On the Streets during Chicago’s Winter – Orlando

January 22, 2015

Imagine not having a place to call home, a place to get out of the cold. For thousands of individuals in Chicago this is their reality every day.

Orlando feels this firsthand. Last winter the he found himself homeless when the bank foreclosed on his apartment building. “It was so cold that day,” he says, remembering.

Orlando walked the streets seeking shelter, learned that as a homeless person, “You get turned away real easily and it hurts. You walk into a store and they tell you to leave.” He shakes his head. “I was just trying to get warm!”

Orlando came to Franciscan House shelter, where he found a warm bed, nutritious meals, and help from case managers. He joined the Interim Housing Program with the goal of building up his resume, finding a job, and finding housing. “I needed to change the situation I was in,” he says. “I needed to not be homeless anymore.”

Orlando recently moved into his own apartment and took a job as a cook at Franciscan House. Today he cooks dinner for shelter guests who are in much the same situation he used to be in. He says he wants to give back to the organization that did so much for him, and is happy to serve its guests. “I thank God for this place,” he says.

Every dollar donated to this campaign will go toward helping individuals like Orlando find a place to stay safe and warm. Until March 7th we will be raising money to help provide life-saving programs and services for our guests.

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