This month, State Representative Ann Williams will be partnering with State Senator John Cullerton and Alderman Michele Smith to put on a Toiletry Drive benefiting Lincoln Park Community Services (LPCS). The drive will be collecting a number of toiletry items as well as laundry and dish detergent, backpacks, umbrellas and other everyday necessities. A full list of needed items is provided in the flier below.
LPCS first opened its doors in 1985 after the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless estimated that 25,000 people would be homeless in Chicago. Concerned neighbors in the Lincoln Park neighborhood responded by partnering with four neighborhood churches and began offering services to help a handful of homeless neighbors. Today, LPCS has grown to include housing and sleeping facilities, meal programming, and a wide array of social services to help their guests get back on their feet. Their services are provided in a holistic way in order to remove barriers and increase self-sufficiency with their guests. LPCS runs primarily off of private funding, community donations and volunteers.
Donations for the Toiletry Drive will be collected through the end of the month and can be dropped-off at Rep. William’s office at 1726 W. Belmont or at Alderman Michele Smith’s Office in the 43rd Ward, located at 2523 N. Halsted St. All donations are greatly appreciated. Together, we can help support those who are facing homelessness in our community and beyond.