About Us

Click here to learn more about our founding congregation, Friendship Presbyterian Church.

Friendship Community Place was birthed from the imagination and commitment of Friendship Presbyterian Church. As a congregation we believe that the Church is called to partner and serve our communities as agents of justice and compassion. We are founding members of two organizations that work for equity, justice and antiracism in our Jefferson Park, Chicago neighborhood. The first is Neighbors for Affordable Housing and the second is the Northwest Side Coalition Against Racism and Hate. We have been working to identify the right space and to build community support since January of 2017. As we have deepened our partnerships and our commitments, in particular to safe, equitable, accessible and affordable housing we have developed a new partnership with Full Circle Communities who will lease us space in their new Affordable Housing development when it opens in the spring of 2021.

 

Our Inspiration:

We recognize that we are called to partner and serve our communities as agents of justice and compassion. We recognize that there are individuals and organizations already doing important work to increase the health and wholeness of community and that we can have the most impact by partnering with these organizations. We are inspired by our faith to build a sustainable model for working towards the welfare of our city by offering co- locating and supporting an incubator space for our own faith community as well as our not for profit partners.

Our plan:

We are committed to being good stewards of both our space and resources believing that we have a responsibility to our neighbors and our communities to be active agents for health, wholeness and the wellbeing of our city. We are cultivating a partnership with Full Circle and our Jefferson Park neighbors that will result in a shared space initiative at 5150 N. Northwest Hwy. that will enable us to collaborate with other neighborhood entities to and support one another and the whole community.

The potential space-sharing partners we have identified share common values such as care and compassion for our city’s vulnerable populations, a commitment to building up the communities in which we live and supporting the creativity and the arts in our neighborhoods.

In addition to shared space for organizations that support the community we also hope to offer co-working space, monthly concerts, movie nights, community event space and the opportunity to engage with community artists and projects.