The Margarita Inn and its future have been the subject of many community discussions during the past several months. The focus is Connections for the Homeless’ goal of purchasing the building to continue offering the Bridge Housing and services so critical for people seeking to improve their lives.
The board, staff, and advocacy committee of Interfaith Action of Evanston – a coalition of 40 faith communities serving homeless and hungry people in Evanston for 35 years – support Connections for the Homeless, its purchase of the Margarita Inn, and the City’s approval of a special use permit. We shudder to think of the impact of losing this facility. For the last two years, the Margarita has been a beacon of hope for people in Interfaith Action’s overnight and daytime shelters. Without it, Evanston streets, building enclaves, alleyways, and parking structures will likely take its place for people left without housing, restrooms, privacy, or much faith in a future.
Interfaith Action has launched a petition for individuals to voice their support of Connections and the Margarita Inn. Found at the Interfaith Action website (https://interfaithactionofevanston.org/margarita-inn-petition/), this petition offers an alternative for those who may not be comfortable speaking up in the noise of public comment. To date, we have gathered more than 600 signatures and welcome all who wish to express support for the Margarita Inn.
We also encourage people to consider volunteering in one of Interfaith Action’s many programs, within a faith community, or with other Evanston nonprofit organizations. There is no better way to understand the challenges and complexities facing people experiencing homelessness and hunger. Those of us working in soup kitchens, overnight and daytime shelters, and at the Producemobile have come to know and care about the people we serve, sharing in their interests, humor, individuality, and their very presence among us. We worried about them during the pandemic and have been relieved to see them again once the clouds lifted. Please consider volunteering with us, either within your faith community or at https://interfaithactionofevanston.org/get-involved/.
Finally, thank you to all who support and volunteer in the wide variety of capacities available. This is the way we build community – one that cares about and appreciates the many different people who make up our world.
Interfaith Action of Evanston