Virtual magic show raises vital funds to help Hesed House serve the homeless

No matter what life has in store for Hesed House – COVID-19, a freezing winter in Chicago, or creating new ways to serve the community while following pandemic safety guidelines – the organization never wavers from its commitment. to ending homelessness one person at a time.

As a non-profit organization, Hesed House relies on donations and sponsors from local businesses and individuals to continue its important work. Due to the ongoing pandemic, Hesed House was unable to hold its usual in-person fundraising events for the second year in a row, but the virtual environment has proven useful, allowing the organization to develop new new ways to connect and celebrate the generous contributions of long-time supporters.

On Sunday, March 14, Hesed House hosted “Home is Where the Magic Is,” a family event featuring a virtual magic show with Justin Willman, best known for his Netflix show, “Magic for Humans.” Attendees, many of whom typically attend the organization’s annual Derby Party each spring, thoroughly enjoyed all the tricks Willman had up his sleeves and were happy to continue supporting an organization that has such a profound impact on the community.

“Ticket sales and sponsorships for this event help us continue to end homelessness – one person, one family at a time,” said Lauren Jernigan, Division Director of Development for Hesed House. “People turn to Hesed House every day, and with the support of our donors, we are able to meet their unique needs.”

“Home is where the magic is” has raised over $200,000 to continue serving those in need. Funds from the event will support the Hesed House Emergency Overnight Shelter, Family Shelter, ongoing supportive housing programs, as well as case management and other services. Jernigan said that while much of the community’s daily life has been disrupted during the pandemic, homelessness has continued and there is an even greater need for Hesed House’s services. Thanks to sponsors, Hesed House is able to continue to serve hundreds of people who have nowhere to turn when they are most in need. Hesed House knows there is no magic trick that will end homelessness, but with consistent dedication to the cause, they know it is possible.

“With the opening of new accommodation space, Hesed House faces higher operational costs to serve those in need. Donations help us feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the nudes and giving people a chance to hope again,” Jernigan said. .


Gerald Cares has once again joined Hesed House’s fundraising efforts as presenting sponsor for their biggest fundraiser of the year. Jernigan said Hesed House is touched by Gerald Cares’ passion for making a difference in the community and is grateful for their support.

“Gerald Auto Group is proud to be a long-time supporter of Hesed House and the incredible, transformative work they do. Their services are needed more than ever, and we are honored to help them provide their vital services to so many of people in need,” said Doug Gerald, owner of Gerald Auto Group.

Each year, Hesed House provides essential housing, clothing, food and job search training to hundreds of people, as well as essential services such as the comprehensive on-site resource center and case management . With the opening of their third accommodation space, Hesed House is able to meet the growing need for their services 365 days a year. To learn more, visit

Brian L. Hartfield