About Interfaith Action

We all feel that we are a part of the same human family. This is a way to connect to that human family.
— Interfaith Action Volunteer

Interfaith Action of Evanston serves 36,500 meals in a year

All 365 days of the year there’s a soup kitchen open to any hungry Evanston resident. These soup kitchens are run by  the more than 40 faith communities that are part of Interfaith Action. Collectively they’ve been doing this for decades and serve 36,500 meals every year.

And runs a Hospitality Center for the Homeless, winter warming centers & an emergency overnight shelter

Interfaith Action’s service to hungry and homeless neighbors doesn’t end with the soup kitchens. In addition, it runs a Hospitality Center for the Homeless, located at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, five mornings a week, every week of the year. Interfaith Action provides a light break-fast, a warm place to rest, job counseling services, voice mailboxes, computer training and more.

Five days a week in the winter, from November through March, Interfaith Action provides afternoon warming centers where anyone who wants to get out of the cold can – no questions asked.  There they find companionship, a safe place to nap, a light snack, sometimes movies, sometimes games, but mostly a welcoming place to escape the bone chilling cold.

During the coldest of months, on the coldest of nights, when the temperatures drop to 5º or below, Interfaith Action operates an overnight emergency shelter in cooperation with Connections for the Homeless, so no one has to risk his or her life out-side during the coldest of nights.

And brings together more than 40 evanston faith communities

Throughout the year Interfaith Action also sponsors various opportunities for inter-religious relationship building.  Members eat, sing, study, give thanks, create, walk, and talk together about the things they hold dear and the values of service which unite them.


Faith Community Members of Interfaith Action of Evanston,

  • Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern
  • Bahá’í Faith in Evanston
  • Beth Emet The Free Synagogue
  • Bethany Baptist Church
  • Chicago Zen Center
  • Ebenezer AME Church
  • Emmanuel United Methodist Church
  • Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago
  • Evanston Friends Meeting
  • First Congregational Church
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Fisher Memorial AME
  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological
  • Grace Lutheran Church
  • Hemenway United Methodist Church
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church
  • Jewish Reconstructionist Cong
  • Lake Street Church of Evanston
  • Northminster Presbyterian Church
  • Reba Place Fellowship
  • Salvation Army
  • Second Baptist Church
  • Second Church of Christ, Scientist
  • Sheil Newman Center
  • Sherman United Methodist Church
  • Sojourner Covenant
  • St. Athanasius Catholic Church
  • St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Chrch
  • St. John’s United Church of Christ
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church
  • St. Nicholas Catholic Church
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
  • St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Unitarian Church of Evanston
  • Unity Church of the North Shore
  • University Lutheran Church
  • Zion Church