Our Mission & History

Our Mission:

Ending homelessness by connecting individuals and families to resources that promote self-sufficiency and prevent future homeless episodes.

Our History:

Homeless Connections, established in 1981, has adapted to meet the needs of people both homeless and at-risk of homelessness in the Fox Valley community.

H LogoVolunteers started the organization to provide shelter to people experiencing homelessness in the community by providing motel vouchers. A growing need for shelter led to the lease of a home in 1983 and then the purchase of a home in 1986. This home was later expanded to 25 beds in 1995. A case manager was also hired in 1995 to connect residents to community resources. A second case manager was hired and a 78-bed shelter was constructed in 1997, which is where Homeless Connections is housed today.

The mission of the organization expanded in 2002 when a Prevention Program was added to help individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness remain in their community housing. The Prevention Program was combined with LEAVEN’s program in 2008.

A Street Outreach Program was added in 2005 to meet the growing needs of those with chronic mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders residing in areas unfit for human habitation in the community.

Homeless Connections is a leader in the fight against homelessness in the Fox Valley, working collaboratively to improve the quality of living for the people we serve as well as the community as a whole.