Since it opened its doors in 2008, the Chicago Office has worked with more than 500 community-serving congregations representing the religious, racial, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity of the city.
The Chicago office has built strategic relationships with local faith leaders, lay leaders, community leaders, universities, seminaries, public officials, foundations, and philanthropists. These collaborations have been instrumental in the successful local rollouts of Partners’ training classes, programs, research, and consulting services, including New Dollars/New Partners and Making Homes for the Arts in Sacred Places.
When Partners announced the launch of the Chicago Office, it was with an eye toward adapting our work to serve the city in a way that respects and reflects what makes Chicago unique. From the outset, Partners’ President, A. Robert Jaeger, identified three key differences:
Our commitment to tailoring our work to the needs of diverse communities continues to expand. As the Chicago office grows, our work has taken us into the city’s suburbs and collar counties, into neighboring states, and across the Midwest. In each congregation and in each community that we work, we commit ourselves to tailoring programs, training, research, and consulting services to address local cultures, challenges, and opportunities.