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Every day, we help thousands of people throughout the Midwest. We offer unique, local programs, designed to meet the specific needs of each community we serve. Our vast array of programs and services can be condensed into 12 simple service categories. Explore the ways we provide services to every ZIP code in the Midwest or find your nearest location to discover local programming.
When people are hungry, it takes a toll on them physically and mentally. Many suffer in silence wondering where their next meal is coming from. Some people may be forced to make the difficult choice between buying food or paying bills, while others skip meals to feed their families.
We know providing food is a simple but powerful act. It is more than nourishing bodies. It’s a way to show love and compassion for one another. There is always room for one more at our table.Find Food
Poverty can be the result of divorce, job loss, illness, addiction, mental illness or any life-altering event. Sometimes it impacts generations, too. When people can’t provide food, shelter and clothing for themselves or their family, their thoughts turn to short-term survival.
Escaping poverty requires long-term planning and access to resources. It starts with holistic programs that build up people and the entire community around them. With the right tools in place, everyone can succeed.Receive Assistance
The need for housing assistance occurs for different reasons. All it takes is a serious illness or disability, accident, layoff, or loss of savings and it might be hard to pay the rent. This can create a downward spiral that leads to an eviction and homelessness. Some people need transitional housing after recovering from an addiction.
Everybody deserves a clean, safe place to rest. A home provides stability, peace of mind and a refuge from the outside world. With God at the center, those residing within it are blessed.Help with Housing
Every family has their own set of challenges, but parents with children under the age of 18 have added stress. They must meet the basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs of their children, while worrying about finding safe after-school supervision and summer camps. It’s a lot to juggle while trying to strengthen the family unit.
That’s where the Pathway of Hope program and our Kroc Community Centers come in. They provide encouragement and support to help families reach their goals.Resources for Families
Young people are like sponges. They absorb everything they see and hear, so it’s important to offer them a variety of fun, high-quality activities. We provide a safe place for them to try new things, continue developing their character, form friendships with like-minded youth, and have a place to turn to in times of trouble.
Our doors are open all year round for sports, music education, after-school tutoring, mentoring, summer camps, and more. It’s a place where youth are welcomed, accepted, and encouraged to discover their gifts from God.Youth Programs
Adults and seniors need help, too. Unfortunately, there are not always enough financial resources or government programs to go around. This means some of the most vulnerable are doing without necessary services—from education and skill classes, to adult day care, counseling, and homebound visits—that could significantly improve their quality of life.
We meet adults where they are and help them live their best life. Nobody should feel alone or forgotten, especially as they age.Services for Adults
Being a substance abuser has a devastating impact on a person and their relationship with family and friends. There are no shortcuts in the recovery process. It requires a commitment to hard work, creating real change, and acknowledging difficult and painful realities. But the result is life changing.
We have been helping people battle substance abuse for over 150 years at our Adult Rehabilitation Centers and Harbor Lights Centers. Our programs include emotional, spiritual and social services components. Some of our programming is free of charge.Drug & Alcohol Rehab
When a person is not treated equally, or is taken advantage of, there is suffering. That suffering extends beyond the individual because it impacts their family, friends and neighborhoods. Everyone suffers as a result of human trafficking, racial inequality, disc abuse, poverty, exploitation and more.
We will not stand by and do nothing. We are committed to Doing The Most Good® and follow Christ’s command to care for one another.Protecting Human Rights
Disasters can be large or small—but all of them have an impact on survivors, first responders and entire neighborhoods. Sometimes the need is for practical things like food, hydration, supplies or housing. Other times it’s for emotional support and pastoral care. Depending on the situation, assistance can last anywhere from hours to years.
Our staff and volunteers are already present in most communities so we can quickly mobilize at a moment’s notice. We’re always ready to bring people hope.Disaster Relief
We are a church that loves and serves God. Our mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet needs in His name without discrimination. We want to introduce the love of God into the lives of those in most need as we care for them physically, emotionally and spiritually.
We do this by offering free prayer, pastoral counseling, Bible-based ministries for all ages and Sunday worship.Find Spiritual Healing
Our services are available in every U.S. zip code. We work alongside other organizations to complement, not duplicate efforts in order to maximize local impact. We invest in programs that meet the unique needs of the people within the communities we serve.Meet the Need
Due to COVID-19, the number of people we serve has dramatically increased across the Midwest. This holiday season many families are facing job loss, hunger and poverty—some for the very first time. Without support, their situations can quickly spin out of control.
We provide a hand up and the encouragement needed to carry on. Through generous donations and partnerships, we work alongside our staff and volunteers to alleviate suffering and restore hope.Christmas Assistance