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.

Fortitude Gala 2021 "Together"!

We are so excited to be together again to celebrate our work and raise funds for our homeless!

September 18, 2021, Doors open at 5pm and Dinner at 6:15.

Tickets go on sale August 1 and can be purchased by clicking below:

Our Gala Silent Auction is open for public bidding now!  You do not need to attend the event to bid.  The Silent Auction will end at 8pm Saturday 9/18 and the Live Auction will be held on Fortitude’s Facebook Live around 8pm.

PADS Shelter

The PADS Shelter is currently on summer hiatus for 2021 and will reopen in October 2021.

We are working on our plan for next PADS season.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook to get the most updated information on our efforts to offer shelter at one location!

Interested in Volunteering at the Shelter?
Live trainings are offered in September! Sign up at the link below:

Kankakee County Homeless Helpline!

July, 2021 Newsletter

March, 2021 Newsletter

December, 2020 Newsletter

Thank you to our Fortitude Sponsors!

Important Links!

Our Mission

The mission of Fortitude is to build relationships with struggling individuals in Kankakee County by meeting them where they are, providing for physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and connecting to community resources.