HAPPENING NOW

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. We’re serving each Monday in September and the 2nd and 4th Fridays.


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

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.

The Little Free Pantry

In response to the pandemic of 2020, our church converted the Little Free Library erected by the youth in front of our building into a Little Free Pantry. Based on the activity that has occurred over the past year, we have decided to keep it going.  The number of people in our community  facing food insecurity is still very high.  The pantry is stocked with non-perishable food and personal items.

 

To help us continue this effort, please donate to the pantry using this link for a full list of acceptable items.  Thank you to everyone who has been supporting this pantry! If you have any questions please reach e-mail Kathy Gajewski.