IL Jaycees TOYP Introduction Video for Rob Dalhaus III

Rob Dalhaus III is Executive Director of C-U at Home, a non-profit ministry that provides services and opportunities for the homeless community in Champaign Urbana. Rob has dedicated his life advocating for and giving a voice to the most vulnerable in the community. He is a leader in the Champaign community on the issue of homelessness and his work is enabling the community to come together to develop sustainable ideas to address the problem. He is a sought-after speaker at many churches and community organizations in the community.

C-U at Home ministry provides services to those in need including a daytime drop-in center (open 4 days a week), transitional housing, transportation to treatment centers, street outreach, emergency shelter operation, a work program, and education in the community to help “friends without an address”. The organization estimates that they serve about 1,000 people in the community each month through its various services.

C-U at Home has expanded its services under Rob’s leadership. Through a partnership with a local church, the space used by C-U at Home’s drop-in daytime shelter is now utilized as a men’s emergency shelter during the cold winter months. C-U at Home has recently taken over administrative duties over the men’s shelter from the church which has over 60 beds and served nearly 300 men in 2019. Rob is currently working on a plan to offer a year-round shelter. In January 2020, the United Way of Champaign County announced they will contribute $50,000 a year for the next 3 years towards the project.

Under Rob’s leadership, C-U at Home has taken bold steps to help “friends without an address” in the community. Rob helped start the C-U at Work program in partnership with the City of Champaign Township Office. It gives individuals a chance to work up to eight hours and get paid cash for their time. Participants get lunch and have the opportunity to receive case management services. This opportunity gives those that are homeless a chance to earn money and gives them the dignity that comes from working and receiving payment.

Rob was recognized as a Forty Under 40 from the Central Illinois Business Magazine in 2019 and also received the Junior League of Champaign Urbana Community Impact Gala Award. He also coaches for the St. Joseph youth baseball league for kids aged 4-14. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Rob is being recognized in the category of Humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership. He was nominated by the Champaign Urbana Jaycees. He lives in St. Joseph with his wife Jess, and their children Emmett, Bridget, and newborn baby, Isaac.

Rob Dalhaus III’s acceptance speech for IL Jaycees TOYP Award