Sponsor a Local CenterPartner in saving and redeeming livesGod has shown CareNet favor and blessed our ministry with success, so that 3 out of 4 women who seek help at CareNet end up choosing life for their children. Our counselors share God’s truth about life and the hope of the Gospel every day, but there are many more who need our help. Because more than 90% of women travel less than 10 miles to a CareNet center, it is critical that we provide access to CareNet’s services over a wider area. By adding “express” centers, in cooperation with other like-minded ministries or businesses, we can serve more women in key areas of need. Your church can partner with CareNet to ensure that families in your community have access to this vital resource, and also provide a place for church members to serve others in a very impactful ministry. Consider partnering with CareNet for your church volunteer work.
CareNet AdvocatesGoing Further TogetherSo many in our own community need CareNet’s love, compassion and practical help—families struggling with unplanned pregnancies, and women or men with an abortion in their past. So many are steeped in a culture that does not value life, are hurting, and are in desperate need of the Savior. Your church and CareNet form a partnership that can help. By training CareNet Advocates, we can reach and serve more for God’s kingdom.
What is a CareNet Advocate?
Advocates are compassionate, non-judgmental people who serve Christ by connecting pregnant women and others in need to CareNet. They help facilitate CareNet’s services through your church’s ministries, and pray for the needs of those we serve.
What will Advocate training cover?
Advocate training covers why this partnership is important, how to promote a client-friendly culture in your church, detailed information about CareNet services, and how to talk about and make a referral to CareNet.
For more information or to schedule a training, contact Beth at brockouski@CarenetDupage.com.
Prayer PartnersThe Power to Make Real ChangeCareNet engages Prayer Partners who will commit to praying for a client at risk of or actively pursuing an abortion. Prayer is the most powerful tool available to help more clients choose life. An email address is required. Email volunteer@CarenetDupage.com to receive guidelines and get connected.
Connections Mentoring ProgramSpiritual and Practical Support During PregnancyConnections brings a church or ministry group together with a pregnant woman in need. The purpose of the program is to form a network of support around a woman and her baby, so that her quality of life will be enhanced and her spiritual life may be further encouraged. A Connections group formally commits to prayer support during a woman’s pregnancy and a baby shower after her baby is born. We also hope that by forming a relationship with your church family, she might maintain that connection long term. For more information, contact Nicole at nkuchenbecker@CarenetDupage.com.
Coins for CareNetSmall Change, Big ImpactCoins for CareNet is a simple and effective way for your group to raise awareness of CareNet’s ministry and at the same time raise needed funds. Individuals can take the bottles home and be a part of this life-saving work by simply filling them with spare change. We will supply the bottles!
How it works:
Determine the time frame to distribute the baby bottles. A one to two-month time period is best. Some suggestions are:
January to March. Distribute the bottles around Sanctity of Human Life Sunday and have them returned in March.
Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. Distribute the bottles on Mother’s Day and have them returned on Father’s Day.
Respect Life month of October. This is a great time for schools and churches to remember the value of all human life.
Quarters for CareNet is a similar program, tailored for schools and children’s ministries. Instead of a baby bottle, kids receive a mini M & M’s container to enjoy and then fill with quarters. A story about a family in need and prayers to support the family are included.
To participate or learn more, contact Gina at gsullivan@CarenetDupage.com.
Restore Church PartnershipProviding a Haven for HealingCareNet’s Restore post-abortion program is looking for churches to host healing groups in their churches. The role of Restore is to come alongside men and women who have experienced an abortion, giving them a place to process and heal by understanding God’s grace and love. For more information, contact Holly at holly@RestoreAfterAbortion.com.
Meeting Client NeedsBeing the Hand of ChristCareNet Baby Banks
Many women struggle with a pregnancy decision because they lack support. CareNet’s mission is to provide emotional, spiritual and practical support, so that women are empowered to choose life. To help meet practical needs, three partner churches are equipped as CareNet baby banks. If you would like to help by donating supplies, following is a list of what each location needs. Supplies can be dropped off directly at each site, or at any CareNet office.
Bridges Parenting Program @ Oak Brook Community Church
Bridges is a free program designed for parents seeking assistance during pregnancy and early childhood years. The goal of Bridges is to provide material goods as well as helpful classes and spiritual mentoring. Parents receive needed supplies as they participate in the program.
Bridges accepts: diapers, wipes, Enfamil formula, baby food, toiletries, baby linens, toys and books (new and gently used), baby clothes (new and gently used), maternity clothes, and Walmart gift cards. Bridges cannot accept: cribs, used car seats, or used breast pumps.
Items are accepted at the church Monday through Thursday, but please call to confirm before dropping off.
Oak Brook Community Church
31st Street and Midwest Road
Wood Dale Baby Bank at Calvary Lutheran Church
The Wood Dale Baby Bank accepts: diapers, wipes, baby clothes (new and gently used), Enfamil formula, baby food, baby toys and books (new or gently used). Drop off items at:
CareNet Pregnancy Services Center
132 E Irving Park Rd
Hours: M,T,W,F 9am-5pm, Th 10am-6pm
Naperville Baby Bank at Naperville Presbyterian Church
The Naperville Baby Bank accepts diapers of all sizes and wipes. Drop off items at:
CareNet Pregnancy Services Center
1301 S Route 59 Ste 103
Naperville, IL 60564
Hours: M-F 9am-5pm
Diaper Derby Collection
This annual church collection supports CareNet’s Bridges parenting program and baby banks. Churches collect diapers and wipes during the month of September and drop off at any CareNet office. For more information contact Gina at gsullivan@CarenetDupage.com.
A CareNet Cube facilitates ongoing material goods collection. CareNet supplies baby goods to families in need through each of our centers, as well as through our baby banks at three partner churches. Donations of diapers and other supplies from all of CareNet’s partner churches help to meet this need. If your church would like to keep a CareNet Cube on site, we will supply one for you. Email Beth at brockouski@CarenetDupage.com to let us know.
CareNet provides gifts for new mothers, and keeps our three area baby banks supplied. Consider hosting a baby shower collection at your church, or gather with friends at home and collect diapers, baby clothes, and more for families in need. Contact Beth at brockouski@CarenetDupage.com.