Women & Families
When crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and our church family for support. But for some parents, there isn't a safety net. During such crisis, children are especially at-risk for neglect or abuse as their parents struggle to cope with crushing circumstances and emotions. Since 2005, Safe Families for Children has offered sanctuary to thousands of children through host families, minimizing the risk for abuse or neglect and giving parents the time and tools they need to help their families thrive.
Pregnancy Centers - Crisis pregnancy centers provide free and confidential support for women who may be experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Included are pregnancy tests, accurate information on pregnancy-related issues, assistance in finding affordable medical care, adoption, maternity home and prenatal childbirth class referrals, as well as ongoing mentoring and friendly support.
Fox Valley Pregnancy Center - South Elgin & St. Charles - Call 847.697.0200
Adoption Resource Connection (ARC) - St. Charles - Serves families in our church and community who have an interest in adoption or foster care. They provide resource information about the adoption and foster care processes, guidance through a biblical exploration of God's plan for families related to adoption/foster care and mentoring families that will walk through the process with you. Contact ARC
World Relief Refugee Ministry - Aurora - Providing resettlement assistance for refugees from around the globe, World Relief works with local churches to help immigrants adjust to American life and culture. Volunteers provide basic resettlement needs by hosting refugee families that are in transition (typically one week), providing English tutoring, financial/budget advising, transportation, collecting/organizing household items for refugee's first apartments or joining a group of refugee moms for periodic "Ladies Day Out." Contact World Relief
Safe Passage - DeKalb - is a safe shelter for women and children who have experienced abuse. Volunteer opportunities include office help such as data entry and filing, helping receive and organize donations, helping with fund raising, and various other serving opportunities. Contact DeKalb Community Impact
Pay it Forward House - Sycamore - Provides low-cost temporary respite and lodging in a comfortable, home-like environment for family members and friends of patients at Kindred Hospital in Sycamoreor elsewhere in DeKalb County. Serving opportunities include baking cookies, being a friendly face/greeter, cleaning crew, helping with fundraising, lawn and garden care, and various other serving opportunities. Contact Carolyn Elsik or Call 815.787.6161
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