Outreach Updates & Stories

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!

Warrenville Salon Donates Spa Day to WYFS Girls

Thank you to Heidi's Salon in Warrenville for donating a spa day to WYFS girls, which treated the group to a day of pampering and included lessons on cosmetology and business ownership.

Jalena’s Story

A young mother finds more than just stable housing, community and wise counsel in Outreach's transitional housing program—she experiences a Jubilee: a chance to start over.

OCC-Villagebrook Teen Council Serves Elementary Students

OCC-Villagebrook Teen Council took the initiative to serve elementary students in October, including planning and preparing a Halloween party with games and nutritious snacks.

Mentoring Program Visits COD

Mentor matches from the Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS) Link mentoring program recently explored opportunities at a local college.

Fall Fun at the Superb Student Program

The Superb Student Program, the junior high program at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream, celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a party and pinatas.

Giving Back at OCC-Villagebrook

Inspired by their experience growing up at OCC-Villagebrook and passionate about working with kids, a pair of college students volunteer at their old stomping grounds.

Gaining Independence: Claire’s* Story

How a homeless, jobless young woman found stable housing, employment, and support through Outreach's transitional housing program and Employment Opportunity Center.

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

Kristi’s Story

Born and raised in Albania, Kristi longed for a better life. Despite numerous setbacks, she's thriving in the States thanks to Outreach's transitional housing program and Employment Opportunity Center.

Hands-On Training: A Mentoring Story

When his neighbors' shed needed repairs, Big Buddy Dick Routsen saw an opportunity to teach life skills and the value of hard work to a student at OCC.

Water Day

Water Day, a fun event for students and staff alike, marked the last week of OCC's 2017 summer programs.

L2E Summer

Highlights of the Learn 2 Earn (L2E) junior high summer program included visits from 2017 Miss Black Teen Illinois and US Army Recruiter Sergeant Oviedo, as well as participation in the D.A.R.E. program.

Therapy Dog Visits Quest Students at WYFS

A local friend of Warrenville Youth & Family Services introduces Quest students to Animal Assisted Therapy by bringing her puppy-in-training to visit.

Author’s Visit and Book Signing at York

Check out photos of a special event at York Community Resource Center: an author visit and book signing.

Summer Superheroes at WYFS

Students in the Quest summer youth program are researching their culture and country of origin, finding the "superhero" of their nationality.

Summer at Villagebrook

Teen Council served Northern Illinois Food Bank's Mobile Pantry; Wheaton Christian Reformed Church reaches out to students at this summer's Fun in the Park.

Summer at PdP

Business mentoring, summer camp, anatomy lessons and more—check out photos from Puente's summer youth program.

From Garden to Table at OCC

Students at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream are learning how to grow vegetables and eat healthier this summer thanks to the Center's first on-site garden.

DuPage Foundation Awards Outreach $150,000 Grant

From left: Megan Shebik, DuPage Foundation Trustee; Bonnie Malcolm Chrisman, Outreach Community Ministries; Ruth Ann Snodgrass and Jim Snodgrass, donor-advisors; Chris Ellerman, Outreach Community Ministries; Ruth Carlson, DuPage Foundation and Grant Committee member.

Golf | Food | Wine Experience

We celebrated the 6th annual Golf, Food & Wine Experience on June 19 at Butterfield Country Club, raising scholarship funds for Transitional Housing, the College Opportunity Program and the Employment Opportunity Center.

Summer Youth Programs 2017

Summer’s here! Outreach's summer youth programs kicked off on June 19—take a peek at the fun and learning that's planned across the sites.

*Sara’s Story

A local high school student is finding hope and healing through counseling at Wheaton Youth Outreach.

Class of 2017

Congratulations to the Student Achievement Leadership Team (SALT) program class of 2017! This year, the high school program at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream (OCC) is graduating three seniors.

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.

Annual Outreach Events

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

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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