Chicago Lights Social Service Center

Drop-in services are only available during these hours:

Social Service Center assistance is provided at the 126 E. Chestnut Street entrance Tuesday through Friday mornings, with check-in from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. only on those four days.

Food, clothing, toiletry, and case management services are available.

About the Social Service Center
The Chicago Lights Social Service Center has, since 1983, carried out the vision of former Fourth Presbyterian Church Pastor Elam Davies: to serve “the least, the lost, and the lonely” with dignity and respect.

The Center welcomes and assists adults who are experiencing or are at risk of hunger or homelessness or are otherwise in need of professional support. The Center offers long-term support (e.g., intensive case management, housing support, and enrichment groups), while still meeting basic participant needs, such as clothing and food.

How you can help


Volunteering with the Social Service Center


Items can be dropped off at the church reception desk (126 E. Chestnut) seven days a week between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or shipped to the Chicago Lights Social Service Center (Fourth Presbyterian Church, Attn. Social Service Center, 126 E. Chestnut, Chicago, IL 60611).

Current needs:

Men’s Clothing
• Jeans, all sizes
• Casual pants/khakis , all sizes
• Hoodies, sizes S–3XL
• Sweatshirts, Sizes S–3XL

Men’s and Women’s
• Winter coats, all sizes
• Sneakers/athletic shoes, all sizes
• New underwear, all sizes

Other Essential Items
• Backpacks
• Suitcases
• Push or pull roller bags
• Large cloth bags/sturdy shopping bags

You can learn more about the Center by visiting the Chicago Lights website.

For more information, call the Social Service Center at 312.640.2571 or contact Theresa Thornburg, Director.


126 E. Chestnut Street
(at Michigan Avenue)
Chicago, Illinois 60611.2014
(Across from the Hancock)

For events in the Sanctuary,
enter from Michigan Avenue

Getting to Fourth Church

Receptionist: 312.787.4570

Directory: 312.787.2729



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