Chicago, Illinois

Discover Groups - Chicago

-- Chicago, Illinois

Weekend or Week-Long term
Ages 13+



​Discover Group participants spend time serving with a variety of local agencies and ministries and learning through evening speakers and activities. The experience is about more than preparing a meal at a soup kitchen or playing with children at a day camp. It is an opportunity to work alongside local community members, to learn from local leaders, and to listen to the stories of neighbors, clients, and churches.

Discover groups learn about the assets of the neighborhood including the Garfield Park Conservatory, public transportation, grassroots and social justice organizations, community gardens, social service providers, and churches. In addition to service opportunities with a variety of local agencies and churches, Discover participants spend time hearing from local leadership, being involved in experiential hands-on activities, and reflecting on their experiences.

  • An elderly care center that allows groups to interact with senior citizens of differing abilities through playing games, participating in crafts, and sharing stories
  • An urban gardening network throughout the city that allows groups to garden alongside neighborhood stakeholders
  • A local church committed to being peacemakers in their neighborhood parks and invites groups to play alongside their neighbors
  • An outreach center that provides opportunities for groups to serve in the three shelters of their homeless prevention program: a daycare facility, a free store, and a soup kitchen

​Discover group participants must be 13 & older. If you would like to include youth under 13 in your group, please contact DOOR first. Weeklong groups can accept 6-70 participants; weekend groups can accept 6-45 participants.

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DOORDOOR<p>​<strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">​See the face of God</strong></p><span><div class="sqs-block html-block sqs-block-html" data-block-type="2"><div class="sqs-block-content"><p>DOOR is a gateway for encountering the city through the eyes, ears, and heart of God. We are dedicated to providing life-changing experiences for our participants rooted in relationship and solidarity with local communities and neighborhoods. All of our programming grows out of a commitment to mutual respect and thoughtful reflection.</p></div></div><p><span><span>Ages 13–30</span></span><br></p><p><span>Short-term group experiences, internships, and year-long community-based service.</span><br></p></span>

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