LaSalle’s founding pastor, Bill Leslie, was a big advocate of “running an idea up the flagpole and seeing who salutes.” Members of LaSalle Street Church have been running ideas up the flag pole for decades, yielding dozens of ministries and initiatives as people moved by the Holy Spirit paused and considered what the Lord asked of them. Some of these ministries have grown into separate ministry centers focused on bringing God's love and mercy to a particular group. Many of them still reside in LaSalle’s ministry building, Cornerstone Center, but they have their own boards and executive directors. We are still family – but we call each other “partners” and continue to salute them over the years. Here are our ministry partners. Any of them would welcome new faces in their kingdom-building work.
Breaking Bread, LaSalle’s ministry of hospitality reaches out to hungry and homeless individuals and families in our neighborhood. Each Wednesday evening, we serve a home-cooked meal to more than 100 guests. We also provide clothing, referrals, health services, and a family experience for our guests. Come check us out and see if this is a place you’d like to serve. To volunteer, contact Marianne Pytel, Volunteer Coordinator.
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) provides high-impact, free legal services to low-income Chicagoans in four areas of law: family, housing, criminal records, and criminal defense. We integrate legal and social services in order to improve our legal outcomes and extend our impact beyond crisis support.
Cornerstone Academy is a private Christian high school specifically serving students, 15 years of age and up, who come from low to moderate income families, and who are seeking a school where they can be more successful. The school is accredited by the North Central Association.
Cornerstone Children's Learning Center offers a safe, caring, stimulating environment that fosters the physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual growth of children, ages 2 - 6. In an effort to represent the cultural and ethnic diversity of Chicago, the center opened in 1998. Managed by Childtime, CCLC's curriculum is based on current early childhood research and is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach.
Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago provides exceptional counseling and personal development services to individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Our therapists incorporate evidence-based cutting edge tools into their work with clients. Every client receives individualized care based on their needs and goals. Our vision is to make our services accessible to the community, which is why we partner with Chicago area schools, businesses, churches, and other community organizations to provide professional development trainings, seminars and workshops, as well as academic counseling groups for students. We have been practicing in the Near North neighborhood of Chicago for over 40 years and are also an APA (American Psychological Association) approved training site for Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral level psychology students.
Young Life starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don't happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency. Young Life leaders log many hours with kids — where they are, as they are. We listen to their stories and learn what's important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks. We believe in the power of presence. Kids' lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God's love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, teens begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose. This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God's love for them, will impact future decisions… careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripple from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.