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Franciscan Outreach

Franciscan Outreach provides a 257 bed shelter with separate men's and women's dorms that has been providing refuge for 30 years. The Shelter is located at 2715 W. Harrison Street on Chicago's West Side, just south of the I-290 expressway.

In 2012, at the urging of the City of Chicago, Franciscan Outreach assumed management of a 65-bed shelter at 200 S. Sacramento. Now known as Franciscan Annex, this space prevents vulnerable citizens from being turned back on to the streets.

At Franciscan House and Franciscan Annex, we provide all guests with:
a bed that includes sheets, a blanket, and a pillow.
a safe and drug-free environment
supper and breakfast
access to showers
visits by health care personnel
opportunities to meet with mental health workers
opportunities to build a better life


We are assisted by full time volunteers who live in community at the Marquard Center. These volunteers spend an entire year working directly with the men and women we serve, including performing various shelter jobs at Franciscan House.

Franciscan House needs community volunteers each night to greet and serve supper to guests, as well as help with daily shelter logistics. If you are interested in volunteering some of your time at Franciscan House, check the Shelter Volunteer page to learn more.

Supporting the Shelter Facilities
We are always in need of soap, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and other personal items. Whether you save them from a hotel stay or you buy them at the local store, these items are always appreciated. Our case managers provide our guests with vouchers to clothing distributors, so we do not usually accept clothing, except on rare occasions (such as winter coats, gloves, scarves, etc.) You can always check our Wish List to see what items are most needed.

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If you have stayed in this shelter, how was your stay?

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  1. It was wonderful

    Answer posted on Sep 8, 2021 0

Is this a safe shelter to stay in?

Do they accept pets at this shelter?

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  1. No but because of the profit Noah they should or they should make a place for strays

    Answer posted on Sep 8, 2021 0

Do you have any advice for those wanting to stay at this shelter?

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  1. Yes be responsible don’t disrespect anyone know right from wrong.and pray if you must for the lord is an avenger

    Answer posted on Sep 8, 2021 0

How long can you stay here?

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  1. As long as you need

    Answer posted on Sep 8, 2021 0

1 Comment

  1. Elizabeth
    Mar 19, 2021Reply
    Im having a problem with changing my address to my certain address from you guys and everytime I try to get call back I don't receive it

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