As we review 2020, it has been a difficult year for everyone and H2H Project is no exception. Due to COVID-19, we had to cancel all of our events including our large end of the year fundraiser which we rely on for the majority of our yearly expenses. This is financially devastating to our organization and could prevent us from continuing to help those in need. In addition we have had to eliminate our paid Director position.
We are so thankful for all of you, our community supporters, and realize you are all a big part of our organization’s success. We truly appreciate the strong H2H community we have with each of our followers, donors and tireless volunteers.
According to IL HUD data after leaving a homeless shelter and securing housing 50% will return to homelessness within 6 months. Since inception, only 2% of all H2H families have returned to homelessness!
To date we have furnished 84 homes for over 400 people, utilized over 900 volunteers and kept over 45,000 items out of landfills. Even during the lockdown, we continued to help those in need by offering curbside pickups and drop-offs so that our clients were still able to get what they needed to live comfortably in a place they could be proud of.
Although our services are provided free of charge to our clients, that doesn't mean they come without cost to us. Although the vast majority of items we use to transform a home are gently used, our “anything that touches the skin” policy means that we purchase new mattresses, sheets, towels, and pillows for each move.
Due to the nature of services we provide, we do not qualify for ANY government grants or assistance and instead, we rely entirely on private donations and fundraisers in order to continue this important and necessary work. This is why we are reaching out to our community.
We are looking to raise $50,000 with this appeal and request your consideration in making a tax-deductible contribution to help us meet our goal. If you prefer to write a check, please make it out to H2H and mail it or deliver in person to 5316 East Ave., Countryside, IL 60558. Your gift will help us to continue our work and make a difference for a struggling family to make ends meet.
Please consider giving what you can.