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St. Mark’s Hospitality Center for the Homeless Grand Opening 9/15/2022

September 15 @ 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

On September 15th from 3 pm to 7 pm, St. Mark’s is hosting the Grand Opening Celebration of our newly renovated Hospitality Center at St. Mark’s Church, 1509 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202.

The Hospitality Center is fundamental to St. Mark’s commitment to our unhoused and hungry neighbors in the Evanston community. Prior to the pandemic, St. Mark’s raised over $500,000 in our capital campaign to update the Hospitality Center. The construction took place during the pandemic and was finished earlier this year.

For the past 36 years, St. Mark’s has hosted, in partnership with Interfaith Action Evanston, our unhoused neighbors at our Hospitality Center. The Center is open from 7:00 am to 11:00 am Monday through Friday, 52 weeks per year. Guests are received in a warm, nurturing environment; they may use the services of a job coordinator or case manager, or they may make use of the facilities for grooming or making phone calls regarding jobs or apartments.

Since February 2015, St. Mark’s and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Churches have partnered to prepare and serve lunch to our guests every Wednesday.

The celebration of our small congregation’s achievement for our cherished neighbors is to be an open house and tour of the updated Center from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


3:00 Event Begins – Refreshments and Snacks served

3:30 pm – Blessing and Opening Remarks

· St. Mark’s Warden – opening remarks and welcome

· Rev. Fran Holliday, Interim Rector, St. Mark’s – Blessing

· Melissa Appelt, President, IAE

· Sue Murphy, Executive Director, IAE

· Jonathan Nieuwsma, Fourth Ward Alderman

4 pm – Ribbon Cutting and Official Opening

6 pm – Recognition of St. Mark’s congregation


St. Mark’s Episcopal Chruch
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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1509 Ridge
1509 Ridge
Evanston, 60201 United States
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