Hospitality Center for the Homeless

Open mornings Monday through Friday 52 weeks a year. 7am – 11am. Located at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1509 Ridge Ave. Guests receive breakfast and a safe place to sleep. Job counselors provide advice, encouragement and workshops for guests seeking employment. Computer trainers assist with online applications and resumes.

In 2018 we…

  • Offered hospitality to 1369 guests for 8481 visits.
  • Offered computer instruction to 288 guests for 842 sessions.
  • Offered job counseling to 186 guests for 349 sessions.

Soup Kitchens

Every day of every week of every month all year long, there is a soup kitchen in one of our Evanston area faith communities. Soup kitchen and warming center schedule. We have served meals to an estimated 14,539 guests at four locations and have involved 3,472 volunteers in the soup kitchen program.

  • Served meals to an estimated 14,539 guests at four locations
  • Involved 3,472 volunteers in the soup kitchen program.

Warming Centers

Five days a week, from November through March, we provide afternoon warming centers for anyone who needs to get out of the cold.

  • 443 volunteers served 1399 guests.

Overnight Emergency Cold Shelter

When the temperature reaches 20 degrees, Interfaith Action opens an overnight shelter from 9 pm to 7 am at one of its six faith communities, providing warm drinks and a safe place to sleep.

  • Provided safe, warm shelter to 804 guests in 2018.
  • With the shelter open every night in January, February 2019 and March in 2019 we offered safe warm shelter for 2651 guests. When we can welcome people every night,   more people come. We want to be open every night in late November and December         this year.



On the second Tuesday of each month, the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Producemobile, in partnership with Interfaith Action and the city of Evanston, distribute produce at the Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. Anyone in need is welcome to receive an assortment of fruits and vegetables.

  • Four hundred nine (409) volunteers distributed 138,968 pounds of fresh produce, milk and bread to 3,029 individuals. The produce fed 11,400 people in the households of those who received the produce.