CONNECT on the Streets of Chicago, Illinois

On January 9th, our Chicago chapter took to the streets of the cities, blessing bags in hand. The day before, the group of 9 volunteers had tirelessly shopped and prepared 30 blessing bags filled with essential items, ranging from hygiene products to snack bars to gloves and hats. Now they were ready for distribution. Walking down the cold and windy streets of Chicago, the AYUDH crew handed out blessing bags to over 8 homeless men and women.

CONNECT on the Streets of Chicago, Illinois

On January 9th, our Chicago chapter took to the streets of the cities, blessing bags in hand.

The day before, the group of 9 volunteers had tirelessly shopped and prepared 30 blessing bags filled with essential items, ranging from hygiene products to snack bars to gloves and hats. Now they were ready for distribution.

Walking down the cold and windy streets of Chicago, the AYUDH crew handed out blessing bags to over 8 homeless men and women.

 

Throughout the trip, our members talked and interacted with numerous city-goers and homeless, an important goal as part of our AYUDH CONNECT initiative.

Written below are descriptions of the interactions the members had:

Jeff, an average looking middle-aged guy, spends a lot of time on the streets of Chicago. He is jobless, and only occasionally gets a bed to sleep in at night. He has an outgoing, friendly personality and a wide knowledge of the streets of Chicago. We met him at the end of our journey, on the street corner of Canal and Jackson, where he helped us quickly catch our train back home.

A general cross section of the homeless people we met were males, middle to old aged. There were war veterans from Vietnam and Korea, who each had their own stories. Our earlier visit to the city yielded more people on the streets, both tourists and homeless, because of the warmer weather. Everyone we met was very thankful for the blessing bags. Anyone could see the joy on their faces when these people realized that they weren’t alone, that there would always be someone there to help them in their toughest times of need. That is truly the meaning and purpose of Ayudh, and what Amma wants young people to do in their communities – help people like these, to show them that their toughest times were behind them, not ahead.