Human Services

CARE FOR REAL

Feeding Chicago's northside with communty, care and compassion.

Chicago, IL   |  www.careforreal.org

Mission

The mission of Care for Real is to help our neighbors in need in the Edgewater and surrounding northside Chicago communities by providing free programs and services including food distribution fives times a week, a clothing closet, deliveries to the homebound, a pet pantry, a lending library, case managment referrals and an Employment Resource Center to help our clients self stabilize and get back on their feet.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Lyle Allen

Main address

5339 N Sheridan Rd

Chicago, IL 60640 USA

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EIN

27-1962360

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Distribution

Care for Real distributes food to more than 18,000 families who visit our organization 70,000 times annually.

In 2015, we distributed food that helped our clients prepare more than 1,000,00,000 meals at home. While we strive to "fill bellies," Care for Real is dedicated to provide food options for our clients that ensure they are eating better and living healthier lifestyles. We offer a Daily and Monthly Client Choice Food Distribution Model that has morphed into one of Chicago's most innovative and impactful food programs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$0

Our clothing closet provides seasonal clothing, including winter coats, gloves, scarves and shoes, and a professional section for those re-entering the workforce to more than 1,300 clients each month.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Care for Real partners clients who are unemployed or underemployed with volunteer professionals to help them with resume building,  career counseling and job placement.  We also offer weekly job clubs that feature workshops and speakers. The program, Putting Edgewater to Work, has reached hundreds of our clients and continues to play a significant role in our mission of helping those in need self stabilize.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Every client who comes to Care for Real is interviewed.  This helps us to gauge the level of need  in our community and respond and develop programs that will make the most significant impact in the lives of our clients. Our monthly Pet Pantry is an example of a program that was created as a direct result of our client feedback.  We discovered clients, the majority seniors and children under the age of 18, would go hungry in order to feed their pets.  The program, through donations, now provides more than 3,000 pets annually with food and supplies.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Care for Real is committed to helping our clients make the appropriate connections to other services and agencies as needed.  We offer this extension to those seeking advice and help for any number of issues through our Client Referral Program.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

In an effort to extend our free programs and services to the homebound, Care for Real has begun to manage home bound deliveries of food, clothing and personal care items to those unable to visit our organization in person.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years),Adults,Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related Program

Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Care for Real distributes more than 100,000 lbs. of food each month, allowing clients to prepare approximately 1,000,000 meals in their home, using a client choice model.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years),Adults,Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Care for Real provides free programs and services including food distribution five times a week, deliveries to the homebound, a clothing shop, a pet pantry and an Employment Resource Center.

Number of animals with freedom from hunger and thirst

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years),Adults,Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Related Program

Pet Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Via client interviews, Care for Real discovered many were going hungry in order to feed their pets. The beloved program, primarily assisting families and seniors, feeds more than 3600 pets annually.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

To provide free programs and services to those in need including food distribution five times a week, deliveries to the homebound, a clothing closet, a pet pantry, client service referrals and an Employment Resource Center to help clients self-stabilize and get back on our feet.

Care for Real is seeking to expand our donor base to reach maximum funding and support; we have just completed a 3 year strategic plan to lay out our goals for the next five years; we are increasing our in kind donations; and working closely with other Chicago departments and agencies to embrace as many clients as possible, work in collaboration to fight hunger and act as a leader in the community.

Operating for almost 50 years, Care for Real has established itself as a foundation of support throughout Chicago's northside communities. No other organization of its kind supports such a significant territory. With over 200 plus volunteers, donating more than 52,000 hours annually, Care for Real has the facility, infrastructure and organizational capabilities to meet the needs of all clients turning to the agency in a time of need.

Care for Real has increased the amount of food made available estimating to distribute more and 1.2 million lbs in 2019. The organization also continues to expand programs to continue to meet the needs of clients which continue to increase annually. In 2007, Care for Real served 10,000. But when the economy collapsed, and so many people found themselves unemployed or underemployed, the number began to skyrocket. In 2019, Care for Real experienced more than 70,000 client visits.

Care for Real has implemented a new donor management system to track and communicate with donors more effectively and accurately; donor database is increasing as are funds; programs continue to embrace more clients; Employment Resource Center will have reached more than 1,200 by the close of 2013; pet pantry helps feed more than 3,000 pets annually; and clothing closet assists more than 1,300 each month.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CARE FOR REAL

Board of directors
as of 6/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nancy Meyerson

Nancy Meyerson

Jerome Case

Kim Mendiola

Van Perrine

Steven Pryor

Nina Newhauser

Edward O'Connell

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

Non-Profit, Community, Hunger, Underserved