Outreach News Stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How a homeless, jobless young woman found stable housing, employment, and support through Outreach's transitional housing program and Employment Opportunity Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Through activity programming, case management, a Mood and Memory Clinic and the Friendly Visitors volunteers, the Older Adult Program works to help our elderly stay healthy, safe and involved in society.
Sit down to get to know Areli Santiago, the bilingual case manager at Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS), and you’ll notice one word in particular that keeps popping up: “excited.”
Serving at Outreach since 1988, Victor Argo's unique role at the Outreach Community Counseling Centers allows him to see growth and change in the lives of his interns and patients.
“Alone with no support,” a mother of two was left stranded with no money, no medical services and no options. But staff at York Community Resource Center helped her find short-term solutions and long-term support.
Meet the Hacketts, the newest house parents at Jubilee Village who are discovering how their personal faith and experience serving in Africa can help single mothers here at home.
Our middle schoolers are prepared for school in more ways than one! Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream and the DuPage County Prevention Leadership Team partnered up this summer to equip middle school students with alcohol, drug and tobacco prevention techniques.
Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream is partnering with Washington and Sandburg Elementary Schools to ensure that vulnerable students maintain their reading skills over the summer.
This summer, middle school students at Warrenville Youth & Family Services are learning about business, working in teams and activating their creativity as they take part in the first-ever entrepreneurship class at WYFS.
OCC's junior high summer program Learn 2 Earn provides life skills coaching; academic classes; job training; and unique volunteer opportunities through organizations such as Northern Illinois Food Bank, Marklund and Lincoln Marsh.
Eight years ago, when Puente del Pueblo began their after-school program, Barbie and Brisa were 2nd and 3rd graders, struggling at school and trying to learn English as a second language. This summer, the students turned into facilitators.
Outreach's summer programs have Olympic fever! Students entering 5th – 8th grades from across our sites came together for a Summer Games event that included kickball, soccer and basketball.
For more than 30 years, Ken Kelley has supported Outreach because of its church partnership model and programs that make a difference in the lives of local youth, families and older adults.
Thank you to the DuPage Foundation for awarding a $20,000 grant to our Youth and Families in Crisis program at Outreach’s Community Counseling Centers!
The Link Mentoring and Quest programs at Warrenville Youth & Family Services make a difference in the lives of youth throughout the school year and all summer long.
Thank you to the 90+ CareFest volunteers from Wheaton Bible Church and Iglesia del Pueblo who served Outreach Saturday, May 7, 2016. Volunteers worked on landscaping, cleaning and painting projects.
Heidi’s Salon in Warrenville donated staff time and beauty services to girls from the Link Mentoring and Quest youth programs at Warrenville Youth & Family Services.
The WYFS Quest kids meet monthly at the Warrenville Fire Protection District for fun and education; the Link Mentoring program recently held an event to thank WFPD for its partnership.
A new grant from Veteran Cultural and Clinical Competence (V3C) will help Wheaton Youth Outreach offer valuable counseling services to vets living in the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans.
A therapist with family roots at WYFS will be serving at Currier Elementary School in West Chicago, thanks to a program that serves the most vulnerable families in the district.
Over the years, Pastor Wil realized the students weren’t really “with him” when he talked. When he tried engaging the students in conversation, something amazing happened.
York Community Resource Center, which serves south Villa Park, recently moved to the Taiwanese Community Church in Lombard. Outreach plans to continue strengthening the programs and services at York.
The Quest summer program focused on goal setting and attainment. Students learned values through community service and a new partnership with the Warrenville Fire Protection District.
Congratulations to Gen Unger, a participant in OCC’s Older Adults Program, on placing 3rd in the Midwest Affordable Housing Management Association (MAHMA) annual art and poster contest!
Thanks to the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana for sponsoring a program for the Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream's middle school girls! This summer, Girl Scouts led the girls in Learn 2 Earn
WYFS Quest students joined the Warrenville Fire Protection District in this year's parade, in recognition of their collaboration in the new Hot Shots program.
The 2015 Spring Dinner supporting Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream took place on April 23. The event featured speaker Rev. Dr. Wayne L. Gordon of Lawndale Community Church, plus the OCC children’s choir and updates on
Christian education plays a crucial role in Outreach's youth programs. Check out this video, which was featured at the OCC Spring Dinner, to hear the difference it's making in students' lives.
Our junior high programs kicked off Spring Break with a soccer tournament! Teams from Warrenville Youth & Family Services, Puente del Pueblo and Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream competed in this first-ever Outreach competition.
Outreach's Counseling Centers are taking part in a learning collaborative to increase access to mental health services for military families.
As Illinois legislators debate proposed budget cuts to vital funds that support transitional housing programs, a resident of Outreach's Transitions Program shares her story with the Illinois House Appropriations Committee.
This February marks 10 years of partnership between the St. Vincent de Paul chapter at St. Michael Catholic Church and Wheaton Youth Outreach.
Throughout mid-December 2014, a volunteer team of men from First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn worked at Jubilee Furniture's new extension.
On December 12, 2014, nine volunteers from Benjamin Moore took on a painting project at Jubilee Village, in memory of Kathy Christensen, Outreach's first volunteer director.
On December 18, 2014, a LifeGroup from Parkview Community Church blessed Jubilee Village with an elaborate holiday meal, complete with beautiful decorations.
Students in the Warrenville Youth & Family Services Quest and mentoring programs were given a Christmas to remember this year, thanks to NorthStar Credit Union.
The annual Older Adults Program Christmas Luncheon was held at First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton on Friday, December 19, thanks to 44 volunteers, representing five area churches. 146 older adults enjoyed the traditional holiday meal, plus raffles, games and a unique gift.
The 20th annual Christmas Store at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream took place on on Saturday, December 13. The event serves under-resourced families from the community by allowing them to shop for gifts at deeply discounted prices.
Puente del Pueblo held its fifth annual Christmas Store on Saturday, December 13. Modeled after the Christmas Store at OCC, the event serves under-resourced families from the community by allowing them to shop for gifts at deeply discounted prices.
As part of their United Way campaign, the BMO Institute for Learning staff spent the afternoon making care packages for Quest youth, which included gifts and personalized cards and ornaments. Staff donated a total of 35 care packages.
Thanks to FT Cares Foundation, the charitable arm of First Trust Portfolios, for donating Thanksgiving baskets to Jubilee Village! Pictured left to right: Lisa M. Weier, Director of Development, FT Cares Foundation; Jane Doyle, President,
Jubilee Village changes lives of young, single mothers through safe and secure housing, relationships with houseparents and mentors, counseling, case management, and parenting and financial classes. Don’t miss this chance to peek into a day
Melinda Rios, Community Outreach Coordinator at Illinicare Health (right), presents checks to Bonnie Malcolm Chrisman, Vice President of Resource Development at Outreach (left). Thank you to IlliniCare Health for donating $280 in funds to
Welcome back, COP students! In early August, the College Opportunity Program (COP) held a reunion at OCC, where 17 college grads, returning college students and incoming college students gathered for a memorable evening. The event
Image courtesy of Lake Geneva Youth Camp Mosquitoes. Campfires. Swimming in the lake. Bunking with your buddy. For many kids, summer camp is a rite of passage. And thanks to Outreach’s summer programs
Drama students from Outreach Community Center’s summer program recently performed a play called “Molly the Moth,” which was originally written years ago by OCC volunteer Harv Simsohn as a poem for his daughters. Lathie Norton,
OCC's Jubilee Neighborhood School is closing out a very successful summer program. The summer ended with 79 students enrolled, grades 1st-5th. According to Jackie Busch, JNS Program Coordinator, 22 kids accepted Christ over the summer — more than a
Thank you to WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, for awarding Outreach Community Ministries a $20,000 grant! The grant will help underwrite Outreach’s College Opportunity Program, which supports low-income, academically at-risk students in
Outreach's summer programs are in full swing! A total of 366 kids from around DuPage County are participating in summer activities at our sites: Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream 184 students from Jubilee Neighborhood School (1st-5th grades); Learn2Earn (6th-8th grade);
The DuPage Community Foundation Committee members Eileen Trost (left) and Ruth Carlson (right); Outreach Community Ministries Vice President of Resource Development Bonnie Malcolm Chrisman (center). Thank you to The DuPage Community Foundation for awarding Outreach
Thanks to Wheaton Bible Church for serving Outreach at its annual Carefest day of service! On the morning of Saturday, May 3, nearly 100 volunteers from the church worked on projects at Jubilee Village, Wheaton Youth
Congratulations to LaTanya Gatewood on her new position as Director of Volunteer Services! LaTanya is well equipped for this new role after spending almost eight years recruiting and managing volunteers in her previous positions as
Left: Monique Johnson, Howard University graduateRight: Tonika White, Aurora University graduate Congratulations to our College Opportunity Program graduates! Monique Johnson (left) recently graduated from Howard University and Tonika White (right) recently graduated from Aurora
This story first appeared on mySuburbanLife.com By MARY BETH VERSACI CAROL STREAM – Just a hop, skip and a jump from its previous location along North Avenue in Carol Stream, the newly reopened Jubilee Furniture
The ribbon has been cut and Jubilee Furniture has opened its doors at the new location, 730 East North Ave. in Carol Stream. The grand opening celebration took place on Thursday, April 10 at noon
Quest, the junior/senior high program at Warrenville Youth & Family Services, volunteers at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church Food Pantry twice a month. According to Quest staff, serving the community allows students to look outside of
One local company is helping young, single mothers move toward financial stability and independence. KeHE Distributors in Romeoville recently hired a resident of Jubilee Village, Outreach’s transitional housing program for young, single mothers who are
OCC Children's Choir performs at the annual MLK Celebration. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream partnered with the Wheaton Christian Center, Our Savior Lutheran Church