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Social Services

We help adults pursue and reach their goals toward achieving greater stability. Our food, clothing, housing, and other resources help build healthy and fulfilling lives.

More than 80,000 Chicagoans are experiencing homelessness. 1.2 million are living below the poverty line. At the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center, we believe that all people deserve to have their basic needs met. Together, we connect with more than 1,300 adults to encourage self-development, deep connections, and brighter futures through food and clothing services, case management, and enrichment programming.

Rooted in the vision of former Fourth Presbyterian Church pastor Dr. Elam Davies, the program has served “the least, the lost, and the lonely” with dignity and respect since 1983.

Food Pantry

1 in 7 people may experience food insecurity this year. Our Food Pantry helps people get the food they need—from dairy, eggs, and meat to nonperishable items to fresh produce. Each appointment provides a guest with supplemental groceries, making limited resources go farther and healthy, delicious meals a reality.

Hours

Due to the response to COVID-19, our building is closed except for limited curbside pickup on Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

(Typically Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
The Food Pantry is open by appointment only.

Eligibility

Appointments are available once a month for individuals residing in the following zip codes: 60601, 60602, 60603, 60604, 60606, 60610, 60611, 60654, 60661. At each visit, guests are asked to present proof of address, such as an ID or piece of mail.

Location

Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago

Make an Appointment

Contact the Social Service Center at 312.640.2571

Clothing Shop

Our guests should feel confident in their clothes. Our Share Shop is stocked with new and gently used seasonal clothing, shoes, coats, undergarments, and accessories—from the necessity of a warm winter coat to professional attire for a job interview.

Hours

Due to COVID-19, the Share Shop is currently closed.

(Typically Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.)
The Share Shop is open by appointment only.

Eligibility

Anyone is welcome to make an appointment. Appointments are twenty minutes each and available once every two months.

Location

Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago

Make an Appointment

Contact the Social Service Center at 312.640.2571

Drop-In Resources

Getting support doesn’t always follow a schedule. That’s why we offer drop-in services, like clothing, toiletries, housing consultations, public benefits resources, and referrals to other agencies and pantries. Our staff meets people where they are and provides compassionate service based on each person’s needs.

Hours

Due to COVID-19, drop-in services are provided curbside: Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; Wednesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

(Typically Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.)

Location

Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago

Services

Resources include clothing, toiletries (soap, toothpaste, lotion, incontinence products, menstruation products), housing and shelter information, public benefits information, referrals to other agencies, access to a guest phone, and information about neighborhood food pantries and meal services.

Street Outreach

We take our services to the streets—making connections and building trust. Through Good Neighbors Street Outreach, teams of staff and volunteers deliver toiletries, clothing, and food to individuals experiencing homelessness. With each interaction we hope to build community and connect guests with more in-depth resources at our Social Service Center.

Hours

Due to COVID-19, Street Outreach is currently suspended.

(Typically Monday, 2:00–3:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon; and Friday, 1:15–2:15 p.m.)

Location

Good Neighbors Street Outreach connects with people residing on the streets in the Near North neighborhood.

Services

Teams listen to individuals experiencing homelessness, hand out daily living essentials, direct people to the resources they may need, and encourage them to visit the Social Service Center for additional support.

Case Management

Long-term, compassionate support is at the heart of case management.

After experiencing homelessness for over two years, Billy got keys to his own place with the help of our Stable Housing Case Manager. He says his home is “everything” to him.

“The Social Service Center helped me sort out my problems and was there for me. I’m happy to be independent and have a home to come to. It’s such a weight off my shoulders.”

Overcoming barriers to employment, housing, and other needs isn’t easy. This is why our Social Service Center focuses on personalized case management. Our on-site case managers walk alongside guests as they work to achieve their individual goals.

General Case Management

Each person’s needs are different. Our case managers offer compassionate, supportive service during appointments, where they help guests get ID documents, create budgets, update resumes, get health or legal referrals, or apply for benefits.
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Housing Case Management

Housing is a basic human right. Our workshops and case management connect guests with housing opportunities, as well as budgeting and tenant resources. Even more personalized, in-depth housing consultations can be scheduled with our on-site Stable Housing Case Manager.   Learn more. =

Open Doors Project

Our Open Doors Project invites guests to engage in year-long programming, featuring weekly small-group meetings, one-to-one case management, guest speakers, and field trips. Together, guests open doors of opportunity as they strive toward achieving personal goals. 
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HOUSING CASE MANAGEMENT

Hours

Due to COVID-19, appointments are currently taking place over the phone.

Appointments are scheduled based on guest and staff availability, Monday–Friday, 1:00–4:00 p.m

Eligibility

Everyone is eligible to apply. Guests are assigned a case manager based on our staff availability.

Location

Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago

Make an Appointment

Contact the Social Service Center at 312.640.2571.

Open Doors Project

Hours

Participants meet individually with their case managers based on their schedules. Small-group sessions are held weekly on-site.

Location

Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago

Eligibility

Guests are referred to or recommended 
for the program.

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