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.
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.
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!
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.