Your contribution helps us pay for the nutritious food, drinks and supplies at the hospitality center, warming centers, and soup kitchens. Additional support goes toward events that promote interfaith dialogue…

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We express our shared values through direct services, including soup kitchens, warming centers, an emergency overnight shelter, a hospitality center, free fresh produce distribution in partnership with The Great Chicago Food Depository’s Producemobile.

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The Education & Advocacy Committee monitors local and national initiatives impacting hunger and homelessness, and recommends political actions for contacting legislators and policymakers. Public Gatherings provide a venue for volunteers, supporters and others who care about ending hunger and homelessness.

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Get Involved

Interfaith Action of Evanston is able to provide services to its hungry or homeless guests only with the support of its volunteers. There are both individuals and teams of volunteers that serve at the sites for the hospitality center, warming centers, soup kitchens, and the Producemobile.

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The Hospitality Center has a permanent home!

After 35 years, the Hospitality Center is officially at St. Mark’s! Stop by and see our new sign! And come in and say hello! The center is open on weekdays 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., welcoming guests for breakfast and a safe place to sleep. Job counselors and computer trainers are also available.

It’s not too late to watch our Thanksgiving Service!

The 22nd annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service was held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25. Our host was the Second Baptist Church of Evanston and Rev. Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors. The Second Baptist Ensemble, directed by Rev. Vernon Clark, took on the role of our traditional Interfaith Choir. Ike Ogbo, director of Evanston’s Health & Human Services Department, was our guest speaker. In this virtual service we brought together members of Evanston’s communities of faith and spirit, expressing our shared values.

To view the recorded virtual service : YouTube Service
To donate click here: Thanksgiving Donations
To view and/or download text and music click here: Order of Service


The IAE Annual Meeting for the IAE Board of Directors and delegates was held on October 8 and hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church.    At this meeting, delegates voted to approve the nominations of Jason Glanz, Olga Pearl-Ricketts, Donna Robinson and Carol Wilson to the IAE Board of Directors.   During the program that followed, “Interfaith Action in the Time of Coronavirus,” volunteers described how IAE has risen to the challenge of COVID by finding new ways to provide its Direct Services to our hungry and/or homeless neighbors.

The Supper Meeting was “Covid-style” this year.  Arriving guests drove up to a station in the parking lot of Trinity Lutheran, to pick up an individually-packaged soup kitchen meal.  The meal was purchased from Soul and Smoke, one of the many local restaurants that have provided reduced-price meals for IAE’s soup kitchens. Participants could either return home to enjoy their meal and continue to participate via ZOOM; or park their cars in the Trinity lot to see the speakers and listen to them via 95.3 FM on their vehicle’s radios. The meal was provided by donations from members of the IAE Board and the Delegate Advisory Committee specifically for this meal. 

We would like to thank Trinity Lutheran for graciously hosting the Annual Supper Meeting for the second year in a row, and for providing all of the sound equipment and the training for it.  A big thanks also to Joe Berube, who again came through with important items (speaker’s platform and spotlight) needed for an IAE event.