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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Homeless & Housing, Public Interest Law

Mission: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) organizes and advocates to prevent and end homelessness, based on our belief that housing is a human right in a just society.

Results: • CCH is the only non-profit in Chicago to run regular outreach at a variety of emergency shelters, transitional housing, and street programs – over 40 across the city each month, reaching more than 6,000 people each year. CCH is also the only non-profit in Illinois solely focused on crafting public policies that curb – and one day, can end – the homelessness that hits low-income families. We train and empower homeless people to advocate on the issues that impact their lives. Ours is the only legal aid office in Illinois dedicated solely to serving homeless people.  youth attorneys out to unaccompanied youth living on their own, without family.

Geographic areas served: Chicago, Illinois

Programs: The Law Project protects offers legal aid and outreach to people who are homeless, with over 70% of casework focused on children and teens struggling to attend public school.

In its housing campaigns, CCH pairs advocacy with community organizing to spur development of affordable housing.

Youth Futures is a mobile legal aid clinic serving homeless and unaccompanied youth. Attorneys represent more than 350 youth clients each year, with outreach at shelters, schools, and drop-in programs reaching over 4,000 a year.

Community Stories

148 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I want to share my story with you.
Am called Mwesigwa Moses Raymond I was born in a family of two children, same father but different moms. Am the youngest with my elder sister. My mother was a pure Muganda, a daughter of the Late Hajji Ssali who was staying behind Ndejje Mosque and that was his place even now. My mother was a Moslem who got married to my father who was Adventist. He was a member of Najjanakumbi Adventisty church during 80s and 90s. My father's name was The late Kiyondi Isaac, he was a Kenyan youth who came to Uganda in 70s to finish up his studies at makerere university. He was staying in a home of the late #Kibirige #Samuel the amumbowa of the kabaka, so my father grown from there. He was so loved by that man because he even gave him a Ngeye clan name calling him Ssekitto Isaac, I and my sister we grown knowing that this Man Mr #Kibirige is our grand Jajja. Our hide this to us even when he died. He even hided it to our moms. Remember I and my sister we share same daddy. Our father got a holy marriage with my mom in 1996 June, I was one of the witness on their wedding. Briefly in 2000s our father fall sick with AIDs, I knew it after his death, how??? I will explain it. A fellow day before knowing that he was sick, my father wait to mulago hospital for treatment because he had a cough, but he was unable to reach there because of being unconsciousness, they picked him at mulago taxi park. A bodaboda man drove him back home at our resident, it was 10pm, it was unbelievable because my father was running mad, he was unable to walk and he talked the all time. In morning, my mother told to go to our grand Jajja to tell him what happened to his some, though I was young to go through road sides, but to save my father's life at was only my effort to stand has a man. My sister was in boarding section and in form four. She was going for mocks exams. I went looking for my grand father but after reaching home when he was not there, they told me to go at the king's palace in Mengo or at Banda because by that time he was the head of Abamboowa. I reached there, and I found their a old lady who was also his sister. I explain every but the lady told the thing which I understand after 10year when a man. She told me, the person you're explaining to me that he is the son of my brother, I don't know him. In our clan am the one who name every a new born child but I have never named that one you have explained to me. May be I will ask him when I see him. I decide to go back home to explain my mom. When I reach there, I found that my mom got a solution and board a taxi to take my father to mulago hospital for treatment. They decide to took me there to follow them.

Tears starting coming out of my eyes, because when I reached at mulago 3B, I thought my father was only sick, but what amazed me, also my mother was also in bad conditions (pleasure). So, I was only one person to look after them at the age of 13yrs. Only God was the only my answers, we got some help from individuals, with in three weeks my father was discharge, I kept my secret without tell him that my mother was also in the same hospital with him. I went with him back home but the bad thing he became lame walking with the stick, he asked me that, where is your mom, I replied, she went to her aunt to get something which will help us. But in all, I was lying because all relatives of my mom, they hated and ignored her, they sent her out of their #Nkima clan because she convert from Moslem to Advertisit. Satan was working hard because the day they discharge my mom from hospital is the day my father falling sick again, this time it was terrible, because he started passing out some small parts of intestines, this time we took him at Taso in Entebbe and in the evening they took us at Entebbe main hospital. I was left there by my mom. In her condition, she decide to go back home to prepare where they are going to bury her husband because she knew that but she didn't want to tell me. She decide to hide it. I spent there a night with know food and drink. My father was in coma. That day was November 23rd was a IDD, I cried to God in my heart, I said lord, I know you can hear me, save me out of this, at least to here a word from my father. Please feed us. Unfortunately it was a lunch time, I had no any single coin to get something to eat, but I was walking out of the hospital I saw Moslems coming from out side with plenty of food, they gave every person who was in the hospital and after serving our ward, they move to the next, I decided to sit down and eat but this time around, I was unable because I hard a voice calling me, and this was my father's voice, he said, let me tell you this son before those people behind you take me, I looked behind but there was nothing. He said son, I promised you and your sister to fulfill your dreams to study, but am sorry, I have not make it. If you get any Chance for school, please use it and make sure that you be bosses for others not others to be your bosses. There was a born again lady who was passing by, she said can I pray for you, I was like say no to her but my father said, you leave her, its my chance not yours. You have the way to go son, but this is my end. I closed my eyes for a pray, it was a short prayer of repenting, after a prayer I was left with my father while his eyes was still opened wide. I didn't knew that he was already gone, I sleeped on his bed because I thought he will come back to me. The nurse found me there, she looked at me and said, your father is no more, he has gone. I have this 1 thousand shillings, go back and tell others. I board a taxi while crying, a taxi conductor, a driver and all passengers hard my voice and asked, what happened kid, I explained, they all feel sympathy to me. They ask, do you know where you're going I said yes, I went to Kajjansi at my father's workshop, you know he was a senior expect in batteries, repair and charging. Those who know the place called kayembe Kajjansi, there is a workshop with a post call #Mandela senior expect in Batteries, that was one of my father's business but landlord took it that it was belong to him.

After reaching that place I decide to go at my mother's relatives to announce the death of my father. I reached there atthe Ndejje Mosque, they fought I came for IDD but I explained to them. They didn't feel pity to me, they started blaming my mother. They did feel sorry to me. I left and went to Mutundwe at the one we call our grand. I found him there, but it was too late to walk at that night, I stay there for that night but I was sweating. In the morning the chairman of our village came also there to announce but he found me there, we went back home too, they bring the body back, at the time of speeches, the one we called our grandfather made his speech and that was the day, I notice that, he was not our grandfather but a closed friends to his sons and daughters. After the burial, I was confused, I was unable to continue my studies though it was a government school. Because we even manage to buy a 32 budget exercise book for 100/= shillings. Remember my mother was hated by all family members, businesses of my late daddy was taken by his friends, my sister was in UNEB exams final for form four. She didn't even know that our father was buried, she was in boarding section at Najja Christianity school.

In this situation I decide to leave my mom in a small old house and went on street.
My Father never shown us our relatives
MY Life On Street

I spent on street for more than for years, I was in gangs, using cocaine, marijuana and other drugs, I was arrested by police and they took me to one of Catholic orphan homes, but I spent there three days and came back on street, I used to go to mulago hospital to get some food to eat for the patients, by that time they where cooking phoso and beans. Sometimes I used to sleep there where they admits patients at night, sometimes I used to sleep near the mortuary, I also used to stay in kisenyi, kiwunya, Lubya, kasubi, namungoona, nansana, kikoni and other places, one day I decide to go back home, but I didn't reach there, I stay at a near by Mountain call Prayer Mountain Seguku, I sleeped on trees at nights, it was evening, and I was wet, two men were going down at the shops, they were all pastor, they at me, and one pointed at the view of the lake, he asked, do you know that place, I said yes I know that place, it is called Kitiiko, so they moved on. On there returning, they meet the second time and asked, where do you, I said in the bush, Do you have family, I said no, I don't have any relative, one of the man said, from today you're going to be my son. He lifted me up, he get for me something to eat and said, tomorrow we are leaving this place, I want to change your life. Briefly we can in Kampala, at first things we good, the money had everything in his life, but things started to charge, he started to lose everything, money and businesses, I know that I was the cause, in humble I decide to him that let me leave according to what am seeing. Am the cause, he cried and said no my son, God will provide, I decide to leave him, and I went to a near by Church that was called UCC for Bishop Steven Ssefuma, I stayed out side, I used to buy a popcorn for 100/= and water to stay. 200 shillings was enough. I stayed out side at the Church, winter, rain, mosquitoes those were the causes to me. I got deliverance and God rescue me. There was a man with the same story like me, we because friends and decided to take at his home, I fine there other street kids like me but also in bad situation. They have two old mattresses in the small house but staying like eight people, we use to take on one meal, no breakfast, no lunch on supper, sometimes we used to kasubi market pick up some starch food from lorries and we bring them home to cook. Life was so hard there. But what we did, you prayed to God in the morning, non and evening. Life charged, this man got a job on Capital radio, he was reading the Luganda news, some of you, you know this guy was called Joseph Lubega. This is where I got a chance to go back to school by this man. God replied us and we all went to school. We shifted at namungoona in a self contained house were we expanded has family, we got sponsors, we were large in number of 70 children boys and girls with talents, others liked soccer, music, dance, others spreading the word of God. We became family, brothers and Sisters,

In 2006, the devil used me, I left home going for clubbing, and my life was in danger, God punished me with a stoke on my testacles and kidney, by that time I used used to compete with others in dancing, unfortunately I damaged my testacles, I went back home and kept quite for two days but I started bleeding from nose, and vomiting blood, I used to urinate blood, this man gave money to go to Orthodox hospital namungoona but I didn't find any doctor, I spent there the all day, at 7pm, the doctor came back, he took some operations to check me, but it was too late, in his words he said, son I have two options, which two hospital do you likely to go, mulago and Mengo. Because I had the memories of Mulago I decide this time to go in Mengo. I asked him that doctor, am I going there right now, he said yes.... I replied, what if I go there tomorrow will I die, he says of course you're in danger. I came home in tears, I didn't say anything I just fall down in the compound. Three months passed when I was on life support, I didn't knew that they operated. After discharge me from the hospital. I sat for my exams for UNEB the good thing the lord was at my side. I passed. I decide to leave the orphanage home because by that time, God gave the orphanage a big large land in Matugga. Its now call #Bulamu #Village.

My Journey Up to Where I Am..

I decide to return back to my home land I thought my mother was still there, I just meet her grave, she died lonely, she left a message behind which says that, even if my son you left me, I have forgiven you. Please return back home and unity with your sister, I know you will not find me but I will be with you that was my mother's last words. I came home with disrespect of people. They didn't like me anymore, only for ladies who replaced has to be my moms. At that time I decide to work while doing my course of MDD/arts which I finished it up in 2010. I started my Gospel music Carrier though others they disliked it. I started to do community work, gathering youths, it took more than two years people to trust me, because of my looks with long hair on my head. By that time I was in church but later on I decide to leave gospel music and started world music secular. I thank God I wasni a drug addict but I was against ladies. I was renting in makindye in 2012 because I decide to leave my home land. Because of being adultery this cause me much that, my rental house was burnt down with a gang of ladies whom I dumped, I knew this later from one of my ex's, when its too late. I lost every in my life and hope!! I tried to go in some relationships but they didn't work. I decide to go back to Church, after staying there for months, in my life I feeled so sorry in the presence of God, I ask God, at least give one chance, a lady who love me, the reason I prayed like that, many ladies came to me because they just need a company from me, I hate many of them because they abort and killed my babies, others they were pregnant at my place why the biological fathers of their pregnancy is not me.

So, there was a woman who left a baby behide at my house, the good thing the baby was six month and she was able to be feed on feeding bottle, I spent with a baby for about two weeks knowing that he was my daughter, unfortunately the girl came back with her two family members and keep the baby away from me, ever since now I don't know where they are!

From that day on wards I ask God to give me strength to work hard and start charity projects not in front of camera,!!!

Friends I will be story for the previous posts, if someone put on my shoes, you will feel the way am feeling. I have been with kids, I love your kids than any thing. I started doing farming, getting some contracts of buildings, laying bricks and other activities, not because they benefit me, (NO), I have been collecting money from these resources to all help the Africa child, I was helped by the Hello World technology system project to sell them online through my social media platforms with free internet in my community. So Hello World made my work easier in 2016 and 2017.
I was once helped by others during my child age.

I was trying to pay back, I have more than 80 kids am supporting around Uganda. Buying them books, uniforms, fees, and other things. I do this not in front of cameras like others do. Am not a politician like others, I need peace for these kids, that why some of you, you abused me of working in poor government, but according to situation I was protecting these kids. Those who will understand me, you get me. Am still in pain and stressed that in one week, I lost two kids, the closed one, a girl and a boy. They died while operating them . #Waswa Christopher died in kisubi hospital at night while #Nalubega Sylvia died in Nsambya hospital. These kids where closed to me. I promised Waswa to buy for him a Football, Shoes and other things, I promised to teach him dance because he has been a minister in Sunday schools....

But we lost him... To cut my story short, am looking for that person who can at least change one child's life in Africa. Many children in Africa most expecially girls, marry under age due to poor families they are coming from. Due too broken home, some of them are on streets fighting with future, I need some one who can work with me in christ Jesus to rescue them. I need old clothes, food, shoes from you to share it with them. I know we can make it. Those who can pay them shelter and school fees. May the Lord bless you.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a member of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Associate Board for a little over a year now and I am still in awe of the dedication that everyone I have encountered has for the cause of ending homelessness in Chicago. The members of the Board have been welcoming to new members and are constantly coming up with new ideas to spread the word about the mission of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to serve on the CCH associates board! CCH is an amazing organization dedicated to making housing a right in Chicago. They advocate at the state level for initiatives that help to support those who are housing insecure. As a board member I’ve been able to help by phone and text banking and it’s been great to help support CCH in that way. I highly recommend them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on the CCH Associate Board for a little over a year now and I have been so impressed with organization and their tireless commitment to raise awareness, effect policy changes across the state of Illinois, and reach the lives of so many impacted by homelessness. Their dedicated staff ensures that every dollar we raise is well spent and moves this important cause forward. I am proud to be a small part of an organization that has such a positive impact on our community.

Benjy S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working on their volunteer Associate Board for the past few months and have been very impressed by everything about CCH. The staff is friendly and compassionate, and everyone's focus is on tangibly improving the lives of Chicago residents who are unhoused or in an unstable housing environment. Housing is a human right, and every action CCH takes is in pursuit of this belief. I'm very honored to be a part of this organization!

1 Dabney L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a superior nonprofit serving the homeless community in Chicago through advocacy, outreach, and direct service.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been connected with Chicago Coalition for the Homeless for several years, working with their Reentry Committee focused on helping people with criminal backgrounds who have experienced homelessness, and more recently serving on their Board. This organization is unique in its focus on advocacy and working to bring about policy and practice reforms in the Chicago area and throughout the state of Illinois. Their work with this most oppressed population has been consistent and stellar, effecting important policy changes and bringing attention to the significant challenges folks have struggling with homelessness. They engage homeless and formerly homeless people in their work, bringing passion and credibility to their efforts.

1 Ellen O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi have been a part of CCH for the past year and was a participant in many of their advocacy events and fundraisers for the past 3 years. I'm continuously impressed with the amount of passion and dedication the organization has. CCH has worked tirelessly to to make sure ending homelessness is a priority.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started working with CCH as a Grassroots Leader 4 years ago to help alleviate barriers to homelessness. In return I regained my Power and My Rights as a citizen. I also, joined CCH Board, CCH Mutual Aid Fund, and CCH Speakers Bureau. I’m very proud to be involved in CCH’s activities because of the dedication, hard work,compassion, love, and family atmosphere at CCH. CCH works very hard to help the homeless , alleviate barriers to homelessness, and place the homeless at the table to make decisions on the barriers and issues of being homeless and the decisions on how to change the policies that lead to homelessness.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The CCH team has an unrelenting focus on their mission of ending homelessness in Chicago. Truly dedicated group of professionals that have achieved amazing results with limited resources. I am proud to be associated with such a great group of people!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board for several years and am always impressed with the fierce dedication of the management and staff of CCH in their work to end homelessness in Chicago. From advocacy to organizing to the Law Project, the organization has helped thousands over its 40 year tenure in the fight against homelessness.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I donate to this organization I am confident that my donation is used for positive change to end homelessness. This organization is staffed with intelligent, compassionate change makers who understand the importance of this cause. I

1 Marcia N.

Donor

Rating: 5

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless wants to end homelessness. I share that vision and I count on them to do the hard work of making it a reality. I trust their dedication and commitment to this cause. That is why I've been a donor for several years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is an amazing non-profit organization. They advocate for so many and help through a number of different means, including college scholarships. If you're looking for a great cause to support, highly recommend supporting CCH!

Ashley M. M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do the work! From advocacy to education, CCH does what’s necessary to move things forward.

Renauda R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff and volunteers do a exceptional job with advocating for
homeless and the underserved community in Chicago.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The CCH does incredible work. They make a difference every day, through their policy work, advocacy and direct legal outreach to people experiencing homelessness. The fact they don't accept government funding puts CCH in a unique position to enact real change. CCH is a focused and visionary group that I'm proud to support.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a big supporter of the Coalition since the late 1990's when I was working in direct service with homeless youth. I currently serve on the board, and am amazed at the way they consistently and effectively advocate for the homeless population in Chicago and in Illinois. They have a remarkable policy expertise, and they use it to advance huge changes that impact thousands of people. I'm proud to be a small part of the work that happens at the Coalition.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For years CCH has served as an advocate for the homeless population in Illinois. As leaders in the homeless services field, they have helped win battles (legislative, personal, and otherwise) for many families and individuals impacted by homelessness. For me, CCH served as my "true north" when I started working on youth homelessness in the late 90's. They brought along this neophyte in the field to help ensure I had the information and capacity I needed to serve the homeless youth in my agency and in the surrounding communities. I love that they are not beholden to anyone but the communities they serve. They do amazing work. Amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been part of the CCH Associates Board for about 1.5 years. It is a great organization with passionate people that truly care about people affected by homelessness. The events that are put on for fundraising are fun and make a significant contribution to the cause!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The important mission of CCH inspired me to join the Associates Board in 2019. During my time volunteering with the organization, I have been continuously impressed by the dedication of the CCH team and their advocacy and community organizing efforts even amidst the constant string of political challenges that often accompanies their attempts to push forward equitable policies and programs.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved in CCH about two years ago and I am on the associate board. I could not be more happy that I got involved with CCH. Everyone at CCH truly cares and is devoted to helping individuals facing homelessness. As a government independent organization, they never align themselves with a political party but work with everyone, no matter was side of the aisle, that have good ideas and want to try to help end homelessness. I cannot say enough good things about CCH's mission or the people behind it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the CCH Associate Board last year, and have been consistently impressed with the initiatives and goals of the organization. Advocating from a macro level ensures homelessness remains top of mind for politicians and community members and helps ensure real change can be enacted.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH is an incredible organization. From those running it, to the volunteers, and all of the Chicagoans its supports, the people are infallibly amazing. Everyone, and I truly mean everyone, is passionate and supportive of the mission. It's not about egos or recognition - it is all about helping our neighbors in this great city. It's not an experience I have had with all nonprofits, which is, in part, why I will continue to support CCH with my time, efforts, and resources.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a bulldog of an organization that means what it says and does what it means. Their only goal is to prevent and end homelessness forever and every day they take active steps towards making that goal a reality, while protecting and advocating for the rights of the 80,000 Chicagoans experiencing homelessness right now.

Patrick G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of the Associate Board, I've had a lot of opportunities to interact with the compassionate and competent staff of CCH, and seen first hand the good they do. They fight the meaningful and good fights, and make a positive impact in the Chicago community as a whole.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH is dedicated to full institutional change. They're not just applying band aids on top of the problem, they're actively working to fix and revitalize the entire system as a whole. This is the type of real change that Chicago and the world needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on the Associate Board of CCH for about 6 months, and I am impressed with the coalition's actions. They do not accept any funding from the government, and it gives them the ability to be a voice against governmental action without the fear of losing funding. This is so important, and they use this voice to help other service providers who do not have that flexibility. This is what stands out the most to me, but all the work they do really impacts the homeless in Chicago; it's not just noise, it's action.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer development intern last summer, I can confidently say that my experience working at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless was one of the best and most profound service experiences I've ever had. The passion/drive that each staff member has for the issue at hand is inspiring; everyone on staff is fully committed in the fight to eradicate homelessness in Chicago, no matter the particular role they fill at CCH. I am very grateful for the volunteer opportunity I had at CCH and look forward to seeing what great things this wonderful organization can accomplish in the future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been connected with CCH as an Associate Board member for 1.5 years and joining this organization is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Everyone from staff to volunteers are incredibly dedicated to helping the homeless population in the Chicagoland area. The goal of this organization is to create long-lasting change in the city (and beyond) to help individuals experiencing homelessness improve their situation and find housing/living-stability. I was drawn to CCH because I believe in their mission, their compassion and believe that everyone involved in the organization wants to advocate for opportunities that could change the life trajectory of people that belong to one of the most vulnerable populations in our nation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for CCH's Associate Board for the past 3 years. Their staff is a well-oiled machine - hardworking, resourceful, professional and committed to fighting homelessness in Chicago. Through activities like advocating for the rights of the homeless, providing legal aid to the homeless, and making sure homeless kids have access to education, they make a positive impact on the lives of homeless people in and around Chicago. It's a privilege to be able to help fundraise for their important work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless when my company was looking for a way to give back to the community. I work for a local apartment advertising website, so CCH's mission to end homelessness in Chicago dovetailed nicely with what our company does. Since then, I've become involved in the Associate Board, a group of volunteers who fundraises for CCH.

Their staff is a well-oiled machine - hardworking, resourceful, professional and committed to their cause. CCH's team is great at motivating volunteers to help in carrying out its mission. This organization has much to be proud of!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined CCH associate board almost a year ago and am highly impressed with non profit organization who does great job advocating for policies and laws that impact people experiencing homelessness. I love the energy that the associate board brings and how everyone is passionate about making a change.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless this past summer. Everyone there was very nice to work with. It was great to meet the leaders and learn about all of the work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH does very important work advocating for policies and laws that will help alleviate the problem of homelessness, and they do a good job keeping the associate board up to date with what the organization is working on. It's been a great experience helping support such a great NFP through volunteering on the associate board.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has a top notch staff that tirelessly advocates for the rights of people who are Homeless. They are exceptionally efficient and effective. I am proud to support such a vital organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH is a great organization, and makes it really easy to get involved via the Associate Board.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've loved being a part of CCH by volunteering on the Associate Board. The people are top-notch, and there are lots of hands-on opportunities to make a difference by raising money for a worthy cause. If anyone's looking for a nonprofit to get involved with or donate to - look no further than CCH!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a part of CCH for the past 3 years and couldn't be more impressed with their dedication to an amazing cause that affects all areas of life. Each year I've been involved with CCH has deepened my commitment to CCH and has inspired me to brainstorm ways to continue moving close to ending homelessness. Love this group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing organization focused on the rights of those who are homeless as well as legislation that better helps those who are homeless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been on the associated board since earlier this year, and want to commend them on what a terrific job they've been doing. So much of the issues that those who are homeless face are challenges with bureaucracies and the logistical legal issues that arise from not having a place of resident. CCH really helps address the core of some of these problems, focusing on legal help and advocacy for those who need it most and are often left behind.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning with CCH was rewarding and I learned so much. I was exposed to dedicated and passionate individuals who advocate for and with individuals experiencing homelessness. Through all the work that CCH does, the leaders from the community are always involved and included with the work they do. A mission-driven organization, it was such a great atmosphere to learn and grow.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern this year with the Coalition and have been extremely impressed by the work that they do! It is very unique to see so many departments working collaboratively to create social change and to advocate for and with people experiencing homelessness. The staff are dedicated to their work and it is clear that leaders from the community are involved every step of the way! It is an awesome organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with CCH and saw the impactful work they do firsthand. I saw their collaborative approach lead to the passage of 4 bills in a span of 10 months that will directly impact families and individuals experiencing homelessness. It’s an amazing organization that has been doing great work to end homelessness in Chicago from its very beginnings.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the Associate Board for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless earlier this year and have been extremely impressed with the organization and its mission. Their focus on making systemic changes that benefit the homeless population is effective and strategic. The team is well-run and passionate about what they do, and their dedication is impressive. Helping CCH gives me a way to make a real impact in my community and for my neighbors.

1 Amy C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for CCH because they give back so much to the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH does a particularly impressive job of involving a wide range of demographics in the organization's events and social justice initiatives. CCH has led the charge on policy changes at a local and state level to the benefit of people across Illinois. The core staff I have met are knowledgeable and the associates board members are committed to the issues. CCH will put your support to excellent use within our communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH works tirelessly to make sure ending homelessness remains a priority in the city of Chicago. I have had the pleasure of serving as an Associate Board member since 2016 and look forward to many more years of service.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on the Associate Board of CCH for the past 6 months, and I am consistently inspired by this organization's work. Their advocacy work has made real impacts on the lives of people experiencing homelessness. Since I've been involved, CCH has advocated for people to have fee-free access to birth records, expanded access to counseling services, and fought for students experiencing hunger to have access to assistance. The legal team has worked to defend people being treated unfairly or expelled from where they reside in the city. CCH is affecting real change to improve lives in Chicago, and they have earned their reputation as a great nonprofit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with this organization for two years, and have been incredibly impressed by all of the great advocacy/policy that they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first year volunteering with this organization and I had an awesome time. Michael is very motivating and supportive with not only the organization but with the volunteers making sure the event is a success and you enjoy yourself while you're helping the cause. This is an event I will look forward to every year.

Wendi5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to be a charity bartender for their Halloween event. Fundraising has been remarkable bc they already have such a good reputation as an organization that goes above and beyond for the less fortunate in Chicago. It's been an honor to support them in this campaign.

3 Melissa227

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love being a part of the amazing organization. I don't think I have ever meet a group that is more passionate and dedicated to a cause like these good people are. The are relentless in their efforts to fight for the rights of people that society has otherwise turned their backs on.

And besides the good work they do, volunteering for the group is just a blast! This I always look forward to the Cheers for Change - a great way to raise money while getting the chance to pretend I am a bartender again! :)

Thank you for all that you do!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined the associate board for this organization because I was so impressed by the passion that the organization has for ending homelessness. They are truly dedicated to helping those who have lost their voice, or had no voice to begin with. Plus they are all great people to hang around. The events those host are fun and engaging, and they come up with lots of innovative and fun ways to increase awareness as well as raise money!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm actually an intern here, to be clear; however, working here has been incredibly fulfilling even in this first month. They actively engage with building policy and work together in an un-siloed environment very well in order to further push their cause of ending homelessness in Chicago and nationwide. It's been educational and very powerful, working with them!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a high school teacher and have been hosting speakers from CCH for close to 10 years. Their Speakers Bureau is excellent. My students gain a better understanding about what it means to be unstably housed. The speakers also do a great job of putting a face and story to the issue, which is so important for the students, because they often have misperceptions about what it means to be poor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through my experience on the CCH Associate Board over the past few years, I've had an up-close view of a well-run organization working hard for an incredible mission, pursuing justice and rights for men and women who are homeless. I'm proud to be a part of this exceptional nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) is a truly incredible nonprofit. I have been on the Associate Board for about 3 years now, and through my involvement in fundraising events I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of great people and learn about the organization. Through advocacy, CCH fights to give a voice to a people whose challenges to simply survive make it difficult to speak for themselves. That's a pretty special, rare thing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’m selective in how I spend my time and money and I’ve found that CCH is a wonderful investment for both. CCH recognizes that homelessness is a complex issue and takes a systemic approach to addressing it—something that is much needed. The staff is passionate, committed, and thoughtful. The organization is very interested in working with others—those they’re trying to help, lawmakers, others focused on the issue of homelessness, as well as their donors—to make lasting change happen. CCH is an outstanding organization I’m proud to support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently became more involved with Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Associate Boad as a way to give back to my community. Their advocacy and organization work is impactful and my volunteer experience has been very positive. The staff is dedicated to the mission and finding innovative ways to advance their efforts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CCH is a great organization that helps provide a voice in Chicago for people who wouldn't have a way to exercise their voice. By combining policy, law and community organizing, CCH has a unique blend of services that give power to the people most impacted by political change while also providing well researched and fiscally sound policy advice. CCH does a great job of listening to the homeless members of our community, helping them find their voice and empowering them to fight for positive change in Chicago and throughout Illinois.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As an associate board member of this organization, I am proud to be a part of such a unique and fortright organization. They are unafraid to take a stand against injustice, and are an active and positive part of the City of Chicago. They are entirely privately funded, and are not beholden to government funders, yet they help assist many homeless service nonprofits that are, and aren't afraid to do advocacy that is needed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is an amazing organization. I have been so honored to be a part of the army of volunteers, board members and supporters helping to end homelessness in our city.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCH is a great organization to be involved with. They are very passionate about what they do and organized in doing it. The work that they are doing in the community is fantastic and essential. I volunteered with the organization to run the Ravenswood 5k to assist in raising money. They helped me out every step of the way and I was able to feel like part of their team from the beginning. I would recommend getting involved with this organization any way that you can. Their work is truly making a difference and their team is made up of great individuals who are fully committed to the cause,

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been helping with the Associate Board and its efforts to raise funds/awareness for CCH and I cannot say enough about how committed everyone is. Folks volunteer their time and energy along with donating funds to help forward the work that CCH is able to provide to the city and state.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am on the Associate Board and I am EXTREMELY impressed with this organization. Everyone is so dedicated to the work they do. They are making a tremendous impact on Chicago, and creating meaningful change for so many individuals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I randomly found Chicago Coalition for the Homeless when looking for some volunteer opportunities. Boy was I lucky. The dedication of the Coalition's staff and volunteers is amazing. The people sincerely care about the people they help and the fundamental problems with homelessness. I have been to many events where those individuals who have been helped by the Coalition share their stories. It is touching and rewarding knowing that I have worked with an organization that helps so many. Plus, added benefit, many of the fundraising events are fun and full of all sorts of people who want to help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wholeheartedly believe in the mission of Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) and I've volunteered and been a member of the Associate Board for 3 years and counting. CCH has a stellar track record for Advocacy, Fundraising, Organizing and providing resources for the Homeless. I encourage you to get involved!