Please take a moment to read about all the great things Concordia Place, Concordia Day and Concordia Church are doing to serve the community and expand their mission.
In July 1981 three women who were not members of the church approached Pastor Zook to ask if the church would be able to provide some assistance with after school care for their children. Even though the church was under-resourced and had no experience in such a service, Pastor Zook used this as an opportunity to demonstrate our witness of faith and service to the community. By September 1981 the Concordia Child Care Center was open and serving eight children. Eight years later the program was expanded to include a full-day preschool.
More recently, Concordia responded to need in Chicago's Avondale community where there was only one preschool slot for every 56 children. Working with civic and community leaders, Concordia raised $10 million to acquire and renovate a vacant 3-story school. In 2006, Concordia opened the center known as Concordia Avondale Campus on time and under budget and was at full capacity within eight months.
Today, both centers in the North Center and Avondale communities operate under the name Concordia Place, whose mission is to "create involved communities where all our neighbors can gather, learn and grow." Last year, Concordia Place served over 800 children, teens, adults, and seniors at both locations through its daycare, early childhood education, preschool, teen leadership, adult health and fitness, and English as a Second Language programs.
For more information about Concordia Place and how you can become involved, please visit www.concordiaplace.org or call (773) 463-1600.