Community Mission

Community Mission of First Presbyterian Church of Champaign partners with and supports several agencies in Champaign County through providing assistance, ministry, and volunteer support. Our goal is to partner with social service and/or faith-based agencies to increase their capacity to meet the needs of socially and economically disadvantaged people and families in our community.

Our partner agencies provide shelter, food, clothing and other support services to individuals and families struggling with hunger, homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse and incarceration in a faith-based manner. Please review our partner agencies’ websites to learn more about their programs and services. There are many ways for you to get involved and serve Christ in Champaign County through Community Mission.

Each agency is assigned a Community Mission Deacon (CMD), a member of our church who communicates regularly with agency representatives. The CMD then then communicates ways in which our church can best make a difference at their agency.

If you are interested in making a difference, please email Kristi Corbin, Missions Coordinator, by clicking here or contact her via the church office. 

Community Mission Partner Agencies

Canaan S.A.F.E. House

404 W. Main Street Urbana, Illinois 61801 (217) 344-SAFE

In an effort to help people break free from controlling addictions and troublesome habits, members of the Champaign-Urbana Christian community joined together in the creation of SAFE House (Substance Abuse Free Environment). They offer separate 12-month live-in Men’s SAFE House and Women’s SAFE House programs that incorporate a structured daily regimen of G.E.D., and/or adult education, devotions, group therapy, personal counseling, volunteer work projects, evening community-wide personal enrichment courses and weekly worship services.

CMD: Don Fischer

Canteen Run
(217) 552-0957

The Champaign-Urbana Canteen Run is a joint effort between Partnering Against Homelessness, the Salvation Army, Council Provider for the Homeless and local churches. Their mission is to unite in the body of Christ to live out their faith by serving those who are in need. Using the Salvation Army canteen truck, volunteers travel throughout downtown Champaign-Urbana with the sole purpose of offering the homeless food, drinks, shirts, underwear, blankets, information about agencies that can help them and prayers to all that need them .

Crisis Nursery
1309 West Hill Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801 (217) 337-2731

Crisis Nursery creates an “Island of Safety” dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing 24-hour emergency care for children and support to strengthen families in crisis. Crisis Nursery is the only emergency-based child care facility open 24 hours, 365 days a year for the entire community to access with no fees, income eligibility or waiting list. They also provide family support and parenting education to strengthen parent skills and confidence.

Courage Connection
508 E. Church Street
Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 352-7151

Courage Connection (formerly The Center for Women in Transition, The Center, CWT or CWIT)— exists to empower women and their children. The agency provides housing and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness or who are victims of domestic violence.

Eastern Illinois Food Bank
2405 N. Shore Drive Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 328-3663

The Eastern Illinois Food Bank exists to alleviate hunger in eastern Illinois by providing a reliable source of food for the hungry through cooperation with a network of food pantries and agencies. The Food Bank accepts donated and discounted food from a variety of sources and distributes it to 220 emergency food programs, such as food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

empty tomb, inc.
301 North Fourth Street P.O. Box 2404
Champaign, IL 61825-2404 (217) 356-2262

Empty Tomb exists to serve the whole church as she strives to be obedient to Jesus by serving others. It provides food, clothing, furniture, health and financial assistance for Christians in need. Volunteers are Christians from historically Christian congregations in the Champaign-Urbana area.

CMD: Clifford Dykstra

East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC)
302 S. Birch
Urbana, IL
(217) 344-8455

ECIRMAC (also known as the Refugee Center) exists to provide services essential to refugee and immigrant resettlement in East-Central Illinois and to aid in the exchange and preservation of their respective cultures.

Faith in Action
1400 W. Park Street
Urbana IL 61801
(217) 337-2775

Faith in Action is an interfaith volunteer program sponsored by Presence Covenant Medical Center (PCMC). PCMC is led by the mission of “Inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, we Presence Health, a Catholic health system, provide compassionate, holistic care with a spirit of healing and hope.” The goal of this program is to enhance the quality of life for individuals aged 55+ by decreasing isolation, increasing socialization, providing access to medical care and the necessities of life, such as food and medicine. Volunteers are recruited from the faith congregations and community at-large to provide practical services to program participants. Faith in Action provides volunteer transport services, volunteers run errands, perform home repairs, offer friendly visiting and respite services at no charge to the clients. This program fills in the gaps between services for seniors and works cooperatively with other existing social service agencies on behalf of program clients.

CMD: Linda Tauber-Olson

Jesus is the Way Prison Ministry
602 Liberty Avenue P.O. Box 98
Rantoul, IL 61866-0098 (217) 892-4044

Jesus is the Way Prison Ministry’s mission is to go into prisons and other correctional institutions throughout the United States and other countries to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to inmates. Upon their release, Jesus is the Way helps the former inmates with housing, food, clothing, spiritual guidance and counseling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, job skills training, and job placement, thus enabling them to become productive and responsible citizens.

CMD: Steve Gritten

Restoration Urban Ministry (RUM)
1213 Parkland Court
Champaign, IL 61821 (217) 355-2662

Restoration Urban Ministries provides temporary, comprehensive services to individuals, families and single parents to help the most needy and desperate in East Central Illinois rebuild lives and livelihoods. Their programs include temporary housing, classes and workshops, case management, employment and spiritual guidance and counseling, substance abuse recovery, food and clothing pantries and skills training.

CMD: Sandra Carr

Salt & Light
1512 W Anthony Drive
Champaign, IL 61821 (217) 355-5654
Their mission is simple—to share the love of God by helping those in need. Through their food pantry and clothing closet, they meet the immediate physical needs of families with limited financial resources. Salt & Light also offers financial counseling and education that teaches important budgeting concepts, voluntary worship services that feed the needs of the soul, and the salt and light that gives our community help and hope.
CMD: Dana Dykstra


TIMES Center
70 East Washington
Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 398-7785
TIMES Center is a Transitional Living program serving homeless men in Champaign County. Clients receive an array of supportive services to help them prepare for independent living. While the emergency shelter portion of the program was cut in 2016, the residential program is still in existence. Serving approximately 20 men, the men sleep two to a room in a small dormitory. The program requires the men to be employed, to save a large portion of their earned income, and to meet with a caseworker to work on their social and emotional needs. Men are allowed to reside in the TIMES Center for up to two years before moving out into their own home.
CMD: Allen Moore