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.
I have been impressed with the committment this charity has toward people in need for food and immediate necessities. As a donor, I have witnessed first hand how my donation has been used, and this charity is worthy!
I have had the privilege of volunteering at New Community Ministries for several years. The director, Christine is an excellent example of what it means to be a Christ follower and serve people in the community. Her genuine selfless love for those in need inspire others to want to do the same. I personally have seen the impact that New Community Ministries has had on the lives of those it serves; thru providing healthy food, housing and counseling. This is done in ways that provide a Hand Up rather than a Hand Out, empowering those in need to be a part of the solution. New Community truly is a light of Christ’s love in the world by serving others sacrificially as Christ did for us.
My husband's unemployment put us in a position we never thought we be in. We had been blessed financially for so many years, and had been the ones doing the giving. Now we found ourselves in the position of receiving generosity from others. We were accustomed to eating pretty healthy. Hamburger Helper was not in our pantry. Now, I struggled with how I was going to continue to put healthy meals on our table. Other food pantries or banks, mostly offered canned and highly processed foods. Then one of my best friends, told me about The Food Network (a ministry of New Community Ministries. We again were able to have fresh fruits and vegetables on our table. Even better, they were organic. This really reduced my stress during an otherwise stressful time. Feeding my children healthy food is a priority for me. Soon after becoming a client, me and my whole family started volunteering for the ministry. It was a way to give back and support a cause we believed in. So much food is thrown away every day. This is appalling to me since so many people go hungry every day. This ministry made perfect sense. It kept good food from being thrown away and got it into the hands of people who needed it. What really differentiates New Community Ministries is that it is offering a hand up, not just a hand out. Able bodied clients are expected to volunteer within the ministry somehow. This allows us to keep our dignity and brings positive feelings from helping others. Jesus came to serve not be served and He is our example. New Community Ministries has given us the opportunity to follow Jesus' example. We have volunteered in so many aspects of the ministry. From helping pick up food from the stores donating, to helping at food distributions, to working to keep the ministry vehicles running, to cleaning out refrigerators, to yard work and household repairs at the ministry's house, to collecting donations for the special needs of a client, and most of all praying. I can definitely say New Community Ministries has had the greatest impact on my family during this challenging time. We plan to continue in our partnership way beyond my husband's unemployment. Thank you Christine for all you do!
I've volunteered and been a client/beneficiary of New Community Ministries. It has been a wonderful experience on both ends. Helping gather food for families in need, such as mine, is a way to spread the blessing of God in a very direct and concrete way. I witnessed a miracle during my volunteer time. Christine had been telling us about a woman who was in need and was going to have a baby that week. As we were about to pull the bus out of a residential neighborhood, a family began bringing baby things out to the curb! We loaded up furniture, play sets, bikes, car seat, strollers, all kinds of fabulous things for a baby boy! It was God's direct intervention.
I've been helping at New Community for about a month now, and I do have to say it's one of the most original yet thoughtful food drives I've worked with. The sense of camaraderie between the people that come every week really surprised me. At many other pantries, people are friendly but seem to focus more on getting food and getting home. Here, people stay well into the night after food has been distributed, and they just talk--about their lives, about their worries, about funny events that happened. And they offer to help each other as well, giving what they can because they want to. Yes, receiving the food for them is a definite benefit, but to me it seems people come also for the friendships and the interactions and get just as much satisfaction from talking and being with each other that they do from the food itself. I truly think New Community has helped to improve many lives and think it can do great things in the future.
I have volunteered for New Community over the summers. I work as a teacher and helped bag bread and deliver food to various families in my area. This ministry is different from others because they actually encourage those receiving food to volunteer alongside with the organization's main volunteer and director. New Community has impacted so many lives. It is not only the food that gives life, but a sense of true "community" is developed when others are welcomed to contribure to the overall goal.
I received a note via email from a "FREECYCLER" offering free bananas. I love bananas and have one daily with my protein shake, PERFECT, I thought. I responded. Turns out, the house was just a block away from me and I met a woman, Christine, who runs an amazing ministry! Her ministry brings fresh food to those in need and she is also is passionate about finding and creating real homes for families in need. We clicked right away and I began offering my services picking up fresh bread weekly and helping with food distributions. I'm also a client. Being that I'm disabled and cannot work and my husband, in remodeling, isn't finding work, we are taking advantage of this awesome opportunity that www.newcommunityministries.org has brought to Naperville, IL. God brought Christine & I together with bananas and I enjoy helping her with her causes to help others. She gave up her home to allow families to thrive and uses the garage to keep refridgerators for food distribution. God is doing amazing work through Christine and we hope that New Community Ministries will be able to get the funding necessary to provide ongoing help for families in need as well as a permanent place for hosting refridgerators and distributions for food!
We were out of work when my friend introduced us to this program. We were a bit shy at first as it was hard to accept help. But new community ministeries members made us feel very comfortable. Whole process of packing food ,storing it and then distributing is neat and clean. It helped us in a big way. We could use our resources for other necessties.We seved as volunteers as well and that made us feel as members of community. There was no differtiation over race or any other factor. We were highly impressed by the dedication of members. Christine was always smiling, got involved in our lives. My husband found a job eventually but this experience and memories will stay with us always.