H.O.M.E. is a special place for our family, and is so for reasons both unique and universal. In my 20s I was looking for somewhere to donate all my furniture when I moved. I don’t remember how I found H.O.M.E., but all of it went to the residents. Although I have given nominal and increasing amounts every year since then, I really knew little about H.O.M.E. until I finally visited.
Senior Moments from H.O.M.E.
Your support ensures residents in our independent living apartments get homes that come with all the amenities.
Sometimes a little support is all it takes to keep our seniors self reliant. For Carol Ogden, 81, that support is the H.O.M.E. shopping bus.
Over the years the Rowes have turned to H.O.M.E. several times for upkeep and repair including weatherization, painting and, just this fall, a new hot water heater. Your support for that work means the inside of the Rowes’ house in the Rosemoor community on the South Side, where they live with their dog, Lucky, is just as warm as their marriage of 55 years.
During these past few months, I have realized how easily a house, a physical building or a place of work, can become a home, a place with emotional attachment, where I feel like I belong.
"[I have an] increased knowledge that there are still good people in the world. People that came to my home were friendly and professional."
Each year, nearly 500 H.O.M.E. volunteers give seniors comfort and joy. You can give hope to seniors today.
Our Shopping Bus helps seniors living in affordable senior buildings all throughout Chicago. Our bus driver Ernest is beloved by riders who he helps to get from their residence to grocery stores where they can shop for groceries, medication, and household items.
96-year-old Velma loves this program, and Ernest. She says, "I'm not too steady on my feet so one day I asked Ernest to help me [around the store] and he's helped me ever since."
“It was so hard on me. I’d lived in that house since I was 9-going-on-10.”
Bernadette recently moved from her family home where she’d lived since 1962. She said she couldn’t have done it without help.