Geneva church offers aid to community with Northern Illinois Food Bank, Lazarus House

Many businesses are being hurt by the coronavirus. And yet, some have reached out to help their homeless and indigent neighbors. In March and April, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva has received support from a variety of businesses in helping meet local social justice needs.

The Riganato Old World Grille in Geneva and the church split the cost of $400 for a meal which the restaurant prepared for Lazarus House homeless shelter.

The first Saturday of every month, the church has committed to providing dinner for homeless people housed in St. Charles. Before the stay-at-home order, the St. Charles Episcopal Church had invited members of Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva to use its kitchen to prepare dinner.

In addition, Downers Grove Dentists and Woodman's Food Store helped Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva meet the needs of indigent seniors served by the Humanitarian Service Project.

This year, the church contributed $2,000 worth of basic supplies for 140 seniors.

Dentists James and Lisa McKee donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss to the project, while Woodman's Food Store provided a $50 gift card.

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, established in 1842 and the oldest church in Geneva, is a diverse, welcoming community that endeavors to make its covenant a living reality. It provides religious education and opportunities for spiritual growth. They encourage individual and mutual responsibility as together we work to be a liberal religious voice in the community and a force for compassionate social justice. For more information, visit

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