Thanks for checking in with us.  We are still serving our community but we have implemented some temporary changes because of COVID-19 .   We’ll be updating our website daily.

South Side Mission Announces New Staff

Reverend Craig Williams, Executive Director of the South Side Mission, is happy to welcome new staff to the Mission team. Taria Armstrong is the new Executive Assistant and will work in the Administrative Office for Rev. Williams. She is a Peoria native, a graduate of Woodruff High School and worked previously for 18 years at PCCEO. Ms. Armstrong is married, has five children and lives in Peoria with her husband, Kevin. Welcome to South Side Mission!


Thanksgiving Volunteer Sign-Ups Now Open

Our usual Thanksgiving Day will look different this year due to COVID restrictions, so please check out our modified volunteer needs by clicking the button below to go to our Sign-Up Genius page! We will need to spread our normal duties out over the entire week, so please pay careful attention to the tasks and their assigned days! Thank you so much for your part in this wonderful feeding ministry!

Sign Up To Volunteer


Morton Thrift Store Update

We will not be accepting donations at the Morton Thrift store location for the next two weeks. For more information, please contact the store at   (309) 670-1176. Thank you for your support!


South Side Mission COVID-19 Update as of 10-22-20

Our Administrative Offices (Located at 1127 S. Laramie Street, Peoria, IL 61605)

Our main campus and administrative offices located on Laramie Street remain open during normal business hours but we are limiting visitors to essential guests only.  All staff and visitors in our building will be required to wear a face mask and follow all recommended social distancing guidelines.  We will continue to conduct most of our normal business including receiving and processing financial gifts. 

Our Staff

All of our staff are currently working and we have implemented many measures to keep them safe and healthy while they continue to serve our community.  

Youth and Children’s Ministry

Our Youth Staff are currently conducting a virtual after-school program with students enrolled in our Greater Academic Progress (G.A.P) ministry.  This program allows our staff to engage students on-line by assisting them with school assignments but also affords the opportunity to continue to provide spiritual guidance through biblical learning.

Chapel Services

Our Sunday Service at our main campus chapel has resumed and all guests are required to wear a mask and follow recommended social distancing guidelines. 

Our Benevolence Center (Located at 2919 W. Garden Street, Peoria, IL 61605)

Our Benevolence Center (Food pantry, Clothing, & household items) ministry continues to provide groceries and food items to people every day.  Our Benevolence Center staff have creatively figured out how to distribute food items in a drive-through or walk up manner in order to limit person to person contact.  For people needing clothing and household items, we are taking appointments so as to limit the number of people in our building.  These steps are allowing us to continue the provision of  meeting very basic and important needs to those in our community.  We are accepting donated items at our Benevolence Center Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8am-2:30pm.

Lighthouse Diner (Located at 1127 S. Laramie Street, Peoria, IL 61605)

Our Lighthouse Diner (soup kitchen) continues to provide meals Monday through Friday.  Though we have closed our diner to indoor dining, meals are being distributed at the diner entrance to reduce person to person contact.

 Our New Promise Center Women and Children’s shelter (Located at 1127 S. Laramie Street, Peoria, IL 61605)

Our NPC ministry continues to fully serve our current residents.  Extra steps are being taken to provide additional safety to our residents and we are abiding by the recommendations of the Federal and State governments as well as the Center for Prevention of Disease. 

Camp Kearney

Due to the Governor’s order to close all overnight camp programs, Camp Kearney did not host any summer camps for 2020.  Our Camp Kearney facility is also closed to all overnight rental groups until further notice.  Day use of the camp facility is available for groups provided social distancing measures are utilized.

Our Thrift Stores 

All 3 of our Thrift Store locations are open to shoppers.  In order to keep everyone in our stores safe, in addition to many safety and cleaning measures, all staff and customers will be required to wear a face mask and follow all recommended social distancing guidelines.  

Thrift Store Shopping Hours:  Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm.

Donation drop off Days and Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 5pm.  Saturdays from 9am-3pm.

Our locations are:

Sterling Avenue Thrift Store located at 3033 N. Sterling Ave (near Forest Hill) in Peoria 

Morton Thrift Store located at 2125 S. Main Street (Field Shopping Center), in Morton 

War Memorial Drive Thrift Store located at 603 E. War Memorial Drive (near Peoria Stadium) in Peoria 


Going forward we will try to keep you updated.  Please continue to pray for us as we navigate the important decisions and changes that lie ahead.  We also understand that all of you are also navigating this difficult time and we are praying for your safety as well.  Thank you so much for your continued faithfulness in partnering with us to serve this community with the grace, peace, and love of Jesus Christ our Lord.   


     Our Vision 

           “Minister to our community in Christ loving ways that provide opportunity for positive change.”

      Our Mission Statement

           “Our mission is to proclaim Jesus Christ, in His name love our neighbors and provide hope to the community through life transforming ministries.”

Our Core Values