Hesed House

Missions & Outreach

Hesed House’s mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again. Hesed House is a national model for ending homelessness – one person, one family at a time. “Hesed” means God’s unconditional love. Knox supports this mission by providing food, supplies and volunteers on the 4th Saturday of the month.

Our support includes a “Drive Thru, Drop-Off” of a hot ready-to-serve dinner, ready-to-reheat breakfast, lunch bags and other special supplies needed at Hesed House. The number we are feeding and the special supplies requested change each month, so watch for the sign up link released 10 days before the drop off in the Knox Wednesday email to find out what is needed later that month. The link will also be posted on the knoxpres.org Events Calendar and sent out in a SignUpGenius email to those who previously signed up.

In addition, let Bruce Burkelman know (email or call 630-209-1421) if you have any questions or would like to be on the driver invite list to help with the drive thru at Knox and then transporting the meals and supplies to Hesed House.

Hesed House Homeless Support for 2022:

  • "Drive Thru, Drop-Off” of meals and supplies:
    4th Saturday of each month, 1/22, 2/26, 3/26, 4/23, 5/28, 6/25, 7/23, 8/27, 9/24, 10/22, 11/26 and 12/24

  • After signing up, the drop-off at Knox is 4:00-4:30 pm (Drivers to arrive at 3:30 pm)

Taco Night recipes for the “Drive Thru, Drop-Off” are here.

Additional opportunities:

  • Donations of travel size toiletries (small bottles) are also appreciated and can be dropped off in the Hesed House mission bin outside the main kitchen at Knox or brought to the “Drive Thru, Drop-Off”. Please place in a Ziploc bag. Items can include shampoo, conditioner, soap, mouth wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shaving cream, Q-tips, tissue packets, combs, hand lotion and sunscreen.

  • NOTE, at this time, Hesed House is NOT accepting clothing, furniture, or other household items. These donations can be put in the Wayside Cross bins at Knox, delivered to one of the Wayside Cross Thrift Stores, or for larger items, contact Wayside Cross for pick up.  See info Here for Wayside Cross.

  • There is also an ongoing need for other supplies at Hesed House that can be dropped off by individuals at the shelter. Use this link here for the current list of Hesed House In Kind Donations and drop off instructions.

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Mission Highlight

Help Refugees Who Have Fled War-torn Ukraine 

Give through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)

As the violence continues, the number of people being displaced and fleeing to neighboring countries increases by the day.  And in the midst of the chaos, there are sibling churches and ecumenical partners who are already providing assistance with basic items for survival.  The first priority of PDA is to provide funding to these partners on the ground.  While the scale of this crisis is new, receiving refugees from Ukraine and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe is not, which means PDA has trusted, established partners with the knowledge and expertise to carry out this important work. 

PDA is hearing that the reformed churches in Ukraine and the region are also feeling called to join in the humanitarian response. PDA, therefore, anticipates that our response will include both financial and technical assistance as the network of faith communities providing humanitarian assistance grows in the months ahead.  Funds are currently being used for emergency humanitarian aid such as food items, shelter, medicines, diapers, hygiene items, etc. 

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