Episcopal Charities and Community Services (ECCS) is an umbrella organization that supports 15 outreach agencies in the Diocese of Chicago. You can learn more about ECCS and their affiliated agencies HERE.
St. John’s has traditionally been active in supporting two of the ECCS agencies: Lawrence Hall Youth Services and ReVive Center for Housing and Healing (formerly known as Cathedral Shelter).
Lawrence Hall Youth Services serves at risk youth in Chicago with residential, special and alternative education programs; employment training and job placement; independent living; relative, specialized and regular foster care; and early childhood intervention. In the past, members of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew at St. John’s provided mentoring and organized activities for boys at Lawrence Hall. Those service opportunities are no longer available, but women in the Daughters of the King at St. John’s have remained active in promoting a program at Lawrence Hall that ensures the boys and girls receive gifts at Christmas time.
For many years parishioners at St. John’s have been very generous in shopping for the Cathedral Shelter Christmas basket program. Parishioners shop and wrap gifts for families and seniors at Christmas time. Some of the boxes ready to go to Cathedral Shelter in 2013 are shown below. (And check out the cathedral in the background, built with blocks by St. John’s kids.)