You Can Help During COVID 19

The needs of the homeless and food challenged are even more critical during this outbreak. The safest way to help is to donate to DuPage PADS and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, both of which are organizations our church regularly supports. Details below.


A special effort is underway to sew masks for health care workers. Details below.

Questions? Email Gail Clark, Mary Dove, or Vicki Peters.

Community Kitchen

Since March 2020, every Monday our congregation has been preparing sandwiches and distributing sack lunches, toiletries, clothing, and gift cards to our homeless and food insecure neighbors.  Many of these guests reside in the DG parking garage.  These meals were distributed from a card table outside our west entrance.  Alex’s Mission, a grass-roots response comprised of local individuals, churches, and community organizations, was also providing meals twice a day every other day of the week.  They were serving from the trunks of their cars.

 

With the advent of winter, we have combined our efforts in a true community response to serve those who are food insecure.  We are now all serving from the former reading room at our newly acquired property at 1101 Curtiss.  This new coalition has been named Community Kitchen.

 

Our church will serve sack lunches and soup every Monday between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.  Volunteers will meet at the church at 4:45 to prepare. Signup Genius has been set up to allow for easy sign up if you want to serve. Go here if you would like to sign up. Other churches, individuals, and community organizations will serve the rest of the week.

 

If you can’t volunteer but would still like to support this mission, a monetary contribution can be made to the church with a notation that it is to be used for Community Kitchen.  And we can always use donations of water and individually packages snacks.  Gift cards in denominations up to $25 are also appreciated by the guests.  Stores where they can get some basic necessities include Jewel, Walmart, Walgreens, Aldi, and fast food restaurants like McDonald's.  Cards can be purchased through Manna.  A big thank you to all the church members who have been involved in this ministry.  A huge thank you goes out to Angelo’s Foods at Maple and Belmont for providing all the meat, cheese, and bread for the meals.  We also want to thank Jam n’ Jelly Café at 7511 Lemont Road in Darien for providing the soup.

 


If you would like to volunteer for this vital mission or if you just want more information or details, please contact Mary Dove at marykdove@gmail.com or 630.935.6166.


Signup Genius link to volunteer here.

Hope's Front Door

Hope’s Front Door has reopened with curbside walk-up assistance. Regular hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. 


Interested in volunteering? Email info@hopesfrontdoor.org


Interested in donating? Here is a list of items that are especially needed right now. During this shelter-in-place time, donations can be dropped off at the west entrance of the church during Hope's Front Door regular hours.

Little Free Pantry

The homeless and other people in our community who are not homeless but are experiencing food insecurity have been using this pantry in front of our church for the last nine months.  With the advent of freezing temperatures, people are wondering what items will withstand a hard freeze.  While this list is not exhaustive, here are some suggestions: peanut butter and jelly in plastic, boxed/bagged grains/beans (rice, couscous, red beans, white beans), pasta (dry pasta, bagged pasta, mac n’cheese), pasta sauce in plastic, hot and cold cereal, snack crackers, applesauce in plastic, dried fruits, and granola bars.  No canned food or food in jars!  Toiletries and paper products will also withstand freezing.  


Follow this link for a full list of acceptable items.  If you have any questions, please contact Mary Dove. Thank you to everyone who has been supporting this pantry!

Join the Face Mask Brigade

We are building a brigade of people who can whip up face masks on their sewing machines with a donation of 200 yards of fabric from Joann Fabric


Advocate Health has provided a pattern to use and we have a list of organizations who need cloth face masks. The fabric is cut into two-yard pieces; each yard yields approximately 10 masks. 


Email Jan Hibbeln to join the brigade and get instructions on pickup or delivery.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

From the Greater Chicago Food Depository website:


"As schools and businesses close across our community, the economic impact from this crisis is likely to disproportionately affect lower-income families and hourly workers. The Food Depository expects this pandemic will increase food insecurity in the city and throughout Cook County."


Donate here.

DuPagePads

Anticipating additional strain on already limited resources and funds, DuPagePads Emergency Response Fund is asking for the support of our community during this difficult time period. Your donations help to address unplanned emergency expenses such as purchasing additional food, water, health and safety supplies, transportation for clients, respite care, and other immediate emergent needs allows us to continue to provide support services during this emergency. Donate here.