Helping people experiencing homelessness on the Westside of Chicago and near Western Suburbs and training others to serve.
Dorcas Community Outreach Foundation was founded in March 2019 by Ms. Armanda Killingham who is currently serving as president of the foundation. As an active member of other service organizations, Ms. Killingham previously lead projects serving homeless persons on the Westside of Chicago. Ms. Killingham thoroughly enjoyed serving this population of people as the need is great and they are most vulnerable. While serving, friendships were formed and those we served came to depend on our support.
At the end of 2018, there was a shift in the programming of one key service organization and a decision was made to no longer serve homeless people on the Westside of Chicago in the previous capacity. This left a big void and seriously concerned Ms. Killingham. Out of this distress, she heard the call to "mobilize and go serve" this precious population. The call was accepted and "Dorcas Community Outreach Foundation" was born!!! The ground work was done to establish an Employer Identification Number (EIN), articles of incorporation, bylaws, board members and IRS 501(c)3 status. Dorcas Community Outreach Foundation was initially funded by a small group of generous donors at the March 2019 launch party. These donors have a heart to serve people experiencing homelessness on the South Side of Chicago. Monies collected were spent to purchase essential Winter wraps and food.
The first inaugural community outreach was November 30th, 2019 at New Hope Freewill
Baptist Church located on California and Harrison on Chicago's Westside. A good time was had as we visited and provided brand new Winter coats, hats, gloves, socks and food for over 100 homeless and low income people.