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27w500 North Ave.
West Chicago, IL 60185
630.260.1600
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Worship Times

8:15 Traditional
9:45 & 11:15 Contemporary
11:15 Spanish
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Love God, Grow Together, Reach the World


Several years ago God gave us a vision for some new ministry initiatives in West Chicago. In September 2008, the dream became a reality. That was when WBC and Iglesia del Pueblo embarked on a three-year ministry pilot program, Puente del Pueblo, based out of the Timber Lake Apartment Complex in West Chicago. We invite you to be part of this important ministry.

The success of this ministry, of our bridge building, depends upon volunteers, people who know God's grace, love and justice and are eager to share it.



Local Impact Training

July 13, 12:30—3:30 pm, Lower 55

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Our goal is to equip and mobilize as many WBC'ers as we can on a disciple-making mission. We do this by sending our people out into the community to build relationships through service and doing life together. And our hope is that through these relationships we will have an opportunity to share the message of God’s love and saving truth. Most of our relationship building is with people in the community who are at risk: refugees, immigrants, migrants, the economically challenged, children, families, singles, divorcees, abused, etc… This is hard work!

We want you to be as prepared as possible.

Step 1: Connect - Give us a call or send us an email! We would love to answer your questions and help you find a ministry opportunity that is right for you!

Step 2: Apply – All volunteers for Hunger Team, Refugee Resettlement and Puente del Pueblo must complete a volunteer application process which includes an application, interview and background and reference checks. Big Buddies will apply through Outreach Community Ministries. There is no application necessary for the adoption ministry.

Step 3: Training – Volunteers interested in serving with Refugee Resettlement, Puente del Pueblo and Hunger Team must attend a Transformational Development workshop. These are held about four times a year and include a free lunch! This workshop will equip you to think Biblically about building relationships with and serving the vulnerable in DuPage County. After you attend the TD training, Hunger Team, Refugee Resettlement and Puente del Pueblo will have their own separate follow up trainings(s) for you to attend.

Puente del Pueblo (PdP) literally means, "Bridge of the People" and it reflects our vision of people reaching out to people in the community. An outreach of Wheaton Bible Church and Iglesia del Pueblo, in partnership with Outreach Community Ministries, PdP aims to serve the residents of the Timber Lake Apartments of West Chicago. The goal is to build a strong sense of community by assisting people in making changes that benefit their personal, family and community lives. PdP does this through case management services for families and an after school program for children, Puente del Nino, at Wegner Elementary School.

Puente del Niño

Our after-school program serves nearly 50 first through sixth graders at Wegner School from 2:45–5:30 pm every day that school is in full session.

HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE

Helping students understand their homework.

ACADEMIC SKILL BUILDING

Activities designed to improve reading, writing, math, and spelling.

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Sports, art class, Christian education, and other activities provide opportunities to develop decision making skills, cooperate with others, choose positive behavior, and learn other life lessons.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

During the summer months, Puente offers weekly summer programs, which have included: Baseball Camp, Soccer Camp, Water-Play Camp, Sleep-Away Camp (in Wisconsin), Club Puente, and Back-to-School Camp.

Contact: , After-school Coordinator, 630.876.6683


Puente del Futuro

Our after-school program for Timber Lake residents in seventh to ninth grade. Held at our onsite facility in Timber Lake complex, the program goals are similar to Puente del Niño’s, with special attention to the needs of adolescents. Puente del Futuro is the next step in our long-term desire to “grow up” with the kids of Timber Lake and eventually to offer a college opportunity program.

Contact: , Youth After-School Coordinator, 630.876.6689


For Adults

CASE MANAGEMENT

Case Managers at Puente del Pueblo assist people struggling with a variety of life challenges, including financial issues, problems with public benefits, immigration issues, employment, and more.
 
SPANISH LITERACY

In their country of origin, many of our adult residents never had the opportunity to attend school, or learn to read and write. Puente oers free classes (students pay only for books) to those interested in learning to read and write in Spanish. Classes meet once each week for 2½ hours. Basic math, and in some cases other primary subjects, are available as well.

ENGLISH LITERACY

Our volunteer staff teaches adult students how to speak, read, and write in English. Each tutor meets weekly with one to four students for a two-hour language lesson. They meet at a time that fits the schedule of both the student and the volunteer tutor, with some lessons taking place in the morning, and others in the evening or on weekends.

MATTHEW MCNIEL
Director

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IRENE OWENS
Case Manager

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RACHELLE WISTRAND
Volunteer Coordinator

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