Community Impact Serving Opportunities
Spring -Time of Renewal & Redemption
This month we are focusing on renewal, rebirth, and redemption by partnering with 3 organizations focused on improving the lives of those who are or have been incarcerated.
Clothing Collection - Suits for Success provides interview appropriate clothing to those leaving prison to help them find a job and move into becoming more productive members of society. We are collecting like- new dress shirts, suits, business casual clothing for men or women all month. Place the items in the bins at the entrance at TGT/ Grounds for Hope cafe or TKW April 1 to 30. More info: www.suitsforsuccess.net
Buy Great Coffee - I Have a Bean has two missions, to roast and distribute exceptional coffee and help transform the lives of post-prison people in the process. Stop by Grounds for Hope cafe & pick up a bag of amazing coffee to help transform the lives of post-prison men and women. More info: www.ihaveabean.com
Buy a Book or Bible - JUST of Dupage provides resources to inmates & their families in Dupage county jail to help them make positive changes in their lives. For this option, go to the Amazon.com baby registry for JUST of Dupage & place order. It will go directly to the jail for distribution. Order now through April 30. More info: www.JUSTofDupage.org
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. Today, 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.
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).
Next Serving Opportunities:
May 31/June 1
How do I sign up to serve at PADS?
Online signups for shifts and food are available now on SignUp.com.
Prior to serving at a PADS site, you will need to be registered with DuPage PADS.
For ages 12-18, please read the Youth Policy, and fill out the application.
We can always use small toiletries like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant. Please drop them off at Trinity Kimberly Way or Trinity Green Trails in the storage bins located at the north entrances, in a bag marked "PADS"
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
The Trinity Disaster Response Team 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, we will learn skills, gather material, and find funds to respond. Periodic training sessions are offered in Muck Out, Mold Abatement, Tarp and Patch, Chain Saw, First Aid, and CPR by the Lutheran Emergency Response Team or Lutheran Church Charities. If you have skills and abilities you’d like to contribute to answering the needs of disaster situations, or simply helping out with local projects contact Marge Franzen about getting your skills into our database, ongoing training that will be offered, and upcoming service. We also practice our skills by meeting individual needs right here. Contact Ed Boerman for information about team meetings or upcoming service.