Outreach Community Ministries is a multi-site, community service organization. Outreach developed each of its neighborhood resource centers in partnership with local churches. The centers are designed to stabilize families who are vulnerable and give at-risk children and youth opportunities to grow and develop into healthy adults—all in a faith-based setting.
In 1984, Outreach was the first organization in DuPage County to introduce its neighborhood-based service model into communities where youth and families are vulnerable. Today, we sponsor or support five of the most comprehensive youth and family resource centers in Chicago’s western suburbs.
The first step in our community development process is to position our programs, services and resources in the neighborhoods and communities where the needs are greatest and access to resources is limited. We walk alongside the children and families we serve, restoring hope and providing opportunities through meaningful relationships characterized by compassion, encouragement and individual development.
We use key development principles when establishing our community sites:
- We identify the strongest felt needs of the most vulnerable residents in the community.
- We partner with local churches connecting with their leadership networks, volunteer resources and financial support.
- We focus on prevention and early intervention service strategies wherever possible.
- Our services support families, are relationship-based and are asset-based, building on people’s strengths.