Shelter Care Ministries will be keeping its drop-in center for people with chronic mental illness open despite a Friday announcement that doors would close indefinitely beginning today.
The reversal was made possible by a $15,000 gift from Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Shelter Care Ministries Interim Executive Director Sarah Parker-Scanlon said she is hopeful the donation will bridge the gap until the release of a federal Projects for Assistance in Transition for Homelessness (PATH) grant that has been delayed because of the state’s weeks-long budget impasse.
Shelter Care relies on PATH funds for approximately half of the cost of operating Jubilee Center at Emmanuel, which established the agency as an independent nonprofit 30 years ago.
Jubilee provides an average of 70 members daily with a nutritious meal, support groups and a friendly environment that offers many constructive activities.
“Jubilee is a significant part of the lives of its members, and it was clear that they were taking the loss of this positive daily influence very hard,” said the Rev. Andria Skornik, a SCM board members and Emmanuel priest. “Emmanuel members are committed to Jubilee as a ministry and saw the benefit of uninterrupted service.”
Emmanuel and SCM have been discussing ways to strengthen their partnership with a focus on Jubilee.
Much of the work of SCM, which operates on a $1 million annual budget, centers on providing permanent and transitional housing to homeless families.
Currently, 44 families live in properties owned or operated by SCM.
SCM expects that legislation passed last week in the Illinois Senate and being discussed this week in the Illinois House will allow for the release of federal flow-through money despite the state’s lack of a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.