Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

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The Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center (EDSSC) meets basic human needs while working with partner agencies to support persons on their journey toward greater stability and self-sufficiency. Chicago Lights Mission Statement: To provide hope and opportunity to our city's children, youth, and adults who face the challenge of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, we empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives, and build community

Validators

Jackie Jackie
My job title is Director of the Elam Davies Social Service Center, and I have been in this position since December 2014.My work involves executing the vision for the Elam Davies Social Service Center by building relationships with and providing services for men, women, and families who are in need… More
Jill Jill
My job title is Volunteer Program Manager, which is doing everything that needs to be done.My work involves assisting our guests with Housing First, getting them linked with other programs, agencies or referrals so they can look to their futures. I also coordinate our volunteers in our center & … More
Cassandra Cassandra
I am the Associate Director of Elam Davies Social Service center at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. My work involves supporting master level social work interns in providing comprehensive case management services to individuals and families. I also run the Open Doors Project which is a… More
Mackenzie Mackenzie
I am the Supportive Services Coordinator at the Elam Davies Social Service Center, a program of Chicago Lights. I work to manage all supportive services. I also coordinate the Consumer Choice Food Pantry and act as a Case Manager with a number of guests.
Patty Patty
I serve as the Supportive Services Coordinator for the Elam Davies Social Service Center of Chicago Lights.

Needs validated

$335of $335

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14 supporters
Funded on 8/12/2013

Teresa from Chicago, IL

I'm starting over and I need bus fare to get to work

I got a new job but I need bus fare to get there. This will help me save up for a new, more stable apartment. More

Validated by Dan from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$335of $335

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8 supporters
Funded on 8/20/2013

Stanley from Chicago, IL

I finally have an apartment and a new job after 7 yrs homeless; I need bus fare to get to work

Bus fare will let me get to work so I can pay off past rent, from before I got my job, and save up to take the CDL exam. Then I'll finally be stable! More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$280of $280

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8 supporters
Funded on 8/13/2013

Perry from Chicago, IL

I have my first place after 4 years of homelessness and I need furniture to get a good night's sleep

This is the first place I've ever had on my own, and I need a futon and other furniture so I don't have to sleep on the floor. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$335of $335

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11 supporters
Funded on 9/18/2013

David from Chicago, IL

I'm supporting my children but my job was reduced to part-time; I need bus fare to get to work

My monthly income has decreased significantly & I'm looking for a new, full-time job, but I need bus fare to get to my current work and to interviews. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$20of $20

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1 supporter
Funded on 10/11/2013

Donald from Chicago, IL

I'm working hard to find housing & a job; I need a copy of my birth certificate to move forward

I've been actively applying for housing & I have everything except a birth certificate. Meeting this need will help me get off the streets. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$15of $15

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1 supporter
Funded on 10/19/2013

John from Chicago, IL

I'm getting my life back on track and I need a new state I.D. card to get started

I was homeless for 2 years & now that I have a home, I'm working towards finding a job & opening a bank account. A new state I.D. is the first step! More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$20of $20

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1 supporter
Funded on 10/21/2013

William from Chicago, IL

I'm currently homeless and all I need is a birth certificate to secure senior housing

I need a copy of my birth certificate from the State of Illinois to secure my senior housing and keep me off the cold Chicago streets! More

Validated by Samantha from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$15of $15

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1 supporter
Funded on 10/24/2013

James from Chicago, IL

I am getting my life back on track; I need to get my birth certificate to get a job.

I need my out of state birth certificate because it would open doors to seeking employment. Many jobs require a birth certificate. More

Validated by Addie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$780of $780

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23 supporters
Funded on 12/13/2013

Johnnie Mae from Chicago, IL

I'm an active volunteer in the senior community. I need dentures to regain my health

My goal is to live and eat normally and be able to eat a healthy diet that will regain my weight. Then, I'll be able to keep up with my activities. More

Validated by Addie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$335of $335

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7 supporters
Funded on 12/3/2013

Lenise from Chicago, IL

I'm finally housed and will be going to college in January. I need household items for my apartment

I just moved into my own apartment & I need a mini fridge, lamp, bedspread, and other household items. Then I can focus on getting my nursing degree. More

Validated by Jill from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$336of $336

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5 supporters
Funded on 1/16/2014

James from Chicago, IL

I am ready to be financially independent; I need a computer to pursue full-time employment

I need a computer that allows me access to the internet so I can pursue full time employment in my area of expertise, individual tax preparation. More

Validated by Addie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$290of $255

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9 supporters
Funded on 1/8/2014

Mitchell from Chicago, IL

I'm a dad newly housed after 5 yrs of homelessness; I need the basics to further my self-sufficiency

Now that I have a safe place to live, I can start working towards my goals: education & employment. I need furniture & kitchenware to move forward. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$70of $70

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1 supporter
Funded on 12/13/2013

Josie from Chicago, IL

I'm determined to get my MSW to help inner-city children and I need the app fee for grad school

My goal is to help underprivileged kids achieve their dreams in education just like I was able to. I need the app fee to apply for an MSW program! More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$225of $225

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3 supporters
Funded on 12/15/2013

Peter from Chicago, IL

I'm a veteran & I was just accepted into a rehousing program; I need furniture!

Recently, I found both a job & housing! To be productive at work, I need to sleep & eat well. Thus, I need help with small furniture & kitchen items. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$355of $335

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9 supporters
Funded on 2/10/2014

Kenneth from Chicago, IL

I just moved into my first apartment in 10 years! I need household items and cleaning supplies

I need bedding, kitchen items, and cleaning supplies to live comfortably and to keep my new apartment clean. It will help me make my apartment a home. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$20of $20

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1 supporter
Funded on 12/24/2013

Calvin from Chicago, IL

I'm looking for housing & employment; I need a copy of my birth certificate to move forward

I'm in the process of moving my life forward with housing & employment. To take the next step, I need to provide my birth certificate documentation. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$205of $170

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3 supporters
Funded on 1/27/2014

Peter from Chicago, IL

I'm a veteran returning to the workforce and need training to enter the hospitality industry!

Recently, the business I was working for closed. I want to transition to the hospitality industry but need my BASSET certification to be marketable. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$170of $170

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9 supporters
Funded on 4/2/2014

Umar from Chicago, IL

Living in poverty & homelessness for 20 yrs; A bus home is my 1st step to a new life

I need to make positive changes in my life. I know that if I can get home to my family in Atlanta, I can get off the streets and get my life on track. More

Validated by Dan from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$20of $20

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1 supporter
Funded on 4/8/2014

Willie T from Chicago, IL

Actively moving my life forward. I need my birth certificate to take the next steps.

My wallet, which contained my birth certificate and ID, was stolen. To find work and pursue my goals, I need a new copy of my birth certificate! More

Validated by Maddie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$255of $255

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4 supporters
Funded on 5/1/2014

Michael from Chicago, IL

I'm moving my life forward! I need help with my security deposit to secure housing.

I need a security deposit to obtain supportive housing, which will not only put a roof over my head, but also help me focus on work and school. More

Validated by Dan from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$115of $115

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5 supporters
Funded on 5/7/2014

Tyrone from Chicago, IL

I've overcome so much! I need a proper uniform to take my job to the next level.

I need a full working tuxedo in order to work more catering events. Getting this uniform is the only thing standing between me and more work! More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$131of $130

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6 supporters
Funded on 7/28/2014

Sue from Chicago, IL

My son & I are starting fresh! We need basics for our home to launch forward.

My goal is to get my GED. Knowing that my son has a bed and other basics - a place to call home - will help me focus on my education! More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$560of $560

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12 supporters
Funded on 7/8/2014

Gary from Chicago, IL

Proudly transitioned from homelessness; I need basic household items for stability.

I was homeless for over 2 years. Essential household items will allow me to call this new place home, move forward and feel like a whole person again. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$335of $335

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4 supporters
Funded on 5/31/2014

Charles from Chicago, IL

I'm working towards my GED and I need transportation passes to get to class!

I'm well on my way to getting my GED. Funding for transportation to my prep class will go a long way in helping me reach my goals! More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$20of $20

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1 supporter
Funded on 5/8/2014

Kenard from Chicago, IL

Working hard to move forward! I need my birth certificate to find a job and housing.

Obtaining a copy of my birth certificate is a critical step on my way towards employment and stable housing! More

Validated by Addie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$371of $370

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9 supporters
Funded on 7/16/2014

Debbie from Chicago, IL

Just moved into an apartment after years of homelessness! I need household basics.

I'm excited to begin to get my life back on track. I need basic furniture and household items for my apartment to sleep well and feel at home. More

Validated by Reagan from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$35of $30

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1 supporter
Funded on 6/2/2014

Edward from Chicago, IL

I'm a veteran looking to reunite with my family. I need a bus ticket to get there.

I'm taking steps to straighten my life out. I need a bus ticket so I can get home to my daughter to get back on my feet. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$336of $335

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15 supporters
Funded on 7/22/2014

Angela from Chicago, IL

Trained & ready to start job interviews. I just need bus passes to get there!

I'm working hard towards my goals of employment and self-sufficiency. Transportation will help as I begin attending interviews & employment workshops. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$335of $335

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4 supporters
Funded on 7/2/2014

Craig from Chicago, IL

Training to become a building analyst. Bus passes will help me achieve my goal.

Re-entering the workforce on a new career path. I need bus passes for transportation in order to complete the training program. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$230of $225

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12 supporters
Funded on 7/8/2014

Steve from Chicago, IL

Found my passion through art! Supplies will help me finish my book & support myself.

Art brings me great joy and keeps me focused on bettering myself. I need art supplies for my newest book and to help maintain my home. More

Validated by Dan from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$45of $45

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2 supporters
Funded on 8/17/2014

Shawn from Chicago, IL

I need my birth certificate & criminal history report to be ready for a job.

I've been actively working with a Case Manager while also looking for employment & housing. These documents are vital to the application process. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$75of $75

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1 supporter
Funded on 10/3/2014

Ben from Chicago, IL

I'm ready to start looking for work! Just need help with license fees to get started.

I'm very grateful to have secured a bike! License fees and a flash-drive to save my resume will make sure I'm ready to start applying for a job. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$405of $400

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9 supporters
Funded on 9/29/2015

Teresa from Chicago, IL

I'm excited to be back on my feet! A bed will get me off the floor & ready for work.

I just moved into my apartment after several difficult years. To feel rested, healthy and ready for work, I need a bed! More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$230of $225

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3 supporters
Funded on 11/23/2015

Ricky from Chicago, IL

Getting back on my feet! A TV will help me manage stress & keep moving to my goals.

I'm living on my own for the first time since being in recovery. A TV will help me make it through my 1st winter clean and on my own. More

Validated by Cassandra from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$20of $20

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1 supporter
Funded on 9/16/2014

Levon from Chicago, IL

Finally housed after 9 yrs of homelessness; Need birth certificate to apply for jobs

I'm looking forward to rebuilding my life & finding employment. Having a birth certificate will help me apply for jobs, benefits & stable housing. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$45of $45

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1 supporter
Funded on 10/3/2014

Corey from Chicago, IL

Just need my birth certificate & background check to start applying for jobs!

My goals are to gain employment & find stable housing. These items are the only thing standing between me and a job to be able to get off the streets. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$25of $25

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1 supporter
Funded on 10/8/2014

Chris from Chicago, IL

Just need help with an ID card to be able to apply for housing and jobs!

My goals are to have my own place to live and have a permanent job. Having my ID will help me get started! More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$450of $450

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5 supporters
Funded on 12/12/2014

Kellie from Chicago, IL

I'm staying with family friends & need bedding items to sleep comfortably

My son and I need 2 futons, 2 small space heaters, and bedding to keep us warm this winter. Our air mattresses have punctured so we need new bedding. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$95of $90

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5 supporters
Funded on 11/13/2014

George from Chicago, IL

Left homelessness! I need basic household items to prepare for self-sufficiency.

I'm proud to have overcome 22 years of homelessness! I need help with basic household items to get me started and help me prioritize my job search. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$55of $55

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1 supporter
Funded on 11/13/2014

Simone from Chicago, IL

I'm a single mother of 2 sons. We need our birth certificates to get housed.

My sons & I had to leave our apartment. We have nowhere stable to live. I need birth certificates for my sons & myself so we can apply for housing. More

Validated by Jill from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$375of $375

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10 supporters
Funded on 12/31/2014

Charles from Chicago, IL

I finally have a home! I can pay the rent but need help getting furniture.

Lost my job & home in the economic downturn & kept afloat w/ temp and part-time work. Now I'm housed again and ready to furnish my apartment. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$345of $335

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5 supporters
Funded on 11/13/2014

Andre from Chicago, IL

I just got a job! All I need is transportation to get there.

I need bus fare to get to work for the first 3 months. With the money I earn, I'll be able to save up so that I can find stable housing. More

Validated by Morgan from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$90of $75

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3 supporters
Funded on 5/30/2014

Johnny from Chicago, IL

Proud to be housed! One-time help with electric will enable me to maintain my home.

I've been housed for 4 yrs after 10 yrs of homelessness. Unforeseen expenses set me back. I need one-time help with electric to keep moving forward. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$493of $475

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12 supporters
Funded on 1/6/2015

Milton from Chicago, IL

I'm excited to have a space to call home! I need furniture for my new apartment.

I was homeless for 4 years and I've finally gotten my own apartment! It's empty, so I need some kitchen and bedroom furniture to make it a home. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$161of $140

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7 supporters
Funded on 7/8/2014

Louise from Chicago, IL

I am a retired senior just in need of a bed to rest comfortably.

I have been sleeping in a chair until now because of my limited budget. A bed is what I need to get a good night's rest. More

Validated by Jill from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$250of $250

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3 supporters
Funded on 2/23/2015

Umar from Chicago, IL

Homeless for 20 years, but now I'm finally getting housing. I need a bed to sleep on.

I couldn't be more exciting about my new housing! I have a new outlook on life & am ready to find a job. A bed will get me proper rest. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$25of $20

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1 supporter
Funded on 1/27/2015

Ivory from Chicago, IL

I'm a homeless vet finally eligible for housing - I just need my birth certificate.

With my birth certificate, I'll be able to move into my first home in 25 years. Everything's lined up! This is the last piece of documentation I need. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$125of $250

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5 supporters
Funded on 4/15/2015

Aaron from Chicago, IL

Getting a home for the first time in 20 years. I need a bed to sleep on.

I'm excited to have my own place so I can be stable. I'm looking forward to being independent! A bed will help me get proper rest. More

Validated by Reagan from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$15of $15

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1 supporter
Funded on 1/29/2015

Richard from Chicago, IL

I'm 19 years old and homeless. I need my birth certificate so I can get a job.

I'm ready to work, so I need to get an Illinois State ID so I can apply for jobs. To get the ID I need a copy of my birth certificate. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$300of $300

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7 supporters
Funded on 3/29/2015

Kenard from Chicago, IL

Caring for my daughter's family and my own health. I need bus passes to get around.

I'm looking for work, making my doctors' appointments, and caring for my grandkids. Bus passes will help me get everywhere I need to be. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$600of $600

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8 supporters
Funded on 5/18/2015

Charles from Chicago, IL

Finally working again! Now all I need is a security deposit so I'll be housed.

I've been homeless since 2013, staying with family & friends. Now I have a job & can afford to rent a place of my own, but I need a security deposit. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$15of $15

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1 supporter
Funded on 4/16/2015

Derrick from Chicago, IL

My identity was stolen. I need to apply for my birth certificate.

With my birth certificate, I can get a new social security number & ID card & get my SNAP benefits. Then I can find employment and housing. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$15of $15

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1 supporter
Funded on 4/27/2015

Lenora from Chicago, IL

I'm looking for housing. I need my birth certificate to apply.

I have been homeless for over 1 year. I have been offered housing but I need documentation like my birth certificate to qualify. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$140of $200

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3 supporters
Funded on 7/23/2015

Spotty from Chicago, IL

I'm a 57 year old retired dock worker. A couch & table will make my new apt a home.

I'm very excited to be living in my own place. I used to live in an SRO where I couldn't have much furniture but now I have more room. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$135of $470

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2 supporters
Funded on 7/30/2015

Ricky from Chicago, IL

I'm so happy to be housed after 4 years of homelessness! I need to furnish my new apt

I'm working with a supportive housing agency but they don't have the funds for furniture. I only have a bed and a table, so I need other furniture. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$400of $400

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5 supporters
Funded on 8/30/2015

Janie from Chicago, IL

Moving to a safe, affordable community. I need moving expenses!

I'm a retired social worker on disability. I can afford rent but not a security deposit or moving expenses. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$420of $358

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5 supporters
Funded on 8/21/2014

Kenard from Chicago, IL

From homelessness to housed & employed! A bed will help me rest for work.

After 15 years of homelessness, I have finally turned my life around and am now staying with family. A bed and frame will help me as I move forward. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$20of $20

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1 supporter
Funded on 6/23/2015

Dwayne from Chicago, IL

I need to renew my expired state ID so I am eligible to apply for employment.

I was homeless, but now I'm housed and moving forward with my goals! I need my state ID to apply for work. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$200of $200

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4 supporters
Funded on 9/14/2015

Ellen from Chicago, IL

In my first apartment in over 20 years! I need bus passes, a table, and chairs.

Having a bus pass will mean I can job search reliably! With a table and chairs, I'll be able to have something to eat on and create a home for myself. More

Validated by Reagan from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$200of $350

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3 supporters
Funded on 9/15/2015

Dwayne from Chicago, IL

I'm looking for work. A bed will help me get the sleep I need to move forward!

I'm on the other side of 10 years of homelessness! I'm eager to find a job and know that I need to be rested to do so! I need a bed! More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$55of $55

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4 supporters
Funded on 8/4/2015

Brian from Chicago, IL

To better stay connected with my family, I need my own phone!

I've been using a phone at a social service agency many times a day to call my family. Having my own phone will help me maintain our strong relationships. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$10of $5

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1 supporter
Funded on 7/14/2015

Sister Carrole from Chicago, IL

I need reliable transportation to make doctors appointments to regain my health!

My goal is to regain my health. I need a $5 ride free card to travel to doctors appointments. More

Validated by Abby from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$200of $200

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1 supporter
Funded on 8/17/2015

Stephen from Chicago, IL

Housed after more than 10 yrs of homelessness! I need a bed to be healthy and stable.

My goal is to find employment in food services. Having a bed will be huge as I develop stability in my new home! More

Validated by Jill from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$315of $300

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8 supporters
Funded on 11/4/2015

Ray from Chicago, IL

I'm a single dad in need of reliable public transit to get to my job training program

With reliable transportation, I'll be able to successfully complete a job training program, secure employment and keep my kids in school. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$350of $350

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3 supporters
Funded on 11/11/2015

Jerry from Chicago, IL

Eager for stable housing before winter comes! I need help with my security deposit.

After my hip surgery & with winter coming, I need housing more than ever. All that's currently standing in my way is $350 for a security deposit. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$700of $700

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3 supporters
Funded on 11/24/2015

Cassandra from Chicago, IL

Finishing my degree & raising my kids! We need furniture to make a home.

I recently secured a job and am finishing my Bachelor's in Business. I'm ready to make a home for my kids. We need furniture! More

Validated by Mackenzie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$305of $300

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4 supporters
Funded on 12/28/2015

Craig from Chicago, IL

Bus passes are critical to my job search & will further my self-sufficiency.

I need bus passes for job interviews, searches and all related networking events. Once I'm able to obtain a job, I'll be able to find housing! More

Validated by Mackenzie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$250of $250

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3 supporters
Funded on 12/2/2015

Andre from Chicago, IL

My goal is to live independently! I need household basics to make it happen.

I just moved into an apartment! Having basic supplies like cooking gear & linens will allow me to focus on other expenses like transportation to work More

Validated by Cassandra from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$285of $200

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5 supporters
Funded on 11/26/2015

Charles from Chicago, IL

I sell StreetWise magazines. I need warm clothing to keep working this winter!

My goal is to save enough money to find stable housing! This warm clothing will enable me to sell my magazines even in the coldest of weather. More

Validated by Mackenzie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$200of $200

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1 supporter
Funded on 12/1/2015

Claremont from Chicago, IL

As I look for work, my kids need student transit passes to get to school.

I need help removing transportation barriers for my two kids so they can get to school reliably while I'm working to secure a full-time job. More

Validated by Cassandra from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$500of $500

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5 supporters
Funded on 2/28/2016

James from Chicago, IL

I'm looking hard for full-time work. I need a laptop to search & send in applications

Constant access to a computer is critical to my ability to find a job. I'll be able to regularly search for jobs, send applications & email employers. More

Validated by Cassandra from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$505of $500

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6 supporters
Funded on 1/9/2016

Craig from Chicago, IL

Newly housed & searching for work. A bed will help me start each day rested & ready!

Having a bed will allow me to function better during the day and be more successful on my job search because I'll be well rested and healthy. More

Validated by Cassandra from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$120of $120

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3 supporters
Funded on 2/12/2016

Jesse from Chicago, IL

I'm overcoming homelessness. I need supplies to succeed in my job training program!

Training for a job is tough without a home base. Supplies, such as a sturdy pair of boots, a USB drive, and books, will help me complete my program! More

Validated by Mackenzie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$405of $400

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11 supporters
Funded on 3/17/2016

Lawrence from Chicago, IL

Proud to have overcome 13 yrs of homelessness! Help me make my new space a home.

I recently moved into my new place. I need household items such as furniture, sheets, cooking items and bathroom necessities. More

Validated by Jackie from Chicago Lights: Elam Davies Social Service Center

$100of $100

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1 supporter
Funded on 4/13/2016

Brian from Chicago, IL

Homeless and living with cancer. Help me purchase a bus pass to get to my treatment.

I need a 30-day fare card in order to get to my medical appointments. This will help me take care of myself and eventually get back on my feet. More

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Valerie from Chicago, IL

Working grandmother. Bus passes will help me make my part-time job a full-time one.

Without transportation, I have trouble getting to & from work. A few months of bus passes will help me build a stable foundation & savings. More

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Funded on 6/15/2016

Cassandra from Chicago, IL

Single parent with a disability. Uniforms will help me get my son into high school.

I'm determined to get my son the best high school education possible. I need help purchasing his school uniforms and covering student fees. More

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Funded on 8/31/2016

Randy from Chicago, IL

I'm determined to find work & housing. I just need one certification to get a job!

I need help paying for a Forklift Certification course so I can get back to work. More

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Funded on 6/28/2016

William from Chicago, IL

Overcoming homelessness! One security deposit will get me housed.

I have enough income to pay rent each month, but haven't been able to cover my security deposit. With your help, I can move into my new home! More

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Funded on 11/14/2016

Rita from Chicago, IL

My daughter & I finally found housing! With furniture, we can make our new space a home.

I hope to become closer with my daughter by being a family that eats together like when I was growing up. More

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Funded on 9/29/2016

Patrick from Chicago, IL

I just need an Illinois State Driver's License in order to start work!

Having a driver's license and getting the railroad position I've applied for is the next step to getting sustainable employment. More

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Egypt from Chicago, IL

I was recently laid off. One payment will allow me to complete my GED!

My biggest Christmas wish is to be able to cover one payment which will enable me to earn my GED and move toward a new career! More

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Janice from Chicago, Illinois

I'm on my path out of homelessness! A sofa & table will make my new space functional.

I have been confined to a wheelchair after suffering from burns. Basic furniture will allow me to heal. More

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Donna from Chicago, IL

I'm overcoming mental illness. A safe, comfortable bed will help me move forward.

A new bed will help me begin to live life as it should be lived: by spending time with friends and family. More

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Billy from Chicago, IL

Determined to get back on my feet. Getting my driver's license will let me get there.

I need to pay for the cost to reinstate my license in order to pay my own way toward independence. More

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Kenny from Chicago, IL

On my way out of homelessness! Need some essential household items for my new home.

I need household essentials and furniture because I just received a voucher for Veteran housing in Chicago. More

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Funded on 6/22/2017

Brian from Chicago, IL

I'm ready to start a new job. I need to reinstate my license to begin work.

I have a job offer waiting for me, pending the my drivers license being reinstated. Once I can cover this cost, I'll be able to start! More

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Edward from Chicago, Illinois

Veteran on the way out of homelessness. I need basic furniture for my new apartment!

I am so grateful for my new apartment. Meeting this need will help me get back to being functional and stable. More

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Shedell from Chicago, IL

Working toward my degree. With ONE security deposit I can overcome homelessness!

I am hoping to find stable housing so that I can continue to work on my educational goals and graduate college. More

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Egypt from Chicago, IL

I'm SO CLOSE to graduating. I just need a laptop to complete my last few classes!

Since my laptop was recently stolen, I've been unable to continue my classes towards earning degree. More

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Funded on 11/13/2017

Jeremy from Chicago, IL

Ready to rebuild and more forward. I'm one fee away from getting my driver's license.

I am trying to build a foundation so I can get employment. With one driver's preparation course I can get my driver's license for the first time. More

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Sonja from Chicago, IL

I'm disabled & working toward my degree. Household essentials will allow me to thrive

I need a futon bed as well as other household furnishing including: cookware, lamps and other items to begin my new in my new apartment. More

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Charles from Chicago, IL

I'm SO CLOSE to moving into my own place. I need basic work gear to make it happen.

With the winter season approaching, warm and dependable clothes and boots are essential for my job. More

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Amanda from Chicago, IL

I'm one class away from starting a new career. Just need to cover the costs.

Meeting this need will help me provide more opportunities for my family by becoming a licensed real estate broker. More

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Mona from Chicago, IL

Recently housed and getting back on my feet. I need basic household items to thrive.

Basic items such as kitchenware and bedding will help me feel at home and build stability in my new apartment. More

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