A shelter volunteer in Chicago is recovering after being injured while doing what many Americans might consider a risky job: staying on the street.
Elliot D. Pritchard, 31, was walking in Chicago’s downtown area Monday night when he was hit in the head with a hammer by a man who police say was trying to steal his bike.
The incident happened just after 6:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of West Harlem, according to Chicago Police.
Pritchard was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according the Chicago Tribune.
Police said Pritbrook was one of about 60 volunteers working with the Salvation Army in the city, and that he volunteered to help them find homes for homeless families in the area.
The volunteers were searching for homes for people living on the streets, Pritcher’s sister, Tanya, told the Tribune.
Pietersen, the Salvation Navy’s director of communications, told ABC News in a statement that Pritchett was “a brilliant and passionate person who had a passion for his community.”
Pritchets family declined to comment on Monday’s incident.
Pregnant and unemployed, Pregnant, homeless shelter volunteers are needed in Chicago.
A few of them have been killed by strangers in recent months.
A homeless shelter, or SASH, is an agency run by a group of volunteers who take care of the people who are homeless in their homes.
Phelan and her family live in a shelter called the Bayside Shelter.
Phelan’s sister Tanya said she’s working on a project for Pritchel’s family to get the word out to get people to sign up to help in Pritchards cause.
Preghes family is also looking for a place to stay for them while they’re away, Tanya Pritchell told ABCNews.ABC News’ Matthew O’Brien contributed to this report.