Food for Friends
Every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, COS feeds between 80 and 120 hungry people, making ours one of the most successful soup kitchens in the city
Many years ago, a group of parishioners started a lunch program for the hungry in conjunction with local restaurants wanting to put excess food to good use. This has grown into an established 3-day hot/bag lunch program where volunteers prepare and serve over 10,000 meals a year to hungry persons in connection with the Care For Friends organization. During the winter months (Labor Day to Memorial Day) we serve on Mondays Thursdays, and Saturdays at noon. Doors open at 10:30am for guests to come in for coffee, tea, and fellowship. During the summer months (Memorial Day to Labor Day) we serve bag lunches at 11:00am on Mondays and Saturdays and hot lunches on Thursdays.
We also provide security to maintain good community relations. While we have teams of volunteers that rotate throughout the weeks, we are always looking for outside/corporate partnerships as well. Even just one person who is interested can be put to work, providing for those who have less. Our volunteers prepare meals from local ingrediants provided by local restaurants and grocery stores. New volunteers are always welcome. Please contact Katie Spero, Parish Life Director, if you are interested in volunteering or donating.
TEAM A - Garry Huebner & Morag Fullilove
TEAM B - FJ Phillips
TEAM C - Kate Flynn & Steve Clifford
TEAM D - Outside groups welcome!
TEAM MONDAY - Charles Stewart
TEAM THURSDAY - Mark Bean
On the third Saturday and last Monday of each month the Foot Clinic helps our Food for Friends guests with their feet.
Guests of this program receive foot care and evaluations twice per month by a team of volunteers including nurses as well as a podiatrist and medical doctors. The clinic provides referrals to regional free health clinics and hospitals for more urgent medical conditions. Typically, this is the only preventative care our guests are receiving. This program is helping to reduce reliance on emergency rooms as a primary source of care for the populations we serve.
Care for Friends
The Care for Friends was created as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to serve the community beyond the church
In the Summer of 1968, Church of Our Saviour opened its doors to shelter young people from the violence surrounding the Democratic National Convention riots in Lincoln Park. In the ensuing decades, this support from a single organization has blossomed into a wide-ranging network of strong community partnerships that have come together to support Chicago's most vulnerable, which we have come to identify as our Friends.
Together, this diverse network of strong connections provides a wide range of services which are organized and formalized under the umbrella of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2012. Initially known as the 530 Fullerton Foundation, the organization rebranded in 2016 as Care for Friends to better describe the scope of services we offer.
The flagship program is "Food for Friends" - where we create a safe space for anyone requiring a meal to gather in community for a no-cost hot lunch served in sit-down, family style with dignity and respect.
Being a part of COS means being lovingly engaged with the world beyond ourselves.
“Be,” “Know,” “Do” are three important concepts at Church of Our Saviour. It is vital to our common life that we ‘be’ people who pray, who study Scripture, and both corporately and individually reside in the Christian life. It is important that we ‘know’ each other, because to make Christian community and to faithfully love one another we must know our fellow community members (and be known by them). But to really live out our Christian commitment, we must ‘do.’
ASP (A SERVICE PROJECT) YOUTH GROUP TRIP
For over two decades, the senior high youth group and adult sponsors have traveled to areas experiencing severe poverty in Appalachia and, since Hurricane Katrina, severe destruction in the Gulf Coast. This service trip is a hybrid – combining days spent doing home repair and nights spent doing retreat activities. The youth are divided into work teams, each with at least one adult sponsor, and tackle things as varied as replacing a rotted floor or adding needed insulation to a home. (Sometimes while trying to avoid angry insects!) Every spring, the members and friends of Church of Our Saviour look forward to the “ASP Dinner”, the high school youth’s fundraiser for the summer trip, and an opportunity for the entire congregation to hear stories of the past summer’s trip, enjoy a beautiful meal and live music, and participate in live and silent auctions which help raise funds for the upcoming trip.
Among the important outreach activities in our parish is participation in an informal coalition with members of several Chicago parishes working together as the "Chiapas Project" in the Chicago Diocese Companionship relationship with the Diocese of Southeast Mexico. This coalition includes three parishioners in Chicago: St. Chrysostom's, Church of Our Savior, and Church of the Atonement and Holy Comforter (Kenilworth). Since being charged in 2010 by Bishop Benito with the support of his diocese missions in Chiapas, members of the Chiapas Project have made annual visits to two missions in Chiapas: St. Benito de Nursia in St. Cristobal, and St. Marcos at Yochib in the Mayan highlands, as well as occasional visits to two children's homes: the Hogar Infantil in Ocozocoactia and the Mision Mexico in Tapachula. The Project has staged three major fundraisers in 2010, 2012 and 2016, and in 2013 began selling Chiapan textiles at diocese venues; these resources have helped purchase the site for the church in Yochib, provide student scholarships, deliver on-going weekly English and health-care classes there, provided donations to the children's homes, and responded to the Bishop's appeal for contributions to priest's salaries. The Project works closely with part-time residents of San Cristobal: Louanna Furbee and Bob Benfer from Calvary Episcopal Church in Columbia, Mo., and with Padre Florencio Gonzalez Onorio and his wife Hermalinda, and Deacon Charles Parker. Currently (2016) The Rev. George Hull (Holy Comforter) and Sena Leikvoldt from COS are heading up the Chiapas Project.
Church of Our Savior has been represented since 2011 in the worship services in San Cristobal and Yochib, led by Sena Leikvold and Charles Stewart who first traveled there with a group from St. Chrysostom's. In 2012 a large COS group traveled to Chiapas: Brian Hastings and Roger Gumm, Bob and Molly Stine, Kathy Hart, Luanne Gavin, Bob and Sharon Barton, Mark Bean and Nancy Paradiso, Jackie Coombs-Nelson (St. Mary's, Park Ridge) and her cousin Fran Gamboa from Mexico City, joined Sena and Charles. They presented Padre Florencio with a baptismal candle for his congregations and individual candles decorated by COS children for the families of kids baptized in those communities. In 2013 Sena and Charles were joined by Sharon and Bob Barton again, Charlcey and Jim Hawk, and Emma Peterson from COS and Bishop Benito along with Jackie Coombs-Nelson and her daughter Petra with Fran Gamboa. In addition to the two missions they visited the Hogar Infantil children's home. In 2014 the Hawks returned as did Roger and Brian, Fran Gambota and Jess Elfing and Martha Willis; in addition, Sena and Charles were able to visit the children's home in Tapachula, Mision Mexico with George Hull and John and Judy Bross. 2015 saw COS visitors Bob and Molly Stine, Brian and Roger, Linda and Tony Packard, Jess and Mary Elfing, Fran Gamboa, Sena and Charles. Last year Charles and Sena were joined by Carol Blendowski, Margaret Sullivan and Chuck Elliot (Atonement), Fran Gamboa, and Louanna and Bob Furbee (Calvary, Columbia MO.) Each year since 2013 the communities of Yochib and San Cristobal have also been visited by groups led by John and Judy Bross from St. Chrysostom’s, and parishioners at all of the Chiapas Project parishes are open to join either group. In 2017 the Brosses will host a group January 27-30, and Sena and Charles will host groups March 9-12 and March 16-19.
Our “Mission of Presence”in the Chiapas communities has taught us new meanings of "mission" in which our presence and our worship with our fellow Anglicans has been mutually enriching. Parishioners in Chiapas remark on the meaning they derive from our repeated visits: "Your coming back makes you part of us and that gives us strength." "Coming from such a distance to worship with is, we see as an affirmation of God's presence in our midst." Currently, COS is a major supporter of weekly health delivery classes in Yochib conducted by Carlos Garcia Ballinas who is also increasingly becoming something of a community organizer in Yochib