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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Northwestern University Human Centered Design Project at the Hospitality Center

A group of engineering students at Northwestern working on a project that would help people experiencing homelessness visited the Hospitality Center to get input from our guests. They made a rolling device that
looks like a large suitcase and opens up to become a bed! It also has space for people to store their belongings and it can be locked to a bike rack! Enjoy pictures of the first attempt!

Celebrating Hospitality

Interfaith Action celebrated the 35th anniversary of its Hospitality Center with a short documentary and musical tributes which you can see here. 

Birthday gift donations appreciated: Donate online. Or send a check to: Interfaith Action of Evanston, P.O. Box 1414, Evanston, IL 60204. Thank you!

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.