Outreach Updates & Stories

WYFS Summer Quest Learns About Advocacy

Students in the Warrenville Youth & Family Services' summer youth program, Quest, have been learning about advocacy and writing their senators as part of Quest's service learning curriculum.

Summer Youth Program at OCC

The JNS (Jubilee Neighborhood School) program at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream (OCC) has had a busy summer! Check out some of the highlights.

Art at OCC-Villagebrook

Thanks to a new program that launched this summer, Art at Villagebrook, adult residents in the community are able to enjoy fellowship while exploring their creative side.

Christmas in July

Please join us for our Christmas in July gift drive in preparation for the upcoming 2018 Christmas Store!

DuPage Foundation Awards Outreach Milestone Grant

Outreach is honored to be the recipient of the DuPage Foundation’s 6,000th grant, which will support York Community Resource Center.

OCC Hosts Author Mary Morgan

Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream hosted children’s Author Mary Morgan for a book-signing and special reading with the elementary students on May 8. Mary first met with the younger students in the JNS program,

Quest Celebrates National Day of Prayer

Quest, the Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS) youth program, celebrated the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3rd. This year’s theme was “Unity” and Ephesians 4:3-3: “Make every effort to keep the unity

2018 College Tour

High school students from Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream (OCC) and Puente del Pueblo (PdP) in West Chicago spent their spring break visiting colleges on the annual college tour, as part of the College

WYFS Volunteer Appreciation Event

The annual WYFS Volunteer Appreciation Event was held on Monday, April 16 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Warrenville. Warrenville Youth & Family Services and Discoveries Resale Store & Furniture Annex staff honored the volunteers by

OCC Spring Dinner

The 2018 OCC Spring Dinner, benefiting Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, was held on Friday, April 13 at the Embassy Suites in Naperville. This meaningful annual event was marked by the testimony of keynote speaker

OCC Villagebrook Hosts Easter Egg Hunt

On the cold, blustery Saturday of March 24th, 50 parents and children ventured outdoors to participate in the annual OCC-Villagebrook Egg Hunt. Almost 1000 brightly colored eggs were hidden around the Outreach classroom and

Going Beyond the Call

WYFS counselors are joining forces with the Warrenville Fire Protection Unit to treat mental health issues in crisis situations, and to help firefighters deal with traumatic events.

OCC Villagebrook Students Serve Parents and Families

As the culmination of their cooking classes, Outreach-Villagebrook students prepared and served dinner to their parents and families, an impressive feat performed under the instruction of Ms. Linda, the University of Illinois Extension Educator. Showing

Supporting the College Tour

A former OCC staff member continues supporting the annual college tour by donating towards it and motivating students to raise money for the trip at the same time.

Link Mentoring Learns Woodworking

A Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS) Link mentor was recently able to share one of his hobbies with mentors and mentees.

Volunteer Group at OCC-Villagebrook

Thanks to Wheaton Bible Church volunteers for getting their hands dirty and serving at OCC-Villagebrook's after-school program.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Speaks to OCC Students

High school students from the Student Achievement Leadership Team (SALT) program at OCC were recently treated to a visit by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas. Judge Thomas spoke to the students about his life and career.

More Than a Meal

A Jubilee Village resident recently expressed her gratitude to staff and fellow residents by preparing a feast for the entire group.

Quest Youth Visit Convalescent Center

Quest program youth from Warrenville Youth & Family Services are taking the initiative to reach out to older adults during the cold winter months.

York Youth Program Update

Youth programs at York Community Resource Center are thriving; read how they're making a difference in students, families and the community.

CEO Chris Ellerman Celebrates 40 Years at Outreach

Under Chris's leadership as CEO, Outreach has become a substantial organization sponsoring five faith-based community service organizations in collaboration with over 25 partner churches, serving the most vulnerable residents in DuPage County.

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.

SSP Middle School Students Serve the Community

Middle school students in the Superb Student Program (SSP) at OCC have been organizing service opportunities including volunteering at a Pads homeless site and DuPage County Animal Shelter.

Link Mentoring Career Fair

Thanks to volunteers from the Warrenville community, WYFS Link mentoring students caught a glimpse of multiple career paths and workplaces.

OCM Announces Grant Application for Warrenville

In order to better serve the Warrenville community, Outreach Community Ministries announces our intent to submit an application for a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant to complement our current after school and family programs.

LINK Mentoring Gives and Receives

St. Irene Ladies of Columbus Auxiliary made Christmas special for local youth by donating gifts to Warrenville Youth & Family Services LINK mentoring students.

Local 7-Year-Old Seeks Donations In Lieu of Birthday Presents

Seven-year-old Gray Taylor is spreading Christmas cheer to vulnerable kids this holiday season, as she donates 59 books to the Books for Birthdays ministry.

Serving and Celebrating at Quest

The WYFS Quest Program applied service learning by giving back to a local food pantry this Christmas season; students were reminded of the true meaning of Christmas at the annual Quest Christmas Party at Grace Church of DuPage.

Older Adults Christmas Party 2017

Thanks to First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton and more than 40 volunteers for giving Older Adults Program participants a Christmas to remember.

Christmas Store 2017

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!

Annual Outreach Events

OCC Spring Dinner

The 2018 OCC Spring Dinner, benefiting Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, was held on Friday, April 13 at the Embassy Suites in Naperville. This meaningful annual event was marked by the testimony of keynote speaker

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.

2017 Hearts of Grace Women’s Luncheon

Thank you to everyone who attended the Hearts of Grace Women's Luncheon! Your support allows Outreach Community Ministries to continue to work in the lives of at-risk women and children in our community. Listen to

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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