Care for Real

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Community
  • Hunger
  • Seniors
  • Women


5339 North Sheridan RoadChicago, IL 60640 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Care for Real provides food for neighbors to prepare more than 1.62 million meals each year and, in addition, offers a free clothes closet, a pet food pantry and support services.


We are celebrating 50 Years of Caring in 2021.

Care for Real was established in 1971 by Rev. William Johnson of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement, Rabbi Herman Schaalman of Emanuel Congregation and other members of the Edgewater Clerical Rabbinical Association. This organization, which is now known as the Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA), wanted to provide emergency help to victims of fires in "Arson Alley," the Kenmore-Winthrop corridor between Foster and Devon. It was intended to be a short-term solution to a specific problem. However, it soon became clear that there was a need in Edgewater for an ongoing safety net for neighbors in need. Today Care for Real is the safety net for the entire Edgewater community.

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