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Lawndale History

Lawndale Christian Health Center has its roots in the efforts of a group of community residents, largely from Lawndale Community Church, who in 1984 spearheaded an effort to address the lack of affordable, quality health care services in their community. With many hours of volunteer time and a $150,000 grant from the Chicago Community Trust, a former Cadillac dealership was transformed into the facility that is now Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC). LCC subsequently launched Lawndale Christian Development Corporation (LCDC), which originally focused on the development of affordable housing, but has since expanded to include educational programs and community organizing efforts. Originally all three occupied the present structure of LCHC, but, as each ministry grew, additional buildings were acquired, leaving only the health center occupying the original structure (apart from a gymnasium used by LCC). LCC also has a sister church in South Lawndale called La Villita Community Church (LVCC).

Since its founding, LCHC has grown rapidly to the point that over 164,800 medical visits are now completed each year. Services include laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, behavioral health,  and health support services for targeted populations such as pregnant women, seniors, asthmatics, diabetics, and persons with HIV. LCHC delivers care at satellite clinics located at Homan Square, Farragut Career Academy, Archer Heights, and Breakthrough. Our main campus on Ogden Avenue has grown beyond the original site at 3860 W. Ogden to include a new Wellness Center at 3750 W. Ogden, which houses an expanded fitness center, a café open to the community, pediatric medical and dental clinics, womens’ health center, and a conference center.