Franciscan Outreach operates as a system of support for men and women who are marginalized and experiencing homelessness in Chicago. We empower people to gain the stability they need to transition into permanent housing. Through five service sites, we provide a diverse array of programs and services, including:
Healthy Meals: At our three shelters, we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to our guests each day.
Safe Shelter: We operate a 272-bed shelter for men and women in North Lawndale, a 70-bed shelter for men in East Garfield Park and a new, low-barrier 40-bed shelter for men and women in Pilsen.
Case Management Program: Intensive, trauma-informed case management services are provided to more than 3,300 men and women.
Support Services: We provide financial and transportation assistance, skills and confidence building support groups, and daily support.
Housing Programs: Two programs help guests transition from homelessness to housing, including the Street-to-Home Initiative that provides 33 participants with subsidized apartments.
Specialized Services: We connect guests with community partners to provide medical assistance, mental health counseling, substance use disorder treatment and legal aid.
Community Volunteer Program: Hundreds of volunteers serve meals, organize donations, lead group activities, and provide administrative support.