Chicago HOPES for Kids

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Homeless & Housing


688 North Milwaukee AvenueSuite 301Chicago, IL 60642 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Chicago HOPES for Kids provides comprehensive support to Chicago students and families experiencing homelessness. We are committed to our children’s educational development and long-term empowerment through academic support, dedicated mentorship and basic needs services. ‚Äč With over a decade of service, we are the only organization in Chicago that provides educational and specialized support directly to children experiencing homelessness. We proudly serve more than 325 students and their families annually and look forward to many more years of collaboration with our community!


Children experiencing homelessness are at risk of falling 3 to 6 months behind in school with every move. At HOPES, we provide the necessary interventions to help students reach their full potential. Currently, our programs are in 10 shelters and community-based sites in Chicago! Neighborhoods we work in include: Rogers Park, Uptown, Lakeview, Austin, Englewood, South Shore, Back of the Yards and South Chicago.

Our Approach Makes a Difference:

  • We Provide Encouragement - Children thrive with guidance from caring adults. HOPES volunteers encourage children to be self-motivated and embrace challenge.
  • We Support Academic Success - Children experiencing homelessness are at risk of falling three-six months behind in school with every move. At HOPES, we provide the academic support needed to keep our kids on track.
  • We Engage Families - Strong families foster strong kids. We teach parents how to effectively advocate for their children in the public school system to help them better support their children's academic success long-term.


Would you recommend Chicago HOPES for Kids?
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by a j. (August 19, 2010)
Chicago HOPES is a great organization to volunteer for! While at times, working with the students in the shelters can be challenging, it's also extremely rewarding. The students look forward to seeing the tutors each week. I also know that I'm providing a stability in the student's life that may not exist otherwise. Plus, anyone can do this! You don't have to have a background in education or previous tutoring experience, I didn't! The staff at Chicago HOPES is passionate about what they do and many of them are volunteers (through AmeriCorps) themselves!

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