Every Thursday evening from October through April Pilgrim Faith provides overnight shelter for homeless persons in our area. Guests are provided with a mattress, clean linens and towels, a warm supper, breakfast and a sack lunch to take with them. Case workers help guests access additional services and help so they can get back on their feet.
Our shelter is part of an extensive network of shelters and other programs run by BEDS Plus. Shelter is provided during the cold months (Oct-April) and help people from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
For information about shelters and services call BEDS Plus at 708-354-0858.
It takes an army of volunteers and money to make this happen, we are fortunate to be able to find good people who give up part of their night’s sleep so that others can sleep safely. Each shift is 4-5 hours. We’re always looking for volunteers, if you have time please contact the office at 708-422-42000 or email email@example.com.. The site works through the establishment of short, four to five hour shifts that are run by a team of volunteers, Most volunteers serve one shift a month. Volunteers must be 18 or over; younger people must be accompanied by an adult.
The formal shifts are:
First Shift: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Second Shift: 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Third Shift: 3 a.m.to 7 a.m.
Fourth Shift: 5:30 to 7:30 a.m.
PROPOSED OAK LAWN ORDINANCE TO RESTRICT OPERATION OF HOMELESS SHELTERS UPDATE ON 11/7/17. The Village of Oak Lawn has proposed an ordinance restricting the operations of temporary shelters. (see below) If passed, this ordinance may have a significant impact on the churches and ultimately the clients we all serve. At a minimum, it will impose administrative burdens on sites in Oak Lawn and dramatically reduce our ability to obtain alternate sites if needed.As you may know, BEDS has a long history of working productively with municipalities. We have already brought significant resource to the greater Oak Lawn community and swiftly addressed concerns brought to our attention. This local shelter system was created in the late 90s in response to a request by the municipal leaders for help with the homeless and has operated successfully for many years with the guidance of the local faith leaders. This sudden change of course is unwarranted and has the potential to create distraction and disruption for so many, including our vulnerable shelter guests. We are advocating for a less restrictive solution that honors the history of good work done by the shelters in the community.What can you do NOW?The Oak Lawn Planning and Development Commission voted on November 6 to approve the revised ordinance to regulate homeless shelters. Many local pastors, residents and shelter volunteers attended that meeting and asked repeatedly that it be tabled so that the village, pastors and shelter leaders could work collaboratively on some of the items in the ordinance that are still a problem for the shelters. The commission was not willing to make that recommendation.We believe the ordinance will be considered by the Oak Lawn Village Board on November 14 at 7:30 pm at Oak Lawn village hall. We ask you to do two things to seek additional changes in that ordinance.1) URGENT – We need Oak Lawn residents to contact your trustee and the mayor to ask for the following five changes to the ordinance:
Even if you contacted your trustee and mayor previously, we need you to contact them again to ask for these specific changes.2) We need all of you who care about our ability to provide shelter for those who are homeless to attend the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on November 14 at 7:30 pm to show your support. In order to speak you must sign a list before the meeting starts. You can speak for no more than three minutes.Temporary Overnight shelters ordinance revOak Lawn TrusteesDist. #1 – Tim Desmond firstname.lastname@example.orgDist. #2 – Alex Olejniczak email@example.comDist. #3 – Robert Streit firstname.lastname@example.orgDist. #4 – Terry Vorderer email@example.comDist. #5 – William “Bud” Stalker firstname.lastname@example.orgDist. #6 – Thomas Phelan email@example.comVillage President – Dr. Sandra Bury firstname.lastname@example.org