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 COVID-19 Update as of 5-29-20

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.  Everyone will be required to wear a face mask while in our building.  We will continue to conduct most of our normal business including receiving and processing financial gifts. 

Our Staff

Many of our staff have continued to work and minister throughout the entirety of this crisis while other staff were asked to stay home and shelter-in–place.  We have continued to pay all staff during this time.  On Monday June 1st, all of our staff will be returning to work.

Our Volunteers

We continue to ask all of our volunteers to pause the volunteering services that they provide until further notice but we are hopeful that we will be able to welcome them back sometime soon.  Our volunteers represent some of our most valuable partners and we want to continue to keep them safe. 

Camp Kearney

We have made the difficult decision to cancel our Camp Kearney summer camp for 2020.  

Summer Day Camp

Our Summer Day Camp program has been cancelled but we are currently working on a plan to do a virtual day camp with many of our students.  We will provide more information about this unique program as it becomes available.

Chapel Services

Sunday Services will resume in our main campus chapel on Sunday May 31st but will be limited to 10 people until further notice. 

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

We have closed our Benevolence Center (Food pantry, Clothing, & household items) ministry to indoor guests but we are still providing 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.   These steps will allow us to continue the provision of distribution of food and meet a very basic and important need to those in our community.  We are accepting donated items at our Benevolence Center Monday-Friday from 8am-2:30pm.

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

We have closed our Lighthouse Diner (soup kitchen) to indoor diners.  We are continuing to provide meals to anyone who shows up by delivering meals to people in the same manner we are using at our Benevolence Center.

 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. 

Our Thrift Stores 

We will be opening all 3 of our Thrift Store locations to shoppers on Monday June 8th.  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.  

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

Donation drop off Days and Hours:  Tuesdays,Thursdays, & Saturdays only from 9am-5pm.

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