Proceeds from our Annual
Outreach Benefit support the church's Outreach Program and its 40
agencies. By contributing to this event, you will make an important
difference in countless lives.
2013 Honored Agencies
Northwestern University Settlement: Since its founding in 1891 Northwestern University (as a separate and financially independent institution), Northwestern Settlement has served the West Town community by offering wrap-around services that holistically meet the complex needs of our "neighbors". Through a wide variety of programs and services that focus on education, social services, and the arts, Northwestern Settlement staff and volunteers serve more than 40,000 neighbors each year. Northwestern Settlement is the oldest and largest continuously - operating settlement house in Chicago, unique in its capacity to provide immediate assistance for short-term crises; knowledge opportunities, and support to break the long-term cycle of poverty; and access to a network of additional community partners
LIFT: At LIFT we believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that poor people need the same types of support we all need in moments of crisis. LIFT- Chicago is a community-based nonprofit that engages trained volunteers – primarily college students – to serve low-income individuals. Through a partnership built on strengths and trust, our volunteer advocates help clients to overcome their immediate concerns and address long-term barriers on the road to economic stability and well-being. LIFT clients and volunteers work one-on-one to find jobs, secure safe and stable housing, make ends meet through public benefits, and tax credits, and obtain quality referrals for critical services like food assistance and healthcare. At LIFT, we believe that economic resources are incredibly important but they are not sufficient. We try to focus on a holistic view of success and help our clients strengthen internal tools like confidence, self-respect and problem solving skills as well as their connections to resources are what lead to long-term success. Using this model, LIFT-Chicago has served over 8,300 individuals and families on a path out of poverty since 2000.
A Just Harvest: A Just Harvest (formerly known as the Good News Community Kitchen) uses three strategies to end hunger and poverty. Our Community Kitchen serves a nutritious dinner 365 days a year to anyone in need, distributes tens of thousands of pounds of food each year, and supplements the nutritional needs of children afterschool and during breaks. The Genesis Project marshals community assets and outside resources to create community and economic development opportunities in Rogers Park, including an aquaponics social enterprise and a microlending program. Northside P.O.W.E.R. (People Organized to Work, Educate and Restore) trains leaders and organizes communities to win public policies that alleviate poverty and hunger and create a more just economy.
Chicago Child Care Society: CCCS Serves children with challenging circumstances and their families on Chicago’s south-side by supporting positive child and youth development, preparing teen parents for success and building strong families. Through our programs, CCCS addresses the challenges of early childhood education, healthy prenatal outcomes and family functioning, relative care and specialized foster care, teen pregnancy and parenting. In each program, CCCS remains committed to providing progressive and effective services that help children and families move beyond their circumstances.