The Basics

Uptown Outside is a advocacy ministry run by followers of Jesus for the sole purpose of helping people experiencing homelessness’ with their survival needs in Uptown Chicago.

Uptown Outside is focused on survival and particularly survival during the extreme weather that Chicago experiences in the winter. While focused on people experiencing homelessness outside, in lieu of housing options, Uptown Outside first encourages the option of shelters, such as but not limited to Cornerstone Community Outreach. For those whom shelters are not a good fit for, Uptown Outside does its best in this horrible governmental climate to ease the physical and mental harm that living exposed to the elements of weather and the City causes.

If you would like to participate in the ministry of Uptown Outside’s digital properties , you are fully encouraged.

  • People of all faiths and non-faiths are welcome.
  • No disrespect or intolerance will be permitted for any reason.
  • Uptown Outside is an advocacy ministry, it is not an appropriate place for anti-homeless people debates, trolling or other negative inputs.
  • Uptown Outside is not a political, activist or legal organization.

The History

Uptown Outside was founded September 29, 2017 by Yehuda Rothschild, a member of Jesus People USA Covenant Church in Uptown Chicago.

Yehuda is the current leader of Uptown Outside and a founder and former leader of the Uptown Tent City Organizers. He has been a resident of Uptown Chicago since 1978, and has held various corporate and consultant information technology positions since the mid 1980’s.

Uptown Outside, in advocacy and action is primarily building on and adapting from Yehuda’s Uptown Tent City Organizers experiences. Since the City of Chicago has aggressively evicted with great threat and force, any encampments or attempted encampments on the north side lakefront, Uptown Outside is a refocused effort to love our neighbors with God’s help.

The Goal

Uptown Outside is not about self-promotion, fund raising, the TV camera, media articles, social media shares and likes; even though these things may happen on its journey towards its goal.

The goal is about striving in all our human imperfection to follow the 2 most important commandments that Jesus made ultra clear.

Matthew 22:36-40 NIV
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

The Measurement

Matthew 25:31-46 NIV
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

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