Wednesday, February 23, 2011


FACT:  In 2010, there were at least 88,923 homeless Chicagoans, a 19.9% increase from 2009.
FACT:  Of the homeless population, approximately 11,471 are unaccompanied homeless youth - or, homeless kids who are living alone.  That's 12.9% of Chicago's homeless population.
FACT:  There are about 60,000 homeless children in Illinois right this minute.  25,000 of them are unaccompanied youth.

Each night, there are at least 6,000 people sleeping on the streets of Chicago.  That simply is unacceptable.

I go out each weekend taking socks,toiletries, clothing and anything else I might have so that I can help these people get through another day while they wait for housing. I spend time with them, chat with them, treat them like what they are:  fellow human beings who deserve to be treated with dignity.  Often, others come with me.  This particular photograph was taken on one of these weekends.  I occasionally meet up with a suburban church outreach ministry.  They're good people with good hearts and, no matter what, they come out once each month to spend a day with the people who live on the streets of Chicago.  What about you?  What are you doing to make a difference?

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