Homeless in front of a pharmacy from the network Le Carillon





Our purpose is to enhance the everyday life of people in precarious situation by creating a positive and durable change. Our network composed of storekeepers and of any neighbourhood residents is a mean to give excluded people a chance to get out of exclusion. We are convinced about the importance of social connections in local districts. 


Shopkeepers put labels on their windows to indicate the services and products they are willing to offer to people in need. By doing so, they help excluded people feel less rejected and gain self confidence. They do not only provide food or useful services. They mostly offer moments of social link and friendliness. 

Furthermore, locals can also identify different businesses involved in the network and pay for products (meals, drinks, haircuts) that will then be put ‘on hold’ for the homeless that come looking for assistance. It is a win-win situation: business will be featured on The Chime website and therefore benefit from a new customer network. What’s more, The Chime's street teams let the people in precarious situation know which businesses are place to raise awareness so that what is available to them and involved.

Drawing of social link on a shopkeeper's showcase


The initiatives of The Chime all have the same goals : 

  • Break social exclusion & promote coexistence in societies

  • Empower citizens 

  • Enhance excluded people's life

After being contacted by several citizens around the world, the association La Cloche decided to create The Chime in order to share their expertise and support social initiatives.

The Chime nowadays is located in 6 countries and in 17 cities which means more awareness is being raised and more actions are daily taken by volunteers, citizens and businesses. 

83% of homeless feel rejected by their fellow-citizens. This reject prevent their sense of belonging.

94% of citizens would like to do more to tackle great exclusion but feel helpless and do not know what to do

Material is not enough. Social link is as important and lead to a better inclusion of people in the society.o



Created in 2015 Le Carillon, first network of The Chime, arose from the inner conviction that each of us, by simple daily gestures, can contribute to improve the everyday life of people in precarious situations.


For a person living in the street, accessing basic products and services is not simple. Indeed, getting access to water, electricity, heat or food can be difficult.


Many storekeepers and local residents were already acting, in an informal way, to improve the everyday life of the homeless people. However, there wasn't any structure already established to value and gather these individual initiatives.

The purpose of "Le Carillon", using the logistics and infrastructure of every shopkeeper, is to offer any homeless people basic services and assistance, in a way to better his everyday life.


It is then by the multiplication of united little actions that we can, all together, restore some dignity to people in need and allow them to find the necessary confidence for, tomorrow, reach a new stage in their social integration process.

Labels and logo of the network le carillon