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…
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.
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.
By creating safe spaces for peaceful non-confrontational dialogue, Interfaith Action of Evanston brings people together to build relationships and understanding across faith boundaries. We continue to learn from each other by exploring the varied traditions and beliefs that make up the diverse community in which we live and serve.
Rapper and musician Nimo Patel is on a pilgrimage to spread love, kindness and gratitude through his music. Join us for an afternoon of stories, poetry and songs that will reconnect heart, mind and spirit.
Save the Date! Sunday, August 9th, 2 p.m.
Interfaith Action of Evanston is teaming up with Spiritual Playdate to present an inspiring family event featuring internationally renowned performer Nimo Patel’s “Empty Hands Tour” and Poetry Pals, which brings together kids ages 8-12 from diverse communities to share their writing. The afternoon will be filled with music and poetry set on the sprawling lakefront lawn of The Evanston History Center at 225 Greenwood St. in Evanston. Admission is free to all. (Donations will be gratefully received.)
It’s our way of thanking the hundreds of volunteers, donors and delegates and members of the community who make it possible for IAE to continue serving hungry and homeless neighbors through our ongoing Hospitality Center services, Soup Kitchens, monthly produce distribution, and winter warming centers and overnight shelters.
Nimo Patel is a Harvard-educated Wall Streeter who also found fame and fortune as an MTV Rap Star before realizing the path to light was through service to others. He now works with the Gandhi Ashram in India serving underprivileged communities, returning to the U.S. annually on a “humble pilgrimage to share stillness, love and music.” Click here for info and to download FREE music.
Spiritual Playdate fosters dialogue through a global interfaith program enabling adults, kids & organizations to explore and discover beliefs about the topic of God, through web-based educational tools designed to build bridges of acceptance and understanding.
Click here for your FREE tickets to this fun interfaith concert!
Friday mornings start at 4 a.m. for Skip Myslenski and Mary Kinney, who prep and serve breakfast for around 50 of our homeless neighbors each week.
“How long is this going to take?” Skip Myslenski asked, lowering himself cross-legged to the floor in the lobby of the Hospitality Center Entrance at St Mark’s. He and partner Mary Kinney, were between grocery runs to stock the Center’s pantry for the coming week, a job they undertake every Friday morning. Mind you, this is after cooking a hot full-course breakfast for clients at Hilda’s Place at Lake Street Church then serving up the same menu for 30-40 grateful, hungry guests over at the Hospitality Center.
Skip, whom Wildcats fans will know from his nusports.com blog, “The Skip Report,” began catering this weekly feast in the early ‘90s. Mary, a south-side Chicago native, joined him three years ago. To be clear, “feast” is not hyperbole. How else do you describe a morning meal of bacon, turkey bacon, sausage, eggs, pancakes (plain and blueberry), cheesy potatoes made from scratch, plus individually wrapped breakfast sandwiches for late arrivals? Except for the eggs, the couple donates every bite. Why do they do it? “I consider myself pretty lucky,” said Skip, who has also written for Sports Illustrated, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Chicago Tribune. “So why not?” Pausing thoughtfully, he added, “I’m not sure who said it, but I’ve read, ‘The greatest of distinctions is service to others,’” he surmised.
Mary is less philosophical. For her, the greatest rewards are smiling faces — especially when clients recognize and greet them on the street or in the park. “It’s simple, really,” she explained. “When you see that connection, it’s very meaningful to me.” .
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