Hello and welcome to the Pilsen Homeless web site. We are a not for profit organization, and rely on donations. We are very aware of the homelessness, and try to assist in a small way to provide medical attention that is really needed to people that are unable to function, keep a job, get back on their feet.
One of our best attributes is that we treat everyone with respect and kindness, we go out of our way to do so. This provides our patients with a sense of security, that someone is kind, and being helpful. A big part of our work is dependent, on donations. We ask if you are able, to donate any amount you can, and as often as you like. We provide people with the medical care that is essential for survival. One act of kindness goes a long way.
Founded on October 4th, 1994 in response to the needs of the homeless people in the Pilsen"community". We are a 501C3 (organization). As demographics have changed over the past 13 years, we have continued to do street outreach, give care in the soup kitchens and shelters of Pilsen to uninsured people affected by homelessness. We have also expanded our work throughout the Salvation Army to homeless people recovering from substance abuse at the Freedom Center. We also have for the past year, reached out to a very vulnerable group at the Door of Hope Rescue Mission
Our staff consists of a volunteer Medical Director Maria I. Brown DO, a Nurse Practitioner Anna Murphy, who has more than 15 years of experience in this community. Our health advocate, Carmen Ortiz, who has been active in improving the community for over 40 years, and Maureen Martin Eliopolus MSW, Executive director. Our efforts are enhanced by a plethora of volunteers from Rush Medical College. Our clients are partners in health with our team. In order to decrease barriers to health case, we emphasize health education,and primary care.
Everyone is welcome - no one is rushed; no one is judged. Ever! We accept people as they are. Over the past years, we have seen a multitude of everyday miracles. We meet people where they are at and remain ready to assist them when the moment is ripe for the change, however small.
Our project combines service and medical education in an innovative way. We’ve been supported with in-kind donations from the Rush Community Services Initiative Programs as well as grants and private donations.
We are have been honored at a national and local level for our work, and teaching many times over the years here is a non- complete list.
Executive Director Maureen Martin Eliapulos
Board of Directors Concepcion Agulair Hilda Perez Maria Reyes, R.N. Concepcion Rodriguez Steven L Rothschild, M.D. Jose Torres
Medical Director Maria I. Brown D.O
Director of Nursing Anna Murphy
Outreach worker Carmen Ortiz
Print Media: Diversions Magazine Journal of the American Osteopathic Assocation Chicago Tribune Rush Alumni News Rush Newsrounds
Teaching Awards: Lepper Honor Society, Rush Teacher of the year, Rush Family Practice by Proactive Residency 1996