Fortitude Community Outreach

Serving the Homeless of Kankakee County...From Homeless to Housed

Fortitude is a grassroots nonprofit in Kankakee County that provides emergency shelter (Oct-May), street outreach, transitional housing, and workforce development for the homeless.  We serve hundreds of homeless individuals each year with the help of multitudes of volunteers!  We operate primarily with the support of our local community.

Emergency Shelter

  • The Fortitude Emergency Shelter is open for the 2022-23 Season!

240 S. Dearborn, Kankakee, IL  60901

Open every night except Saturday, doors are open to guests from 6:30p-9p

240 S


  • Items from our Amazon Wish List (biggest needs: snow boots & PJ pants)
  • Shelter Volunteers
  • Shelter Meals 
  • Links at the bottom of this page
  • Contact Dawn at or 815-546-3271 if interested. 

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Interested in becoming a trained shelter volunteer?

Kankakee County Homeless Helpline!

July, 2021 Newsletter

March, 2021 Newsletter

December, 2020 Newsletter

Thank you to our Fortitude Sponsors!

Important Links!

Our Mission

Fortitude Community Outreach seeks to cultivate self-sustainability through service to those experiencing homelessness in Kankakee County; meeting them where they are with a holistic approach of supporting physical, social, and spiritual needs, collaborating with community resources, and nurturing contributing members of the community.