Thanks for checking in with us.  We are still serving our community but we have implemented some changes because of COVID-19 .   Please check the links below for specific program and ministry updates.

South Side Mission Welcomes New Business Operations Manager

Rev. Craig Williams, Executive Director of South Side Mission, is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Ivier McSwine to the mission leadership team as our Business Operations Manager. He will oversee the IT, Accounts Payable and Receivable, Facilities and Thrift Store operations for the Mission. He is a graduate of Detroit Mercy and has Masters in Inner City Studies and Accounting. 



Latest COVID Updates

As the spring begins, we continue to monitor the various mitigations and restrictions in place from the State of Illinois. We will be watching closely, especially as it pertains to our Thrift Stores, our main campus ministry programs and Benevolence Center. Please check back here for any updates and changes that may affect our various ministries.  Thank you so much for your part in our ministry and please be safe!

Volunteer Opportunities Opening Slowly

With Peoria Public Schools now open to in-school learning, our Youth Department ministry has resumed our after school G.A.P. tutoring program. We are looking for male tutors to serve as role models for our students. Teaching experience is not necessary – just the heart to listen and help students to understand school work.

Time will be 2:30 to 3:30 Monday through Friday starting March 1st.

Our Administration Office could use some help with weekly mailings, with volunteer opportunities available as well. If interested, please check out our volunteer needs by clicking the button below to go to our Sign-Up Genius page! Thanks for taking part in these wonderful ministry opportunities!

Sign Up To Volunteer


Thrift Store Donation Days Expanding

As we continue to grow a little safer in the current COVID era, we are happy to announce that our three area Thrift Stores will now be accepting donations Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. Thanks for donating and helping those we serve!


South Side Mission COVID-19 Update 

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 are 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 – Click here to check us out!

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. 

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

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)

Camp Kearney

Details on Camp happenings can be found here!  

South Side Mission Thrift Stores 

All 3 of our Thrift Store locations are open to shoppers.  Get more by visiting our Thrift Store page.

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, and in His name love our neighbors and provide hope to the community through life transforming ministries.”

Our Core Values