Each year, 10–12 young women and men are selected as program participants and residents at Uptown Porch. These individuals live in Christian community, learn the principles of urban ministry, and actively minister to and serve the neighborhood. Residents agree to spend time each week working through curriculum, volunteering at non-profit organizations around Chicago, and investing in community development.


  • Must be a committed follower of Jesus Christ
  • Must be between 21 and 29 years old
  • Must have a consistent source of income, either missionary support, parental assistance, or employment sufficient to pay $600 in rent and buy food
  • Must commit to the full eleven months of residency (mid-August–mid-June)
  • May be a college student, community leader, or church member
  • Must demonstrate interest in the mission of Uptown Porch


  • 5 hours on Tuesday night for dinner and training
  • 5 hours each week of volunteer service at a dedicated organization
  • 5 hours each week of relationship building with housemates or other community activities
  • Attendance at 2 weekend retreats (fall and spring)
  • Attendance at 1 week-long conference in the fall
  • Church attendance in Uptown