Campus Partners

"Welcome to our Partners Page, where we proudly showcase the superheroes who join forces with us to conquer challenges, unleash creativity, and build communities all for the glory of the Lord. Explore our incredible partners and discover the extraordinary community that we are proud to call Lawndale" 
The Green Tomato Café opened in the Fall of 2012 as a part of the Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC) ministry to further encourage a connected Lawndale community. The Green Tomato Café offers affordable, healthful food in a relaxing, inviting, and family-friendly atmosphere. We promote the LCHC mission of “Loving God. Loving People” as a place to just stop by for a quick snack or stay for a while to gather for dining, studying or working.

The Farm on Ogden, a multiuse facility located in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood, supports and sustains a healthy urban community by bringing food, health, and jobs together in one location. Windy City Harvest, the Garden’s urban agriculture program, in partnership with Lawndale Christian Health Center take a “whole person” approach to community health and wellness.

The Route 66 Classic Car Show started in 2008 as a way to bring the community together in celebrating the history of America's most cherished highway and the cars that have driven it.

Beyond the delicious food, they have also contributed to the neighborhood's economic growth, providing employment opportunities and supporting local suppliers. Lou Malnati's has become more than just a pizza joint; it has become a symbol of pride, unity, and a catalyst for positive change in Lawndale.

Principle Barbershop is a place for straight razor shaves, haircuts, a place for shop talks and creative events, lovers of art and music, performances with live bands, DJs and a platform and meeting place for the community. It's a shop that is built on principles of professionalism, proper quality service, client relationships, freedom and creativity.

GriefShare’s parent ministry is Church Initiative. Church Initiative is a nondenominational, nonprofit ministry serving more than 20,000 churches worldwide. From its headquarters in Wake Forest, North Carolina, the ministry creates and publishes video-based curricula to help churches minister to people experiencing life crises.

Harmony Community Church (formerly known as Howard Chapel AME Church) was established on the first Sunday in April, 1991 under the leadership of Rev James Brooks. The church was located at 1702 W. 14th Place in Chicago IL. The original members described the church building as a small frame white house with frail floors.
The Firehouse Community Arts Center has served as a safe haven for young people in the Chicago area for over a decade and has been coordinating various events and art programs dedicated to preventing and interrupting youth and young adults caught in violence. The Firehouse Community Art Center was birthed from youth and young adults in North Lawndale .

Outside Partners

Operation Brotherhood’s Purpose is to Provide:
Utility and Energy Assistance Services
to low income families, and
Promote volunteerism and service
to the general community. 

We are a vital, non-denominational, multisite church where children, students, and adults alike build life-changing relationships with God and one another. At each of our campuses, we offer inspiring worship services Sunday morning in person and online, as well as on demand in our media library and on YouTube.
Since its founding by Irish immigrants on Easter morning in 1846, Old St. Patrick’s has been interwoven in the life and history of the City of Chicago. Old St. Patrick’s is one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Its survival makes it the oldest public building in the City of Chicago.
 Today, Old St. Patrick’s is home to a membership of more than 3,000 households and innumerable friends. As we grow, we continually redefine what it means to be an urban church. 
The Young Doctors club is a vibrant community based, longitudinal, health sciences educational pipeline program developed to introduce students from 3rd-12th grade from medically underserved areas to health science curricula and careers.
Pastor Francisco "Paco" Amador was born in Mexico City. At the age of fourteen he gave his life to the King. Following a desire to serve Him for the rest of his life, Paco came to Chicago for training at the Moody Bible Institute. In 1990 he visited the Little Village neighborhood for the very first time and immediately fell in love with the community. A few years later he moved into the neighborhood. Prior to serving at New Life, Pastor Paco was a missionary in Spain, worked at Lawndale Christian Health Center and taught elementary school for nine years. In 2005 he was called into full time ministry as the pastor at New Life Little Village. Paco loves running with his wife, dancing with his daughters and wrestling with his boys. Pastor Paco & Sylvia have 7 children.

Chicagoland Prison Ministry is a faith-based organization that ministers to men and women in the Cook County Jail, Cook County Sheriff’s Boot Camp, various state prisons and at our Career Center in Roseland. We offer Christian worship services, discipleship classes, individual counseling, vocational training, job preparation, Bible studies and more—all in order to show inmates and their families the love of Christ in a clear, tangible way.
At Lawndale you can expect to find a warm, friendly, and compassionate group of diverse believers in Jesus. You can also expect, through the teaching of the Word, to be challenged to follow and serve Jesus, which is a wonderful experience. We are a people who are called, gathered, and sent by God's Word and Spirit to live this New Life of Jesus beyond boundaries, culture, and class. 
Northern Seminary educates Christian leaders to be spiritually mature, biblically grounded, theologically competent, pastoral, evangelistic, and prophetic. We deliver a multi-denominational educational experience that is international, interracial, and intercultural to prepare women and men called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to advance and nurture the ministries of the Church. We teach the gospel of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the authority of Scripture. 

La Villita Community Church

La Villita Community Church will share the love of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit with our community by providing a safe and healing space where all can experience the restorative presence and power of God through community, teaching, and worship. By the grace and mercy of God, we are in the community to serve, to build, and to engage through sharing the hope of Christ and the love of God. We will walk alongside our neighbors in a loving and supportive manner through the difficulties and celebrations of life while building unity in the body of Christ.

I Am Able

I AM ABLE is a not-for-profit 501©3 tax-exempt organization that has served the communities in the Chicagoland and surrounding areas for nearly three decades.
We were founded and incorporated from a strengths-based perspective due to overwhelming challenges and disparities faced by African American and Latino families who are plagued by substance abuse, family violence, marital breakup, family dysfunction, adverse system issues, and child welfare involvement. Led by Dr. Carolyn L. Vessel, CEO/President, our organization continues to implement cutting-edge strategies to serve our families and community.