Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is defined as a person used against their will by force, fraud or threats for the purpose of cheap labor, domestic servitude or sexual services.

At the Willow Creek Care Center we strive to:

  • Educate: raise awareness and understanding in our community that this is an issue in our suburban backyard. This is accomplished through mid-week classes and a monthly newsletter.
  • Train: learn from key service providers in our community. This is accomplished through special events on our campus and in the community.
  • Mobilize: send volunteers to assist partners and service providers in coming alongside victims. This is accomplished through committed relationships with partners and affiliate organizations reaching out to this population.
  • Refer: Provide resources to victims. If a guest has been victimized by human trafficking or would like to report suspicious behavior, please refer them to Salvation Army Stop-It Program’s 24 hour hotline, 877-606-3158.

Learn more about the next Human Trafficking Forum.

The Prison and Jail Ministry

  • Serves those in incarceration. Prison and Jail Teams at a number of facilities provide pastoral visitations, group classes, Bible studies, literature distribution, and worship services. Volunteers may also participate in our prison pen pal program.
  • Serves those released from prison/jail wishing to find a church home. This is accomplished through one-on-one mentoring, small groups, resource referrals for basic needs, community service obligations, and rides to Willow Creek Community Church.
  • Serves families who have an incarcerated family member. This is accomplished through spiritual family support groups which offer an understanding and prayer-filled environment.

The Prison and Jail Monthly Gathering is designed to encourage, educate and address issues unique to this population. Guest speakers and small group leaders guide the gathering the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Willow Creek South Barrington.

The Vulnerable Children’s Ministry

The Vulnerable Children’s Ministry exists to provide support to children and families connected to foster care, adoption, and Safe Families programs. Through a network of local and global partnerships, support gatherings, and educational forums, hope for the orphaned and marginalized child can be restored with Christ’s love and a caring church community.

Ways to get involved:

  • Safe Families Host Family
  • Safe Families Support Team
  • D.C.F.S. Training Classes
  • Foster Care Mandatory Pride Training
  • Adoption Group Studies
  • RFKC & TRAC Counselors & Mentors
  • Special Projects

Monthly Gatherings for Safe Families, Foster and Adoptive Families are held every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Midweek Experience. Guest speakers address a variety of issues related to fostering, adoption, bi-racial parenting, sensory issues, socio-cultural differences, community resources and more. Childcare is available.

  • 5:30 Dinner in the Atrium
  • 7:00 Midweek Experience Worship
  • 7:30 Program with guest speaker or special event (check monitors for room location)

Learn more about the next Vulnerable Children Gathering.