New Start 

We believe the kitchen is the heart of the home.

New Start provides all new kitchen essentials to encourage and support self-reliance for families and individuals transitioning from homelessness and/or poverty driven situations into independent living as well as promoting positive family interaction.  Assistance League of Chicagoland West provides dishes, silverware, cookware, bakeware, kitchen utensils, and small appliances necessary to completely outfit a kitchen. Each recipient also receives a toaster oven or a microwave. Every item is brand new.  Recipients are identified by the agency. Our member volunteers purchase, bundle, and transport the kitchen set to our collaborating agency for distribution to recipients.

We collaborate with agencies in DuPage County that work to find affordable housing for displaced, low-income individuals.   

More than 400 individuals are helped by New Start each year. Of that number, more than two-thirds are children. Without the resources necessary to acquire all of the items needed to equip a working kitchen, our recipients would have difficulty managing the daily responsibility of feeding their loved ones nutritious meals. Our hope is that - with the gift of new kitchen items – some budgetary stress is relieved, and the sense of home is strengthened.

We are pleased to announce that New Start is the recipient of a 2018 grant from the Diermeier Family Foundation.

New Start Agencies Served

Bridge Communities, Inc. Catholic Charities CHAD (Community Housing Advocacy and Development)  DuPage PADS Inc. (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)      Family Shelter Service  HCS Family Services Helping Hand Center  People's Resource Center  Pillars ♦ Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans



“…By providing the kitchen donations, [Assistance League of Chicagoland West] helps a family set up their household and feel welcomed into the program. The clients are always surprised by the kitchen sets - that they contain EVERYTHING, and that the items are NEW. Your donation sends the message to our clients that people do care about and believe in them as they begin a new life in our program…Receiving the kitchen donation helps a family settle quickly into our Bridge Communities program and allows them to begin rebuilding their lives and to focus on long-term goals.  Thank you.”  Janet Gaza, Bridge Communities

“Your support makes the difference in the lives of hard working individuals and families that are struggling to help themselves.” Brian Worth, CHAD

 “….when my caseworker walked into my home with all those things for my kitchen I was so overwhelmed….Thank you all so much. Now I am able to begin cooking healthy…”  Lillian Phillips, Recipient