Thanks to the generosity of two local church groups, students in the fall afterschool program at OCC-Villagebrook are ready to head back to school! Wanting to serve families in practical ways, the groups decided to help students transition back to school by donating school supplies and backpacks.

Scott and Carolyn Howard from Jericho Road Church decided to donate school supplies; they took on the daunting task of shopping for 15 students whose lists included headphones, Ziploc bags and Dixie cups, along with the usual school items. Another group, led by Heidi Diehl of of Wheaton Bible Church, provided the backpacks. Thanks to both groups, all 15 families in the OCC-V classroom were able to choose a backpack for their child and pick up a shopping bag full of the particular school supplies listed for a Pleasant Hill 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grader.

Marissa Sabio, Villagebrook program coordinator, loves when local church groups take on specific projects to show love to others in their community. “This project had a real impact on our families in terms of the time, energy and financial outlay involved,” she says.

Villagebrook parents expressed their gratitude. One parent said, “This helps so much! Please thank everyone, all the church members, who did this for us.”

Outreach Community Center – Villagebrook is a satellite site of Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, offering after-school and summer programs for 2nd-4th grade students as well as case management services and community development opportunities for those living in the Villagebrook Apartments in Carol Stream. All activities of Outreach Community Center – Villagebrook are supported by Full Circle Communities.

Heidi Diehl of Wheaton Bible Church shares a backpack with an OCC-Villagebrook student.

An OCC-Villagebrook student receives a donated backpack and school supplies.