AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging of Suburban Cook County, plans, advocates, coordinates and funds services for older persons and their families in suburban Cook County.
The Great Room Kitchen
Campus Kitchen coordinates donations of unserved dining hall food, prepares and delivers meals to area social service agencies, low-income seniors and families, and provides service learning opportunities for Northwestern students. Currently preparing and delivering 750 meals per week, Campus Kitchens also welcomes volunteers not associated with Northwestern University.
Evanston COPE provides assistance to Evanston families with immediate needs related to sustenance, safety, and shelter through a network of volunteers in the Evanston school district. Through each school, COPE enables families to have access to: groceries and cooking classes,
beds and other furniture, funds for basic needs, services opportunities for family growth and community education and skills training.
Oversees more than 150 programs in Cook and Lake counties, serving families and individuals of all ages. Service Programs. Evanston residents are not limited to, but may first contact North Region, 1717 Rand Rd., Des Plaines, IL, 847-376-2121.
CEDA offers a variety of programs and services in the areas of community and economic development, education, emergency assistance, employment and training, energy conservation and services, health and nutrition, and housing.
The CEDA Regional Community Service Center in Evanston offers Family Support and Community Engagement (FSACE) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs.
Church School Sundays at 9 AM. Services are held Sundays at 10 am.
Family Promise Chicago North Shore provides services for homeless families in transition, helping them get back into permanent and sustainable housing and employment. The program serves 3-4 families for approximately 90 days or less. Families are provided with meals, hygiene supplies, and other necessities to help them get back on their feet. Volunteers provide and share a family style meal, play with children, help with homework and stay overnight with families. The Family Promise Day Center is based in Evanston with partner congregations throughout the north shore suburbs.
Worship is at 10:30 a.m. all year. From September to early June, we worship in the sanctuary, and during the summer 10:30 a.m. worship moves to air-conditioned Tittle Chapel.
Worship in the Park is an informal, come-as-you-are summer worship service at 9:00 a.m. in Lunt Park, just a block away.
Soup Kitchen: Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
The Total Child, Preschool and Childcare Center, 847-864-7100.
Bundled Blessings, a diaper pantry collecting diapers and supplying them to local families in need through partnerships with local social service agencies.
Soup Kitchen: Tuesdays at 4-6 PM. Groups or individuals interested in volunteering should contact Erica Hall, 847-733-7867.
Hillside Food Pantry serves patrons who live in surrounding area of church, 2727 Crawford Ave.(Northwest Evanston, Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette, Chicago).
The pantry is located at the east side of the church parking lot, 2727 Crawford Ave.. Open Wednesdays 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Clients may come once a week. Arrive no earlier than half an hour before opening.
Howard Area Community Center is a social service agency that provides affordable and free education, employment, and health assistance programs for the greater Rogers Park area. HACC has four sites: the Main Center, the Youth Center, the Employment Resource Center, and the Sheila Reynolds Berner Family Center. All of our services and location addresses are on the website at www.howardarea.org/
Provides medical assistance for children and adults, financial assistance for adults with children, and food stamps. Receives applications for Cash, SNAP, and Medical Assistance by fax, mail or in person.
INFANT, Inc. solicits donations for the purchase of baby formula at the lowest available cost and delivers it promptly to food pantries and to shelters for the homeless. The formula is distributed at the discretion of their directors, who are knowledgeable in their
communities and professional in the administration of their programs. Their distribution policies are non-sectarian. INFANT, Inc. delivers to 60+ agencies throughout the city and in some suburbs for their emergency formula needs. They also deliver layettes to moms in shelters.
An organization that links members of over 50 Evanston religious organizations and facilitates cooperative work for the hungry and homeless, interfaith dialogue and community building. Outreach projects include soup kitchens, warming centers and the Hospitality Center for the Homeless. Annual Vision-Keeper Dinner for members. Sponsors annual Evanston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at various houses of worship.
Warming Centers are located in the facilities of member houses of worship and are staffed by volunteers. The Centers open in November and continue through March.
Hospitality Center for the Homeless located at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, offers social services and referrals weekdays from 7-11 am.
Producemobile provides distribution of free produce on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9:30-11:30 am. at Robert Crown Center.
Soup Kitchens are run by teams of volunteers in several locations.
Overnight Emergency Shelter: The Emergency Overnight Shelter is open every
night from mid November through March, at 6 different faith communities,
from 9pm to 7am.
Provides shelter and services to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless in suburban Cook County. The Hope Day Center is a day resource center which offers a wide range of free services.
PADS Shelter Program provides hospitality, food, and overnight emergency shelter to the homeless between October 1 and April 30, seven days a week (including holidays).
Pathways Housing Readiness Program prepares people to become housing ready, while providing referrals and placement and follow-up services.
A Just Harvest's Community Kitchen serves dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends and national holidays. The Producemobile stops on the third Monday of every month(except January)from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Northside P.O.W.E.R. works on issues that address the causes of hunger and poverty and recruits and trains community leaders.
Genesis Project seeks to create meaningful employment and economic opportunities for the community.
Delivers nutritious meals Monday through Saturday between 11:30a.m. and 1:00p.m. to the elderly, disabled and those unable to take care of their nutritional needs. Meals are delivered on holidays if requested. No age or income restrictions; fees are based on a sliding scale to accommodate clients on a limited income.
Nurture is a non-profit organization that provides cooking, nutrition and wellness education through social service agencies serving low-income families and through schools. Gives participants slow cookers to speed the cooking process and educates families on preparing whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Provides recipes for delicious, nutritious meals costing $1.50 or less a serving. In 2012 Nurture programming reached over 7,000 children and parents. Program alumni are making healthier meals, increasing physical activity, and saving money on food. Nurture’s leadership manages over 130 volunteers, who donate over $500,000 worth of hours annually.
In Evanston, it partners with Junior League of Evanston-North Shore for hands-on cooking classes and Campus Kitchens of Northwestern University, which provides meals for for those in need and nutrition education, COPE,a community network of volunteers who are housed at individual Evanston schools and the Hillside Food Pantry.
Offers a variety of social services targeted toward low income families and individuals.
Emergency Service Schedule: Food Pantry: Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Utilities, Rental/Mortgage Assistance- By Appointment Only
Monday: Prayer Chain – 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer Meeting – 6:00 p.m. Bible Study – 6:30 p.m. Women’s Club- 7:30 p.m. Men’s Club – 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal
Counseling: Christian counseling, substance abuse counseling.
Food Assistance: Food vouchers (redeemable at Jewel on Chicago Avenue), canned goods and clothing vouchers for the needy.
Housing: Rent and utilities assistance (when funds are available).
After School Program:
For children ages 5 - 13, Monday - Friday between 3pm to 6pm. Transportation from Evanston schools,snack and homework assistance provided for a monthly fee. Extended care may be available.
Character Building Program:
Adventure Corps (boys ages 6-12),Sunbeams (girls 6-11),Girls Guards (girls 12-18) and Teen Reflection Cell Group (a drop-in time for teens 13-18). Meets Fridays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Youth Music Program:
Activities for youth include Singing Company (ages 6-10),Junior Choir (ages 10-17),Junior Band (ages 13 and older) and Instructional Band (ages 6-15)
Summer Day Camp:
A day camp is offered for 8 weeks during the summer for children ages 5-12, between 7:30 am - 5:45pm, Monday through Friday.
Women's Programs also available, including sewing and Zumba groups
Sunday Worship 8am, 10:30am
Adult Sunday School 9:15am
Children's Church 10:30am, second through fifth Sundays
Bible Study 7-9pm
Soup Kitchen: Mondays and Tuesdays at noon
Since our inception in 1882, our light has brightly shined as a cosmopolitan church reaching out to a diverse community of people throughout Evanston, the North Shore and the City of Chicago! We are historic, Christ centered, multi-staffed and believe fully in “the priesthood of all believers”.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church believes that the spirit of God lives in every human being, and that we are called to glorify that which unites us while at the same time celebrating the awesome diversity of God’s creation. All of us at St. Mark’s share a commitment to our faith and to our community, and we welcome visitors regardless of religious background, race, sexual orientation, or age. You are welcome here.
(September - May)
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
9:00 AM Coffee & Conversation
9:30 AM Sunday School
9:30 AM Choir Rehearsal
10:30 AM Holy Eucharist
11:45 AM Coffee & Conversation
12:00 Noon Hand Bell Rehearsal
nursery care provided every Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(June - August)
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
9:00 AM Coffee & Conversation
9:30 AM Holy Eucharist at the Lakefront (Hamilton Street and the Lake)
10:30 AM Coffee & Conversation
Wednesday Lunch: Each Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 12 noon, a sack lunch is provided to any neighbors who are hungry. Enter through the Parish Office doors.
Hospitality Center for the Homeless, (847) 869-0370, St. Mark's is home to Interfaith Action of Evanston’s Hospitality Center, which operates every weekday morning from 7:00 to 11:00. Guests of the Hospitality Center find companionship, nutritious snacks, mental health and substance abuse counselling, job advice, and the opportunity to participate in an art program.
Interfaith Action of Evanston: St. Mark’s is a member congregation of this Evanston-based non-profit organization whose mission is to bring people together to serve hungry and homeless people, pursue interfaith dialogue, and engage in advocacy that promotes social justice.
Home to Knights of Columbus Council 1077.
Mon-Sat at 8am (Thursday’s service is a Communion Service)
Saturday at 5pm; Sunday at 8, 9:30 and 11am
Lutheran church sw of downtown Evanston, offers Sunday soup kitchen, other services.
Soup Kitchen: Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Also has winter warming center.
Paula Ketcham, Coordinator, email@example.com
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.
Benefits are provided on the Illinois Link Card - an electronic card that is accepted at most grocery stores. The program is managed by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Department of Human Services administers the program in Illinois.
Eligibility guidelines on webpage. SNAP program also functions as an agricultural subsidy and can be used at some farmer's markets. Most local grocers accept SNAP except for heated food. Can be used for caffeinated beverages but not alcohol or tobacco.
The ARK provides free comprehensive care and support to Chicagoland Jews facing adversity. Dignified, quality wrap-around services help clients return to self-reliance.
Hours: Mon. and Weds., 9-7:30; Tues. and Thurs., 9-5; Fri., 9-2
The Medical Clinic of the Goldie Bachmann Luftig Health Center is open five days per week, including two evenings. Medical treatment is provided by volunteer physicians and The ARK’s professional medical staff. Patients make appointments to see internists, as well as cardiologists, gynecologists and other specialists. X-rays and other tests and procedures are performed at area hospitals at no charge to clients, through special arrangements. In addition to a food pantry and meal service, The ARK offers free optical, pharmacy, financial and employment counseling, social services, mental health day-programming and interim housing.
Sunday Services in English at 9:30am and 11:30am and in Spanish at 11:30am
Evanston Vineyard Food Pantry and Care Center distributes food and clothes, as well as local resource information, Wednesdays 6-8pm.
To volunteer at the pantry and care center, click on this link.
Evanston, IL 60201
P.O. Box 63
South Holland, IL 60473
Chicagoland Prison Outreach exists to ministers to those who have been incarcerated, and their families by providing chaplaincy services, Vocational training, food assistance, compassionate products such as school supplies, Thanksgiving baskets, and Christmas gifts for the children. The goal of Chicagoland Prison Outreach is to build relationships with those that have been incarcerated to help restore them to society, and assist their families during the transition. We also provide trauma coaching/counseling to support both those that are incarcerated, and their families. This process will help to reduce recidivism.