Nappanee man forms group to help homeless in Michiana and downtown Chicago


After retiring a Nappanee man is taking on a full time job of helping the homeless.

More than a year ago, John Shafer started a non-for-profit called the "Chicago Five for the Homeless." The group distributes donations to six local homeless shelters, like Faith Mission in Elkhart.

They have made several trips to Chicago to help people living on the streets. The group has handed out blankets, toiletries and food.

“So where the need is greatest we want to focus certainly on those individuals that seem to be forgotten and invisible and give them clothing and basic needs,” says Shafer.

The next trip the group will make to Chicago is on July 20th when they plan to serve a meal for a couple hundred people.


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