For several years Ignatian Services has partnered with the Sacred Heart Academy. The seventh and eighth grade boys have been helping at off times to set-up the panty, stock and do other jobs as needed. During the fall of each year the students conduct a food drive for our food pantry. On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving they deliver to the pantry approximately 3,000 pounds of food. After unloading the food, they stay to sort and stock the shelves. The day before Thanksgiving is traditionally our busiest day when over 65 families will come to the pantry looking for holiday food and special items.
In March the seventh-grade boys wanted to see the pantry in action. They asked their teachers and principal if they could work a Wednesday at the food pantry. The pantry is open on Wednesdays from 2 until 4 pm, so they were getting out of school but also giving up some of their free time to help. They arrived at 1:30 and began stocking the table for the day. For the next 2 ½ hours they worked greeting clients and helping them choose food. They helped elderly clients up the stairs with loaded grocery baskets. They chose books for the children that came to the pantry. They also stayed and cleaned up and disposed of the cardboard in the re-cycle bin.
This Lent Ignatian Services will be conducting a drive for personal care items for the residents of the Bishop Goedert Residence which is located on the grounds of Hines Veterans Hospital. The facility offers low-income housing for veterans over 62. There are 71 apartments in the development. All the residents are on fixed incomes and sometime have trouble making ends meet. During Lent, we will be collecting the following items: shampoo, soap, deodorant, hand cream, body lotions, tooth paste, tooth brushes, band aids and cotton balls. If you are interested in donating you can drop your items off at the rectory. If you would like to donate but are unable to shop you can donate funds and Ignatian Services will do the shopping for the needed items. We plan to deliver the items after Easter.
Re-Pack Night at the Greater Chicago Food Depository scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 6:30 until 9:00 pm space is limited. The parish van has some space for those that do not want to drive and will leave the parish at 4:30. If you are interested, please contact Ignatian Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ignatian Services is the social service expression of the Faith Community of St. Ignatius Church in Rogers Park. Its purpose is to provide assistance to those members of our neighborhood who are in need. Ignatian Services does not discriminate. The primary ministry of Ignatian Services is the distribution of food through our food pantry. We strive to develop new programs to help the disadvantaged members of our community to lead healthy lives-- body and soul. Together, out volunteers, benefactors, parishioners, and clients form a community.
This is why we say that WE ARE ALL IGNATIAN SERVICES.
Throughout the year we supply our families with an assortment of core food items to meet the needs of their families. On Thanksgiving Day we provide a traditional turkey dinner for the community. Our guests include those unable to cook for themselves or those wanting to share a meal with others. In December, our food pantry clients receive special holiday food baskets. These baskets take into account the diversity of our community and include traditional and ethnic specialties of the season. Ignatian Services also partners with Catholic Charities to sponsor our Christmas Giving Tree. Generous parishioners and neighbors donate new toys for over 200 needy children; ensuring that these children have a brighter holiday season.
In 2016 our food pantry served 2,204 families that represents over 850 different families. On average, we serve 184 families a month. Our clients are given the opportunity to choose the items that will best suit their family’s tastes. These items include but are not limited to: rice, beans, pasta, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, peanut butter, jelly, yogurt, egg, cereal both hot & cold, canned tuna or salmon, canned chicken. The amount of food given to a client is dependent upon the size of the family. Each month we distribute approximately 6 tons of food.
Ignatian Services has many fundraising drives throughout the year, and we accept donations of non perishable food items, diapers, toiletry items soap, shampoo, toothbrushes), and plastic grocery bags year round. Your financial support is also always needed!
A donation of $140.00 enables us to purchase a ton of food (2,000 pounds) at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. A contribution of $70.00 will buy a half of ton. No donation is too small; $12.00 will buy a case of peanut butter; $58.00 will buy 36 gallons of powdered milk. We appreciate your support.
37% are children or teens
17% are senior citizens
On average, 925 individuals are served each month
Over 6 tons of food are distributed each month
Want to make a donation, or just have a question about Ignatian Services? Please contact Kathy Morris, Director of Ignatian Services.