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. The program runs in 3 cycles: Afterschool (November - May); Spring Break (March/April); Summer Break (July-August).

2018 Safe Haven Summer Locations

South Side Churches

South Church Pastor Address Zip
Allen Metropolitan C.M.E. Church David Bryant, Jr. 10946 S. Lowe Ave 60628
Bright Star Community Outreach Adrienne Brooks 333 E. 35th St 60616
Corinthian Temple C.O.G.I.C. David Whittley 4520 W. Washington Blvd 60624
Baptist Church Pastor David McCloud 9322 S. Halsted 60620
Family Empowerment Centers Carlos Perez 1533 W. Devon Ave 60660
Grace and Peace Pastor John Zayas 2100 N. Kildare 60639
Grant Memorial Samuel Mendenhall 4017 S Drexel Blvd 60653
Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church Andrea Davidson 3330 S King Dr 60616
Heirs of the Promise Ministries Chrystal Kyles 4821 W. Chicago Ave 60651
Home of Life Community Development Delores Sheppard 4650 W. Madison St 60644
Hope Community Church Steve Epting 5900 W Iowa St 60651
Judah International Outreach Ministries, INC Jeanette Williams 856 N PULASKI RD 60651
King of Glory Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C. Dawn Hodges 2314 E. 83rd St 60617
New Life Covenant Church South East Laverne Thomas 7522 S. Greenwood 60619
People's Church of God In Christ Michael Eaddy 3570 W. 5th Ave 60624
Stone Community Development Corporation Contrell Jenkins 4938 W. Chicago Ave 60651
Woodlawn Baptist Church Jeffery Campbell 6207 S University Ave 60637
Worship Warming Center DBA Kingdom Culture International Ministries Kierra Lucas 1910 S. Kedzie 60623

West Side Churches

West Side Church Pastor Address Zip
Carey Tercentenary A.M.E. Church Walter Harris 1448 S Homan Ave 60623
Chance After Chance Ministry Belinda Martin 305-09 North Cicero 60644
Chicago Tabernacle of the Assemblies of God Jose Figueroa 3231 N Cicero Ave 60641
Concord Missionary Baptist Church Kenneth Phelps 6319 S. Kimbark 60637
Greater Holy Temple C.O.G.I.C.ple Joyce Walker 246 N. California 60612
I.C.A.R.E. Ministries Out of School Time Program Annie Cross 4925 W Division St 60651
Institute for Positive Living Marrice Coverson 435 E. 35th Street 60616
Jesus Word Center Church Mattie Phillips 4224 W 13th St 60623
Maple Park United Methodist Church Robert Biekman 11705 S Elizabeth St 60643
Rehoboth Apostolic Worship Center Dana Thornton 9130-40 S. Vincennes Ave 60620
River City Community Development Center Elizabeth Galik 3709 W. Grand 60651
Rock of Salvation Sanctified Baptist Church Pearlie Johnson 5350 W Bloomingdale Ave 60639
Sembrando EL Futuro Aurelia Rosa
1305 N. Hamlin
Sunrise Baptist Church J.E. Storey 1101 S Central Park Ave 60624
Turner Memorial A.M.E. Church Sheila Freelon 3610 S. Giles Street 60653

North Side Churches

North Side Church Pastor Address Zip
Alliance for Community Peace Walter Johnson 7740 S. Eberhart Ave 60619
Catholic Bishop of Chicago - St. Sabina Church Jocelyn Jones
1210 W. 78th Place
Christian Fellowship Flock South Emily Cabrales 10724 S. Ewing 60617
New Life Centers of Chicagoland Jessica Quigley 1410 N. Springfield 60651
Sembrando EL Futuro Aurelia Rosa 1305 N. Hamlin 60651
Storehouse Ministries Lou Ramos 5701 W. Montrose 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 $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 Monday, June 24, 2019