Homeless Veterans Chicago

Homeless Veteran Gets a New Home for the Holidays

Curtis Melton grew up in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The youngest of four children, Curtis and his siblings were raised by loving parents. “If it wasn’t for my mom and dad, I wouldn’t know there was a straight path,” Curtis…

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Veteran Combats Homelessness and Now Works to Give Back

When Pete Razutis was just 13 years old, he went to live with his older sister, Gail, after his mother had passed away. Gail raised Pete during his formative teenage years while they lived in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. At 18,…

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homelessness, housing, shelter

The Will to Change: William’s Story

Ask William Bouzek about Chicago history. And, be prepared for extraordinary insight that comes from more than just a passing interest. A native Chicagoan, William has spent a lifetime absorbing interesting and little-known facts about many of the city’s historical…

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Homeless to housed.

Shawn Has Keys to a Better Future

After 18 years of living on the streets, Shawn Clark now has a place he calls home. With keys in his pocket, Shawn feels proud and relieved to have a place of his own. When Shawn first entered his new…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Saint Clement Church

For church groups that volunteer with Franciscan Outreach, providing service to others and developing a community of fellowship are critical components of their volunteer experience. The work they do with our staff and guests, whether in providing a meal or…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Melba Jackson

Despite retiring from Fidelity National Financial over three years ago, Melba Jackson is still a busy woman. With eight children, thirty-two grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, that is enough to keep anyone on their toes. But as much time as…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Shake Shack

Volunteer Spotlight Corporate Volunteers – Shake Shack Franciscan Outreach hosts many different volunteer groups that enhance the services we provide to the hundreds of men and women who are marginalized and homeless throughout Chicago. One group of corporate volunteers comes…

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Chicago Homeless Services//Cold Weather Campaign//Franciscan Outreach

Determination and a Positive Attitude Helped Trudy Succeed

After a 25-year career as a clerk for Chicago Public Schools and with two grown children moved away, Trudy was ready for retirement. Starting a new chapter in her life, Trudy decided to move with her mother to Arizona. Trudy…

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Finding A Home for the Holiday: Franciscan Outreach Chicago

Finding A Home for the Holidays: Ruben’s Story

Like too many veterans, Ruben had a difficult time adjusting to civilian life as he suffered with PTSD and struggled to find the support he needed. A Marine with two tours of service behind him, Ruben faced homelessness. Isolated and…

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A Moment of Reflection on Veterans Day

In reflection of this Veterans Day, I have been thinking back on my own service in the military as well as that of my family. I come from three generations of soldiers as my grandfather served in World War II…

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