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Local Agencies Supported in 2017

Cluster Tutoring Program

Cluster Tutoring Program
CROP funds purchase nutritious snacks for Austin students, grades K-12, who meet weekly during the school year with a trained volunteer tutor, at Pine Avenue United Church (Austin) or First United Church (Oak Park) on Thursday. Over 60 students are currently enrolled, with waiting list of 10-20. Most students do not eat dinner before the early-evening session. Snacks help improve their concentration, and also help them learn about healthy food choices.
Contact: Kara Kalnitz, Program Director, 5460 West Augusta,
Chicago, IL 60651. Phone: 773-378-5530.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church Food Pantry

First Bapist initially started their food pantry approximatly 13 years ago. The pantry was only open once a month up until two years ago when they became affiliated with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This allowed then to increase the number of days the pantry is open to once a week, which is every Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a. m. The pantry services Melrose Park, Bellwood, Maywood and Elmwood Park. The pantry serve approximatly 150 residents per month. Not only has the pantry helped provide food to the community but a place for others to serve as volunteers to gain community service hours.

Food Pantry hours are 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Cynthia Mobley 708.344.7411 2114 Main Street, Melrose Park, Illinois 60160

Forest Park Food Pantry
CROP funds help stock the pantry with food. Located in the Forest Park Community Center, this pantry is supported 100% by free-will donations and the CROP Walk. It supplies food monthly to low income Forest Park residents, as well as special holiday food baskets.
Contact: Meghan Dowdle, 7640 W. Jackson Boulevard,Forest Park, IL 60130. Phone: 708-771-7737.

Housing Forward

Ho
using Forward (Merged agencies of Prevail and West Suburban PADS)

Housing Forward Headquarters
1851 S. Ninth Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153
708.338.1724 (phone)
888.338.1744 (toll free)
Janet Gow, Development Director

Oak Park Office (Prevail Office)
848 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
708.386.1946 (phone)

West Suburban PADS becomes Housing Forward to better convey the comprehensive nature of its solution to homelessness. Emergency Services is renamed the PADS Shelter program.
Prevail merges into Housing Forward, resulting in combined Emergency Assistance and Employment Readiness programs. The merge strengthens the support system for individuals and families who are experiencing financial and housing crises.

In 2014, provided a total of 543 clients with 12,765 nights of shelter services and 38,295 meals (Emergency Shelter and summer Transitional Shelter combined).
509 adults and children received 11,418 nights of emergency shelter (mid-September to mid-May) and 34,254 meals in 2014.
64 individuals in the summer Transitional Shelter (June to mid-September) received 1,347 nights of shelter and 4,041 meals. They participated in weekly life skills groups and case management.
1,000 volunteers, congregations and community groups provided 22,074 hours of donated time (valued at $220,740) and $209,841 of in-kind support.

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry

Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry
CROP funds help stock the pantry with food the year around. Opened in 1970 to supply emergency and temporary food for anyone in the community who needed food, this pantry is operated under the auspices of the Community of Congregations and housed in First United Church, 848 Lake Street. It is open every Saturday morning, and the second and fourth Wednesday afternoon of each month. In 2005 it served an average of 210 families (355 adults and 342 children) per month. This pantry also provides food coupons for those enrolled in the holiday gift program administered by the Community of Congregations for Oak Park and River Forest Townships.
Contact: Paula Berg,OPRF Food Pantry Coordinator, P.O. Box 3365,
Oak Park, IL 60303. Phone: 708-386-1324.

Pine Avenue United Church Emergency Food Pantry
CROP funds help buy food for the pantry. This pantry serves an area in Austin where no other food pantry is available. Working with an all-volunteer staff of 10, they are open on Tuesday mornings. They supply food for 25-35 households each week, including many senior citizens dependent on social security, for whom the rising costs of prescription drugs and utilities leave them short on food. Financial support comes from CROP and several suburban churches.
Contact: Maxine McGhee, 1015 North Pine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60651.
Open Tuesdays only in the morning. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Phone: 773-287-4777.

Proviso Food Pantry
CROP funds help with the purchase and pick-up of food and other supplies. They provide food aid Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. for registered families coming from the entire Proviso township. (Over 100 per week).
Contact: Jerry Hills, USDA Coordinator, 1112 N Ninth Avenue, Melrose Park, IL 60160. Phone 708-771-3668

St Eulalia Parish

St. Eulalia / Quinn Center Food Pantry
CROP funds are used for the purchase and delivery of food and supplies for pantry operating 3 afternoons a week. In 2008 they provided food or holiday food to over 1200 families. Currently about 200 Maywood families are registered.
Contact: Gabe Lara, Director, 1851 S. Ninth Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153. Phone 708-343-6120 ext.30

Vision Food Pantry

Vision of Restoration Food Pantry
The Vision Food Pantry, part of Vision of Restoration, Inc. uses the CROP funds for the purchase and distribution of food on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Vision of Restoration strives to advance the welfare, quality of life, and unity of children and adults by providing comprehensive,
rehabilitative programs and services within the community.

Contact: Larry James, Executive Director, T.H. Wade Foundation Center 1405 Madison Street Maywood, Illinois 60153