The Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center meets basic human needs while working with partner agencies to support persons on their journey toward greater stability and self-sufficiency.

Its services include case management, a food pantry, clothing assistance, housing assistance, job-readiness training, street outreach, and support groups. With the exception of the food pantry, there are no geographic boundaries or eligibility requirements. Our goal is to serve all neighbors with dignity and respect.

Rooted in the vision of former Fourth Presbyterian Church pastor Dr. Elam Davies, the program has served “the least, the lost, and the lonely” with dignity and respect since 1983.

Basic Services
Hunger and Housing
Street Outreach
Case Management
Success Stories


9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Monday–Friday
Closed from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

For more information about the Social Service Center, contact Jackie Lorens, Director of the Social Service Center, at 312.981.3569 or


Social Service Center guest artwork will be on display in our very first art show! An opening reception on Tuesday, April 11 will feature paintings, photographs, drawings, and crocheted pieces.

All are welcome to come and meet our guest artists who will share about their work and inspiration. Reception will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Allison Hall Library at the Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut St.