Lincoln Park Community Shelter

St. Pauls helped found the Lincoln Park Community Shelter (LPCS) in 1985 along with three other neighborhood churches. LPCS is a comprehensive social service agency serving adult men and women who are experiencing homelessness, providing interim housing, meals, and a targeted array of services to over 300 people each year. We continue our close relationship with LPCS through regular volunteer opportunities and by hosting their Sunday Community Engagement Program (CEP).

You can volunteer at LPCS in two ways:

LPCS Community Engagement Program (CEP) Sunday Suppers

  • When: Every Sunday afternoon from 3-6:00 PM
  • Where: St. Pauls kitchen and Oscar Mayer Room
  • Description: This outreach program serves those in need in our community—some who are on the LPCS waiting list and others who are struggling with housing. The program provides a good hot meal, a warm place, a shower, and laundry facilities. St. Pauls volunteers plan a menu, purchase food, and prepare and serve dinner for about 40 people each Sunday afternoon. The meal is prepared in St. Pauls kitchen and served in the Oscar Mayer Room. Volunteers arrive at 3:00 pm and dinner is served around 4:30 pm. Volunteers are encouraged to eat with the guests if time allows. After serving the meal, volunteers assist with clean-up, which is typically finished about 5:15 pm. 

Wednesday Night Dinner for LPCS Guests

  • When: First Wednesday of every month.
  • Where: Lincoln Park Community Shelter, 600 West Fullerton Parkway
  • Description: A crew of 3-6 St. Pauls volunteers plans a menu, purchases ingredients, and prepares and serves dinner for about 40 live-in guests at LPCS. Arrive at LPCS about 6:00 pm to prepare the meal in the LPCS kitchen. Dinner is served in the LPCS dining room at 7:30 pm. Volunteers are encouraged to eat dinner with the guests if time allows. After serving the meal, LPCS guests and St. Pauls volunteers assist in clean-up, which is typically finished by 8:30 pm. 

Please contact Brent Carstensen, or 312-218-0934 if you are interested in volunteering. Both of these volunteer activities are ideal for families and groups of 4-6 people.

Brent Carstensen

Latest Lincoln Park Community Shelter News

LPCS Volunteer Appreciation Party
Posted: Jul 6 2016 - 10:42am

On Monday, July 18, Lincoln Park Community Shelter will be celebrating volunteers, and would love to have anyone from St. Pauls who has volunteered, whether once or many times, to join them as they celebrate all of the amazing people that help make LPCS such a special place! Drinks, light hor d'oeuvres and music from bluegrass band, The Tony Bondi Project will be part of the celebration. RSVP by clicking here, and stop by anytime between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.