The goal of Stock The Shelves is to help provide refugees with necessary household and hygiene items that are not covered by food stamps. Utilizing both product and financial donations, we set up a small outdoor shopping center where refugee families can come to choose the items they need to continue to build thriving and sustainable lives.
The mobile truck is the missing link that unites an abundance of Northshore resources with under resourced refugee families, as they continue to make a new life in the U.S.
The idea for Stock the Shelves blossomed after the First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette was matched with two refugee families to welcome and come alongside as they transitioned to life in Chicago. After a few months of working with these two families, some church members noticed that many refugee families were lacking the resources to obtain the necessary items required to build stable and thriving lives in the United States. After assembling an interfaith team made up of people from Sukkat Shalom, First Congregational Church of Wilmette and Congregation Hakafa Stock the Shelves was born. Through reaching out to schools and receiving generous donations, the Stock the Shelves team rented a delivery truck and assembled a small outdoor shopping center. Our team discovered that many refugee families had resettled in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago and choose to set up the center in Warren Park so they could reach as many families as possible.
First Presbyterian Church Of Wilmette
600 9th St
Wilmette, Il 60091