Living Works is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching the lives of children and families in the Rogers Park neighborhood through the formation of community partnerships that enable us to offer quality, collaborative programs that address felt needs of community members. We are committed to the principals of anti-violence, anti-racism and ecumenical collaboration.  After operating as a program of Living Water Community Church for a number of years, Living Works began to operate as a distinct non-profit in 2010 in order to expand the potential for development and community impact.

We seek to foster development of the whole child: mind, body and spirit.

For Living Works contact information, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

The Living Works After-School Program seeks to foster development of the whole child by providing academic support, physical activity and extra-curricular activities that promote social and spiritual growth.  We communicate on a regular basis with the teachers and parents of program participants in order to understand the needs and strengths of each child.

  • Homework Help and Tutoring – The After-School Program collaborates with Loyola University’s Federal Work-Study Program in order to provide one-on-one and small group homework help and tutoring. Tutoring takes place on-site at Kilmer Elementary School, where all of our program participants attend, allowing us to further build bridges with the school and support the work of Kilmer teachers and administrators.  LivingWorks also offers pull-out tutoring services during the final 45 minutes of the school day.
  • Extra Curricular Activities – Extra Curricular Activities take place three afternoons each week at Living Water Community Church, and currently include an Art Class, International Cooking Class, RAZ Kids (a computer-based reading curriculum, Drama Class with the Stone Soup Theatre Project,  ‘Say YES,’ as well as sports and game time.

The Living Works Peacemakers Program has been in existence since 2009. The mission of Peacemakers is to empower people to live in peace by training youth and adults in verbal and physical skills for preventing violence and transforming conflict.

What we teach:

  • Thinking skills (how to perceive and analyze conflict)
  • Verbal skills (how to speak in assertive and de-escalating ways)
  • Physical skills (how to place, coordinate, and move one’s body)
  • Socials skills (how to cooperate with and belong to a positive social group)

How we teach:

  • Verbal and physical exercises, including defensive martial arts
  • Role playing exercises
  • Story telling to illustrate effective transformation of violence

When we teach:

  • Community Taekwon-do class: most Saturdays, 9-10:30 am, Willie B. White Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard St.
  • Peacemakers Taekwon-do for youth: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 (girls and young women), 4:30-5:30 (boys and young men) at United Church of Rogers Park (1545 W. Morse)

Support Living Works: If you’d like to support LivingWorks on an on-going or one-time basis, you can mail checks made out to LivingWorks to 6808 N. Ashland Blvd., Chicago, IL 60626.  Donations can also be made through PayPal by clicking on the button below.  Thank you for your support!

Contact Us:

Living Works Community Partners and Funders

  • Kilmer Elementary School
  • Loyola University Community-Based Federal Work Study Program
  • Northwestern University’s Asset Based Community Development Program
  • DePaul University’s Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning
  • The Stone Soup Theatre Project
  • Living Water Community Church
  • Chicago Mennonite Learning Center
  • The Springboard Foundation

Living Works Board of Directors

  • Tim Peebles – Chair
  • Sue Ormesher – Secretary
  • Ronald Frantz – Treasurer
  • Katherine Vincent Lamb – Board Member
  • Olga Mest – Board Member