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Thank You To Our 2020 GFW Sponsors

2020-06-23T13:58:13+00:00June 22, 2020|Uncategorized|

Thank You To Our 2020 GFW Sponsors: GOLF HOSPITALITY HOUSE SPONSOR We supply welding supplies with competitive prices and highly trained customer service. LIVE & SILENT AUCTION SPONSOR Locke Lord is a full-service law firm with global reach that ranks

Outreach Launches Host Family Program

2020-06-02T18:38:54+00:00June 2, 2020|News, Stories of Hope, Faith in Action|

 DuPage County continues to have a significant number of youths facing homelessness – with expectations of a startling increase over the coming months as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic. From day one, Outreach has been committed to a wholistic approach supporting our most vulnerable youth. Our Transitional Housing ministry has helped young women

Outreach In The Midst Of COVID – We’re In This Together

2020-06-08T18:58:40+00:00June 2, 2020|News, Stories of Hope|

Our entire organization has re-engineered its operations in the midst of this crisis - superbly! We are serving in new ways wherever we can, within safety protocols.  We continue to have "essential service" staff on the front lines serving client’s needs at each of our five sites; Wheaton, Warrenville, Carol Stream, West Chicago and

Overcoming The Unemployment Gap: Jubilee Village/Hawthorne House

2020-06-02T18:30:28+00:00June 2, 2020|News, Transitional Living, Stories of Hope, Transitional Housing|

Every headline reports the devastating impact on our economy as a result of the pandemic. As of mid-May, the unemployment rate in the U.S. increased to over 14% and forecasts warn that this trend will continue in the coming months. But, in many neighborhoods, even in DuPage County, we see just how disproportionately Covid

The Kids Are Savvy

2020-06-10T21:29:56+00:00June 2, 2020|York Community Resource Center, Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, News, Warrenville Youth & Family Services|

As students complete their 10th week of e-learning, our Youth Development teams continue to maintain close contact with our students and their families, providing supplemental tools for academic enrichment and encouraging creative and fun ways of connecting. Collaboration with each local school has been essential in ensuring each child has the technology and support

Counseling Centers Now 100% Telehealth

2020-06-10T20:33:16+00:00June 2, 2020|News, Outreach Community Counseling Center, Warrenville Youth & Family Services, Counseling, Wheaton Youth Outreach|

In just four days, all Outreach Counseling Centers successfully transitioned to 100% telehealth, allowing OCM therapists to provide mental health treatment ‘virtually’ during this pandemic – which is crucial for the hundreds who rely on these services. “We are seeing many experiencing a feeling of increased mental or emotional strain brought on by the

Our Families Are In Crisis

2020-06-10T20:56:14+00:00June 2, 2020|Uncategorized, York Community Resource Center, Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, News, Outreach Community Counseling Center, Warrenville Youth & Family Services, Wheaton Youth Outreach, Stories of Hope|

During times of hardship, OCM Case Managers are on the front line advocating for children and families in need. They assist with resolving various crisis situations including financial issues, loss of employment, potential loss of housing, emergency food, legal matters and navigating public systems such unemployment insurance and disability. With the onset of COVID-19,

In The Driver’s Seat – Volunteer Spotlight: Dave Heslinga

2020-06-10T20:54:14+00:00June 1, 2020|News, Faith in Action|

Dependable transportation is often taken for granted. Without it, many face obstacles in retaining employment. Outreach relies on volunteers to ensure many of the young adults participating in the Employment Opportunity Center (EOC) have a way to and from work. When Dave Heslinga retired from his civil engineering career in 2018, he was looking

Older Adults Program Update

2020-06-10T20:34:55+00:00June 1, 2020|News|

The health of our seniors is our number one priority, so most Older Adult Programs (OAP) are on hold – BUT Outreach Community Center volunteers and staff have been getting creative over the last several weeks with inspiring ways to stay connected with the many seniors we serve. Technology has been a godsend with