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Food and Shelter



Care for Real
Care for Real was established in 1970 by Father William Johnson of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement, Rabbi Herman Schaalman of Emanuel Congregation and other members of the Edgewater Clerical Rabbinical Association. This organization, which is now known as the Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA), wanted to provide emergency help to victims of fires in "Arson Alley," the Kenmore-Winthrop corridor between Foster and Devon. It was intended to be a short-term solution to a specific problem. However, it soon became clear that there was a need in Edgewater for an ongoing safety net for neighbors in need. Today Care for Real is the safety net for the entire Edgewater neighborhood and surrounding communities.
Today, Care for Real is an independent 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to help neighbors in the Edgewater community by providing food, clothing and counseling services to those in need. They do this through on-site food distribution, deliveries to the homebound, a free clothes closet and a case-management program to help clients connect with other services they may need. Atonement supports Care for Real through a variety of programs. For more information about Care for Real, visit their website.
Weekly Collection Box
A collection box is located in the narthex of the church to collect non perishable food items and clean used clothing for distribution at Care for Real. Envelopes are also provided in church for those who wish to make monetary donations directly to Care for Real. 
Turkey & Ham Collection
In the weeks preceding Easter and Thanksgiving, parishioners and visitors are encouraged to bring hams (Easter) and turkeys (Thanksgiving) to church. For Thanksgiving 2010 over 120 turkeys were donated by parishioners, friends and businesses from Church of the Atonement.
Hunger Walk
On June 26, 2010 16 parishioners and friends joined Care for Real in the 25th Greater Chicago Food Depository's Hunger Walk.  Armed with pledges from sponsors, we joined 6000 other people at Soldier Field for a walk along the lakefront. Monies raised through the 5K walk allow Care for Real to purchase foods from GCFD at a reduced cost.
Make plans to join us June 23, 2012 for the 267th Annual Hunger Walk. For more information contact Tom Kmiecik at .
Farmers Market
Recognizing how common malnutrition and its associated health effects are among the poor, a farmers market was organized to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to clients of Care for Real. After all masses one Sunday, people “shopped” for carrots, apples, tomatoes, sweet corn, cabbage and other produce. Over $1700 was raised to provide fresh produce throughout the year.
We will hold another Farmers Market on July 31, 2011.


Volunteer at Care for Real
If you are regularly available on weekdays or Saturdays, you can volunteer at Care for Real, 6044 N. Broadway. Volunteers are needed to package and distribute food, stock shelves, and assist with office work. Strong and willing backs are also needed the second Thursday of every month to unload food received from the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Tom Robb at  or (773) 274-2380.


Volunteer Day at GCFD


Several times a year, volunteers go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository Warehouse to earn food credits for Care for Real. Activities often include repacking bulk products to individual/family sizes, assembling boxes with assorted food, checking expiration dates and labeling and gleaning products.   Our donated time in 2010 allowed CfR to purchase over 3,000 pounds of food from the depository. 
Our next group volunteer date will be August 20,2011, You can also volunteer at GCFD on behalf of Care for Real as an individual or your own group. For more information contact Tom Kmiecik at .



Epworth Men’s Shelter
Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), a non-profit organization, was created in 1989 to raise the quality of life for low-income residents through social, educational and economic development programs that include: development & preservation of decent & affordable housing for the poor, job training & creation, educational & social programs, and feeding & sheltering the homeless.
CCO staff supervise an overnight shelter for 65 single men from age 18 to 65 at Epworth United Methodist Church, 5253 N. Kenmore.   In addition to the overnight shelter, the men are offered a nutritious dinner, and access to daytime services available at the CCO center in Uptown.
In 2009, Atonement committed to support the Epworth shelter by providing hot meals, supplying necessities for men, and the purchase of kitchen equipment for the shelter
Monthly Meals
On the second Monday of every month, Atonement provides a hot meal for the 65 men staying at the shelter and staff. Volunteers plan the menu, shop for the food, prepare the meal on Sunday afternoon, and deliver it to the shelter on Monday evening. We also have the opportunity to assist in the serving of the evening meal and spend time with the men at Epworth. 
The schedule below lists upcoming food delivery dates to the shelter. If you would like to be lead chef for an open date or assist in food preparation or delivery for other dates, contact Maitland Young at


Personal Care Packs & More
The staff members identified several items of high priority for the men staying at the shelter. At the top of the list was a personal hygiene kit, which contains items such as deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush & toothpaste, and a face cloth. The first 65 hygiene kits were assembled by the Youth Group from donations made by parishioners and from some purchases. We provided a second set of hygiene kits several months later. Clothing is another item of high priority. Socks and t-shirts are always needed by the men; we provided white gym socks and t-shirts for the men. Cold weather presents real challenges for these men, and during the past two Christmas seasons we provided gift packages containing a scarp and cap—wrapped in holiday colors by the Youth Group—for each man staying at Epworth. Washing machines are not available for many of the guests at the shelter; to help them do their wash, we provided pre-paid laundry cards that can be used at a laundromat in Uptown.


Kitchen equipment
Atonement worked with CCO to determine ongoing needs necessary for the running of the shelter. Last fall, we met with the kitchen crew to identify pots, pans and serving utensils necessary for meal preparation each evening. Last November we provided almost $500 of commercial equipment which was immediately put into service.
Atonement will continue to provide equipment as needs arise and budgets permit.






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The Episcopal Church of the Atonement
5749 North Kenmore Avenue • Chicago IL 60660
Phone: 773-271-2727 • Fax: 773-271-4295
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