The Boulevard: The Road to Health and HomeThe Boulevard: The Road to Health and Home
The Boulevard: The Road to Health and Home (formerly Interfaith House) provides a healing environment and resources to help ill and injured homeless adults restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self sufficiency. The Boulevard is the on... Read more
The Boulevard: The Road to Health and Home (formerly Interfaith House) provides a healing environment and resources to help ill and injured homeless adults restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self sufficiency. The Boulevard is the only agency of its kind in state of Illinois, and one of only a small handful nationwide. Visit our website! http://www.blvd.org/
The Boulevard is a medical respite program designed specifically to address the challenges faced by homeless adults discharged from hospitalization with no place to go to recuperate. We aid these individuals in completing their medical recovery or stabilization, begin to address the root causes of their homelessness, and find stable housing. With a capacity of 64 beds (15 women, 49 men), and a usual length of stay of 90 to 120 days, we were able to assist 334 individuals in rebuilding their lives in our last fiscal year.
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The First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette has supported Interfaith House for over a decade both financially and with service projects including cooking meals, sorting clothes, and playing bingo with donated prizes. Last May we brought our Chancel Bell Choir to perform for the residents after dinner. We have performed at many venues in the past, but our visit to IFH was the most fun, engaging and rewarding event we’ve ever shared. We enjoyed talking with the residents before and after the concert and many of them were interested is seeing the bells and music up close and trying a few rings themselves. We had many one-on-one conversations with residents who told us their own stories of playing musical instruments either themselves or by family and friends. We congratulate Interfaith House on their 20th anniversary and we are honored to be even a small part of their great mission. They provide a critical and unique service to the community and we look forward to returning soon.
What’s not to like about the Interfaith House mission?! Founded in 1994 by religious leaders from many walks of faith, IFH provides residential care for homeless men and women in medical recovery.
Several times over the past few months, I’ve organized a group of girls from church to do crafts with some of the residents. Together we all seem to have a blast!
The IFH staff is pretty flexible, too, giving us freedom to pick activities and times that fit our schedules and budget. In other words, there’s no excuse not to volunteer. ;)
Interfaith House is a unique organization that provides critical care to those who are less fortunate in the Chicago area. Not only does the House provide the extended health care that is needed to prevent further illness/injury, it also provides services (e.g. physiological, job search, educational) that can create the opportunities for future success! Everyone who I have encountered that supports this noble organization has been a pleasure to work with. The compassion that the staff and volunteers demonstrate is unparalleled.
I have been volunteering at IFH for several months (and occasionally my pre-teen children have joined me) and it has been an overwhelmingly positive experience. The mission of IFH is very compelling and the people I have worked with are not just devoted to the mission and the people they serve, but pleasant and helpful. They have been flexible about finding work for me when I am available, and it is easy to get to.
by Heidi N. from Minneapolis, MN
I found Interfaith House, via this site, I was looking for places to volunteer near my home-this fit the bill! I never knew this place existed-I came to help with the mass mailing opportunity. A total of 2 FT employees and 3 Volunteers were there to help. Friendly staff and residents, we even got a tour of the place and a little bit of background too. Parking is on the street, California green line is close too, but I got dropped off.