Our commitment to our faith requires us to spend time in service to others. The Mission Ministry of HOPE regularly offers opportunities for HOPErs to help, serve, and expand those who are touched by Christ. Many of our mission projects focus on these areas:
Homelessness and Hunger
DuPagePads works in partnership with faith based and community groups with one goal in mind:
to end homelessness in DuPage County. DuPagePads provides emergency shelter seven nights a week as well as a transitional housing program and many support services.
HOPE UCC supports the emergency shelter site in downtown Naperville at First Congregational Church. Each month, we provide volunteers to staff the site from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. We also provide a nutritious and heart-warming meal to each of the guests upon
check-in to the site. Those partners of HOPE who are unable to provide direct services, generously support this ministry
through financial donations and prayer.
Food Banks, Food Security, and Shelter
HOPE has ongoing relationships with Loaves and Fishes, Green Harvest, Feed My Starving Children, Naperville Cares,
and other community agencies and organizations to support and enhance their work.
Outreach to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Q+ Community
Youth Outlook and 360 Youth Services
Over the years, HOPE has built relationships with organizations that support and serve queer and questioning youth.
By offering space, resources, and support, we hope to bring peace, comfort, love, joy, and inclusion to the lives of youth who
are often subject to bullying, ostracism, and exclusion at church, school, and home.
Rainbow Faith meets regularly as a safe space for LGBT*Q+ faith-seekers to explore the questions of their spiritual life. We are committed to being welcoming, inclusive, affirming and loving of all who wish to join. Some of us are brand new to re-entering the life of the church, others of us are skeptical of faith, and others of us are still fearful after the hurt the church has caused us. This is a place where all, no matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, are welcome to be present, build relationships, and wonder, question and explore their faith. Find out more about this intentionally inclusive community at: Rainbow Faith
Jesus Has Left The Building And We're Following Him
As an expression of commitment to community outreach, the people of HOPE began the innovative program,
Jesus Has Left the Building and We’re Following Him.
Four times a year, typically on the fifth Sunday of a month, HOPE chooses to worship through mission work.
On these four Sundays, HOPE gathers in worship by working in teams to serve in the community.
Through Jesus Has Left the Building and We’re Following Him, HOPE:
- Feeds homeless families
- Builds sustainable farms with Heifer Project International
- Renovates group homes
- Refurbishes community policing facilities
- Provides school supplies to indigent children
- Builds church camp housing
- And much, much more!
Our faith calls us also to build relationships with those who understand God and their faith differently than we do.
For almost a decade HOPE has be cultivating a relationship with the Islamic Center of Naperville sharing together times of prayer, celebrations, and social gatherings.