Every Wednesday evening from October through April, the church basement is transformed into a shelter for up to 25 people. Enjoy a dinner served on real dishes, a comfortable night's sleep on a new thicker mattress, breakfast in the morning, and a sack lunch to take with you. Call or stop in at the Journeys Office for more information about the shelter system here in the suburbs.
Volunteers staff the shelter, provide meals, and clean up so the next group can use the space. We are always looking for volunteers! There are three shifts: 7-11pm, 11pm-3am, and 3-7am, plus set-up and clean-up crews. For more information, call the church office (847.358.4650) or Journeys. All shift volunteers need to go through a brief training at Journeys, so we can ensure that everyone is safe and respected. Our goal is to welcome guests as we would welcome them into our own homes, as Christ welcomes us.
There are estimated to be 1200-1600 people struggling with homelessness in Northwest Suburban Cook County. We hope to be a beacon of light in the community, offering hope as well as help. Every guest has a story, many are in need of a friend, and every single one gives us a glimpse of the face of Christ, who also "has nowhere to lay his head."
We're grateful to our partner churches that provide dinners--from roast chicken to sloppy joe's to Greek lasagna and baklava, every week is a culinary adventure, always capped off with ice cream sundaes--a PCOP tradition. And we love our volunteers, whether they come in to set up tables, wipe down mattresses, or stay awake from 11-3 in case anyone has a need. Every bit of help matters! Volunteer today.