our ministries

Showing God’s Love for all People


Heritage believes that we are all God’s children and that we are called to understand each other, share our blessings and the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We are active in our community and in national and global ministries as well.  Want to make a difference in our community?  Come join our ministries!


Carol Stream Summer Lunch Program

During the school year, most children enjoy the benefit of meals provided by the school system.  During the summer, however, this option is not available.  Too many of our children only eat junk food, or even worse, go without meals.

Through a partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, a group of churches and civic organizations in Carol Stream, led by Heritage, are providing nutritious lunches to all Carol Stream children, 18 and below, at no cost to the families.

 


DuPage Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS)

Members of Heritage provide food and volunteers for DuPage Pads on the fourth Wednesday of each month from September to May.  PADS provides housing, support services and employment opportunities to county residents who are homeless.  Our members cook and serve meals, provide support throughout the night and help people as needed during their overnight stays in the PADS sites.


Books to You

Heritage serves as host to the Books to You program, which is a reading program run by the Carol Stream school district. Children read, listen to stories, choose books to take home and discover that reading is fun!  Volunteers provide reading coaching, assist with craft activities, read to the children and serve food.  We typically see 45 to 50 young people each event, organized in conjunction with the administration and teachers in Carol Stream.

 

Outreach Community Center

The Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream is a multi-purpose, neighborhood resource center serving residents in southeast Carol Stream.  The center is focused on helping neighborhood residents to work together to build a stronger community.  Heritage members are involved in the Board, mentoring youth, serving seniors and helping with administration.  We share a common commitment with OCC to minister to each person’s physical, social and spiritual needs.

Neighborhood Food Pantries

Feeding our hungry neighbors!   Heritage supports NFP through a variety of ways – board service, financial support, growing healthy food in our garden and donations of food and paper goods.

The mission of NFP is to effectively distribute food and emergency assistance in Northwest DuPage through community and faith partnership.