The New Promise Center Women’s Shelter is a housing, social service, and spiritual enhancement ministry of South Side Mission for homeless women and women with children.


Typically, people come to us for two reasons:

  • A housing crisis could be caused by domestic violence, eviction, natural disaster, stranded, or loss of income or relationship.
  • A transitional need may be sought due to Department of Correction re-location, pre-treatment or post-treatment of drug/alcohol treatment, and restoration of family relationships.

The New Promise Center cares for these precious ladies and children through a structured program of progression, which can last up to 24 months. Each client has a case manager who assists her through up to four phases of residential care:

  • Making a Change – This is the renewing phase. Residents are expected to commit to the program and to the goals  set with their case manager.  This is a great opportunity to deflect  old behavior and practice a new way of being. Residents are challenged to start again with the help of Christian principles-faith, prayer, and God’s word.
  • Living the Change – While in this phase residents build upon the new knowledge and resources they’ve acquired. Residents will begin to see progress in achieving the specific goals which they have discussed with their case manager. Working, pursuing housing, attending school or an employment training program, saving money, paying off debts, healing relationships, and growing in their faith are all steps that will be taken.
  • Securing the Change – While in the Living the Change phase residents have been making healthy choices and redirecting their life in a positive direction.  They are taking extra measures to secure their new change.
  • Experiencing the Change – The client relocates from the shelter facility to the mission’s independent  living house.  The resident can remain an NPC client  up to one year while she takes this last step towards self-sufficiency.  She is  responsible for all her needs, but can access guidance from NPC staff.

The change occurs through services offered by both South Side Mission and its partner agencies.  The New Promise Center offers case management, psychological and medical assessments, pastoral care, bible studies, and life-skills and health classes. The case managers refer clients to local employment training, education programs, and social service and community programs for specific needs.

All clients are pre-screened in person or by phone before intake.  Intake appointments are scheduled 24-72 hours after the screening.  Client intake occurs Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, with the exception of holidays. Proof of identification is required. The client must be able to physically care for herself (and her children) and participate in the daily required activities.

The New Promise Center is inappropriate for persons who need assisted living, have severe or unattended psychological and medical needs, and active drug/alcohol use.

To volunteer in this fantastic ministry, please click here!

Needs List

We are in continuous need of the items listed below. The bold items are urgent needs.

Bleach ~ Detergent (prefer individual detergent pouches) ~ Disinfecting wipes (canister)
Shower gels and soaps ~ Shampoo ~ Deodorants ~ Lotion

Combs/brushes ~ Tylenol & Ibuprofen ~ Cold Medicine – Multi Symptom ~ Wash cloths ~ Bath towels
Twin Sheet Sets (new) ~ Twin Size Blankets (new) ~ Pillows (new)

Shower Curtain Liners
Walmart Gift Cards in $10 increments ~ Towel racks (over the door)

Plastic Hangers Ladies Undergarments (new bra/panties of various sizes)
New Pack and Plays

Wish List

Lap Top Computer


Linda Butler, Director – When I reflect on my faith journey which I started as a child, I humbly and confidently serve in my Kingdom assignments at South Side Mission as the New Promise Center Director and community Chaplain. I joined the ministry team in October 2003 after an internship and residency program in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Bromenn Healthcare Medical Center.  In the years leading up to that, I worked 20 years in broadcast management and community relations at WPEO Christian Radio.  Co-currently with my ministry in broadcasting, I also served in leadership at my church as a Sunday school teacher, Director of Women’s Ministry and Director of Civic Affairs.

I’ve also been blessed with many opportunities to  participate in community service for 35 years and international ministry in the West Indies for 16 years. My husband and I are members Heaven’s View Christian Fellowship Church in Peoria.

Case Managers

Phyllis Jordan, Lead – I came to the NPC at South Side Mission 25 years ago. I started my employment as a 3rd shift Resident Assistant. I had no experience working with homeless women but I do have a desire to serve others. I am a Christian and I have been serving God all of my life. When God called me to come to SSM he had already prepared me to be a servant leader. One of my favorite bible verses is Matthew 9:35-38. In summary it reads, “Jesus needs workers who know how to deal with people’s problems”.   God taught me how to help the women in the shelter. As I grew in my devotion to helping the women I was made Lead Case Manager.   I have a BA Degree in Management from the University of Illinois-Springfield. I am a single mother with two wonderful, smart and professional daughters, Kimberly and Mirah. Prior to working at SSM, I worked 16 years in the Banking Industry as an investment specialist. I have an Associate’s Degree in Banking and Finance and an American Bankers Association Diploma.   I am a member of Liberty Church of Peoria.


Sharon Beeney – I joined South Side Mission in September 2013 after graduating from Lincoln Christian College with a Ministry Degree in Urban Culture. My heart’s desire is to serve well in all those whom Jesus Christ will send my way. I believe that I have been in training my whole life to serve  in this area.

I live in Peoria with my husband who loves the Lord. He is truly a blessing to me and a great support. Our children and grandchildren fill out hearts with love. We enjoying hiking, biking and fishing. We also enjoy staying at a Bed and Breakfast anytime we leave the Peoria area. So fun!


                                         Sara Toliver-.



Social Worker

Barbara Boddie – I was called to South Side Mission in January 2016 after graduating from Bradley University with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. I have been chosen by God to “lend” myself to the homeless, destitute and deprived – to uplift and encourage their heart to follow Jesus.

I was born in Covington, Tennessee and was raised in Peoria with my mother, father and eleven siblings. I continue to live in Peoria with my two teenaged sons. I am a single woman who loves to travel, go to pro basketball, football and baseball games. I am a member at Riverside Community Church where I am a greeter. I will enter the University of Illinois in the fall of 2016 to begin work on my Master of Social Work degree.


Resident Assistants


Jamie Bell – I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and was raised in Benton Harbor, Michigan. I held various jobs there and graduated from Benton Harbor High School. I did a lot of volunteer work such as working with migrant workers and a lot of campaign work helping to elect a mayor, city commissioner while also helping with voter registration efforts.

I was one of the first Guardian Angels. God directed my path early in my life and I am so grateful and thankful that he did. I’m married to James Hollings and we have a blended family of three girls and four boys and 25 grand kids. My desire is to be a servant to my Father and in HIs name make life easier to bear for the New Promise Center women and children.

To quote my hero Mother Teresa, “Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.”


Rhonda Cagle, Lead – I was born and raised in Peoria where I attended Christ Lutheran Church. I graduated from Richwoods High School then continued my education at I.C.C. where I studied Child Development. I worked with children until God called me to the Women’s Shelter at the Mission in 2001. I have been so happy to help women in their journey of life as the lead Resident Aid. I have 3 wonderful and lovely children and 5 grandchildren. I accepted God at an early age and am proud to be a Christian currently attending Liberty Church under the guidance of Pastor Marvin Hightower. My guiding Bible scripture is John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that we could have ever lasting life.


                               Melinda Lopez – I started working for the New Promise Center in 2012. I feel like I was lead here to share with the ladies and children, the love of God and compassion of Christ. I have been married to my husband Michael for 34 years, have 3 wonderful children and 3 grandchildren with one more coming in the summer of 2016. Helen

Facility Monitor

Taffie Bell –  I work at the Mission because I love working with people. I love the fact that I can see individuals some come in the Mission a total mess and leave a success. I always wanted to work in a place where I can exercise my Christianity and here I have a great opportunity. Away from the Mission I love spending time with my family – my husband, two children and two grandchildren. I also enjoy reading, watching TV, doing hair and playing volleyball on a warm day.



Melody Walker – I came to the Mission as a resident in 2012. I made my way through the New Promise Center Program and am currently studying to be an addiction counselor. I now go to school and am employed by the Mission as a facility monitor. I have a strong relationship with the lord and continue to make more progress in my personal life. I am grateful for all of the opportunities the Mission has provided for me. God is Good!



Weekend Resident Assistant