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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Walk for Warmth on Wheels Car Parade

On Monday, January 18th, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., friends of Interfaith Action formed a car parade through Evanston to raise awareness of the need for safe and warm places to sleep for all of our Evanston neighbors, especially in the winter. Over 100 fabulously decorated cars drove past the six central Evanston faith community facilities that host the Emergency Overnight Shelter in rotation this winter: First United Methodist, First Congregational, St. Lukes, St. Pauls, Beth Emet and the Unitarian Church. We are so grateful to these congregations for sharing their facilities. The parade started off with a lead police car, then Interfaith Action Executive Director Sue Murphy (in a convertible!) and Aldermen Judy Fiske, Eleanor Revelle, Melissa Wynne, and Robin Rue Simmons, followed by cars of many Interfaith Action supporters with lots of kids riding along. Thanks to all who joined the parade with special thanks to the Evanston police department for making the parade flow smoothly.

Walk for Warmth on Wheels also raised critical funds to support the Emergency Overnight Shelter, open every winter night. Donations of over $35,000 were received. These funds are part of the $70,000 required to operate the shelter annually – to provide cots, bedding, laundry, warm beverages and paid supervisory staff. Thanks to the many generous donors who are making sure no one has to sleep outdoors this winter.

Enjoy Taco Tuesday for a Cause at La Principal and support the emergency shelter!

This coming Tuesday, February 2nd, La Principal Restaurant has chosen the Interfaith Action Emergency Overnight Shelter as the recipient of its Taco Tuesday for a Cause fundraiser.  50% of all sales will be donated to Interfaith Action of Evanston. 

La Principal is located at 700 Main Street.  They offer both pick up and delivery.  You can order online at ( or call them at 224-307-2444.

Please consider celebrating Groundhogs Day this year by ordering some high quality Mexican street food.  You will be supporting a locally owned restaurant and the IAE Emergency Shelter.  We provide a safe place to sleep for twenty individuals experiencing homelessness from  November through March.

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.