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Reba Place Fellowship

Last updated: May 3, 2016 (11 months ago)

Listing created on: December 20, 2004

Reba Place Fellowship

(Evanston, Illinois, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1957
  • Start Living Together: 1957
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address:
  • Phone: 847-328-6066 (8am-5pm) office
  • Community Address:
    737 Reba Place Basement
    Evanston, Illinois, 60202-2616
    United States

Mission Statement:

Radical Discipleship, Service.

Community Description:

Reba Place Fellowship is a Christian intentional community that began in 1957 in an ethnically diverse neighborhood in south Evanston. Its members of all ages currently live in large multifamily homes and apartment buildings in Evanston and the Rogers Park neighborhood of northern Chicago.

Reba’s calling is “to extend the mission of Jesus by being a community of love and discipleship, and by nurturing other such communities as God gives us grace.” Practically, this has meant sharing resources and needs through a common treasury, living within walking distance of each other, developing and maintaining affordable housing, sponsoring a Monday night potluck and seminar for students and neighbors, welcoming visitors, and supporting the healthy growth of new Christian communities. Fellowship members work in shared ministries and in “outside” earning jobs, mostly in the service professions.

Growing relationships with local universities, an expanding intern program, and an influx of younger members are renewing Reba’s vision and forming leaders for the next generation of Christian community.


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 23
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: The Community


  • Adult Members: 50
  • Child Members: 16
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Contact us by phone (8am-5pm) or by email.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Practicing members spend a year or more participating in community life. They discern if they are then called to novice membership. After a period of time in novice membership, the individual and the community discern if the individual is called into long-term covenant membership.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Because of environmental illness of some members, most buildings do not allow smoking in the building
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Affiliations

Shalom Mission Communities


Christian discipleship, intentional proximity, economic sharing, internships

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network