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

Our top priority as a school district is keeping students safe and healthy, whether they are in class or away from school. As part of our commitment to promoting the wellbeing of our students, we partner with faith-based and nonprofit organizations to host the Safe Haven program across the city. For over 10 years, the Safe Haven program has kept CPS children engaged in creative, meaningful activities during spring and summer breaks as well as after school throughout the year.

Safe Haven sites across the city are currently offering after-school programming for all CPS students. Sites operate three hours per day, Monday through Friday, from October 15 to May 15. Locations are listed below. Healthy meals will be provided at all locations.

2019 Safe Haven After-School Locations

South Side Churches

South Church Pastor Address Zip
Allen Metropolitan C.M.E. Church Pastor David Bryant Jr. 10946 S. Lowe 60628
Alliance for Community Peace Pastor Walter Johnson 7740 S. Eberhart Ave 60619
Bright Star Community Outreach Pastor Adrienne Brooks 333 E. 35th St. 60616
Catholic Bishop of Chicago - St. Sabina Church Pastor Jocelyn Jones 1210 W. 78th Place 60620
Christian Fellowship Flock South Pastor Emily Cabrales 10724 S. Ewing 60617
Concord Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Kenneth Phelps 6319 S. Kimbark 60637
Grant Memorial Pastor Samuel Mendenhall 4017 S Drexel Blvd 60653
Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church Pastor Andrea Davidson 3330 S King Dr 60616
Institute for Positive Living Pastor Marrice Coverson 435 E. 35th Street 60616
King of Glory Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C. Pastor Dawn Hodges 2314 E. 83rd St 60617
Maple Park United Methodist Church Pastor Robert Biekman 11705 S Elizabeth St 60643
New Life Covenant Church South East Pastor Laverne Thomas 7522 S. Greenwood 60619
Rehoboth Apostolic Worship Center Pastor Dana Thornton 9130-40 S. Vincennes Ave 60620
Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church Pastor Sheila Freelon 3610 S. Giles Street 60653
Woodlawn Baptist Church Pastor Jeffery Campbell 6207 S University Ave, 60637

West Side Churches

West Side Church Pastor Address Zip
Chance After Chance Ministry Pastor Belinda Martin 305-09 North Cicero 60644
Corinthian Temple C.O.G.I.C. Pastor David Whittley 4520 W. Washington Blvd. 60624
Greater Holy Temple C.O.G.I.C. Pastor Joyce Walker 246 N. California 60612
Heirs of the Promise Ministries Pastor Chrystal Kyles 4821 W. Chicago Ave 60651
Home of Life Community Development Pastor Delores Sheppard 4650 W. Madison 60644
Hope Community Church Pastor Steve Epting 5900 W Iowa St 60651
I.C.A.R.E. Ministries Out of School Time Program Pastor Annie Cross 4925 W Division St 60651
Jesus Word Center Church Pastor Mattie Phillips 4224 W 13th St 60623
Judah International Outreach Ministries, INC Pastor Jeanette Williams 856 N Pulaski Rd 60651
People's Church of God In Christ Pastor Michael Eaddy 3570 W. 5th Ave 60624
River City Community Development Center Pastor Elizabeth Galik 3709 W. Grand 60651
Rock of Salvation Sanctified Baptist Church Pastor Pearlie Johnson 5350 W. Bloomington 60639
Sembrando EL Futuro Pastor Aurelia Rosa 1305 N. Hamlin 60651
Stone Community Development Corporation NFP Pastor Contrell Jenkins 4938 W. Chicago Ave 60651
Sunrise Baptist Church Pastor J.E. Storey 1101 S Central Park Ave 60624
Worship Warming Center DBA Kingdom Culture International Ministries Pastor Kierra Lucas 1910 S. Kedzie 60623

North Side Churches

North Side Church Pastor Address Zip
Family Empowerment Center Pastor Carlos Perez 1533 W. Devon Ave. 60660
Grace and Peace Pastor John Zayas 2100 N Kildare 60639
New Life Centers of Chicagoland Pastor Jessica Quigley 1410 N Springfield 60651
Storehouse Ministries Pastor Lou Ramos 5701 W. Montrose Ave. 60634

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 $1,000 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 Wednesday, November 13, 2019