Franciscan House is a 257-bed shelter with separate men’s and women’s dorms that has been providing refuge for 30 years. It is located at 2715 W. Harrison Street on Chicago’s West Side, just south of the I-290 expressway.

In 2012, at the urging of the City of Chicago, Franciscan Outreach assumed management of a 65-bed shelter at 200 S. Sacramento. Now known as Franciscan Annex, this space prevents vulnerable citizens from being turned back on to the streets.

The staff has been very genuine. I didn’t know anything or anyone. They helped me a lot.
Lesroy, Guest
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In 2014, we provided:

  • 116,282 shelter nights
  • 246,727 meals
  • an estimated 40,000 showers

At Franciscan House and Franciscan Annex, we provide all guests with:

  • a bed that includes sheets, a blanket, and a pillow.
  • a safe and drug-free environment
  • supper and breakfast
  • access to showers
  • visits by health care personnel
  • opportunities to meet with mental health workers
  • opportunities to build a better life

Because of our limited capacity, we operate on a first-come/first served basis. A limited number of regular guests are allowed to reserve a bed and locker.

We see ourselves as meeting the emergency needs of the homeless population as well as offering a point of entry into a wide variety of services that will allow our guests to change their lives for the better. Because of this, we offer case management, mental health workers, and medical personnel to meet the needs of our guests and help them rebuild their lives. Rush University’s Community Services Initiative Program and Heartland Health Outreach provide on-site medical support to our shelter guests.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are assisted by full time volunteers who live in community at the Marquard Center. These volunteers spend an entire year working directly with the men and women we serve, including performing various shelter jobs at Franciscan House.

Franciscan House needs community volunteers each night to greet and serve supper to guests, as well as help with daily shelter logistics. If you are interested in volunteering some of your time at Franciscan House, check the Shelter Volunteer page to learn more.

Supporting the Shelter Facilities

We are always in need of soap, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and other personal items. Whether  you save them from a hotel stay or you buy them at the local store, these items are always appreciated. Our case managers provide our guests with vouchers to clothing distributors, so we do not usually accept clothing, except on rare occasions (such as winter coats, gloves, scarves, etc.) You can always check our Wish List to see what items are most needed.

Monetary donations are always appreciated. You may donate online or through phone or email.