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OLA School Renovations
Mission of Our Lady of the Angels has begun the process of renovating Our Lady of the Angels School to expand its outreach to the neighborhood! Donate to the school project HERE.

The use of the building will be 3 fold:

  • Essentially ground level storage for all of our donations and a new kitchen/ dining room
  • Offices and classroom space for programs for adults
  • Our new 69 bedroom volunteer residence / retreat space


The project is just beginning and we will need EVERYONE'S help to make this project happen!
Stage 1 of the project will include:

  • Kitchen/ dining room
  • Walk in fridge/ freezer
  • Completion of other first floor improvements
December 2, 2018 New Pantry's Floor Waxed

Waxed floors in the new pantry! New pantry tentative opening date: Jan 22, 2019

November 11, 2018 Tile Installed in Future Pantry Space

We have new tile in the future pantry space! More tile will be laid this week.

November 4, 2018 First Floor Demolition Completed

Floors gone, lockers gone, steps jackhammered!!! 1st floor demolition is OVER!
Time to rebuild…. look for exciting updates soon.

October 21, 2018 New Pantry Work Continues

Our future pantry is looking better (see hallway/ doorway picture)- lots of work to be done in the next few weeks! We ordered the walk-in fridge / freezer this week as well as preparing for the next steps. There should be major movement on the project by Christmas!

October 14, 2018 New Pantry Work Begun
We are back! Wall repair and door instillation on the new pantry started this past week.
September 17, 2018 Paperwork Prayers Needed

The many administrative hurdles we have been jumping through remain!! Please pray that all of our paperwork moves quickly through the various systems it needs to travel through so we can get the first floor improvements going.

September 2, 2018 Landscaping Added

The lots at 3800 W. Chicago Ave now have their flower boxes and new plants! We are excited to have full uses of these spaces starting next spring.

August 4, 2018 Paving Completed

Our new basketball/ parking/ garden area was paved this week! Thank you to the City of Chicago and all who made this possible. More updates on the use of this lot very soon!

July 22, 2018 Bathrooms Improved

We are very grateful for the donated plumbing supplies and labor that have been donated to work on the 1st and 2nd floor bathrooms. We are excited about our highly functional sinks and toilets!

July 15, 2018 HVAC Repairs Needed
We continue to discuss and experiment with possibilities for the replacement/ upgrade of our HVAC system. One of the definite costs is going to be the replacement of most (if not all) of our unit ventilators (special radiators). It’s going to cost about $2000 a vent. There are about 50 vents in the school! Continue to pray for the project. God is very much providing the people we need to continue moving forward.
July 8, 2018 Tribune Tower Donations

We picked up several truckloads of donations from Tribune Tower this week including kitchen equipment and tables and chairs. Thanks to the Tribune and all who helped with the move!

July 1, 2018 Improvements Continue at 3800 W. Chicago

As work continues in the school, we are very excited to let you know that significant work continues to be done on 3800 W. Chicago Ave! This space will be a parking lot/ basketball courts/ garden space. Check out the latest pictures!

June 24, 2018 Demolition & Remodeling
Very busy week for the school construction project! First floor demo is complete, we moved 9 UHauls worth of furniture from DePaul University and 680 N. Lake Shore Dr. to the Mission, first + second floor bathroom repairs started, and we received monetary commitments from several sources for the kitchen. Keep up the prayers, networking, and generosity!! We are very grateful.
June 17, 2018 First Floor Demolition



We started the demo on the first floor of the school last week! It will be completed this week. This demo is making space for our new food pantry space, our new walk in fridge and freezer, and our new donation space.

Before After
June 10, 2018 Basement storage

The first of MANY before and after pictures! This week we got the basement storage room painted. We then moved all of the stuff that needed to be moved for the demolition into the room. Get excited for some demo pictures next week!

May 20, 2018 First Floor Demolition

We have a tentative kick off date for the project! June 16 should be the start of the demo on the first floor of the building. We will be knocking down walls to make room for the new space for our food pantry, giant walk in fridge/ freezer, and donation space.
We currently are running most of our food pantry in the hallways of the school building. We are really looking forward to having a designated room for the pantry. Check out some pictures below of the current pantry. We are serving about 140 families a week! That is more than DOUBLE what we were doing at this time last year.

April 22, 2018 Roof & Demo

Despite the lack of updates, there has been a LOT of background work going on to prep for the school construction project. We are finally ready to actually start doing something in the next few weeks.
Two things are going to be happening pretty soon:

  1. Roof- The school still has the ORIGINAL 1959 roof. It is a minor miracle there is not more leaking. Even with some VERY generous donations of material and labor, it will cost about $90,000 to replace the roof. See pictures of our lovely tar roof.

  2. 1st floor demo- We will be knocking down walls on the first floor of the school to make room for our new food pantry space, donation space, and HUGE walk in fridge/ freezer. More on the demo project in future updates.

January 28, 2018 - Large Food Donation

Incredible food donation!
We were very blessed to receive a surprise call from our new friends from Morton, IL who work with Midwest Food Bank! They dropped off 12 pallets of food & even assembly lined it into the building for us. We would have NEVER been able to receive this donation without the school building!

January 16, 2018 - Tuesday Food Pantry Now in the School

The Tuesday pantry moved to the school building in August. We now serve DOUBLE the people we used to every single month at the Tuesday pantry. Learn more about the future of the Tuesday pantry HERE.


November 10, 2017 - Home Depot School Repainting

Home Depot started this project with a bang by granting the Mission at $25,000 grant and providing ~150 employees to repaint the entire school in 1 day! Here are some highlight pictures and the news story from Telemundo from that day. More pictures of Home Depot volunteers HERE.