We believe in the power of music to change lives.  We consider it a privilege and key part of our ensemble identity to work in service for others.  We are honored to partner together with Hesed House to bring music to the lives of their guests in Music Workshops for Children and through our concerts.

Because Everyone Deserves Dignity.

Hesed House’s mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again.

Hesed House is a national model for ending homelessness – one person, one family at a time. It is the culmination of nearly three decades of strategic evolution from a formerly acceptable model of “eats and sheets” to a Comprehensive Homeless Resource Center – a campus of centralized highly skilled professionals collaborating to provide the tools necessary to help individuals and families break free of the shackles binding them to homelessness.

Picosa concert goers who bring any of the following items can receive a $5 discount on ticket prices at any of our concerts.  We will provide a basket at the door of every concert to drop off your items and will also provide opportunities for monetary donations as well.  Please join us in our support of Hesed House.

CURRENT NEEDS

Immediate Needs

  • Toothpaste (travel-size)
  • Deoderant
  • Paper Towels
  • Kleenex
  • Ibuprofen
  • Sheets, flat and fitted (twin-sized)
  • Air matresses
  • Batteries (AA, AAA and C)
  • Sunblock
  • ACE bandages
  • Fans (all shapes and sizes)
  • Grocery coupons (we have a volunteer who uses them to buy items on our list)
  • Mosquito/insect repellent
  • Diapers (sizes 4, 5 and 6)
  • Oragel
  • Sleep aid
  • Shampoo (travel size)
  • Sunglasses
  • Children’s allergy medication
  • Multivitamins (adult and children’s)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Coffee grinders (medium or large) *
  • Washcloths
  • Towels
  • Reading glasses
  • Eyeglass repair kits
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Shoes
  • Workboots (steel-toed)
  • Shoelaces
  • Flip-flops/shower shoes
  • Athletic (white) socks (men’s and women’s)
  • T-shirts (2XL in particular, but all sizes are welcome)
  • Shorts (ment’s and women’s)
  • Belts
  • Band-Aids (or other adhesive bandage strips)
  • Medical tape
  • Aspirin
  • Cold medicine (w/0 acetaminophen)
  • TUMS, Alka-Seltzer or the like
  • Imodium (anti-diarrhea)
  • Ex-Lax (or other laxative)
  • Neosporin/antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrocortisone (anti-itch) cream
  • Mouthwash (non-alcoholic)
  • Tampons

*A generous donor is providing Hesed House with coffee beans on a regular basis, so we are in need of two grinders to process them (one for TLC and one for PADS.)

Food / Non-perishable Items

  • Sugar
  • Coffee creamer
  • Drink mixes (lemonade, Kool-aid, Tang, iced tea)
  • Sliced cheese
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Sandwich bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Milk
  • Lunchmeat
  • Cans of vegetables 
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Frozen orange juice

Miscellaneous Items

  • Fabric softener/dryer sheets
  • Basic tools (wrench, screwdrivers, pliers, allen wrenches, etc.)
  • Baby monitors
  • Baseball caps
  • USB/flash/thumb drives
  • Microwaves (for guests moving into new housing)
  • Window A/C units (for newly-housed guests)
  • Tweezers
  • Thermometers (and covers)
  • Shaving cream
  • Q-tips
  • Cough drops
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Vaseline
  • Hair brushes
  • Hair clippers
  • Facial tissue (travel size preferred)
  • Iron pills (ferrous sulfate)
  • Bicycles
  • Bicycle locks and chains
  • Bicycle pump
  • Bicycle tire patches
  • Metra train tickets (Zone A-H)
  • Pace bus passes
  • Guitar
  • Life Recovery Bible(s)
  • Gas cards
  • Gift cards from CVS, Jewel, Meijer, Target, Walgreens or Walmart
  • Gift cards from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s