Connections for the Homeless and Hilda’s Place Shelter
For three decades, our building has housed Connections for the Homeless and Hilda’s Place, the only overnight shelter for the homeless on the North Shore. Guests of Hilda’s Place gather for meals twice a day in the Dining Room. Groups from the wider community, churches, service organizations and Northwestern University come to our kitchen to prepare and serve meals twice a day, 365 days a year. This effort started in 1984 when First Baptist Church of Evanston (now Lake Street Church) formed a coalition of clergy and concerned residents to lobby city government for permission to establish a shelter, offering the lower level of the church house as an overnight prayer circle for the homeless. The “shelter” has grown into “Connections,” a broad-based social service agency with deep roots in the Evanston and North Shore communities.
North Shore Alano Club
Since 1982, North Shore Alano has been offering meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Alateen and Adult Children of Alcoholics. Currently, approximately 900 people attend 45 meetings each week, “up the stairs.”