H.O.M.E. has been bringing smiles to seniors' faces for a very long time.
For over 30 years, H.O.M.E. has been committed to helping seniors in Chicago maintain independent and enriched lives within their communities. We provide essential housing and housing support services to low-income elders in Chicago in a way that looks beyond just the immediate needs that they are facing.
You can read about the impact of our work on our website. But often, it's hearing the stories and seeing the faces of those we serve that show us why we do this every day. The joy that we see is undeniable.
Below are some of our favorite photos of our clients, staff, and volunteers. Join us on a trip down memory lane. If these photos look familiar to you, we'd love to know more about the people and events they capture. Feel free to leave a comment!
This shopping bus rider enjoyed the fresh produce and other food at the now defunct Dominick's in 2003. Did you know you can help us purchase a new shopping bus by designating your donation to the Vehicle Fund?
Our then shopping bus driver helps a senior as she exits the bus to go grocery shopping in 2001. Today our driver still helps each senior on and off the bus, as well as helping them to get their groceries back into their building.
A young social worker named Paula Basta worked with H.O.M.E. in the early days of the organization. She is seen here helping a senior to exit a building. Paula would later serve as the Executive Director for H.O.M.E. You can see what Paula has to say about H.O.M.E. today in our video.
Seniors and volunteers perform a choreographed dance at a festive party in the Community Room at Nathalie Salmon House.
Residents of all ages say "cheese" in this photo at Nathalie Salmon House, one of our three buildings that provide intergenerational living.
H.O.M.E. helped this older adult move into her new home in 2001. We were thrilled to re-open our redesigned Moving Program in 2014 so that we could continue to provide affordable moving assistance to seniors in Chicago.
Bobbie Steiner demonstrates to volunteers how to apply the kits that were used to weatherize seniors' windows. Bobbie served as the Executive Director for H.O.M.E. from 2000-2006.
A Home Repair Specialist makes repairs in the bathroom of a senior homeowner through our Upkeep & Repair Program.
A volunteer sits with a senior in her home before installing a carbon monoxide detector. Today, our Home Repair Specialists check the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in the homes that they service.
H.O.M.E.'s co-founder talks with a senior in his home. Michel and Lilo Salmon met at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, which Michel had helped establish in Chicago. They founded H.O.M.E. when they realized the immense need for affordable housing for seniors in Chicago.
Do you want to be a part of the reason seniors smile?
The easiest and most effective way to bring joy to seniors in Chicago all year long is to join Partners in Independence, our monthly giving club. Through monthly gifts of $5, $25, $100 or more, you can make a real impact on the lives of the elderly living in Chicago.
To join, simply choose "Monthly" as the frequency of your gift when you make your donation to H.O.M.E.