Lincoln Park Community Shelter
Rating: 5 stars 10 reviews
Issues: Mental Health, Job Training, Homeless & Housing
Location: 600 West Fullerton Parkway Chicago IL 60614 USA
Created in 2000 and administered by members St. Vincent de Paul Parish, the LPCS adopted the One on One Program in February 2005. The One on One Program provides direct financial assistance to people moving out of homelessness and into permanent housing by partially supporting a security deposit or rent payment. The goal of the One on One Program is to help qualified, motivated homeless applicants to obtain semi- or permanent housing. Participation in the One on One Program is open to LPCS guests and clients from other interim housing programs, and includes attendance at a series of classes aimed at building life skills such as decision-making and budgeting. After completing the classes, a participant is eligible to apply for the housing grant once they have obtained steady employment and identified affordable housing.
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The Shelter is one of the jewels in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The community embraced the organization early on and has never let go. There are literally people who volunteered and donated money from the very beginning that are still serving meals, donating money, running events and providing services. Guests get way more than a meal and a warm bed. The LPCS changes lives...helping those less fortunate with a helping hand to get on their feet and stay there. I truly believe the funds I give to LPCS are some of the wisest dollars I spend.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Watching guests grow into confident productive members of society.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Try to find a way to get a younger donor base to embrace the shelter.