Who We Are
The Labre Ministry is a student-led homeless outreach ministry. Labre Ministries began at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland in 2002. It has since expanded to several universities and high schools in the U.S. Labre Ministry was founded at Loyola University Chicago in 2007 by Loyola students.
Labre Ministry is sponsored by Campus Ministry and led by Labre Companion student leaders.
What We Do
Students attempt to form relationships with the homeless of downtown Chicago, providing both food and friendship. Labre's main focus is solidarity, rather than charity, focusing more on the relationships created than on the act of providing food itself. By building relationships with the homeless poor, Loyola students choose to stand in solidarity with God’s people and affirm the human dignity of all.
Sign Up and Join Us!
We gather at 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays on the 3rd floor of the Terry Student Center (Rm 319).
Students who are interested in participating in the program should sign up by the Wednesday before Labre (one day prior); if you would like to cook or donate food, we ask that you contact Nicole Chmela at email@example.com two weeks in advance.
To participate in Labre please sign up (as an individual or group) here: Labre Sign-Up Form.
Prepare the Food
Labre accepts food donations all year. If your student organization, fraternity, or class would like to donate food, please see the following guidelines. *We also welcome leftover food from Loyola events.
Food Details: Labre typically plans for 40 people each night. Pasta dishes, thick soups (chili, stew), rice and beans, jumbalaya, etc are big hits with the men and women we meet. We also always bring fresh fruit (usually bananas, apples, and clementines/oranges) and granola bars (any variety).
Packaging Details: We ask that the food you donate be packaged in large alumninan trays with a lid or plastic freezer bags so that we can freeze if necessary. Labre leaders will thaw and package the food into individual containers for the people on the street the night we use the food.
If you would like to help Labre with food preparation, please contact Nicole Chmela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clothing and Other Donations
We also try to provide the homeless individuals we meet with the materials goods they need when possible. Typically, this includes: gloves, hats, socks, XL and XXL sweatshirts and jackets, CTA bus passes, and gift cards for local Chicago stores (such as Walgreens, CVS, Dunkin Donuts).
If you would like to donate any of these items, please contact Nicole Chmela at email@example.com.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out our Facebook page for daily info about Labre (such as weather updates): Loyola Labre Homeless Ministry.