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Safety Net

Our Results*

individuals received a meal or food from a pantry
million people in crisis received assistance
people were provided with housing or assistance to stay in their home

* Cumulative data from FY 2012-2016. Not all unique individuals.

Food Drive

The Challenge

Too many individuals and families do not have resources to meet their most basic needs. Many of our neighbors have no support system to rely in times of crisis and find themselves homeless, hungry or alone. Too many people in our neighborhoods don’t have hope for a better life.

  • In Cook and DuPage Counties, more than 850,000 residents are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from
  • In Cook and DuPage Counties, there are 29,650 homeless school children
  • In Cook and DuPage Counties, 400,000 people have experienced domestic violence

LU2020 Strategy For Success

Our LU2020 goal was to stabilize families and individuals encountering some of the most critical challenges they will ever face. Through our partner agencies, we provided basic needs programs like homeless shelters, transitional housing, disaster recovery, food pantries, meal programs, domestic violence assistance and legal aid.

For the full story of how we did it, check out our LIVE UNITED 2020 report.

Success Story
Lisa finds safety (click to view video)
Safety Net

Together, We Can Do More

From the city to the suburbs, there is plenty to celebrate and we have so many reasons to be proud of what we have accomplished. But, there are also serious issues that continue to affect neighborhoods across the Chicago region which cannot be ignored. Even though we’ve helped more than five million people in crisis through our LU2020 efforts, the work is not done. We are going to use our proven strategies to continue the fight so that every person in every neighborhood across the region safe and supported. But, change doesn’t happen alone—we need you.