EJ is one of Inspiration Corporation’s most active participants. Part of the Wilson Men’s Hotel program, EJ’s commitment to self-improvement serves as a shining example for others. With the help of Inspiration Corporation, he has earned his foodservice sanitation license and is currently pursuing establishing his own non-profit in addition to holding down two jobs. EJ believes he “couldn’t ask for a better program.” EJ now has his own apartment and a very bright future.
All meals are cooked and served by volunteers. The Living Room Cafe is open to people on the waiting list for the Supportive Services program as well as to participants in Inspiration Corporation's programs, all of whom are working on stability by increasing income and/or becoming permanently and stably housed.
In addition to offering meals, The Living Room Cafe operates a food pantry that is open 1-3 pm Mondays and Fridays to Inspiration Corporation participants as well as residents of the 60637 Zip code.
Founded in 1995 by Jennifer Kihm, an Inspiration Cafe volunteer who wanted to replicate the success of the "Cafe Model" on the south side of Chicago, The Living Room Cafe became part of Inspiration Corporation in July 2003.