What we do

Tommie and Alberto

Franciscan Outreach is one of the oldest and largest providers for men and women who are homeless in the Chicago area. From offering refuge from the streets, to feeding the hungry, to helping individuals build a better life, Franciscan Outreach is a lifeline to thousands in need each year.

All individuals are welcome, regardless of background or religious affiliation, and are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Our programs and sites include:

The 257-bed Franciscan House at 2715 W. Harrison and the 65-bed Franciscan Annex at 200 S. Sacramento on Chicago’s West Side. Both are overnight facilities with showers and a kitchen. Guests are served supper when they arrive in the evening and breakfast in the morning before departing. There is a free medical clinic and visits by mental health workers.

• Our Marquard Center dining room in the Wicker Park/Bucktown community serves well-balanced dinners every evening. We provide guests with a mailing address, shower facilities and the city’s only free drop-off laundry service. There is also access to medical and legal services at this location.

• At the request of the City of Chicago, Franciscan Outreach recently launched a day program at the Community Service Center at 10 S. Kedzie. We offer structured activities, learning opportunities, and case management services to guests, many of whom spend their nights at Franciscan House and Franciscan Annex.

Our case managers help guests access a wide variety of critical services – substance abuse counseling, government assistance, life skills and vocational training, employment, and housing. Case managers reach out to guests at our shelter, Marquard Center, and day program, as well as serving the homeless population in downtown Chicago from St. Peter’s Church in the Loop.

I haven’t met one [employee] that doesn’t make the effort to help you, as long as you make the effort to ask. A lot of people in our situation, they don’t want to ask for help.
Edward , Guest

In 2014, Franciscan Outreach provided:

    • 116,282 shelter nights
    • 246,727 meals
    • 22,094 contacts between a case manager and a guest
    • 8,181 referrals to collaborating social service providers
    • 240 people placed into housing
    • 442 people helped to become ready and eligible for housing
    • approx. 42,054 showers
    • 1,345  bags of laundry washed, dried, and folded

Operating with a small staff and a community of volunteers, we need your help as a donor or volunteer. Franciscan Outreach is an independent not-for-profit corporation that had expenses close to $2 million in 2012. We are a recognized charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are fully deductible.

Your support makes a difference!