For January, Trinity is collecting new items to fill the home of our second Bridge Family. With our first family just finishing their first year so exceptionally successfully, we have decided to expand Trinity's Bridge Family ministry by adding a second family. Right now you can help out by buying items from one of these registries, and have it shipped to our TKW location. These items will be used to set-up the home for our second family. We are hoping to have this family assigned to us soon, in time for a springtime move-in..
Contact Amy.Narot@tlc4u.org with any questions.
Frozen Dinners for PADS - Serve or Donate option
For PADS- This year due to COVID-19, Trinity is collecting frozen dinners to be distributed to PADS guests staying in hotels. Dinners will be collected in the freezer in the lobby of Trinity Kimberly Way the 3rd or 4th weekend each month: December 20, January 24, February 21, March 21 and Apr 18. Dinners can also be dropped off at TGT on Sunday morning on these dates.
If COVID-19 has you sheltering in place, yet you’d like to contribute, reach Michelle to coordinate a solution at: PADS@tlc4u.org
Or you can help serve by distributing the meals to the PADS guests, by dropping them off at their hotel room door. Masks required, no contact drop-offs. Email Michelle to join the volunteer distribution team: PADS@tlc4u.org
Trinity’s Garden Club is up and running for 2021. As you may recall, our club is growing produce at the Kimberly Way site to donate to a local food pantry. In 2020, we donated over 200 pounds, after getting a late start due to COVID-19. We also tend to the flower beds at TKW. For 2021, we have begun our garden planning process. We have started monthly meetings on zoom for our produce growers. Interested in helping out? All are welcome. Email Alan Jirik at GardenClub@tlc4u.org to sign up to receive information.
Our Garden Club is looking to add to the garden and could use a few items. If you have a Thrivent Action Card that you would like to secure that could be used for our Community Pantry Garden, that would be terrific! We would love that donation. Or if you have any tomato cages that you are no longer using that we could use, we'd love those as well. For any items that you might be able to donate, please connect with Alan about the details. He can be reached at GardenClub@tlc4u.org.
Spring 2021 Serving Opportunities
Looking for serving ideas for families, individuals and or Small Groups to make and impact in the community. Take a look at these serving opportunities in the area.
If you would like more information about serving opportunities, please email Amy.Narot@tlc4u.org.
Due to the current social distancing, DuPage Pads continues to provide hotel rooms and intensive case management for those experiencing homelessness at this time. You can still help! They have an Amazon wishlist and Walmart wishlist with needed items like soups, ready to reheat meals, snacks, hand sanitizer, and masks. More than anything else, they need funds to continue providing shelter. If you are able to donate funds at this time, please visit their website at dupagepads.org and click the “Emergency Response Fund” button at the top right.
For serving opportunities for PADS contact Michelle Bratton at email@example.com.
Thank you for all your generous donations and please keep DuPage Pads guests and staff in your prayers!
What is PADS?
It’s not just a pad on the floor… “PADS” stands for Public Action to Deliver Shelter. DuPage County’s PADS agency began in 1985 as an overnight shelter for the winter season. When we are not in a pandemic, they provide interim (overnight) and permanent housing, along with vital support services -- case management, life coaching, educational and employment counseling. Working with 28 congregations throughout our county, DuPage PADS offers shelter 365 nights a year. During the pandemic, they are providing many of the same support services, though the interim housing is done through local hotels, not in overnight shelters.
Again, when we are not in a pandemic, Trinity supports DuPage PADS by offering summer interim housing at the Kimberly Way location on Thursday nights. During the rest of the year, Trinity provides staffing and meals on the 5th Sundays at Community United Methodist Church in downtown Naperville (located at Benton & Center St.) and on the 5th Thursdays at St. Margaret Mary in Naperville (at Green Trails Dr. and Naper Blvd).
If you would like more information about serving opportunities with our PADS ministry (we LOVE small groups!), please contact Michelle Bratton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-863-3430.
Disaster Response Team
This Trinity team is a disaster response team and seeks to be prepared to respond to all sorts of emergency needs in the community, both local and regional. Be it storm, flood, or other forces that disrupt the normal infrastructure of families or communities. This team learns skills, gathers material, and finds funds to respond. Periodic training sessions are offered in General Disaster Response Certification, Muck Out, Mold Abatement, Tarp and Patch, Chain Saw, First Aid, and CPR by the Lutheran Emergency Response Team or Lutheran Church Charities.
This team, in conjunction with Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) is excited to announce the LCC Mobile Kitchen has arrived into the Chicagoland area! This process began in June 2019 & finally came to fruition in the summer of 2020. The kitchen was branded and dropped off at our TKW location, in June 2020. Members from the Trinity LERT group assessed the kitchen, cleaned the kitchen, arranged for some minor repair and got the kitchen ready for use for any emergency response situations. The kitchen is ready to roll and will be used by churches in the area for outreach events in addition to disaster response.
Our LERT group is always looking for more participants. We'd love to hear from you! Contact Jan Boerman for information about team meetings or upcoming service.