Illinois – United Church of Christ

Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR)  (Chicago)

Contact: DOOR National Office
PO Box 3237
Chicago, IL 60654
Web site:

DOOR provides opportunities for service, learning and leadership development with the urban context.  Collarboration, mutality and partnership are emphasized.

Project/Focus: Groups experience the city and learn about it through volunteering at a variety of community agencies already present in the community, including soup kitchens and homeless shelters.  Groups stay at facilities in the city, hear a local perspective on the city, use public transportation when available, interact with people of the city and reflect on their experiences.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  The program is designed to expose people to the city in a direct way.  Evening speakers, group reflection, worship and Bible study challenge people to consider biblical responses to the issues of poverty, racism, and injustice facing the city as they daily live out their authentic Christian faith. Our local city directors have created curricula based on the needs and issues facing their local communities.  This educational component is relevant, trans formative and creative and speaks to the needs of those living in our DOOR Cities around the world.  This summer out city directors will address systemic structural barriers affecting the marginalized (Atlanta), the effects of homelessness (Los Angeles), racial injustice (Chicago), the journey of the immigrant (Miami), and economic inequality (Denver) .

Door locations nationwide:  California (Los Angeles), Colorado (Denver); Georgia (Atlanta); Illinois (Chicago), and Florida (Miami) 

Time:  Week long available all year.  Weekends available in fall, winter, and spring.  

Registration deadlines: 10 weeks before trip. If you are interested in coming after the deadline, please call the national office for availability.

Group Size: Groups or combinations of groups totaling 60 participants (summer) and 45 participants (spring/winter/fall).

Minimum Age: 13 – Some sites can accommodate younger participants.  Contact national office for information.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5 for high school aged youth; 1:4 for middle school aged youth

Accommodations:  Housing is arranged at local churches, either on the floor at the church or on cots.  Participants bring their own sleeping bag and pillow.  Showers are provided.  Visit the Discover section on each city’s page for specific information.

Cost:  Week long:  $325 per participant.  Sunday evening through Friday noon. Covers lodging, all meals from Monday morning to Friday evening except Wednesday evening and scheduling logistics. Weekend $130 per participant.

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Rockford Work Camps [A Project of Rockford Urban Ministries] (Rockford) 

Contact: Jeff Brace – Program Director
  4509 Highcrest Road
  Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815.315.3957

Rockford Work Camps (RUM)  works on social justice, peace and advocacy as well as new ministries and programs in the Rock River Valley.  Rockford Work Camps (RWC) is a program of RUM that partners with local and national church mission teams for volunteers in mission to help our neighbors in the Rockford area who are struggling with the effects of low income, disability and aging by offering two mission experiences.

Project/Focus: is in 2 areas:  1) Construction based mission-restoring homes to safer, drier, warmer conditions and 2) Service based mission – offering valuable service work to our community partners to help them better leverage their services.  Groups can choose one type of mission experience or a combination of both.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  RWC is more than a mission experience.  Volunteers in mission receive cultural immersion opportunities that transform the lives of those giving and those receiving.

Time: RWC offers year round opportunities for mission experiences, and opening and closing worship sessions.

Group Size:  Maximum group size is 80.  We will break you down into 6-8 people per work site.  

Age:   Junior high to adult

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:4 for Jr. High and 1:5 for Sr. High.  

Accommodations: Lodging is at one of three partner churches, all with showers, full kitchens, and recreational activities.  Bring your own food.  We offer supervision staff and Safe Sanctuary practices
Cost:  1) Construction based mission experience is $50 per person per day (covers the cost of building materials).  2) Service based mission experience is $35 per person per day.  All groups must submit a $200 deposit to hold booking date.  ½ of the total trip cost is due 90 days before arrival with remainder due 30 days before arrival

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Fuller Center of Lake County, (Waukegan, Illinois)

Contact:  Stacey Goolsby, US Builders Registrar
               701 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
               Americus, GA  31719
E-Mail:  or
Phone:    229.924.2900  or 312-450-7680
The Fuller Center for Housing
faith-driven and Christ-centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide.

Projects/Focus: Building new and repairing existing homes working with families in need.  The exact projects will be determined close to group arrival and based upon the progress of previous accomplishments of our volunteers and available resources.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Each group will receive an orientation about the community they will be serving.  This will include a discussion about poverty housing in the area, and the economic benefit of our “hand up-not a handout” approach and how this builds a Fund for Humanity, recycling homeowner payments to serve other people in need in the community.  Churches  do mission work by empowering the people they serve.

Time: Summer

Group Size: 

Work Week:  Friday – Tuesday

Minimum Age: High Schools, colleges and church groups. +14, Younger accepted with parent supervision.

Accommodations:  The following things are provided:  toilets, showers, transportation, skilled work-site supervision, and community activities, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and RV hookups at owner’s expenses.  

Cost:  $100 per person

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