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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: Offering a 'hand-up" holistic, housing and food program designed to reward responsible decisions and healthy living.

Results: Helping families get through financial and significant crises healthy, organic fruits, vegetables and other products. We also have provided hundreds of smiles, toys, gift cards, even appliances and electronics to families experiencing extraordinary hardships during the holiday season through our Adopt-A-Family program.

Target demographics: Veterans, Disabled, Seniors, Adults and low-income families experiencing a significant life crises in the west, southwest and far west suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

Geographic areas served: Midwest, mostly Illinois

Programs: Food Thing Network, Adopt-A-Family, Low and Moderate Income Housing, Food Thing On Wheels

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found myself very short of money during the summer, I decided it was time for me to start exploring other alternatives to buying food. This is an excellent avenue for purchasing the same quality food that I would normally purchase with significantly less cost. This organization is unique because of the increased emphasis in fellowship and good grounded values. I have not only benefited through having low-cost food, but also through the wonderfully friendly people I have met.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Food thing Network to complete some court appointed hours. The number of hours that I required were very small therefore most organizations refused to help me. Also considering my situation they were exterenly rude. Unlike other places I found the staff of this organization extremly helpful, understanding, and accomodating. They used my time wisely and judiciously; and not once brought up the court issue. Other than that I found that the whole system was very well organized and based on a lot of respect. It was priviledge to have worked with this organization. Since then I have recommended Food Thing Network to several of my friends to volunteer. I don't live in the same city anymore othervise I would have continued volunteering. Thank you very much for everything.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I came across NCCM a few years ago through Christine, the director. I knew her from Church and she started telling me about the ministry and its mission. I helped out here and there at firsy and I saw good things come from it. I got busy in my life and drifted away from it for a while. In November of 2009 I was laid off from my main job and found that as I returned to the ministry, the ministry was there for me. It helped to bring me to a better perspective of what the ministry does and and a new perspective on how effective it is. In my own life the NCCM was being a big help mand at the same time I saw the further long term effects of how it was helping others. I try to put my skills and talents to use for it as I am able and I now see the deeper impact it is having on myself and the others who are also blessed by it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about Food Thing Network through a homeschool friend and deceided to give it a try. I am makeing 1/2 of the money that I was making so now things are tight. I so much enjoyed the things that Christine was doing so I volunteered and am now a team leader. It feels good to give back. I wish that I could do this full time.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Para mi realmente ha sido una bendicion al haver conosido este programa de 'FOOD THING'. Hace una gran diferencia cuamdo esta uno pasando por problemas economicos. me encanta ser volunteer y ayudar en todo lo que puedo. Mi esposo tambien es volunteer es algo que hacemos juntos y nos devertimos y aparte nos ayuda anosotros tambien. Conosco mucha gente que le ayuda resivir la comida de gran calidad a un exelente precio. Gracias a todos los que hacen esto posible especialmete a Christine... Gracias :)

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoy working with the groups of people that give there time to help others in need. Getting to know people joining together for a common goal of helping our niehbors not only puts food on the tables of those in need or down on there recources, but I truly believe it helps the rest of us open our hearts and minds to eachother, where we might not get an opertunity to realize what the really important things are in our own lives, and the lives of others from different walks of life that we work hand in hand with. I feel truly blessed to have the oppertunity to experience the impact of the Food Thing each week!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Es un gran placer poder ver a primer vista como los servicios de New Community Counseling and Ministries ayudan a mi comunidad . Es una organizacion que realmente hace una diferencia.

It's a great pleasure to see first had how New Community Counseling and Ministries help my community. It's an organization that really makes a difference.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We discovered FoodThing through a friend who knew Christine personally. From the first day Christine treated us like a close family friend and even offered to bring us food on days that we could not make it. Through volunteering and being assisted, we met some great people, friends and got to return the help to people like us who were in need. The FoodThing is a great organization with only the greatest of intentions, which is to help the local communities in any way they can. They helped us during our time of need and for that we will always be grateful. Thank you for everything that you do and everything that you have done for us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with New community Ministeries when i wanted to do some volunteering. I have found that the people that volunteer are very respectful of those people that need help a lot of the volunteers are also a part of the program which is great because to a lot of people just receiving handouts is a dehumanizing experience. The food bank has healthy food and they are willing to work with peoples dietary needs. They take time out to make sure that all the food provided in each box fits in with not only the dietary needs of a family but also their dietary wants. When so many programs are mainly about the quantity of food they give out it is refreshing to have a food distribution that is concerned about the quality of food they are giving out as well as the quantity. I have seen a lot of people that i know need help but they either are afraid to ask for it or they are afraid of the stigma that a lot of people see as being attached to needing help with food thing and new community counseling and ministries they are able to take a lot of the stigma away. They make all the people the receive their help feel like they are part of a family. Christine is constantly trying to find more ways to help the families that are part of the organization and encouraging new people to join the people being helped. Christine and the other volunteers always want to do more and help as many people as they possible can during the difficult financial times that we are facing. the people that they help are in all different situations and while a lot of the people that they help fall way under the poverty line they will not turn anyone away because they do not meet some specific requirement. Anyone that needs help can get help through the food bank.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

When I met Christine, I found a woman who is passionate about helping the less fortunate in many respects but who also had a determination to help those who "fall through the cracks". Many people have temporary needs and don't meet the poverty levels required by local state-driven agencies. Christine found a way to find housing, funding and FRESH FOOD for those in need. It's a pleasure to volunteer for a small grass roots organization that's christian-based and not afraid to show it. Seeing the humbled familes come to receive love and donations so they can carry on their lives in this horrific economy. Christine makes opportunities available for volunteers in all aspects, making sure that each volunteer gets to focus on areas in which they are skilled, making best use of the resources. As a result, she has been able to provide a website for people to use to check on food distribution details as well as a place to offer donations (with capabilities of printing receipts at the time the donation is made online). Her passion encompasses a vast area of needs and as a result, has allowed many people who NEED the services and those who are willing to volunteer, follow in her footsteps because they are also passionate about her dreams to serve. Volunteers are not always clients, but clients are always volunteers. This is key in making a succesful organization and each client graciously offers to give back time after time. Fresh Food donations several times a week from Whole Foods and Panera Bread help families eat healthy and allows the ministry to target even those with dietary restrictions. My recommendation is that everyone give what they can to this organization so it may continue to grow and continue to help families in crisis, temporary or otherwise. Christine has a gift of giving and hopefully companies will sponsor The Food Thing Network and New Community Ministries on a regular basis. be blessed~

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first found out about Food Thing about 2 years ago when my family was going through an incredibly difficult time. My parents had just separated due to domestic abuse and my mom and my siblings and I were struggling to make it financially, as well as needing the encouragement and prayer support that Food Thing and New Community Ministries offered us. I can't tell you what a positive experience the individuals who lead and volunteer in this ministry have made this for us. Before becoming members of the Food Thing Co-op, we had tried out our county food pantry but the experience was so different - we felt dehumanized and like a number waiting to be processed. Additionally, the food was largely comprised of highly processed canned and boxed mixes, deserts and meats, all of which our family chose not to eat for health reasons. Our experience with New Community has been the absolute opposite! Each week when we arrive for pickup, we are treated with dignity and welcomed individually. The team members have made us feel like welcomed friends and the food has been fresh organic produce that we can feel good about putting on the table. Rather than feeling like we had no choices even about such a basic thing as what we would eat, we were able to continue to make dishes that we thought were healthy choices. This ministry is nurturing the wounded and helping them get back on their feet, not just passing out groceries. It truly is a hand up, not just a handout. I now volunteer with the ministry and feel that I am receiving a double blessing by being able to give back in a ministry that I know has such an impact on so many!