Bridge Communities goal is to help “bridge” the transition gap between homelessness to viable regular housing. Eligible families are partnered with faith communities that provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services. Our church partners every year with a Bridge family. We supplement housing costs and have an ongoing mentoring as they seek to find stable work and transition from a life of crisis to one of stability. To volunteer with our Bridge family please contact Cyndy Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna Mae Miller at email@example.com
Visit website at: bridgecommunities.org
The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness. Once a month members and visitors of first Congregational United Church of Christ provide meals for anywhere between 150-200 of Chicago’s working poor and homeless. We both prepare the meals, on sight at the church, and then head downtown to serve the meals with the Night Ministry Bus downtown.
To sign up to serve contact Dena Provenzano at firstname.lastname@example.org
ESL is designed to help tutor English to those who have recently arrived in the united states to provide them with the gift of the English language to help them as the acclimate to life in the united States. ESL meets every Tuesday at 6:30 pm in room 502
To volunteer contact Mary Dove at email@example.com
The First Congregational Learning Center Preschool has been in Operation since 1960. It is a year round program for children ages 3-6 years. Each student is assisted in the areas of social, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual growth. The program maintains a 1 to 10 teacher/student ratio, which fosters the learning process.
Call Kim Choate - Director at 630-968-0527
Radika Jungwirth - Administrative Assistant at 630-968-0527 to arrange a visit.
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• Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. Our church family has been packing food every Wednesday night for the past 22 years! If you would like to help us in support of this ministry please contact Roy Wiemerslage at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope’s Front Door is housed on the sixth floor of First Congregational United Church of Christ. It is committed to empowering people, to use resources available to change their life’s circumstances and break the cycle of poverty. For the past fifteen years Hope’s Front Door has served the underemployed, unemployed, and the homeless from the communities of Downers Grove, Woodridge, Westmont, Darien, Lisle, and Willowbrook. Nearly 4200 clients per year that come through our doors looking for help. How do we help them?
- Emergency assistance in the form of gas vouchers, rail cards, food vouchers
- Pharmaceutical partnerships and physician/dental partnerships with local practioners and Midwest University to provide immediate health and medical care
- Banking assistance programs, partnering with seven community banks to assist with basic financial planning and matching bank savings programs
- Job lists for 2500 clients per day for local job postings in our area
- Job training and coaching and an extensive database of other community assistance and outreach programs available.
- Pathways to employment partnerships with local manufacturing corporations who provide job training and entry positions for many of our clients.
Hope’s Front Door has two part time employees and hundreds of volunteers. They are always looking for extra help. How do I volunteer?
Contact Director Janelle Robinson email@example.com
Visit website at: hopesfrontdoor.com
First Congregational United Church of Christ serves as a PADS family site, providing dinner, breakfast, a sack lunch, showers and laundry facility to up to fifty guests every Monday night October through May 1st. We also serve as a cooling center/ showers and rest site during the summer months. First Congregational is proud to be one of the founding partners of PADS ministry in Dupage County, providing emergency shelter and dignity with love for the past 30 years. To volunteer contact:
Tom Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Two Way Street Coffee House is open Friday evenings from 7:30 pm until at least 10:30. For 40 years, we've featured live folk and acoustic musical entertainment every Friday night between 8:15 and about 10:30. Occasionally, we also host special concerts at other times, and an occasional Old Time Barn Dance.
We have informal Sing-Arounds on the first and third Saturday afternoons of every month, and a Bluegrass Jam on the fourth Saturday, all at 2:00pm. On the Last Thursday (LAST THURSDAY) of every month we feature a special unplugged open mike for high-school and college age students.
We're located at 1047 Curtiss Street, one block west of Main Street, inside the First Congregational Church building in downtown Downers Grove, just across the street from the Downers Grove Public Library. We're just two blocks from the Metra commuter rail station at Downers Grove Main Street.
We offer a very informal environment, and serve specialty coffees, teas, soda, cider, hot chocolate and snacks. No alcohol is served, and no meals. We are a non-smoking coffee house, and we welcome all ages. We have a requested donation of $7.00 on Fridays.
Our telephone number is 630-969-9720. When we're not open, you'll get a recording which provides entertainment schedules, directions, and other information.
We hope to see you soon!
click here for the Two Way Street Coffee House
"When I was in prison you visited me." Matthew 25:36
Today, many bright and talented young people languish within our prison system. Our hope is to meet with them, pray with them, encourage them, and help them develop life skills that will help them succeed beyond their sentences, so that they can have a real opportunity for a second chance in life. Christ calls us to remember those in prison and to minister to them in life-affirming ways. Please contact Amy Curran email@example.com to volunteer.