Pacific Garden Mission aims to help homeless year-round

By Elliott Peppers
Christ Church
Updated 12/6/2019 6:56 PM

A local nonprofit organization you should know

At Christ Church we are committed to supporting organizations that make a positive impact on our communities. This article is the fourth in a series highlighting a few of our nonprofit partners -- all of whom are focused on creating positive change in the world. We support 90 such organizations throughout the world, many of which are within the Chicago metropolitan area.


Pacific Garden Mission feeds, shelters homeless; offers guidance, hope

Oak Brook, Illinois -- The Christmas holidays often bring into focus the challenges many world citizens face, such as homelessness, which during this season receives wonderful outpouring of support from caring people, but unfortunately goes lacking once the holidays conclude.

One local service group takes a yearlong approach toward relieving this need within the Chicago area.

Founded in 1877, Pacific Garden Mission (PGM) is the oldest continuously operating Christian-based rescue mission in the country. PGM meets the physical needs of Chicago's homeless and hurting men, women and children 365 days a year -- serving more than 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and sheltering more than 400 people each day.

PGM also strives to holistically nurture homeless men and women by providing food, housing, and emotional and spiritual support through its programs. Pacific Garden Mission will serve lunch and fellowship with those in need on Wednesday, January 1 and seeks volunteers.

For more information about Pacific Garden Mission, how to get involved and a full listing of all their services, please visit

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About Christ Church: Founded in 1965, Christ Church is a multisite, nondenominational church in the Chicago suburbs with more than 6,000 members. Christ Church features a variety of inspiring worship options including classic, classic communion and contemporary services. All people are offered the opportunity to build life-changing relationships with God and one another with a rich range of spiritual growth resources, and a selection of service ministries aimed at creating positive change in the world. Weekend services are held at the Oak Brook and Lombard (formerly Downers Grove) locations, as well as via livestream at For more information, visit

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