Loyola University Chicago

Water Tower Campus Life



Who We Are

The Labre Ministry is a student-led homeless outreach ministry. Labre Ministries began at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland in 2002. It has since expanded to several universities and high schools in the U.S. Labre Ministry was founded at Loyola University Chicago in 2007 by Loyola students.

Labre Ministry is sponsored by Campus Ministry and led by Labre Companion student leaders.

What We Do

Students attempt to form relationships with the homeless of downtown Chicago, providing both food and friendship. Labre's main focus is solidarity, rather than charity, focusing more on the relationships created than on the act of providing food itself. By building relationships with the homeless poor, Loyola students choose to stand in solidarity with God’s people and affirm the human dignity of all.

Sign Up and Join Us!

We gather at 6 p.m. on Thursdays on the 3rd floor of the Terry Student Center (All Saints Chapel).

If your student organization or group would like to go out on a special Labre on a different day of the week, please contact us.

If you would like to cook or donate food, we ask that you contact Nicole Chmela at nchmela@luc.edu.

Prepare the Food

Labre accepts food donations all year. If your student organization, fraternity, or class would like to donate food, please see the following guidelines. *We also welcome leftover food from Loyola events.

Food Details: Labre typically plans for 40 people each night. Pasta dishes, thick soups (chili, stew), rice and beans, jambalaya, etc are big hits with the men and women we meet. We also always bring fresh fruit (usually bananas, apples, and clementines/oranges) and granola bars (any variety).

Packaging Details: We ask that the food you donate be packaged in large aluminum trays with a lid or plastic freezer bags so that we can freeze if necessary. Labre leaders will thaw and package the food into individual containers for the people on the street the night we use the food.

If you would like to help Labre with food preparation, please contact Nicole Chmela at nchmela@luc.edu.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact labre@luc.edu. Check out our Facebook page for daily info about Labre (such as weather updates): Loyola Labre Homeless Ministry.