Call Governor Rauner to help save healthcare for all

The Senate is working right now on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) which is the replacement for the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. If passed this bill will significantly affect access to healthcare for the most vulnerable. You can make your voice heard and contact Governor Rauner today! Governor Rauner continues to have an […]

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2017 Opening Doors Benefit Raises over $140,000!

Benefit Chair Kristin Hartman, Honorary Chair, Alpana Singh & Award Recipient, Gaynor Hall Patterson

    You can still support the event by making your donation here! On May 11, 2017, over 200 of Deborah’s Place supporters came out to Venue One in for the 2017 Opening Doors Benefit. Local Restaurateur & Master Sommelier, Alpana Singh served as Honorary Chair. Welcoming and encouraging guests to get involved at Deborah’s […]

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Help Save Our Healthcare

Call Congress

Please make time today to make a call to your House Representative (both Deborah’s Place representatives and your home representatives) and ask them to oppose the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This is the newest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.   House Republicans indicate they have enough votes to pass the […]

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Deborah’s Place honored with Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Inspire Award

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On Monday, April 24, 2017 Deborah’s Place staff, board, and volunteers, along with representatives from Presence Saint Joseph Hospital attended a reception where Deborah’s Place was presented with the 2017 Inspire Award. The Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Inspire Award is presented annually to a community leader or organization who exemplifies the values that inspire the […]

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2017 Opening Doors Benefit Raffle & Auction Preview

  Check out some of our Items up for Auction and our wonderful Raffle Prizes below. Raffle tickets are 1 for $20 or 3 for $50. Winner need not be present to win. If you would like to purchase raffle tickets in advance call Laurie Respass at 773-638-6579. Advance ticket purchases available until 4:30 pm […]

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Proposed Healthcare Bill Impact

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From United Way of Metropolitan Chicago We’d like to share with you a few facts about the efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and dismantle Medicaid. The ACA: Efforts to dismantle the ACA are moving forward at a rapid pace through both legislative and administrative branches of government The proposed ACA replacement plan would […]

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The Home Page Spring 2017

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  In This Issue:      Making the Homeless Count 2015-2016 Donors Ways to Help   Finally Home – Deborah’s Story Staff Profile – Tiffany Isom Upcoming Events   Making the Homeless Count Annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count It was about 11:00 PM on a Thursday night, and three women walked into a 24-hour McDonald’s in […]

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Local female high school athletes support Deborah’s Place

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From the Chicago Tribune:   “Tough times never last, but tough people do!” and “Fear only limits your dreams #dontgiveup” were two of the motivational phrases handwritten on notes from Chicago-area female student athletes to inspire women facing difficult circumstances. On Wednesday, about 16 students representing Whitney Young Magnet High School, Lane Tech College Prep […]

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2015-2016 Donors

                  FOUNDATIONS, CORPORATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS $40,000+ Anonymous Crown Family Philanthropies The Davee Foundation The Field Foundation of Illinois James P. and Brenda S. Grusecki Family Foundation Polk Bros Foundation Sammons Financial Group United Way of Metropolitan Chicago $25,000 – $39,999 Anonymous Chicago Foundation for Women Edmond & […]

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Deborah’s Place is a Leader in the Point-in-Time Homeless Count


On January 26, 2016, Deborah’s Place was among several organizations to collaborate in the annual point-in-time (PIT) count, which estimates the number of homeless living in the city of Chicago. The 2016 count indicates that homelessness has hit its lowest point in over a decade, with only 5,889 homeless being counted this year, according to the official […]

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WGN News Features Deborah’s Place

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Gaynor Hall Patterson, Emmy-award winning general assignment reporter for WGN News, featured Deborah’s Place in a Cover Story segment on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Gaynor has supported Deborah’s Place for years and serves as the Honorary Chair of the 2016 Opening Doors benefit on June 10th. Watch the video here.

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Deborah’s Place Receives 4 Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Since 2001, Charity Navigator has been an independent and objective resource for philanthropically-minded people to learn more about thousands of charities. It helps them make informed giving decisions. However, the metrics used to measure the financial health of charities were not perfect, and many otherwise excellent charities received low ratings because of this. Charity Navigator realized that […]

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Volunteer Profile: AT&T Pioneers

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The AT&T Pioneers provide landscaping, new furnishings, and more. Their volunteer service makes connections with people in their community. They help make Deborah’s Place a welcoming environment.

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State of Illinois Budget Crisis: What You Need to Know

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Cutting away at the human services safety net     Yesterday, Governor Rauner gave his annual budget address in which he urged Illinois lawmakers to work with him to pass a budget. See the full address HERE . The result of this impasse is that human service organizations like Deborah’s Place that provide supportive housing for the […]

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Our Impact in 2015

Our Impact for Women

In 2015, Deborah’s Place celebrated 30 years of opening doors for women experiencing homelessness in Chicago. In Fiscal Year 2015, we recommitted to our mission by updating our brand. We adopted a revised mission statement, a fresh new look, and improved messaging. We used our anniversary not only to reflect on our accomplishments, but to […]

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Many Paths, One Goal: A Permanent Home

Follow Brenda, June, and Cindy's paths from homelessness to housing.

If you’ve ever wondered how someone moves from sleeping on the streets to a permanent home at Deborah’s Place, check out our interactive stories. Learn more about the resources that help women recover from homelessness and achieve their goals.

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Chicago’s Point-In-Time Homeless Count

The Point-In-Time Homeless Count is conducted every two years to provide the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) with a “snapshot” of Chicago’s homeless population. The data gathered on the number of people experiencing homelessness in Chicago serves as a basis for federal funding, for service and resource planning, and to raise public […]

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Volunteer Profile: Peter Chan

Peter leads a health talk in the Marah's Learning Center

Peter is a paramedic who shares his medical knowledge with Marah’s residents, empowering women to take charge of their health.

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Welcoming New Board Members

Deborah’s Place welcomes two new members to our Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2016. They bring valuable expertise and specialized knowledge towards our mission of opening doors for women experiencing homelessness in Chicago. A full listing of our current board members is available here. In FY 2016, Deborah’s Place has added a Real Estate […]

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Volunteer Profile: Shelley Heard

Shelley (center) prepares for the spa day with fellow volunteers Tonett Jones and Krystle Harris

Shelley Heard is in business to help people feel pampered and cared for. At Shelley’s Place 4 Skin, she provides facials, massages, and other spa treatments to help her clients feel their best. Shelley’s passion for supporting people as they cope with the stress of life transitions led her to volunteer her skills at Deborah’s […]

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A Fresh New Look


While we celebrate thirty years of service to women experiencing homelessness in Chicago, we look forward to an even brighter future. The new Deborah’s Place brand identity, launched during the 30th Anniversary Opening Doors Benefit, represents new opportunities. The contemporary, fresh design of our new logo reflects our innovative programs and services. As we continue to […]

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Volunteer Profile: Scott Goldstein

Scott leads a financial planning session with Learning Center Coordinator Katrina and resident Donna

Every week this spring, several women gathered around a round table in the Marah’s Learning Center for a conversation about financial management. Scott Goldstein, a Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual, leads the conversation. Scott checks in with each person in the class, asking what they value and how Marah’s can support them in achieving […]

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Parking Restrictions at Sedgwick Location

If you’re volunteering or dropping off donations at our 1530 N. Sedgwick location this spring, please be advised of some new parking restrictions and street closures.

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Raise Your Voice: Join Our Virtual Advocacy Day

On Monday, April 20, from 9 am until noon, take ten minutes to show your support for critical funding for Deborah’s Place’s housing and services. During this time, we encourage all residents, staff, board members and supporters to take a few minutes to express their support for funding for supportive housing in the state budget. […]

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The Power to Create Careers

Juanita hosts a budgeting class in the Learning Center.

Juanita offers a budgeting class in the Learning Center. Empower to Employ enhances her efforts. Chicago Cares connects volunteers to causes throughout the city. When they received feedback that Deborah’s Place wanted programs to help residents achieve their employment goals, they began delivering the Empower to Employ workshops. Empower to Employ is now in its […]

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Sponsor an Event

Demonstrate your organization’s commitment to giving back by sponsoring a Deborah’s Place fundraising event. You’ll receive recognition on event materials, reaching hundreds of our supporters. Read more →