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Care for Real

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Community
  • Hunger
  • Seniors
  • Women


5339 North Sheridan RoadChicago, IL 60640 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission in to help our neighbors in need by providing free programs and services including food distribution five timrsca week, deliveries to the homebound, a clothing shop, a pet pantry, case management referrals and a job club to help clients self stabilize and get back on their feet.


Care for Real was established in 1970 by members Rev. William Johnson of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement, Rabbi Herman Schaalman of Emmanuel Congregation and other members of the Edgewater Clerical Rabbinical Association. This orgnization, which is now known as the Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA), wanted to provide emergency help 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 Chicago's northside communities.

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