News & Events

Donations Temporarily Closed

All stores will have a temporary halt on accepting donations, starting December 22nd through January 2nd. Donations will resume on January 3rd.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your support!

Daytime Volunteer Receptionist Needed

Interested in a recurring daytime service opportunity? Consider becoming a Volunteer Receptionist at South Side Mission. We are in need of a Volunteer Receptionist each weekday from 9 am to 4:30 p.m. The Volunteer Receptionist would greet guests, answer phones, and assist with general clerical duties in the main office of South Side Mission.

Interested? Please call Rich at (309) 676-4604!

Buy A Mattress, Support South Side Mission!

When you buy a mattress this month at Denver Mattress, they will donate $15 to support missions just like South Side Mission!

Check out details at Denver Mattress throughout the month of November!

Holiday Meal Ministry

South Side Mission is pleased to announce that Christmas meal sign-ups are officially open! This year marks the 51st year that South Side Mission has done this Holiday Meal ministry, and we are blessed to continue the tradition. An estimated 2700 plus meals will be prepared and delivered to those who can’t get out or who may be alone during the holiday season. Residents in the immediate Peoria area are eligible for a meal.
Those wanting to order Christmas meals can call the South Side Mission office Monday through Friday at (309)676-4604 to sign up. The meals come with all the fixings of a Christmas meal, including Ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, and more.
All meals are made and packaged by volunteers, with over 300 volunteers expected at South Side Mission the week of Christmas. If you are interested in volunteering this holiday season, please visit our volunteer page.

DVI Corporate Ping Pong Challenge Returns Oct. 12th

David Vaughan Investments(DVI) will again host its annual Corporate Ping Pong Challenge to benefit the South Side Mission. This annual event pits corporate teams of players in a friendly competition that raises funds for South Side Mission’s Youth Expansion project. “DVI has done an annual fundraiser for many years, and I know this year they plan to add a few things along with the Ping Pong to engage the audience and those in attendance,” said Rev. Craig Williams, Executive Director of South Side Mission.

Last year’s event raised nearly $75,000 for South Side Mission. For more information on the event, email Dalton at DVI at [email protected]


New Thrift Store

South Side Mission Continues Plans for New Thrift Store

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. The former Benevolence Center has been cleaned out, and contractors are being interviewed to lead the remodeling and construction. The new store is expected to open later this summer or early fall at 2919 W. Garden in Peoria, just a few blocks from the South Side Mission main campus on Laramie.

“We are working with IDG+ Architects and we are so excited to bring this store to the 61605 area and to have a bigger impact in this community, said Rev. Craig Williams, Executive Director of South Side Mission.

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 Thrift Store project 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.

Covid 19 Update

South Side Mission continues to monitor all information regarding Covid 19 in central Illinois, especially with cases decreasing. At this time, all South Side Mission facilities are operating at capacity, but wearing masks is optional.
Please check back here often for updates.