“Fear not for I am with you.”

Isaiah 41:10

A Letter from our Executive Director:


I know each of you reading this has been affected by this crisis in some way.  I was reminded by Pastor Paul Tripp to be appropriately afraid, but not give way to fear.  He shares that giving way to fear is characterized by meditating on the trouble we are facing and forgetting God in the process. This fear reveals itself when we allow our minds and hearts to be controlled by what was initially appropriate concern.  I hope this will encourage you and you will continue to remember God’s promises to us in the midst of uncertainty around us.  

There are a few ways we are have responded within our Woodlawn community:

  1. Closing our building and physical programs: We are following the lead of the Chicago Public Schools and the recommendations of Mayor Lightfoot and Governor Pritzker of implementing social distancing to effectively do our part to protect our neighbors and the most vulnerable. 
  1. Wellness checks with our youth, families, and neighbors: Our staff have reached out to more than 300 individuals and families since the closures went into effect.  We have delivered groceries, toiletries, prayed with families, and offered emotional support.   
  1. Creative educational and spiritual support for youth: Our youth staff has implemented online educational and spiritual supports for our youth.  This includes daily zoom, instagram live, and facebook live connections that offer bible studies, prayer time, and creative educational enrichment activities.  
  1. Connection and support of community partners: Many of our community partners are also implementing emergency support responses for our neighbors.  We are collaborating with them, learning from them, and acting accordingly as we are able. This includes supporting our local schools in delivering meals to families in need.  
  1. Connecting with our extended Sunshine family:  Our communications and development team has been reaching out to many of our extended Sunshine network to pray for them and keep them informed of what is happening in our neck of the woods.  We are burdened for all who are affected by this virus and the closures and continue to offer a listening ear, prayer, and thanksgiving for all God is doing to care for us in the midst. 

We covet your continued prayers,

Joel Hamernick


SUNSHINE HELPLINE:  (773) 313-3301

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Meals on Wheels

Chicago Public Schools free meals

Care Package for Seniors 

University of Chicago

Illinois Food Stamps (SNAP)

Free grocery delivery for SNAP recipients or those over 60


Free meals through the YWCA 

Sundays, beginning with April 19th, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

YWCA Laura Parks & Mildred Francis Center

6600 S. Cottage Grove Avenue

Chicago, IL 60637


For Seniors only:

  • The Midwest Food Bank/Salvation Army
  • Call 312-744-5000
  • You must live in Chicago.
  • Ask for the Senior Box
  • They will ask for your name, address, phone number and they will give
  • you a confirmation number.
  • They will call you before they come to deliver the food.
  • You will get a large box of food for 7 days including a bag with 6 frozen foods.

Brightstar Free Trauma Helpline

  • Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm
  • 833-TURN123
  • For after hours, there is the Crisis Text Line which serves anyone, in any type of crisis, 24-hours a day. Instructions: Text HELLO to: 741741 to access a trained crisis counselor.

Call 311 or NAMI Chicago Helpline 833-626-4244 for a mental health counselor.

National Domestic Violence hotline 800-799-7233 or if you are in a situation where you can not safely call, logon to hotline.org or Text LOVEIS to 22522.

If you think you have COVID, call Chicago Health Dept:  312-746-4835.

Or you can call the University of Chicago COVID-19 response line at 773-702-2800. 

Preventing COVID 

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID

Free online exercise classes through YMCA360 and Planet Fitness

Free Martial Arts classes online

Local drive/walk-up testing sites 

Childcare options in your area 

Childcare for First Responders

University Kids Early Learning Center

6:30 am- 6 p.m. for First responders


YMCA Shelter Options

6330 S Stony Island Ave

Chicago, IL 60637

(773) 947-0700


Pacific Garden Mission

1458 S Canal St

Chicago, IL 60607

 (312) 492-9410


New Life Housing and Shelter 

7632 N. Paulina Ave

Chicago, IL 60626

(773) 743-3859


A Safe Haven (Women and Children) 

2750 West Roosevelt Road 

Chicago, IL 60608

(773) 435-8300

Aldi: Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30am-9:30am

Dollar General: First Hour Daily

Costco: Tuesday & Thursday 8am-9am (60 and older)

Target: Wednesdays: First Hour

Whole Foods: An hour before they open

Jewel: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7am – 9am

Marianos: 6am – 8am Daily

Walgreens: Tuesday 8am-9am

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