Outreach Updates & Stories

Making Mother’s Day Special at Jubilee Village

A local woman who's walked the road of single motherhood decided to bless Jubilee Village mothers with gift baskets this Mother's Day.

OCC Pen Pals

Thanks to a pen pal exchange at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, young and old have been benefitting from a multigenerational friendship! The pairs met face-to-face this May.

Puente la Mama

Puente del Pueblo's 9th annual Mother’s Day event reached out to mothers in the community, attributing special value to moms who are heavy burdened and new to Puente.

CareFest 2019

Wheaton Bible Church and Iglesia del Pueblo recently served Outreach at CareFest, a one-day annual event where church volunteers reach out to the community through service projects.

2019 OCC Spring Dinner

The 2019 Spring Dinner benefitting the Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream was held on April 11 at Embassy Suites Naperville. The event featured keynote speaker Ray McElroy, a former Chicago Bear and former Bears team chaplain.

WYFS Quest Helps Animal Shelters

Students from the Warrenville Youth & Family Services Quest program finished making homemade dog chew toys for donation to local animal shelters to wrap up this month’s service learning project.

Spring Break College Tour 2019

High school students from the Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream and Puente del Pueblo recently embarked on their spring break college tour. This year the group visited Ohio State University, Marshall University, Wingate University, Duke University, and Howard University.

Spring Break Fun at Villagebrook

OCC-Villagebrook kicked off spring break with some friendly competition, community fellowship, and fun with a pasta sauce cookoff.

Leaving a Legacy: WYO Director Gail Hoffman Retires

As Gail Hoffman retires from Wheaton Youth Outreach, she reflects on her 21 years at the organization, the growth and change the programs have experienced, special memories, and her plans for the future.

Giving from the Heart

Longtime Outreach supporters Hal and Jennifer Merck share their heart for Kingdom giving, why they chose Outreach, and how they maximize their gifts.

Local Scout Serves Jubilee Village

Thank you to Vince Cascio, a young man working on his final badge towards becoming an Eagle Scout, for serving Jubilee Village! For his project, Vince chose to bless Jubilee Village with two benches for the outdoor patio.

MLK Day Celebration 2019

The 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration took place on Monday, January 21. This year’s theme was “Beloved Community: Becoming the Dream” and featured speaker was Dr. Sheila Caldwell, chief intercultural engagement officer at Wheaton College.

Spreading Christmas Cheer at York

York Community Resource Center held a Christmas event on December 8 that included tree decorating, Christmas crafts and gift wrapping.

Christmas Store 2018

The annual Christmas Store, which allows qualifying families to select gifts and purchase them at an affordable price, was a great success thanks to volunteers and those who donated!

Knights of Columbus Donate Coats to OCC

Thank you to the Roselle Knights of Columbus and Caputo's Fresh Market stores for donating coats to OCC! A total of 267 coats in kids' sizes from XS to XL were donated.

Making Christmas Special

Thank you to the St. Irene's Council of Catholic Women for making Christmas special for students in the WYFS Link mentoring program!

Preparing for Christmas at OCC-Villagebrook

Almost 30 adults and children came out to the OCC-Villagebrook classroom on December 7 to make ornaments for the community holiday tree in the Villagebrook office.

Quest Serves the Homeless

Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS) Quest students decided to help the homeless by making homemade signs and putting donation boxes around the community.

Giving Thanks at York Community Resource Center

A Thanksgiving potluck cultivates gratitude and builds community at York Community Resource Center.

Puente del Pueblo Celebrates 10 Years

Since Puente del Pueblo's inception 10 years ago, it's transformed the West Chicago community. Find out more about this partnership between Outreach and Wheaton Bible Church, how Puente del Pueblo has grown, and how it's made a difference in the lives of individuals, families and the community.

2018 WYFS Fall Dinner

Check out video and photos from the 2018 Warrenville Youth & Family Services Fall Dinner!

Dressing for Success

The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties (JLKD) recently offered a fun, educational training session on seeking employment to Jubilee Village (JV) residents, the latest in their ongoing support of JV.

Getting to Know CACTC

The Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium (CACTC) is a partnership between Outreach and other like-minded organizations to train future psychologists. Find out more about the consortium and Outreach's role within it.

Therapy Dog Returns to Quest

Gunnar the therapy dog recently returned to the Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS) Quest program to celebrate the fact that he passed his first certified therapy dog test.

2018 Hearts of Grace Women’s Luncheon

Check out videos and photos from the 2018 Hearts of Grace Women's Luncheon, including the message from featured speaker Carol Kent.

WYFS Quest Showcases Art at Local Festival

As part of WYFS Quest's service learning curriculum, students were tasked with making canvas artwork featuring Outreach's mission statement to enter in Warrenville's annual Art on the Prairie festival.

Wheaton College Students Serve Jubilee Village

A group of Wheaton transfer students recently cleaned and organized the transitional housing facility while finding out more about the experiences of young, single mothers.

Quest Students Host Fundraiser

Students from the Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS) Quest program had a blast, learned about basic business principles, and funded a fun trip at its third annual fundraiser in early August.

Middle School Students Complete Prevention Programs

Middle school students at OCC recently completed the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)/G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program led by local police officers.

Backpacks and School Supplies

Thanks to the generosity of two local church groups, students from OCC-Villagebrook have been outfitted with backpacks filled with school supplies.

Annual Outreach Events

2018 Hearts of Grace Women’s Luncheon

Check out videos and photos from the 2018 Hearts of Grace Women's Luncheon, including the message from featured speaker Carol Kent.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2018

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Celebration featured an inspiring message from Moody Bible Institute Radio Host Roy Patterson, a performance by OCC's children's choir, update on OCC's College Opportunity Program and more.

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 supports Warrenville Youth & Family Services.

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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