Students spend Donate-a-Day at Deborah's Place

Students preparing the prizes to be handed out for bingo at Deborah’s Place.
DePaul's Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative​ and Women’s Bar Association (WBA) partnered to bring a bingo event and meal to Deborah’s Place in February as part of the Donate-a-Day program. WBA provided prizes, ranging from shower curtains to jewelry to craft supplies.

"Playing bingo at Deborah's Place was a great experience,” said first-year student Kendall Dingwall. "The women got so excited as they picked out their prizes. Most people take things like shampoo, paper towels, cleaning wipes and glue sticks for granted. I, for example, have never had to choose between getting a new shower curtain and buying food, but some of these women have. Being able to give them such items was extremely eye-opening and rewarding."

Deborah’s Place opened its doors as an emergency shelter to homeless women in Chicago more than 35 years ago and currently houses more than 230 women. The majority of the residents are over age 40 with at least one mental or physical disability. Deborah’s Place staff and volunteers connect women to the services they need, including case management, assistance with benefits, health care coordination, employment training and access to education.  

For more information about service opportunities, please contact PBCSI Program Coordinator Alex Antonacci at ​