Parish of the Year

Holy Comforter Honored by ReVive Center

ReVive Center for Housing and Healing is one of the partner agencies of Episcopal Charities and Community Services, and has, since 1908, served the homeless, poor, and disadvantaged on the West Side of Chicago. Formerly known as Cathedral Shelter, ReVive provides community assistance, life skills development and resources for thousands of families and almost a hundred permanent supportive housing clients.

On Thursday, January 19, Church of the Holy Comforter was honored to be chosen as the ReVive Center Parish of the Year in recognition of our support and relationship, which stretch back decades. At the Annual Meeting of the organization that evening at their main offices at 1668 W. Ogden in Chicago, Stephen Citari, retiring Vestry Outreach representative, Jan Parkin, and I were privileged to be presented a plaque-already hanging in the office hallway-celebrating this recognition. As I told several Board members, we accepted the honor in grateful memory of our late, beloved Pat Drew, who was the President of Cathedral Shelter for some 14 years, and who devoted innumerable hours and immeasurable tears and sweat to strengthen and sustain the important ministry ReVive exercises on the West Side.

Congratulations to the entire Holy Comforter community on this honor. May it inspire us to grow ever more dedicated in our compassion toward, and generosity with, those in need or difficulty.

--Fr. Jason