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Friends Together

THANK YOU

Jesus wants us to love our friends. Jesus wants us to serve others. Jesus wants us to work together. And that’s what you did.

From the bottom of our hearts and on behalf of our new friends, thank you for partnering with other ministries and organizations as Friends Together.  Fifty miles or less from our homes, there are so many precious, beautiful families who needed just a little bit of hope and small amount of relief.

On your behalf and in the name of Jesus, that relief was delivered right into their front doors in June. Relief came in the form of food and other very practical, hard-to-find items that did not require a bus ride and long walks carrying heavy bags.

Relief came in the form of access to healthy summer outdoor activities. Over 170 baseball gloves have been delivered to City of Refuge Chicago and Stephanie Marquardt is ensuring each glove is on the hand of baseball players on the Westside of Chicago. You also sewed patches on baseball hats for this team to wear proudly.

Relief came in the form of more than a dozen donated devices so that children could have access to remote learning in this season of school during a pandemic.

And relief came in the form of prayer which covered the families in areas that need the peace and presence of Jesus. So next time, when you head into the city on Interstate 290 and you pass the parks and homes, please remember to pray for these children and families. Please pray for the officers and community leaders. And please pray for how the Lord would have you continue to bring relief to these new friends.

 

This is a partnership to support the amazing and beautiful work that has been happening on Chicago’s Westside through our friend Stephanie Marquardt and City of Refuge Chicago.  You can read all about this amazing organization through this link. City of Refuge Chicago
We will be serving our friends who call the Westside home through the help and partnership of Sgt. Jermaine Harris and Chicago Westside Police and Youth Sports.  Instead of us telling you about this positive impact, please watch it for yourself right here. Watch video 

 

Here’s how we can continue to help

Serving Chicago’s Westside Students at Remote Learning Pods

Help create a safe learning space for inner city youth. Caring adults will assist youth in their CPS-directed remote learning and provide encouragement to complete their daily and weekly assignments.

Each site will have 9-10 students with 5-6 caring adults. Students are predominantly ages 7-14. There will also be two police officers assisting the youth at each site.

There are 48, 3.5 hour opportunities to serve from October 8 through December 22. The need is to have 2-3 volunteers from a church per site during the hours of operation.

Each pod has its own sign up link.  If you see a pod is not available on the day and time your schedule allows, please try a different pod.

 

Neighborhood:             North Lawndale
Police District:             10th District
Location:                      Franklin Park Park District Building
Address:                       4320 W 15th St, Chicago, IL 60623
Hours of operation:      Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Sign up for North Lawndale here.

 

Neighborhood:             Garfield Park
Police District:              11th District
Location:                      Reborn Community Church
Address:                       4000 W Wilcox St, Chicago, IL 60624
Hours of Operation:      Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Optional playtime:        3:00pm-4:30pm
Sign up for Garfield Park here.

 

Neighborhood:             South Austin
Police District:              15th District
Location:                      Project Exploration
Address:                       5044 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60644
Hours of Operation:      Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Sign up for South Austin here.