Outreach Updates & Stories

Outreach Launches Host Family Program

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

The Kids Are Savvy

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

Counseling Centers Now 100% Telehealth

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

Our Families Are In Crisis

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

Older Adults Program Update

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

Girl Scouts Donate Books for Birthdays

As part of their Take Action Project, Girl Scout Troops 55627 and 50038 raised money through cookie sales in order to donate children's books to the Books for Birthdays program. "Our girls love to read

Another Successful MLK Day Celebration

About 150 people gathered for the 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the Wheaton Christian Center. The event featured an inspirational tribute by the Wheaton College Gospel Choir, as well as

WYFS Fall Dinner

We hope you were inspired by hearing about the transformative impact of Warrenville Youth & Family Services in our community.

Therapy Dog Visits York Summer Program

York Community Resource Center welcomed Aimee Maas, Outreach Community Counseling Center (OCCC) animal assisted therapist, and her therapy dog, Paddington, to its summer youth program on July 8.

WYFS Quest Joins Fire Department in Parade

The WYFS Quest youth program walked with the Warrenville Fire Protection District in Warrenville's annual Independence Day parade as part of the Hot Shots program, an ongoing partnership between the fire department and WYFS.

Learn 2 Earn Summer Program

The OCC Learn 2 Earn middle school summer program schedule includes service learning, team building, STEM, money management/job readiness, art, and special trips to the DuPage County Courthouse and Carol Stream Police Department.

Youth Group Visits Older Adults

Participants in OCC's Older Adults Program received a special treat this June! Middle school students from First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton visited older adults living at Colony Park for “Coffee and Conversation.”

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.

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.

Annual Outreach Events

WYFS Fall Dinner

We hope you were inspired by hearing about the transformative impact of Warrenville Youth & Family Services in our community.

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.

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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