Our shelter and drop-in center helps people living on the street access the most basic necessities to meet their needs.
We provide trauma-informed services that help our participants move beyond meeting their day to day needs and start thinking about their future. This includes an overnight shelter that operates 365 days per year, in addition to a daytime drop-in center that includes case management, health and wellness services, showers, laundry, food, clothing, and storage.
Stories of Success: Cynthia
After fleeing a domestic violence situation, "Cynthia" had been living on the streets in Evanston off and on for at least six months when she came to our Drop-In center. A few weeks later, Cynthia got a job at a nursing home, making a little over $12/hour, but still had nowhere to sleep at night or keep her belongings. Over the next 8 months, we provided her with basic needs, including food and clothing, a place to take a shower, do laundry and store her things, but most importantly, with case management services. When Cynthia needed a bus card, Connections provided it, and when she needed a uniform for work, Connections purchased it.
While homeless, Cynthia was awarded employee of the month - a true testament to her resilience and courage. A few months ago, Cynthia moved into her own apartment. We provided the move-in fee and first month’s rent so that she could continue to build her rainy day fund.