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Community Partnerships

Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation was a founding partner in creating the Oak Park River Forest Walk-In Ministry, now called Prevail. 


For many years the clergy and staff of the religious congregations of Oak Park noticed that people who found themselves in need would travel from congregation to congregation seeking help. While most of these congregations would provide some financial or other emergency aid, they did not have the staff or resources to provide comprehensive assistance to those in crisis. Throughout the summer of 2005 a group of clergy and volunteers, including our Senior Minister, Rev. Alan Taylor, gathered to strategize a solution to the growing number of people in our local communities who were seeking help. Out of these sessions, the Oak Park River Forest Walk-In Ministry was founded with initial support of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation, First United Church of Oak Park, and the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.


Since Prevail’s inception, volunteers have assisted over 4,000 clients (representing over 8,000 individual visits) with needs ranging from affordable health care, to identification assistance, to eviction prevention. Clients are referred to Prevail from local townships, social service agencies, businesses, and area faith communities.

Since 1992, Housing Forward has transformed the lives of more than 11,000 people by helping meet people’s immediate housing and crisis needs, addressing health and income needs, and transitioning people back to housing stability.

Located at First United Church, Housing Forward and Prevail are open six days a week to provide effective emergency assistance for members of our local communities. 


Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation generously supports the efforts of Prevail and Housing Forward through annual financial contributions, volunteer service, and donations. To learn more about Housing Forward contact Steve and Judy at: To learn more about Prevail contact Terry at:

For more information on Prevail, visit its website.