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A Taste of Hope 2023

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Renaissance Executive Director Michael Banghart presents the Leadership in Ending Homelessness Award to Christy Prahl of Crown Family Philanthropies.  

Renaissance was honored to recognize Christy Prahl of Crown Family Philanthropies with the Leadership in Ending Homelessness award at our Taste of Hope event on Nov. 2, 2023. Thanks to all who supported us!

Thanks to everyone who attended our Stand Up for the Homeless comedy night at Zanies on Sept. 26, 2023!  Special thanks to our Associate Board members and sponsors for their leadership!

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Renaissance's amazing Associate Board members on stage at Zanies!  

Past Events

Casino Night 2023

A grand time was had by all at our 2nd annual Casino Night!

Thanks to everyone who attended and to our sponsors for helping Renaissance serve those in the greatest need.


See you next year!

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Renaissance's Associate Board Pickleball Party
Special thanks to the Associate Board for a fun filled event at the Old Post Office building located in Chicago. 

nk you Cboe Global Markets for your support.
Check out our drone footage below.


The Renaissance Living Room Grand Opening 


The Living Room is now open in its permanent location: 4835 W. Chicago Avenue. Read the article and watch the news clip - it's a great, beautiful, welcoming location for anyone struggling with their mental health. 


Conversations on Homelessness:

Previous Conversations

A Day in the Life of a Case Manager


Virtual Speaker Series


Monica Richmond - a Team Leader for our Supportive Housing Outreach Team – discusses what a "typical" day looks like for our Case Managers. Renaissance's Clinical Director, Erica Ernst, and Executive Director, Michael Banghart joined Monica for this conversation.

The Renaissance Living Room
 A Virtual Series

The Renaissance Living Room is an alternative to hospitals or the police when you’re having a mental health crisis or just too stressed and overwhelmed to cope, in a safe, home-like atmosphere. Why do we need The Living Room and how it helps will be discussed.


Featuring Dr. Thomas D. Huggett, Medical Director - Mobile Health, Lawndale Christian Health Center, and Loren Phillips, Team Leader of The Renaissance Living Room. This will be moderated by Michael Banghart, Executive Director of Renaissance Social Services. 

Conversation on Homelessness:

How to Help Our Homeless Neighbors
 A Virtual Series


What do you do when you encounter a homeless person? Many people are unsure of how to help our most vulnerable neighbors and this Conversation answers this question and more.


Featuring Richard Rowe, Chairperson of the Lived Experience Commission, and Senior Program Manager at CSH, Connie Bacon, and Michael Banghart, Renaissance’s Executive Director

Conversation on Homelessness: Finding Home 

A Virtual Series

Featuring Lillian and Ray, two Renaissance Program Participants, and Michael Banghart, Renaissance’s Executive Director

Conversation on Homelessness: Why

Housing Makes Cents (Sense)

A Virtual Series


          Betsy Benito, Principal Consultant, High Ground Partners, LLC

          Richard Day, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

          Michael Banghart, Executive Director, Renaissance Social Services

Betsy Benito, Richard Day and Michael Banghart will discuss why ending homelessness is not only ethically correct, but why it also makes financial sense. 

Conversation on Ending Homelessness

A Virtual Series

  Sol Flores, Deputy Governor, State of Illinois, and Michael Banghart, Renaissance’s Executive Director will discuss the issues surrounding homelessness and the steps being taken to end it.

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