Assisting our neighborhood families with grace & compassion

Compassionate Care. Local Impact.

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Why We’re Here:

Outreach House’s reason for being is simple. We’re here to “provide compassionate and effective assistance to people in need in our communities.” This means helping families in the Lombard/Villa Park/York Township area during the most vulnerable times of their lives. Much of our efforts are geared towards helping low income families during the first 3 years of their childrens’ lives but there are many ways we can help. Through the generosity of volunteers and donors, we’re able to provide:


Outreach House often serves as a community “first responder,” assisting families with newborns and other situation requiring immediate needs. We help families become aware of the agencies and resources available to them.

Physical Needs:

Whether helping a young family with diapers, clothing, and formula for their infants or providing emergency assistance for an ailing person’s utility bills, Outreach House is always willing to help, as resources permit.

Emotional Support:

Life can get really hard, really quickly. Many times young families are spent – physically, emotionally and psychologically. Whether it’s providing a listening ear or helpful answer to an immediate need, we’re there.

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Our Story:

Stronger Together.

From the beginning, The Outreach House’s founding members knew that the best way to help area families in need was to work alongside other community resources. In 1997, Walk-In Ministry of Lombard/Villa Park was established on the campus of First Church of Lombard, UCC. Together, they began supporting families of young children and built a foundation of what would become The Outreach House.

In 1999, First Thing First was created to supplement the work being done by Walk-In Ministry. Its focus was to provide infant care goods and referrals to partner agencies and local school district programming. Its focus aligned perfectly with Walk-In Ministry’s efforts. Operating under one literal “roof”, the Outreach House was created to bring both services together. “Stronger Together” was the thought then and it continues to season everything we do today.


Did You Know?


Number of families living below the poverty level in Lombard/York Township


The number of volunteer hours required to operate each month


The number of diapers distributed by Outreach House in 2018 alone


Of those served by The Outreach House are considered “working poor”



In addition to the dozens of faithful volunteers who serve alongside us each month, here’s a glimpse at the team who keep things running:


Kris DeSmedt

Outreach House Coordinator

Elizabeth Kirsh


Fritz Geiger

Vice President

Marianne McGuire


Mary dove


Rachel Foltyneiwicz

Board Member

Amy Thorpe

Board Member

Nikki Crancer

Board Member