Here To Serve.

The Care Center is a ministry of Willow Creek Community Church. We are committed to offering services that help meet immediate needs as well as services that help build toward a more sustainable future for individuals and families in the Chicagoland area.

Our Mission

Fighting poverty and injustice so that lives are transformed and Jesus is known.
By sharing the hope and love of Christ while meeting basic needs and offering long-term solutions, we empower people toward a more stable future.

Our Values


We believe in creating a radically inclusive community where people are treated with dignity and respect regardless of their ethnic, economic, legal, or religious status.


We believe true hope is found in a redemptive relationship with Jesus Christ.


We believe transformation occurs in the hearts of those serving and being served, as God redeems hurting people and broken situations.


We invite you to join us for a hosted tour and Q&A session where you will learn more about the Care Center’s story, our services, and how your organization or church can address the needs in your community. Individuals or groups are welcome for this interactive learning experience. Contact us to schedule a tour, or email

Celebrating 10 Years at the Care Center

What started as a food drive collection led to a small food pantry and car repair shop that eventually became the Care Center. Take a look at the history of the Care Center and how it celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2023.

About The Care Center Advisory Council

Who We Are

Advisory Council
Left to right: Rohit Paul, Joe Canady, Kyle Healy, Bretta Warren Kim, Jim Pluymert, Oliver Kim, Katalin Pluymert, Bryan Kidd, Stacey Kidd, Colleen Zambole, Bonnie Malcolm Chrisman.

In June 2021, the Willow Creek Care Center celebrated eight years of ministry at the South Barrington location. Following a robust funding effort in 2010-2012, the Care Center was built and a dream realized that would bring hope and value to tens of thousands of neighbors entering its doors every year.

Since that time, Care Center operations have been supported through a percentage of tithes and offerings from the South Barrington location of Willow Creek Community Church. In addition, the Care Center has benefitted from the gracious generosity of the congregation, as well as local and regional partners.

During a challenging multi-year season including the Covid-19 pandemic, though the relative and actual amount of the church’s provision to the Care Center and other Willow Creek church ministries understandably and necessarily decreased, financial engagement for the Center reached an unprecedented level in 2020.

To better understand and nurture philanthropic interests in the Care Center, the Care Center Advisory Council convened in 2021. The CCAC is led by Bonnie Malcolm Chrisman, an experienced facilitator of giving relationships and generosity programming. Benefits of launching a generosity program include offsetting the Center’s annual operational expenses, preventing the use of savings/emergency funds for operational use, and creating a pathway for program improvements or expansions as indicated by the needs of our Neighbors. Another pivotal goal is the practical and spiritual care and growth of program participants. The Care Center Advisory Council will provide ongoing wisdom as the new generosity program expands in the coming years.

The Care Center was birthed from the heart of and is an integral part of the mission and values of Willow Creek Community Church. Together, this unwavering commitment to Love God, Love People and Change the World will continue to shape hearts and minds and restore broken lives with dignity and hope for generations to come.

As the Care Center generosity program launches, it is important to note that all gifts, no matter the amount, are received with gratitude and are applied to the Center’s mission. For information about the Willow Creek Care Center Advisory Council and ways to engage, contact

Thank you for walking with us on this Kingdom road!