Trinity's community impact ministry seeks to make it easy for all to serve and make an impact on their community to make a difference in a way that leads to improved lives in the community and great social justice. Check back to this page often as we update it regularly with a variety of serving opportunities. For more information you can always reach Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2020, Trinity's Garden Club and volunteers built and nurtured a growing space that delivered over 200 lbs. of fresh produce to local food pantries!
Our mission and vision continues into 2021 as we are meeting regularly and working in the garden already for this season's growing season. We will host our 1st Annual Plant Sale on Sunday, May 2nd! Our home-raised, natural, chemical-free garden seedlings will be available for purchase starting at 9am at Trinity's Kimberly Way site!
Our vision is to encourage healthy, home gardening in our community and enliven a spirit of generosity with those purchasing plants to share a portion of their produce with a local food pantry, too!
Proceeds from Trinity Garden Club's 1st Annual Plant Sale as well as a couple of Thrivent Action Team grants will fund ongoing projects which include maintaining and expanding the existing gardens and equipment, and continuing our primary mission of growing produce for donation.
100% of Trinity Garden Club's produce is delivered to local food pantries!
Our heartfelt THANKS for supporting and joining us in our mission!
To get involved or for further information reach Alan - at email@example.com
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.
Thanks to a generous donation from a large local food company, we will no longer need to provide frozen entrées for the PADS meal program! We DO still need volunteers to help with packing meals and contactless distribution once a month on the 4th Thursdays at 4pm. All volunteers must preregister with DuPage Pads. If you can help, contact Michelle Bratton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-863-3430. We will be running this program through September, and our next dates are April 22 and May 27.
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
In response to the tornadoes that ripped through the south in the month of March, at least one member of our response team is heading there to spend a week working with the chainsaw crews to help homeowners clear debris. Please pray for all the Chainsaw Crews working with LCC there for 3 weeks in April, 2021.
As some of you may remember, on January 25, a 500 feet wide, 150 mph EF-3 tornado was on the ground for 9.5 miles through Fultondale, Alabama, leaving a path of destruction that killed and injured residents as well as destroyed homes, schools, and businesses. This tornado was located just a few miles from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gardendale, where Pastor Ed Brashier, Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator, serves. They are now one of the churches in this community that have committed to serving the disaster-affected residents for the long road of recovery they are currently facing.
In light of this storm and out of respect for Pastor Ed and all that he has done for others, I reached out to him to see how we might support him in some way. Pastor Ed is historically on the front lines in every disaster in the Southern District areas - always coordinating assistance wherever it is needed. This one hit right in his backyard. Pastor Ed's greatest concern right now is finding temporary housing for people that are displaced for an extended period of time. The need is much greater than what Walmart gift cards can buy.
After a lengthy discussion and conferring with the leaders of the Trinity's LERT, we have sent funds to Shepherds Heart Ministry to enable Pastor Ed to purchase a mobile home to provide temporary housing for a family in need. We decided to use funds from our existing LERT fund rather than put a call out to our congregation at this time.
Just like the messages in our Chosen series, and God's reminder that we have been chosen, it fills our hearts to reach out and be able to touch people with our love and resources.
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.