Team Community Cares
Mission: uniting people to be a catalyst for restoration in our communities
Give to Celebration Generosity on October 18
This year, Community Cares and Community 4:12 will be uniting under one umbrella. Combining Community Cares teams with our Community 4:12 partnerships like Giftmart and World Relief will position COMMUNITY to catalyze restoration in our communities in new and exciting ways. Under the Community Cares banner, we’ll work to:
- Provide relief by meeting the immediate needs of our community
- Develop people through nurturing relationships, and
- Work towards holistic transformation in areas of education, race, poverty and incarceration
Because of Your Support…
Serving the community during this season required us to make some adjustments while staying focused on the mission. Over the past year, we launched two Community Freedom locations at correctional facilities in Illinois and walked alongside more than a dozen immigrants as they worked toward citizenship. We continued to provide virtual Justice Series events helping the community explore race and reconciliation during this turbulent time, and we are on track to provide over 4,500 meals for residents of Hesed House experiencing homelessness. The beauty of restoration is that it continues, even during a global pandemic.
Capitalizing on this season, we’re working to expand our Kids Hope programs as virtual mentoring opportunities. This will open doors for mentors who were previously unable to participate because of schedule constraints. Building for the future, we’re partnering with the Alive Center to open a location in Aurora focused on empowering the youth of today to become the impassioned, resilient leaders of tomorrow.
Our focus this year is to equip individuals, staff, and entrepreneurs to be agents of change in their communities. We’re offering a year-long cohort on racial reconciliation which includes small group curriculum, book chats, and Justice Series panel events. We’re enrolling our staff in a one-year journey pursuing racial justice with other pastors around the country. Our dream project this year is to develop a small business incubator that launches minority-owned businesses in under-resourced communities.
We’ll continue to prioritize dignity as we work to meet the immediate needs of our community as they arise. Our Community Cares teams will continue collecting donations for our local food pantries, sewing masks for protection during the pandemic, supporting homeless shelters by providing needed meals, and caring for those who are vulnerable in our community.
We’ll launch our newest Community Freedom location at the DuPage County Correctional Facility. This new facility along with existing locations at the Joliet Treatment Facility and Fox Valley Adult Transition facility will provide small group opportunities and weekly services for individuals while they are incarcerated as well as re-entry support and mentoring for families and returning citizens as they transition back home.