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Organizational Partnerships

Laboring together to engage and impact our local & global communities

At Calvary we aspire to develop partnerships with legitimate, healthy, and capable organizations who operate with a high level of expertise and awareness in their respective communities, both locally and globally.

These relationships are an opportunity for us to apply specific and strategic resources to projects emphasized for their tangible effect within a particular community.

Local Partners

By The Hand

Vision

Helping kids in critical need of intervention have new and abundant life.

Mission

By The Hand is a Christ-centered, after-school program that takes kids by the hand and walks with them through college, helping them have abundant life—mind, body and soul.

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Get Involved

Visit By The Hand's Website

Volunteer in BTH's after school programs

Become a By The Hand Prayer Advocate

Upcoming Events

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By The Hand Club For Kids began as a pilot program of The Moody Church. Soon after, By The Hand relocated to be in the heart of Cabrini-Green, at that time one of the nation’s largest housing projects and home to thousands of kids. Now, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is separate from The Moody Church, By The Hand is serving 1,180 kids from four of Chicago’s most under-resourced communities.

Hephzibah

 

Mission

To help children thrive and families flourish through innovative, community-based programs.

Upcoming Events

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Get Involved

Visit Hephzibah's Web Site

Contact Volunteer Manager, Hannah Weigel, if you would like to individually volunteer.

Become a foster parent! If you are interested, contact Recruitment Specialist Margaret Motto.

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Hephzibah is Oak Park’s oldest social service agency—founded in 1897 when a village resident named Mary Wessels opened her home to two young boys. A postcard addressed to a friend is the only remaining record of Hephzibah’s beginnings. It reads, “I have begun my work. I have two boys, ages six and seven.” Later, when a local orphanage was destroyed by fire, Mary took in more than a dozen orphans and made it her mission to care for “society’s most vulnerable children.” With Mary, these children found safety, sustenance, comfort and love. She called the fledgling children’s home Hephzibah, after her mother. The name, which means “comforting mother” in Hebrew, was a perfect expression of Mary’s founding mission to create a nurturing haven for children in need. Today, more than a century later, Hephzibah’s mission is a multifaceted one. We offer short- and long-term group homes for children traumatized by neglect and abuse, child welfare and family services, foster care and adoption programs and award-winning day care on a sliding scale for families of all income levels. Our internationally recognized children’s home is built in the shape of the letter H, which stands for healing, hope, happiness and, of course, Hephzibah!

Lawndale Christian Legal Center

 

Vision

To raise up justly treated youth who are embraced by their families and community, restored from trauma, empowered to lead, and free from the criminal justice system.

Mission

To show and share the love of Jesus by providing legal services grounded in restorative justice for youth in the Lawndale area.

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Get Involved

Visit LCLC's Website.

Contact Danae Kovac, LCLC Deputy Director, about ways to individually volunteer

If interested in long term relationship building with residents of the Lawndale Christian MAC House contact Pastor Jonathan Cummings.

Upcoming Events

March 4 | Onsite at Calvary

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In March of 1978, God called and set apart a small group of Jesus-followers in Lawndale, mostly high school aged youth, to form Lawndale Community Church. These young founders did something atypical of the church; they listened to their community. The community said they needed quality affordable legal services, and prayers for that were made. In 1983, the church published a Five-Year Report in which they stated they believed God was leading them to expand their ministries to include legal aid. Although many attempts to provide legal services were made over the years, it was not until November 2009, when the church purchased the historic “BBR” building in North Lawndale on 16th and Hamlin, that they were ready to start a legal center. By January 2010, the church’s Deacon Board and Outreach Board unanimously approved to establish a legal center in the “BBR” building. On February 24, 2010, a Board of Directors composed of nine seasoned leaders from Lawndale Community Church voted to birth a new ministry called the Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC) with Cliff Nellis, a University of Chicago Law graduate, as the Lead Attorney and Executive Director.

Global Partners

Kids Alive Guatemala

 

Vision

Kids Alive International is a Christ-centered organization that believes every child deserves to live free from the bondage of hunger, abuse, and exploitation. 

Mission

Oasis, a ministry of Kids Alive, combines the power of the Gospel with compassionate interventions to bring healing, redemption, justice, and reconciliation for girls and their families shattered by abuse and exploitation.

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Get Involved

Visit Kids Alive's Website

Sponsor A Child

Upcoming Events

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Kids Alive International began in 1916 in Shantung Province, China, when missionaries Leslie and Ava Anglin began taking in homeless Chinese children. From those humble beginnings, Kids Alive today has expanded worldwide, helping care for thousands of children through Residential Homes, Care Centers, and Schools. And we reach even more children through medical clinics, community outreach programs, and – in special cases – disaster relief response. Through these various ministry efforts, orphans and abandoned children are being given education, clothing, healthy food, medical care, and – most importantly – the opportunity to know and serve Christ.

World Vision

 

Mission

World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

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Get Involved

Visit World Vision's Website

Run the Chicago Marathon on October 7, 2018 with Team World Vision. (Sign up will take place in February 2018)

Upcoming Events

February 25 | Onsite at Calvary: TWV Recruitment

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World Vision was founded in 1950 by Dr. Bob Pierce, a young pastor and missionary, who had first been sent to China and South Korea in 1947 by the Youth for Christ missionary organization. Pierce remained at the head of World Vision for nearly two decades  but resigned from the organization in 1967. Pierce also founded the evangelical organization Samaritan's Purse. World Vision began caring for orphans and other children in need first in South Korea, then expanding throughout Asia and, eventually, in more than 90 countries, embracing larger issues of community development and advocacy for the poor as part of its basic mission to help children and their families build a sustainable future.