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Almost Home Chicago

The mission of Almost Home is to alleviate the suffering of individuals and families in our communities where they can. We are committed to helping single parents, victims of domestic violence, families/individuals experiencing financial hardships and the homeless. It is there lifelong commitment to bring awareness to our homeless, our needy, our poor, our hungry, and our broken.

As a part of this ministry, your group will assist in a variety of one-day events (hair cutting events, fundraisers) for the homeless, help at the PADS shelters, distribute hygiene/clothing items to local bus stops for the less fortunate.

Bridge Teen Center Thrift Store

The mission of the thrift store is to provide ongoing community service and job readiness training opportunities for students as well as ongoing financial support for the Bridge Teen Center’s free programs.

As a part of this project, your group will sort and organize community donations for the organization’s thrift store which funds the teen center. They will also get a tour of the teen center.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities works with a variety of different ministries all across the Chicago area. They vary anywhere between thrift stores, food assistance, senior housing, and after-school program for underprivileged youth.

As a part of this ministry, your group will help with the service projects, which will range anywhere from a food pantry, feeding the homeless, senior assistance, veteran services, depending on where the need is at the time of the trip.

Elim Christian Services

Elim Christian Services equips people with disabilities to pursue their God-given potential by offering person-centered services and partnering with communities. Each day over 500 individuals turn to Elim for vocational, educational, consulting, professional development, and therapeutic services.

As a part of this ministry, your team will assist in special, one-day events that support children and adults with disabilities, assist with landscaping and campus clean-up, and can include working alongside program participants as they assemble school, military and food HOPE Packs for those in need.

Holy Family Villa

The service provided by Holy Family Villa are intended to minister to the needs of the whole person. It is a facility that offers life-enhancing skilled care and services designed to promote physical, mental and emotional well being within the residents.

As a part of this organization, your group will have the opportunity to socialize, play games and have ice cream socials with the residents.

Lampstand Ministries

Lampstand Ministries partners with dozens of non-profits, churches, and charities to bring together resources to serve the Chicago Westside. They are an urban ministry for the west side of Chicago (Lawndale, Garfield Park, Austin and Humboldt Park areas. It strives to have a life-changing impact by bringing the love of Christ to those who are looking for help. They partner with 25 different urban ministries and coordinate 1,800 volunteers a year.

As a part of this ministry, your group will help at the food pantry, thrift store, after-school help, possible construction and landscaping, feeding the homeless, and street ministry.

Nazareth Home

The mission of the Nazareth Home is to care for poor and powerless infants and children, those unable to speak for themselves, by providing them with a loving, caring and stable beginning. The home is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of medically compromised infants and children who are faced with extraordinary challenges in life.

As a part of this ministry, your group will have a chance to visit, play and show loves with the children living at the home. Other options are sorting donations and assisting in cleaning projects.

Pro Labore Dei

PLD is an international organization that feeds and clothes the homeless. On 9/27/04, a woman by the name of Sr. Stella Maris heard the Lord tell her to go and find the poor in Robbins, IL and feed them. She and a few friends went and fed 20 people and today, we care for 300 people in Robbins and in Lower Wacker every Saturday. Sr. Stella has traveled to 5 continents doing exactly what the Lord has asked her to do, find the poor and take care of them. This non for profit organization provides over 15,000 meals a year all on donations. We bring clothing, blankets, coats, shoes, etc. We provide for the needs of the children and for school supplies. We organized a Christmas for over 275 families last year.

As a part of this ministry, your group will help pack lunches to help serve around the community. Your group may also assist in passing out lunches and doing outreach on Saturdays with the Pro Labore Dei team.

Respond Now

Respond Now serves in the south suburbs with the highest levels of poverty and unemployment in all of suburban Chicago. Respond Now helps to enhance the quality of life of the surrounding communities by working to alleviate hunger and prevent homelessness for those at risk.

As a part of this ministry, your group will help at the food pantry, thrift store, and community clean up and landscaping in their community garden. Another piece will be homeless outreach in a local park.

Restoration Ministries

The goal of Restoration Ministries is to restore hope to people while bringing lasting change to the community. Through 22 programs, we provide life-changing opportunities to at-risk underprivileged youth, men and women with histories of addiction and families struggling in poverty.An addiction Recovery program, food pantry, after-school program and day camp are a few of the programs.

As a part of this ministry, your group will help at the food pantry, thrift store, after-school help, along with assisting with possible construction and landscaping.

Revive Center/Grace and Peace Church

Grace and Peace is an urban congregation that intentionally embraces and actively reaches out to the northwest side of Chicago in all of its ethnic diversity.

As a part of this ministry, your group will participate in painting, cleaning, and organizing the large warehouse as it is a newer ministry and church. Pastor Zayas also will spend time explaining how his ministry helps one of the most needy neighborhoods on the west side of Chicago.

Sertoma Centre

Setroma Centre provides individuals with disabilities to lead successful and productive lives. They have residential programs, mental health services and job coaching within their organization.

As a part of this project, your group will visit the local residents with disabilities and have the chance to talk, do crafts, play games with them. Also help with special events for the organization and cleaning the residential homes.

Spirit of God Fellowship

“Charismatic in action” means we believe that everyone is called to function in the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit – every member of the church is empowered by God for ministry! Christianity is more than a label to wear or a place to go on Sunday; it is a way of life – living for Jesus Christ in close fellowship with one another. We strive for a strong family base from which we can live Christ’s command to each of us: “Go into all the world with the Gospel message and make disciples!” Our church structure is less formal, and we encourage everyone to participate. We have few paid staff members – indeed, all of the church’s leaders, including the Pastor and worship leader, are unpaid volunteers. Our vision is for each member to truly live in the transformational power of the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. This way, the church is not an auditorium full of spectators being entertained by the pastor and musicians – we try to help each person find their role, their place in God’s Kingdom, and where they can effectively minister to others.

As a part of this ministry, your group will participate in a worship experience, as well as hear a ministry presentation.

Trinity Christian College

Trinity Christian College is one of the lodging locations for our teams that come to Chicago for the Urban Plunge.

As a part of this location, you’ll be staying here for the duration of your Plunge, as well as helping with campus clean up and participating in the worship nights.