I immediately thought of my local homeless shelter the Daybreak Center. Daybreak operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides emergency housing and support services to individuals and families who are homeless.
I put together some items purchased at my local Walmart and headed to Daybreak to deliver.
There I met with case manager, Monique Pryor, who was grateful for my donation. She was also happy to answer my questions and give me a quick tour of the shelter. According to Monique, the shelter is able to provide temporary housing for 60 men, 40 single women and 20 women with children. The men and single women sleep on mattresses on the floor, dorm style for up to 90 days. The women and children are housed in a separate area with bunk beds and pack and plays. The residents are all provided 3 meals a day, which include a continental breakfast and a hot lunch. Daybreak is also instrumental in feeding members of the community who are hungry and unable to provide for themselves by offering a mid-day meal to approximately 100 people daily. These services are provided to them at no cost, through donations to Catholic Charities of Will County. Hot dinner is served nightly to shelter residents and that is provided by different area churches. During their stay at the shelter, residents are encouraged to attend life skill classes and utilize the services of an employment coordinator.
Ninety cents of every dollar donated goes directly to client services and only 10 cents is used for administrative costs. The Daybreak Center currently employs 20 and relies heavily on volunteers. In addition to food items, the greatest need is for men's and women's clothing in size 3X and any children's clothing. For more information on volunteering in the Will County area please contact Marianne Holzhauer at 815-744-4663 ext 3105.
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Disclaimer: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own.