Respond Now, a United Way agency, began providing services and answering the emergency needs of south suburban Chicago residents over 40 years ago. In 1969, a local association of ministers recognized a growing need within the community for emergency food and other basic necessities beyond what government programs were able to provide. The congregations pooled their resources and formed Respond Now. Although we began as a food pantry we soon expanded our services to address many other emergency needs throughout Chicago’s south suburbs.
Our mission states:
Respond Now exists to provide immediate relief for residents of the Chicago south suburbs who are in need while maintaining their dignity and affording respect.
We do this by:
- Helping people through their temporary emergencies with financial assistance
- Providing food to families and individuals in need
- Providing sound referrals and counseling for other needed services
We achieve our mission by providing a food pantry, homelessness prevention services, prescription medicine funds, clothing, SNAP Outreach, transportation funds, toiletries, furniture, book for kids, and a variety of other needs. We also sponsor a Holiday Store to distribute food and gifts to eligible families each December.