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Dining With Dignity: What the Chicago Help Initiative offers the homeless

Around the holidays, people often put an extra emphasis on volunteering and giving to those in need. But one woman who has consistently been helping those less fortunate for the past fifteen-plus years is Jacqueline Hayes, founder of the Chicago Help Initiative. Each Wednesday, she hosts a dinner at Catholic Charities for the city’s homeless — but it’s not like any soup kitchen. The guests at these dinners dine with tablecloths and food provided from some of the city’s nicest restaurants. Jacqueline joins us to talk about the origins of the Chicago Help Initiative and how it and the Wednesday night dinners have evolved into what they are today.

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