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Edgewater’s Care For Real Finds Its New Executive Director

Gregory D. Gross

After eight years at the helm of Edgewater’s Food Pantry Care for Real (CFR), Lyle Allen announced back in May that he would be taking a new position. With big shoes to fill, the organization embarked on a search to find a new Executive Director to help lead them into its future years.

It was learned in a press release that they have filled the position and named Gregory D. Gross as the new Executive Director of CFR. He comes with a long history of public service that has advocated for both inclusivity and racial equality.

Gross will transition from his most recent work at The Night Ministry as its Director of Learning and Impact. He brings a wealth of experience to his new position at CFR, a $7 million organization that serves over 50,000 people in need annually and distributes about 100,000 pounds of food each month. With a growing client list, those numbers are likely to increase in the upcoming years.

“I am thrilled to be joining the staff and volunteers at Care for Real as we address the hunger and food insecurity of our neighbors,” said Gross. “I have known of and supported Care for Real since I first moved to Edgewater and have long been impressed by their commitment to provide for those in need in our community. During this time of much uncertainty, Care for Real is needed now more than ever. With their expansion to serve those in Rogers Park this past Spring, they are now able to touch even more lives. This is an exciting time to become part of this vital work.”

Gross, who is an ordained clergy person in The United Methodist Church, is an Edgewater resident as well. His educational background includes Master’s Degrees at both the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston where he focused on multicultural urban leadership.


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