This page features the ministries that are currently in need of volunteers and events that are happening now within our community. 

Downers Grove Community Kitchen

Our church serves dinner every Monday night and the 2nd Friday of each month at 5:30 p.m. This takes place in the Community Kitchen, the former reading room of our new property next door at 1101 Curtiss Street.  

If you would like to volunteer for this community wide ministry, please click on the following link to the AUGUST 2022 SignUpGenius.  If you just want more information or details, please contact Mary Dove at marykdove@gmail.com or 630.935.6166.   

Please take a look and see where you might be able to help out. Friday meals are very flexible. If you can't make meatloaf, bring a casserole. If you don't want to bring fruit or jello, bring a tossed salad. It will all work.

The number of guests we're serving is rising. 25-30 is not uncommon right now. So we're asking for slightly more servings than we have in the past, so we're sure to have enough.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of our food insecure neighbors. This mission has been a blessing in many ways and we want to continue as long as there is a need.    

The Little Free Pantry

We are continuing to stock the pantry with non-perishable food and personal items for the homeless and others in our community who are experiencing food insecurity. To help us continue with this ministry, please donate to the pantry using this updated link for a full list of acceptable items. (From November through March we ask that you avoid donating items in cans and glass jars, as they may explode in freezing temperatures!) If you have any questions please reach e-mail Kathy Gajewski. Thank you to everyone who has been supporting this pantry! 

PADS Update

Dupage PADS has announced they have sufficient funding to keep clients in hotels until March 31, 2022.  They will return to congregate church sites in April 2022 until they are able to close on the purchase of the Red Roof Inn on Butterfield Road in DG.  They have been using this motel for their pandemic hoteling program, through which they provided shelter for over 400 people during the pandemic (including 130 children). They will need our continuous support until they relocate all clients.  Priority will be given to families with children, individuals with mobility issues and those fleeing from domestic violence.  They are hopeful that this 135 room future interim housing site will replace all the church sites.

The purchase of the Red Roof Inn, renovations and initial operating budget is $7.5 million.  Dupage PADS has received private donations of $1 million and has requested $5 million from two separate funds that the county controls with monies from recent pandemic legislation.  They need to raise an additional $1.5 million.  They will be seeking personal, private and corporate donations toward this “building fund.”  Please share this need with those who may be able to assist.