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Elmhurst CRC maintains great relationships with several local social-service organizations. Our Local Impact ministry exists to highlight the many opportunities for our members and friends to serve our broader community. We encourage everyone to get involved where and when they can. 


(Love, Interact, Neighbor, Kneel) is a ministry at Elmhurst CRC through which we reach out to the homeless and others in need in the community. We work with existing organizations in the area: Bridge Communities and PADS.

Lampstand Ministries

Lampstand Ministries is a Christian outreach that serves the inner city of Chicago by offering help and hope to people by:

  • Providing them with resources that address their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
  • Striving to have a life changing reconciling impact by bringing the love of Christ to those who are looking for help.
  • Providing educational opportunities, men and women’s support groups and retreats, and job placement service.
  • Hosting a local food center for the homeless, which provides delicious meals to the Lawndale community every Saturday. (See My Brother's Kitchen below.)
  • Providing service projects and mission trips for other outreach organizations looking to support people in need on the streets of Chicago.

Contact: Chris Langkamp

My Brother's Kitchen

My Brother's Kitchen is a collaborative ministry, bringing together suburban and urban people to serve a meal to the community and eat together. This is an opportunity to be a source of shining light and living water to the homeless and hungry in Chicago!  You can help one time or numerous times - whatever works best for you. If you or your small group are interested, contact Bob Keizer.

Caring Network Illinois

Caring Network Illinois (formerly CareNet Pregnancy Services of DuPage) works to prevent unplanned pregnancies, and provides emotional support, spiritual counsel, and practical help to anyone dealing with the effects of an unplanned pregnancy. Services provided include:

  • abstinence education for teens in county schools and churches.
  • pregnancy counseling for women and men in an unplanned pregnancy.
  • material goods and practical resources to women and their families.
  • limited ultrasound services.
  • healing for women and men previously involved in an abortion decision.

Contact: Diane Van Drunen

Yorkfield Food Pantry

Elmhurst CRC collects food for Yorkfield Food Pantry on the third Sunday of every month.

Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network

Elmhurst CRC is a supporter of the Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Netowrk, where the people of the Elmhurst faith communities, service organizations, businesses and caring individuals unite in partnership to provide compassionate and effective emergency assistance to people in need in our community.

New To You

New To You is a resale store that supports Christian Education through the following schools: Chicago Westside Christian School, Daystar School, Humboldt Community Christian School and Timothy Christian Schools. Members and attenders of Elmhurst CRC are encouraged to donate their unwanted and reusable items to New to You.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.  Elmhurst CRC partners with Habitat for Humanity on local building projects.