Ministries & Outreach

Salem provides volunteers and/or support to many ministries - both local and across the world. Here is a sampling: Hope Haven, Safe Passage, We Care Pregnancy Center, “Angel Tree” for Avancer House (Genoa), Meals On Wheels, Salem Food Pantry, Social Justice / Global Missions Team, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, ELCA World Hunger, and Lutheran World Relief.

ANGEL GOOD DEED TREE FOR AVANCER HOUSE

Christmas is coming, along with the chance to remember Avancer residents with gifts of clothing and toys. Avancer provides group homes for adults of all ages with developmental issues, such as Down syndrome, and physical and functional challenges. For several years, Salem has provided these “extras” to make their lives a little more joyful. Through Salem’s “Angel Good Deed Tree,” members who want to make this donation can take a tag from the tree with suggested clothing sizes and functioning-age appropriate toys or DVD movies. Bring the wrapped gifts back to Salem by DECEMBER 13, so that the presents will be ready for Avancer's representative to take them to all the houses. Look for the tree the weekend before Thanksgiving and bring the gifts back to Salem by DECEMBER 13. Help Avancer have a happier Christmas!

Welcome to MOPS and MOMSnext!


We believe every mother should know that what she does matters and that she isn’t alone. At MOPS ( Moms of Preschoolers) and MOMSnext (Moms of school age kids), we come together as a community of moms and moms-to-be who seek authentic connections, support and personal growth.

MOPS is led by mothers of babies and preschoolers who are passionate about bringing women together to share in the joys and challenges that this season of motherhood brings. Our theme this year “To The Full” will help us focus on having more fun, fearing less, and finding our people.  We meet the 1st and 3rd Mondays of most months from 9:15 to 11:00 a.m. Childcare is provided. Come, just as you are, be refreshed and encouraged.

Meetings: September 23 / October 7 & 21 / November 4 & 18 / December 2 & 16 / January 6 / February 3 & 17 / March 2 & 16 / April 6 & 20 / May 4 & 18.

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it."

(Hebrews 13:2)

Salem Food Pantry

Salem Food Pantry, founded in 2000, is open 9:00-11:45 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

It serves all DeKalb County residents.  Please bring a photo ID like a Driver's License
and a recent bill with your current address on it.

Volunteer opportunities are available and donations of food and paper products are always appreciated.
SALEM FOOD PANTRY … THE NUMBERS
Through September 6, the pantry has had 2,297 family visits serving 7,783 people!

SUPPORT OUR FOOD PANTRY

ELCA MATCHING GRANT
Between November 1 and November 30, the ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants program is receiving online donations for Salem’s food pantry.
THE FIRST $500 WILL BE MATCHED BY THE ELCA!

$500 = $1,000

2 simple steps 1. Go to the website:  Support Salem's Food Pantry

2. Click “Donate” and follow the prompts to make an online donation. Thank you for supporting Salem’s pantry and our ministry to be Christ’s hands and feet in our community!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!
We are looking for help on a variety of tasks at the Pantry – from being a substitute pickup driver to deliver food from Jewel to help stocking our shelves. Available tasks vary depending on the day: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays.
Call the office at 815-895-9171

Items we can always use…
Peanut Butter
Canned Tuna or Chicken
Canned Stew/Hash
Instant potatoes
White Rice
Oatmeal
Pasta – noods, short shapes, etc.

Hours
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 9:00-11:45 a.m.
Contact
Salem Food Pantry
1145 DeKalb Avenue
815-895-9171
Liz Ezell, Director
Partner
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Jewel/Osco - Sycamore