Lawyers United

Calling all Lawyers!

  • Do you want to make a better life for the homeless?
  • Do you want to show the world the good deeds that lawyers do?
  • Join your colleagues in an affinity group called Lawyers United for the Homeless.

About Lawyers United

  • Open only to lawyers
  • Helps the homeless of Chicago by supporting the programs at Franciscan Outreach
  • Spreads the word that lawyers work for the good of the homeless
  • Started in 2004 by Diana Faust, Executive Director of Franciscan Outreach, who left the practice of law to work at Franciscan Outreach in 1997
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  • Help support the shelter, soup kitchen and case management services at Franciscan Outreach. Your donations bring much-needed food, shelter and case management services to the homeless. Lawyers can make a difference by providing financial support that will help keep these programs operating at full capacity.
  • Funding of case managers to work at our emergency overnight shelter. Having a case manager is a critical step in moving off the streets and into a more stable life.
  • Attract new members through publicity, written materials, word of mouth, networking, events, articles, and other methods.


  • We know that lawyers are busy, so the quickest way to help is to make a financial contribution. There are no meetings for members of Lawyers United. If you wish, you may join the Leadership Council or help plan ways to spread the word about us; however these are not requirements of being a member.
  • Lawyers will not be asked to provide pro-bono legal services to the homeless.
  • Members are invited to get to know us better through any of the following means:
    • Visit us for a tour of our programs.
    • Volunteer to serve a meal at our shelter or soup kitchen.
    • Volunteer to help coordinate the activities of Lawyers United for the Homeless as part of the Leadership Council. Help with publicity to lawyers and to the public. Identify ways for lawyers to be involved in our organization. Guide the group as it becomes a force in addressing homelessness in the city of Chicago.
    • Attend a benefit dinner or participate in one of our events, help plan an event for lawyers, invite us to your office for an info session for your colleagues, ask to see our video, or just stop by for a little due diligence.

If you are interested in getting to know us better please contact Diana at (773) 278-6724 or

Membership Donations

We have several giving levels for Lawyers United. All memberships are for one year. The levels are:

Cornerstone – Donation of $50,000
Builder – Donation of $25,000
Visionary – Donation of $10,000
Miracle Worker – Donation of $5,000
Senior Partner – Donation of $2,500
Partner – Donation of $1,000
Associate – Donation of $500
General – Donation of $250

Law firm memberships are available at the same giving levels.

Making a Difference

Every donation helps. You can meet some of the people whom we help on our YouTube page.

How to Join

Simply go to our online donation page and note that it is for “Lawyers United” in the comment box. For more information please contact Thomas Lysaught, Chair of Lawyers United by using the contact form below.