Mennonites believe that authentic theology must be lived theology, that beliefs and ethics must go together. We believe that we must share God's love in word and deed, living out our faith by serving others and working toward peace. Toward that end, there are several organizations that we work with and support.
The mission of PADS Crisis Services is to provide emergency shelter and supportive services to families with children and individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Lake County. Housing no less than 160 people per night, our Emergency Shelter Program operates between October and April.
Ten Thousand Gardens seeks to provide a healthier food alternative for families and persons in need. There are already many food networks in place, such as the Northern Illinois Food Bank and about fifty emergency food pantries and partner sites which rely on the food bank and donations from churches, faith communities, community groups, schools, and corporations.
Tierra Nueva is a Christian organization which began working first in the municipality of Minas de Oro, Comayagua in 1982 and later in 1984 in San Luis, Comayagua. The primary objective of Tierra Nueva has been to combat hunger and poverty and improve the overall quality of life in these rural areas of Honduras through holistic development. Because Tierra Nueva works in agricultural areas, the overriding focus has been farm production improvement and diversification through sustainable methods. Tierra Nueva has also provided training in preventative health, nutrition, conflict resolution, literacy, sewing, Biblical reflection and human development.
Ten Thousand Villages provides vital and fair income to artisans around the world by marketing their handicrafts and telling their story in North America. With more than 110 artisan groups in 32 countries, Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans that would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. By offering fair prices to artisans for their work, the organization enables artisans to provide for their basic needs and plan for their future. Ten Thousand Villages establishes long-term commitments with artisans, creating unique relationship where artisans and consumers connect and interact, learning more about their commonalities and cultures.
Every year we participate in the October CROP Hunger Walk to help raise funds for Church World Service and the Lake County Food Pantry. CROP Hunger Walks help fight hunger and poverty around the world, including the United States. Up to 25% of what a CROP Hunger Walk raises can assist food banks, pantries, community gardens, and other local hunger-fighting initiatives. In the last 20 years, CROP walks have raised over $264 million to assist those struggling to feed their families.