Ravenswood Community Services, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, grew out of All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s strong commitment to meaningful neighborhood outreach.
We reach out to all neighbors in hopes of creating a community of connections, respecting the dignity of every human being. Our dedicated volunteers distribute groceries, build community, and prepare delicious meals, and more.
Food Pantry and Community Kitchen
Through our partnership with Ravenswood Community Services (RCS), we open our doors to feed our community on Tuesday nights. More than 300 neighbors visit our Food Pantry for fresh groceries and/or our Community Kitchen for a hot, family-style meal. In addition, on the second Saturday morning of each month, RCS hosts a mobile Food Pantry outside of nearby Ravenswood School.
All Saints’ Cafe
Twice a year, RCS transforms its weekly Community Kitchen into the All Saints’ Café, a fine dining experience for our hungry neighbors. Café guests enjoy the opportunity to order a gourmet multi-course meal, complete with restaurant-style menus, table cloths, live entertainment, maitre d’ service, a wait staff, beverage service, and the services of a professional (volunteer) chef.
Health and Social Services
Each Tuesday, during Food Pantry and Community Kitchen operations, RCS community health nurses, led by parishioner Julie Donalek, offer basic screenings, health education, referrals, and a listening ear to our neighbors. Frequently, representatives from local social services such as The Night Ministry, Oak Street Health, and Heartland Alliance also visit to offer their resources.
Each spring, RCS sponsors a half-day event for Ravenswood School 7th and 8th graders called Reality Fair, in which students practice making choices about careers and budgeting. To learn more, visit the RCS website.
This neighborhood 5k, which begins and ends at All Saints’ and draws 3,500 runners from the area, brings in more than $35,000 annually to support All Saints’ poverty relief efforts, including the RCS Food Pantry and Community Kitchen and the Erie Family Health centers serving low-income teens at local high schools.