Community Mission of First Presbyterian Church of Champaign partners with and supports 14 agencies in Champaign County through providing assistance, ministry, and volunteer support. Our goal is to partner with social service and/or faith-based agencies to increase their capacity to meet the needs of socially and economically disadvantaged people and families in our community.
Our partner agencies provide shelter, food, clothing and other support services to individuals and families struggling with hunger, homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse and incarceration in a faith-based manner. Please review our partner agencies’ websites to learn more about their programs and services. There are many ways for you to get involved and serve Christ in Champaign County through Community Mission.
If you are interested in making a difference, please contact Tracy D. Dace, Mission Coordinator at email@example.com or contact him at the church.
Community Mission Partner Agencies
Canaan S.A.F.E. House
404 W. Main Street Urbana, Illinois 61801 (217) 344-SAFE
In an effort to help people break free from controlling addictions and troublesome habits, members of the Champaign-Urbana Christian community joined together in the creation of SAFE House (Substance Abuse Free Environment). They offer separate 12-month live-in Men’s SAFE House and Women’s SAFE House programs that incorporate a structured daily regimen of G.E.D., and/or adult education, devotions, group therapy, personal counseling, volunteer work projects, evening community-wide personal enrichment courses and weekly worship services.
CMD: Bill Stout
The Champaign-Urbana Canteen Run is a joint effort between Partnering Against Homelessness, the Salvation Army, Council Provider for the Homeless and local churches. Their mission is to unite in the body of Christ to live out their faith by serving those who are in need. Using the Salvation Army canteen truck, volunteers travel throughout downtown Champaign-Urbana with the sole purpose of offering the homeless food, drinks, shirts, underwear, blankets, information about agencies that can help them and prayers to all that need them .
CMDs: John and Jeanne Murray
1309 West Hill Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801 (217) 337-2731
Crisis Nursery creates an "Island of Safety" dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing 24-hour emergency care for children and support to strengthen families in crisis. Crisis Nursery is the only emergency-based child care facility open 24 hours, 365 days a year for the entire community to access with no fees, income eligibility or waiting list. They also provide family support and parenting education to strengthen parent skills and confidence.
CMDs: Martha Henderson
The Center for Women in Transition (CWIT/AWP)
508 E. Church Street
Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 352-7151
The Center for Women in Transition, The Center, CWT or CWIT—whatever name you know them by— exists to empower women and their children. The agency provides housing and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness or who are victims of domestic violence.
CMD: Jean Seibold
Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
P.O. Box 648
Champaign, IL 61824-0648 (217) 356-SOUP (7687)
The mission of the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen is to feed the hungry of our community regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity. They welcome all volunteers to this service who share an unconditional positive regard for every human being. They provide a safe, respectful, and inviting environment in an atmosphere of hope and dignity.
CMD: Leslie Neitzel
Eastern Illinois Food Bank
2405 N. Shore Drive Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 328-3663 http://eifoodbank.org/
The Eastern Illinois Food Bank exists to alleviate hunger in eastern Illinois by providing a reliable source of food for the hungry through cooperation with a network of food pantries and agencies. The Food Bank accepts donated and discounted food from a variety of sources and distributes it to 220 emergency food programs, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
CMD: Jeff Henderson
empty tomb, inc.
301 North Fourth Street P.O. Box 2404
Champaign, IL 61825-2404 (217) 356-2262
Empty Tomb exists to serve the whole church as she strives to be obedient to Jesus by serving others. It provides food, clothing, furniture, health and financial assistance for Christians in need. Volunteers are Christians from historically Christian congregations in the Champaign-Urbana area.
CMDs: Gary and Linda Peterson
East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC)
302 S. Birch
ECIRMAC (also known as the Refugee Center) exists to provide services essential to refugee and immigrant resettlement in East-Central Illinois and to aid in the exchange and preservation of their respective cultures.
CMDs: Mark and Kathy Schoeffmann
Family Service of Champaign County: First Call for Help
405 S. State Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217)352-0099
First Call for Help: 217-352-6300
Family Service of Champaign County is a private, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization. Their mission is to support people across generations by providing quality human services. Their programs and services include a Senior Resource Center, a Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, First Call for Help and counseling.
CMD: JoAnn Anderson
Jesus is the Way Prison Ministry
602 Liberty Avenue P.O. Box 98
Rantoul, IL 61866-0098 (217) 892-4044
Jesus is the Way Prison Ministry’s mission is to go into prisons and other correctional institutions throughout the United States and other countries to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to inmates. Upon their release, Jesus is the Way helps the former inmates with housing, food, clothing, spiritual guidance and counseling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, job skills training, and job placement, thus enabling them to become productive and responsible citizens.
CMD: Ron Deering
Restoration Urban Ministry (RUM)
1213 Parkland Court
Champaign, IL 61821 (217) 355-2662
Restoration Urban Ministries provides temporary, comprehensive services to individuals, families and single parents to help the most needy and desperate in East Central Illinois rebuild lives and livelihoods. Their programs include temporary housing, classes and workshops, case management, employment and spiritual guidance and counseling, substance abuse recovery, food and clothing pantries and skills training.
CMD: Vacant Position
311 White Street Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 359-5276
Roundhouse provides temporary shelter to youth who are runaway, homeless, or at-risk for runaway or homelessness and also provides counseling and supportive services in a community integrated home type setting.
CMD: Maryln Erwin
Salt & Light
1512 W Anthony Drive
Champaign, IL 61821 (217) 355-5654
Their mission is simple—to share the love of God by helping those in need. Through their food pantry and clothing closet, they meet the immediate physical needs of families with limited financial resources. Salt & Light also offers financial counseling and education that teaches important budgeting concepts, voluntary worship services that feed the needs of the soul, and the salt and light that gives our community help and hope.
CMD: Miriam Chenault
70 East Washington
Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 398-7785
TIMES Center is a Transitional Living program serving homeless men in Champaign County. Clients receive an array of supportive services to help them prepare for independent living. The program also supports a community soup kitchen serving 3 meals daily, 7 days a week.
CMD: Dick Arnould
To download the Community Mission Funding Application for 2014 please click here. The application deadline is January 3, 2014.