News & Events

Support Youth Through Giving Tuesday

South Side Mission has a Giving Tuesday goal of $25,000 to help with our Youth Ministry expansion and growth plans. As the Youth Ministry moves into our main campus building, we will be raising funds to support a remake of our chapel into the 1127 Youth Worship Center! You don’t have to wait until Giving Tuesday, you can help by donation today!

Click here and help support our efforts!

Thanksgiving Meal Sign Ups Underway

South Side Mission is celebrating 50 years of its Thanksgiving Meal ministry this Thanksgiving, with increased delivery areas and the return of an indoor Thanksgiving Day meal.

This year, the delivery area is expanding to include all of Peoria, Peoria Heights, Bartonville and limited surrounding areas, along with senior housing complexes in our delivery area. With just a week or so left, those hoping to get meals are urged to contact the Mission to get signed up. They can call 676-4604 Monday through Friday to get signed up for a meal delivery. The sign-up process will close on Wednesday, November 17th.

“As we mark this 50th Anniversary of preparing and delivering holiday meals to those in need in Peoria and surrounding communities, we also thank God for the volunteers who make it possible” said Rev. Craig Williams, Executive Director of South Side Mission. “What started in 1971 with 147 meals is expected to be close to 3,500 this year!”

New Thrift Store

South Side Mission To Open Thrift Store in 61605

South Side Mission, which has been serving the 61605 neighborhoods since its inception in 1925, is bringing a Thrift Store to the south end of Peoria. Planning has begun, and the store is expected to open in mid-2022 at 2919 W. Garden in Peoria, just a few blocks from the South Side Mission main campus on Laramie.

“Our Thrift Stores are making a difference daily in the communities we call home,” says Rev. Craig Williams, Executive Director of South Side Mission. “We are so excited to bring this store to the 61605 area and to have a bigger impact in this community, said Williams.

By shopping and donating at South Side Mission Thrift Stores you help support local South Side Mission ministries that assist thousands in Peoria annually. “Shopping at our Thrift Stores is more than the feeling you get when you find a special piece, it’s also that feeling of knowing you are helping a neighbor who may be experiencing hard times,” says Williams.

The move will bring a South Side Mission Thrift Store into a building the Mission already owns and will allow for funds to flow into other ministries like youth and children and mentoring. The move is just one in a series of growth areas the Mission is seeking in the coming months and years. “This is a great example of South Side Mission living out our mission statement and bringing hope into the 61605, as well as being good stewards of our supporter’s donations,” said Williams.

South Side Mission exists to proclaim Jesus Christ, in His name love our neighbors and provide hope to the community through life transforming ministries.

DVI Corporate Ping Pong Challenge to Benefit South Side Mission

The third annual DVI Corporate Ping Pong Challenge is Thursday, October 14th at Venue Chisca in downtown Peoria. This fun ping-pong tournament raises funds for South Side Mission Youth Ministry programs. Join us at 6 pm for ping-pong, food from the South Side Mission Culinary Arts students, and a fun evening to raise funds and awareness about Youth Ministry at South Side Mission.

Admission is free! Thank you to DVI for its leadership and all of the community supporters and partners!

Volunteer Help Sought at Camp Kearney


South Side Mission is in need of some dedicated volunteers to assist with mowing and trimming duties at Camp Kearney for the remainder of the summer and into fall.
Interested volunteers should be able to donate several hours a week to help out. If interested, please email volunteer@southsidemission.org or call 676-4604.

Covid 19 Update

South Side Mission continues to monitor all information regarding Covid 19 in central Illinois, especially with case increases due to the Delta variant. At this time, all South Side Mission facilities are operating at capacity, but wearing masks is again mandated by the state.
Please check back here often for updates.