Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI)

The Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI), is committed and dedicated to bridging the gaps between Chicago Public Schools and the faith based communities of Chicago.

Our mission is to establish effective partnerships with faith based institutions city-wide. We understand the role of faith based leaders as valuable resources, and know that these partnerships actively engage the community and contributes towards the success of our students and schools. OFBI has several programmatic branches: Safe Haven (more details below), Crisis Training, The Church Adopt-a-School, and Capacity Building Training.

Safe Haven

The Safe Haven program is housed in the Office of Faith Based Initiatives of Chicago Public Schools and provides a “safe haven” for CPS students that is a reliable and no cost alternative place for students and parents during critical high violence periods in the city. The mission of Safe Haven to eradicate bullying and instill practices to combat youth violence and to engage students in workshops that focus on positive conflict resolutions, anger management, anti-bullying, and anti-violence.

Safe Haven is a partnership between CPS and the Faith Community. There are currently over 300 established partners. The program runs in 3 cycles: Afterschool (November - May); Spring Break (March/April); Summer Break (July-August). The program serves over 12,000 students annually.

2018 Safe Haven Summer Locations

South Side Churches

South Church Pastor Address Zip
1st Holy Zion Bishop David Jordan 4401 S. Princeton 60609
Allen Metropolitan Pastor David Bryant 10946 S. Lowe 60628
Assembly of Faith Pastor Andre Gross 1222 W. 108th. Street 60642
Baptist Church Pastor David McCloud 9322 S. Halsted 60620
Beacon Light Ministries Bishop Jerome Powell 11034 S. Michigan 60628
Bright Star Pastor Chris Harris 735 E. 44th St. 60615
Carter Temple/One Church One School Pastor Joseph Gordon 7841 S. Wabash 60619
Concord Pastor Kenneth Phelps 6319 S. Kimbark 60637
Full Gospel Life Church Pastor Robert Purham 7959 S. Western 60636
Gifts From God Pastor St. John Chisum 1818 W. 74th St. 60636
Greater Harvest Pastor Eric Thomas 5141 S. State St. 60609
Holy Trinity Pastor O'Neil 5416 S. Calumet 60615
King of Glory Pastor Jeffery Hodges 2314 E. 83rd St. 60617
KLEO Leslie Honore 119 E. Garfield Blvd 60637
Lilydale Progressive Pastor Lawrence Wallker 10746 S. Michigan Ave 60628
Morgan Park Pastor Dennis Langdon 11030 S. Longwood Dr 60643
New Canaanland Pastor Pervis Thomas 5957 S. Peoria 60621
New Eclipse Pastor Zebediah White 715 W. 51st St. 60609
New Life Covenant Southeast Pastor John Hannah 1021 E. 78th St. 60619
New Memorial Pastor Roosevelt Walker 6844 S. Indiana 60637
New Nazareth Pastor Jarvis Hanson 7933 S. Yates 60617
Redemptive Tabernacle Pastor Linford Coleman 9989 S. Beverly 60643
Restoration Pastor Michael Bonds 8758 S. Peoria 60620
St. James Pastor Warner Pitts 8539 S. Racine 60620
Third Baptist Pastor Alan Ragland 1551 West 95th St. 60643
Triedstone Bishop Simon Gordon 1415 W. 104th St. 60643
Tue Light Church Baptist Pastor Larue Kidd 7300 S. Maryland 60619
Vernon Pastor Andrew Gibson 6400 S. Champlain 60637

West Side Churches

West Side Church Pastor Address Zip
Brotherly Love Pastor Lance Ellis 4146 W. Chicago Ave 60651
Christian Love MB Church Pastor Melech E. Thomas 535 N. Spaulding 60624
Corinthian Temple Pastor David Whittley 4520 W. Washington Blvd. 60624
Ebenezer Community Outreach Pastor Leon Miller 3555 W. Huron 60624
Greater Holy Temple Pastor Lamont Lennox 246 N. California 60612
Heirs of the Promise Pastor Chrystal Kyles 4821 W. Chicago Ave. 60651
Home of Life Pastor Johnny Henderson 4650 W. Madison 60644
I Care Ministries Pastor Annie Cross 4925 West Division 60651
Greater Rock MBC Pastor Floyd James 718 S. Independence 60624
Great True Vine Pastor John Collins 5936 W. Division 60651
Jesus Word Center Pastor Mattie Phillips 4224 West 13th St. 60623
Kingdom Builders/Sunrise Pastor Storey 1101 S. Central Park Ave. 60623
Greater Galilee Pastor Spiller
1308 S. Independence Blvd.
New Life Holiness Pastor Lajuan Whitfield 5637 W. North Ave. 60637
New Mt. Pilgrim Pastor Marshall Hatch 4301 W. Washington 60624
New Landmark Pastor Cy Fields 2700 W. Wilcox 60612
New Macedonia Pastor Leronza Moore 4242 W. Madison 60643
Mt. Vernon Pastor Johnny Miller 2622 W. Jackson Blvd. 60612
Peoples Church of the Harvest Pastor Michael Eaddy 3570 W. 5th Ave. 60624
Reachingout Ministries Pastor Lafayette McGary 2431 Roosevelt Rd. 60608
Rising Sun Pastor Matthew Miller 820 N. Central 60651
Rock of Salvation Pastor Freeman 5350 W. Bloomington 60651
St. Stephen AME Church Pastor Bailey 3042 W. Washington Blvd. 60612
Stone Temple Bishop Fitzpatrick 3622 W. Douglas St. 60623
Sunshine Pastor Derrick Jones 3660 W. Roosevelt Rd. 60624

North Side Churches

North Side Church Pastor Address Zip
Carpenter's House Pastor Jessica Rivera 1651 N Kedzie 60647
Casa de Misericordia Pastor Enio Bravatty
2300 N. Narragansett Ave.
Chicago Tabernacle Pastor Al Toledo 3231 N Cicero Ave. 60641
Christian Fellowship Flock Pastor Freddy Caraballo 10724 S. Ewing 60617
Family Empowerment Pastor Scott Menke 1533 W. Devon Ave. 60660
First Congregational Pastor Jose Rosa 1305 N. Hamlin 60661
Gereration to Generation Pastor Ayla Sampson 11731 S. Avenue O 60617
Grace and Peace Pastor John Zayas 2100 N Kildare 60634
Iglesia Evangelica Emanuel Pastor Tony Mariscal 5016 W. Armitage 60639
New Life Centers HP Pastor John DeLatorre 1410 N Springfield 60651
New Life Covenant HP Campus Pastor David Marrero 3400 W Division 60651
New Life Covenant NW Campus Pastor Josh Ponce 5100 W Diversey 60639
New Life Family Centers Pastor Iliana Carrera 2910 N Central Ave. 60641
New Life Pilsen (Dunamis Church) Pastor Robert Belfort 2512 S. Oakley 60608
Rebano Pastor Mercado 2435 W Division St. 60622
River City Church Pastor Daniel Hill 3709 W Grand Ave. 60651
Rogers Park UMC Pastor Roger Dorr 1545 W. Morse Ave. 60660
Shalom Pastor Ernesto Betancourt 1400 N. Ridgeway Ave. 60651
Springs of Life Pastor Raul Delgado 4300 S California Ave. 60632
Storehouse Pastor Lou Ramos 5701 W. Montrose Ave. 60634
Union Pastor Marvin Alexander 940 N. Orleans 60610
Upper Room Pastor Secundion Mendoza 1357 N California 60622
Urban Vineyard Pastor Eddie Nodal 2145 N Maplewood Ave. 60647

Crisis Support

One of the many functions of the Children First Fund is to assist with funeral arrangements for an untimely death of an active CPS student. This operation is housed in the Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI), and the Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE). Once a crisis alert is issued from the Crisis Response Team, an OFBI Field Coordinator is assigned to contact the family, express condolences, and work with the family and funeral home to assist with financial support.

Qualified families are offered up to a $1500 stipend to assist with funeral cost. All active CPS students are eligible for this fund, including charter, contract, and alternative schools. Inactive students or recent high school graduates are not eligible for the fund.


OFBI values this special partnership that expands community participation and involvement in the development of educational support for Chicago’s students in areas of truancy remediation, social service support and family literacy.

Churches are required to “Adopt-A-School” to make ensure a collaborative effort is established between the community and school to address the challenges that our students and families face in an effort to help them realize their full potential.

Office of Family and Community Engagement in Education
773.553.FACE (3223)

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Page Last Modified on Thursday, May 24, 2018