Local Missions

  • Bridge Communities

    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. Please contact Cyndy Davenport or Anna Mae Miller to volunteer with our Bridge family.

    Visit their website at: bridgecommunities.org

    Check out this article featuring the family we served in 2016-2017 who graduated the Bridge program!

  • The Chicago Night Ministry

    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.

    Follow this link to sign up to serve!


    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. Please contact Mary Dove to volunteer.

  • First congregational learning center

    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. 

    Follow this link for more information.

  • Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD)

    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.


    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.

    Contact Director Janelle Robinson or visit their website for more information.

  • pads - public action to deliver shelter

    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 please contact Char Wild or Tom Williams.

  • The Two Way Street Coffee House

    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!

    Follow this link for the Two Way Street Coffee House

  • Warrenville Youth center prison ministry

    "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 Gaye Smith to volunteer.