ReVive Center for Housing and Healing is committed to ending and preventing homelessness in Chicago. For over 100 years, thousands of homeless individuals and their children have turned to ReVive Center for Housing and Healing for expert resources, award-winning programs, and a compassionate place to heal and call home.
In November of 2013, ReVive Center for Housing and Healing changed its name from Cathedral Shelter of Chicago to better reflect its expanded mission and increased impact in the community. In 2014 ReVive Center purchased The Royalton Hotel preserving an affordable housing SRO.
Nancy Higgins Patston provided the following memories of ReVive, then Cathedral Shelter, to Janice Ladd in the late-1990s:
My grandfather, David Gibson, a photographer from Pennsylvania, moved to Illinois in the early 1900s, and established his business in Chicago’s Loop. One Sunday, he happened to worship at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul at Washington Boulevard and Peoria Avenue. Though raised in a Protestant Reformed Church, he was captivated by the Anglican Church and its liturgy and in time he knew he was called to the priesthood. In 1921, at the age of 55, when many men had reached their life expectancy, he was ordained. He knew his special calling was to social services work with transients and the poor in the skid row area of Chicago, which was very near the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul.