment. We could not, however, do this alone. For this reason, we partner with many agencies and businesses in our efforts to meet the needs of our guests.

Franciscan Friars – Sacred Heart Province

The Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart has been one of our greatest supporters, though we do not have any legal connection.  St. Peter’s Church in the Loop distributes our newsletters and provides financial support as well. No funds raised by Franciscan Outreach are given to or shared with the Franciscans or St. Peter’s Church.

Shelter Linkage Team

Franciscan House and Thresholds operate the Shelter Library Linkage Project. Through this collaboration, two mental health outreach workers spend two days a week at our shelter, working with guests in conjunction with shelter staff and case managers. These outreach workers also visit our Marquard Center, as well as public libraries and other places our guests tend to be found.

Heartland Health Outreach (HHO) Clinic

Guests have the opportunity to see a nurse and nurse practitioner for basic medical service and triage. This service is offered every Wednesday at the Marquard Center and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Franciscan House.

RUSH Community Service Initiatives Program

Since 1991, the RCSIP has been operating a weekly free clinic at Franciscan House. The clinic is staffed by volunteer teams of RUSH Medical School students and supervised by volunteer attending physicians.

Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness

Franciscan Outreach is a member of this citywide coalition of over 70 service providers. The goal of the Alliance is “to build an effective system of care for homeless people in Chicago.” Drawing on collective experience and using a unified voice, the Alliance engages in advocacy towards ending homelessness in Chicago.

Illinois Hunger Coalition

The Coalition engages in advocacy and community organizing on hunger-related issues in the state of Illinois. The Coalition also manages the Real Benefits and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), enabling our case managers to help their clients fill out a web-based application for assistance. This gives our clients added confidence as they go to the IDHS office with a completed application in hand.

Regular Food Donors

In addition to our many individual and church donors, we have developed collaborative relationships with many community organizations and businesses, who supply our soup kitchen with food donations on a regular basis. These include the Greater Chicago Food DepositoryTrader Joe’s, East Balt BakeryOld St. Pat’s Church, Treasure IslandKramer Foods, Stockyard Meats, and Milk and Honey Cafe.

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