resources and FAQ

Below you will find printable resources that offer information about Fortitude and/or community services for the needy and homeless.

"Help for the Homeless"
Cards to give to homeless

Keep these on hand and pass them on to anyone in need that you meet.

Fortitude Outreach Information

A simple flyer to spread the word about our outreach efforts

Fortitude Flyer

Flyer describing all programs offered by Fortitude

Agencies serving homeless

If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact the following agencies:

The Salvation Army

Kankakee County Community Services, Inc.

Catholic Charities Kankakee



Most frequent questions and answers

First, greet him or her respectfully as you would anyone else.  Introduce yourself and ask his or her name.  Ask them what his or her needs are.

You can give some food, some packaged granola bars, water, etc., or some fast food, or a little cash if you feel comfortable doing that. 

If the individual is open to referrals, refer him or her to The Salvation Army.  The Army is equipped to complete an initial screening and to make additional referrals if appropriate.  Individuals can also be provided with the “Help for the Homeless” cards found above.  For needs after regular business hours, weekends, or holidays, individuals can be referred to 815-546-3271.

All veterans in need of assistance should be referred to the Kankakee Veterans Assistance Commission.

Yes!  While we await our own tax exempt status, we are provided tax exempt status under the fiscal sponsorship of Our Savior Lutheran Church.

It is vital you first sign up to volunteer at any site.  Volunteer numbers are limited to as not to overwhelm the site.  Instructions on where to go for the site you volunteered for are provided on the sign up page. Visit the Volunteer page of this website for the sign up link.

There are many ways to support Fortitude!  A significant amount of money is needed to maintain the shelter, so financial donations are always welcome.  The street outreach requires donated items such as hats, gloves, coats, and hygiene items.

We also need a number of volunteers!  Check out our volunteer page to discover our volunteer opportunities. 
If your church or organization would like to be considered for a shelter site or to provide a shelter volunteer team, contact Dawn at 815-546-3271. 

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