Covid-19 Update

For the protection of our guests, staff, and volunteers, our PADS shelter will be suspended until further notice.  In the meantime, we will continue to serve hot meals to the homeless, operate street outreach, and maintain our transitional housing.

To help support meal service during this time of suspension, the following donations are helpful (will be updated as we assess needs).  Donations can be dropped off at Bargains & Treasures, 396 N. Kennedy, at 6pm every day except Tues/Friday. Absolutely NO donations may be dropped off outside the store or our trailer at the Kankakee Depot.


  • Napkins
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Plasticware packets (knife, fork, spoon, napkin, salt/pepper)
  • Water bottles and/or soda
  • Paper lunch bags
  • Shelf stable breakfast items–pop-tarts, cereal bars, packaged muffins, fruit cups
  • Bananas or oranges
  • Packaged snacks
  • Gift cards to drive-thrus accessible locally (Wendys, McD’s, Burger King)
  • Microwavable dinners that do not need refrigeration (Dinty Moore, soup/ravioli cups, noodles)

Fortitude Community Outreach

Fortitude is a grassroots nonprofit in Kankakee County that provides emergency shelter (Oct-May), street outreach, transitional housing, and workforce development for the homeless.

Thank You to Our Fortitude Sponsors!

Support the Hotel Sheltering during COVID-19 Crisis

$300 Donation covers the cost of 5-6 nights of hotel sheltering.  We are very grateful tor our sponsors!

421 W. Broadway, Bradley, IL 60914 Studio/Store: (815) 929-0231 Office Phone: (815) 465-6318

Thank you to

Dance in the Light

for sponsoring approximately 

11 hotel nights

during the week of March 31, 2020

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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.