Outreach Updates & Stories

From Program Recipient to Volunteer: April’s Story

Watch as April shares about her journey from a Christmas Store recipient to an Outreach volunteer and Christ follower.

College Tour 2017

High school students from Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream and Puente del Pueblo spent their spring break visiting colleges on the annual college tour.

Discoveries Celebrates 15 Years

Discoveries Resale Shop recently marked 15 years of serving Warrenville. All proceeds directly support the programs of Warrenville Youth & Family Services.

Carefest 2017

Wheaton Bible Church volunteers served Outreach at multiple sites earlier this month, tackling everything from indoor spring cleaning to yard work.

2017 OCC Spring Dinner

The 2017 OCC Spring Dinner, benefiting the Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, was held on April 20 at the Sheraton Lisle in Warrenville. The event featured keynote speaker Chaplain

Giving Local

After seeing the ministry change lives in their community, a local couple chooses to support Outreach as Partners.

Community Youth Serve Older Adults

Some special visitors have been bringing extra smiles to Older Adults Program participants this spring.

Middle School at PdP

Puente del Pueblo's (PdP) middle school program, which meets at both Timberlake and Main Park sites, combines academics, fun and socio-emotional learning.

Sharing Library at Jubilee Village

The Books for Birthdays team launched a sharing library at Jubilee Village, which is composed of gently used books for moms and their children.

Local Alumna Chapter Visits York

The local alumna chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma visited York Community Resource Center as part of its "Reading is Fundamental" service project.

WYFS Teams Up for a Cause

Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS) staff recently had some fun connecting with community partners Warrenville Police and Fire Departments and Hubble Middle School at a dodgeball competition.

JLKD Serves Jubilee Village

Jubilee Village thanks Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties (JLKD) for making a difference in the lives of young, single mothers through recent service projects.

Books for Birthdays

Hearts of Grace launched Books for Birthdays, a project that will provide every child in OCC’s elementary school program and toddlers at Jubilee Village a new book and treats on his or her birthday.

Contributing to the Mission

Charlie and Bette Varvaro share why they choose to support Outreach as Partners.

Celebrating and Serving

An Outreach supporter uses his birthday party as an opportunity to serve Outreach and introduce friends and family to the ministry.

COP Graduates

Congratulations to Alberto Ayala and Zack Gentle, two College Opportunity Program (COP) students who recently earned their college degrees!

Furniture and Friends

Jubilee Furniture volunteers discover that the only thing better than volunteering is volunteering with your friends.

Shirene’s Wedding

After overcoming a difficult past, a Jubilee Village graduate ties the knot and includes JV staff in her special day.

Counseling and Connecting

How a WYFS counselor helped a young girl overcome anger issues while building a positive relationship with her whole family.

Christmas Store 2016

The Christmas season is a bit brighter for 1,531 local children thanks to the annual ‪‎Christmas‬ Store, hosted December 10 by Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream and Puente del Pueblo.

Worth the Investment

Scott and Amy Shelton share why they choose to support Outreach as Partners.

Phillip’s Story

A Duke University grad credits the College Opportunity Program for helping him achieve college and career success.

Jubilee Village Dedicates New Windows

Jubilee Village, Outreach Communities Ministries’ transitional housing program for single, formerly homeless mothers and their children, thanks local donors for outfitting its building with new windows. The windows were replaced in early October and a dedication ceremony was held on November 15.

Giving the Gift of Hope at the Christmas Store

Volunteer and supporter Rick Knoedler shares why his small group is volunteering at this year's Christmas Store for the fourth year.

Cindy’s Story

As a single mom to Diamond and Anna, Cindy knew she needed extra support. She turned to Warrenville Youth & Family Services for wrap-around services including an after-school program for her daughter Diamond and family counseling.

Giselle’s Story

Life has changed for Giselle since moving into Jubilee Village—for the better. “It's nice to have security and stability, and have others guide you to the right choices."

Retired Teacher Turned Volunteer

Meet Janet Milton, one of the newest volunteer tutors in the elementary program at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream.

COP Grad Heads to Pharmacy School

Congratulations to Jessica Beamon, alumna of the College Opportunity Program at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, on her acceptance to the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.

Kelsey’s Story

Kelsey, a resident of Jubilee Village, shares her story with her houseparents Samantha and Jeffrey Jensen at the 2016 Hearts of Grace Women's Luncheon.

Climbing the Ladders

Thanks to a partnership between Warrenville Youth & Family Services and the Warrenville Fire Protection District, an alumna of the Quest program is on her way to becoming a firefighter.

Annual Outreach Events

2017 OCC Spring Dinner

The 2017 OCC Spring Dinner, benefiting the Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, was held on April 20 at the Sheraton Lisle in Warrenville. The event featured keynote speaker Chaplain

WYFS & Discoveries Volunteer Appreciation

WYFS & Discoveries volunteers are invited to this special appreciation event on April 11.

Christmas Breakfasts

Christmas Breakfasts, held over a series of Saturdays in December, are open to Outreach's Partners and Leadership Partners. Hear ministry highlights and inspiring ministry plans from CEO Chris Ellerman.

Warrenville Youth & Family Services Fall Dinner

The annual Fall Dinner on November 6, 2015 supports Warrenville Youth & Family Services.

Outreach Community Center Spring Dinner

The 30th Annual Spring Dinner benefitting the Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream will be Friday, April 29, 2016, featuring keynote speaker Father Greg Boyle.

Christmas Store

The Christmas Store is a special one-day event held each December. Qualifying families can affordably shop for Christmas gifts for their children - at a savings of 75% off retail price.

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