‘Blessed that we might bless’
As an institutional citizen of Evanston, First Pres ministers in a portion of Chicagoland that represents a gradient between great wealth and genuine poverty. The result has been a history of service of the church to those who Jesus described as “the least of these.”
Some of our outreach activities
Souper Saturday Food Kitchen – We serve lunch and provide some additional food to our homeless and underprivileged neighbors each Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The COVID pandemic moved our distribution outdoors, but we continue to serve are large contingent each week.
Overnight Shelter – In coordination with Connections for the Homeless, First Pres provides overnight shelter services for men and women for a series of weeks each winter, where those without a place to sleep can come and get out of the cold. FPCE volunteers and staff serve together making sure guests are safe, provided secure sleeping areas, and warm, clean bedding.