Mission

The mission of COOL Ministries is to give comprehensive assistance to families in need by reducing hunger and homelessness, while encouraging personal growth and  self-sufficiency.

In support of this mission to serve families in need, COOL recognizes the diversity of the communities we serve and remains committed to serving all individuals and families.  Service is based on need, not on factors that include, but are not limited to: age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.  COOL further pledges to create a welcoming and supportive environment by preparing our staff and volunteers to understand and celebrate the diversity of our community.

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History

COOL Ministries was founded in 1982 by people from six Lutheran churches in Waukegan and North Chicago.  They gave COOL its name (Christian Outreach of  Lutherans.) Today COOL is an independent 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. The first program was the COOL Food Pantry which opened it’s doors in January, 1983.

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Funding

COOL has grown each year  and is supported by the entire Lake County community, including individual donors, schools, churches, foundations, government funders, private and corporate grants, and community organizations. COOL is neighbors helping neighbors in need!

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Service to All

COOL serves food to local residents who visit the pantries.  Identification is required for each family member.  Applications for Family Housing are accepted year-round. Visitors are referred to COOL by state and local government agencies, private programs,  churches and  individuals.

 



Serving Lake and
McHenry Counties

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COOL Central Offices
127 W. Water Street
Waukegan IL 60085
Phone: 847.662.1340
Fax: 847-662-1255
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Pantry East Waukegan
123 W. Water Street
Waukegan IL 60085
847.662.1230

Hours:
Mondays: 1:00-5:00 PM
Tues, Wed, Thur & Fri
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
One Saturday per month
call 847.662.1230 for details

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Pantry West Ingleside
25519 W. Highway 134
Ingleside IL 60041
847.270.0411

Hours:
Mondays: 1:00-5:00 PM
Wednesdays: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
One Saturday per month
call 847.270.0411 for details

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Family Housing Program
127 W. Water Street
Waukegan IL 60085
call 847.662-1340

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