Chicago Shares offers a way for the community to respond to the needs of the homeless and most vulnerable among us. Through the Chicago Shares program, parishioners can purchase voucher booklets worth $5 to be distributed to those in need instead of cash, to be redeemed at participating stores and restaurants for food and toiletry items (no alcohol or tobacco products). As the Chicago Shares website states, with these vouchers, "Chicagoans can be sure their donations feed the hungry."
How does the Chicago Shares voucher system work? You see someone in need, you give them Chicago Shares vouchers, the person in need buys food and personal care items using the vouchers as currency from a participating location.
February 2021 Update: You can now donate online to help Saint Clement provide shares to those in need!
Before COVID-19, Saint Clement Parishioners sold Chicago Shares on the plaza one weekend per month. Chicago Shares are vouchers that can be used to purchase food and personal care items from local retailers.
In order to keep the program going during this time of immense need when we are unable to sell shares in-person, you are invited to make a donation online, which Saint Clement will use to purchase Chicago Shares. Shares will then be disstributed by the parish to those in need, including the guests served by our Friday Sack Lunch & Hospitality ministry.