Elam Davies Social Service Center

Welcome to the Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center (EDSSC).
We welcome and support adults in times of need by offering individual supportive service assistance, including food, clothing, and referrals to other social service agencies.

For thirty years the Center has carried out the vision of former Fourth Presbyterian Church Pastor Elam Davies: to serve those in need with dignity and respect. Our success is sustained by well-structured, responsive programs, which are described below.

Please note that the EDSSC does not provide any financial assistance.

Hours | Food Pantry | Share Shop | Case Management
Volunteer Opportunities | Contact Information
| EDSSC Photos


Hours

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Closed from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for staff lunch

Closed from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Tuesdays for staff meeting

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Food Pantry

By appointment only

  • Groceries provided for guests
  • Eligibility is once a month
  • Cooking limitations and dietary restrictions accommodated
  • Through Consumer Choice, guests are given a shopping list and volunteer aide to guide them as they fill their cart with the allotted number of items they’d like from the pantry
  • Eligibility is based on proof of address. As of March 2014, the pantry serves people residing in the following zip codes: 60601, 60602, 60603, 60604, 60606, 60610, 60611, 60654, 60661
    • In order to receive pantry services, guests must provide staff with a picture ID and address verification. For more information or to find a pantry near you, call the Greater Chicago Food Depository at 773.247.3663.

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Share Shop (Clothing Closet)

By appointment only

  • 20-minute sessions for the clothing closet
  • 2 shopping bags provided
  • Eligibility is every two months

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Case Management

With the goal of helping guests make progress and accomplish meaningful change in their lives, the EDSSC offers short-term and/or intensive, year-long case management, focusing on individualized goals and assistance with access to resources. Referrals include housing, employment, health, legal, education, counseling, and government benefit access resources.

  • Short-term: Schedule appointments to work on short-term goals and access to additional resources
  • Long-term: The Open Doors Project is a year-long program with both weekly individual and group support sessions

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Volunteer Opportunities

  • Aides and substitutes for the Consumer Choice Food Pantry to help guests on Thursday mornings and other times as needed
    Through Consumer Choice, guests of the food pantry are given a shopping list, and the volunteer aide will guide them as they fill their cart with the allotted number of items they’d like from the pantry.

  • Share Shop sorters to go through donated clothing items and assistants to guests selecting clothing
    Shifts available are Tuesday mornings, Wednesday mornings and afternoons, or Friday afternoons. Volunteers may work alone or in small groups on a rotating schedule.

  • Donations of new and used clothing, nonperishable food items, clean towels, toiletries, and more are gladly accepted by the Social Service Center.

To volunteer or donate items, contact Jill Keiser (312.981.3590).

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Contact Information

Address
          126 E. Chestnut Street
          Chicago, IL 60611.2014

Phone
          312.787.2729, ext. 2222

Email
          edssc@fourthchurch.org

Online
          www.chicagolights.org

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EDSSC Photos

Open Doors Project Graduation 2015 | May 13, 2015

Hunger Walk 2015 | June 20, 2015

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More information about the Elam Davies Social Service Center is available on the Chicago Lights website or by contacting Jackie Lorens (312.981.3567), Director of the EDSSC.

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