The following is an archive of programs offered by Ordinary People International.

Recent OPI News

Local anonyomous donor donates new women’s clothing, shoes, boots, and coats to Ordinary People International valued at $30,000.
On Sunday, May 8th, Ordinary People InternationaI distributed gifts of love to moms at two local churches.

Cavalia Odysseo Donated 150 Complimentary Tickets to Ordinary People International

Members of the Ordinary People International community in the audience of Cavalia Odysseo at opening night in Chicago on April 1, 2017.

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Ordinary People International’s Harvest of Hope Giveaway 2016

Children’s Hunger Fund, CRU Chicago, Panera Bread, Ultra Foods, Park Community Church, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Strack van Til sponsors Ordinary People International Harvest of Hope Giveaway to families and individuals on Saturday, November 19, 2016.

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Ordinary People International’s Father’s Day 2016

On Sunday, May 1, 2016, Ordinary People International donated snacks, nutritional treats, and prizes to New Life Church (Pastor John Hannah) Unity Service Sunday School kids. Over 140 children were the recipients of these amazing gifts that were distributed by their teachers Tiffany Smith and Lahaji Thomas.

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Ordinary People International Holiday GiveawayOrdinary People International (OPI) is hosting a Holiday Giveaway on Saturday, December 19, 2015 with backpacks, toys, and snack bags from sponsors including Bella Bacinos, Personal Creations, Toy for Tots, Staples, Mathers More Than a Cafe, Corner Bakery, Panera Bread, Disney Store, Children’s Hunger Fund, and Thorntons. To participate in the holiday giveaway, everyone is required to attend a 10 minute orientation session starting promptly at 1:00 p.m.. Free toys, backpacks, and snack bags will be distributed to parents with children following the orientation session. Download the flyer »

Women & Children’s Shoe Giveaway

Ordinary People International distributed free women and children’s shoes on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Colony All Nations Church, 2035 East 79th Street.

Type shoes: Sandals, Shoe Booties, Dress Shoes, and Children’s boots

Download the flyer (.pdf)

2014 OPI Toys for Tots Toy Drive


Friday, November 14–Friday, December 12, 2014

Mather’s—More Than a Café
33 East 83rd Street
Chicago, IL

Spread some holiday cheer with a meaningful donation. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy (for children ages 1 to 16) or a gift card to Mather’s—More Than a Café at 33 E. 83rd Street in Chicago between Friday, November 14 and Friday, December 12, then stay for a free cup of hot cocoa! All toys will be donated to Ordinary People!International. For more information, call (773) 488.2801 or visit View the flyer »

College For Youth Program


The National Congress of Black Women Metro Chapter Chicago and Ordinary People International Presents the College For Youth Program

The College For Youth Program was a free event that took place on October 4, 2014 and featured college preparation workshops, career panel discussions, interactions with experts from various professions and was a great opportunity for youth to discover or confirm their ideal career path. Light refreshments, gifts and raffles were included. More »

Protect Yourself and Your Family From House Fires at the Ordinary People International and American Red Cross Fire Safety Fair

Ordinary People International Sponsor Fire Safety Fair with American Red Cross Team Firestopper


In the Greater Chicago area, Red Cross relief teams help disaster victims recover after home fires every single day. There are simple steps that everyone can take to protect their home and family from fire. Team Firestopper offers this information through a comprehensive program that focuses on the communities that are disproportionately affected by fires. This volunteer-led program provides education and hands-on community fire prevention activities in the form of a fire safety fair.

This event was sponsored by Ordinary People International and the American Red Cross. More »

OPI Summer Youth and College Student Classes

Ordinary People International offered summer classes to youth and college students in 2014.

Ordinary People International Sponsors Free Sewing Class


Ready to explore your creative side? Well your wait is over! This six week class is designed to introduce you to sewing. You will be able to say with confidence, “Yes, I made this.” More »

Ordinary People International Sponsors
Free Creative Writing Class


Ready to explore your creative side? Well your wait is over! Want your poetry published? Your short stories? Sign up for this class! More »