Serve Our Community


LSSI Continues to Need our Support

Many of LSSI’s Foster Care families need funds to meet their basic needs –food, water, make rent pay ments. Many of these families have been laid off and are waiting on government relief checks. These families are living day to day — it is a dire situation. 

Here are a couple ways to help:

  • LSSI has set up a Just Giving page as a way for folks to make a direct monetary contribution and/or purchase items (including gift cards) that will be sent via Amazon directly to our program sites. Here is the link:
  • If you have gift cards that you have already purchased, they can be sent to Molly Arnoldt at this address: 1001 E. Touhy Ave., Suite 50, Des Plaines, IL 60018


Hesed House

All on-site volunteer activities are still suspended. After some time and more professional cleaning after the buildings are empty, we will begin to open up limited volunteer opportunities for organizing, grounds work, special projects, and eventually program volunteering.

Hesed Meal Service Coordinators, we will not be needing food service at Hesed House, for at least two weeks. Not for the family shelter, and not for our adult shelters. We will also not need food services at this time at the hotels, as the plan for now is to have the state pick up the food services for our main shelter. We will be supporting with some dry goods from the food stock that we have at Hesed (thanks to all of you!). We are also still not able to take clothing, toys or furniture donations at this time. When that changes, we will let you know.

What can you do? So much! Please check out our website at If you would like to make a financial donation to help us through this time with so many unexpected expenses, please visit

Contact info: John Maisch – or 516.236.3184 – or- Francie Andrews – 630.399.8057


Lazarus House

Lazarus House serves men, women and children who are homeless by providing food, safe shelter and education. Our next service date is Saturday, Apr. 11. Please consider making a difference in our community by helping out with donations to be dropped off on this day. Please contact Emily Bicking, with any questions. You can sign up online HERE.


Northern Illinois Food Bank
NIFB continues to serve the hungry during this outbreak, and they are in need of volunteer support. Please go to their website to see updated information and available shifts. Website:


Serving the BLC Community

Contributions to the Pastors’ Discretionary Fund
The purpose of this fund is to support disciples who are going through a difficult time. If you’re in need of financial support, please contact Pr. Sarah. If you’d like to contribute to this fund, please send a check to BLC, and note “Pastors Discretionary Fund” in the subject line.

Bethlehem Cares!
Even though we are separated physically, we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to remain connected. Many of you who have reached out to Pastor Sarah this week with a desire to help those who are most vulnerable. Here’s how you can help! We are aiming to connect BLC disciples with older adults in our congregation who are stuck inside and are more vulnerable at this time. Once you receive a name, we invite you to reach out by phone, to check in on them once a week and see if there’s any way you can help them (perhaps grocery or pharmacy delivery), to send a card their way or pray with them over the phone, etc.

If you would like to be connected with an older member of our congregation, please reach out to Lynne Hepler, who has graciously offered to coordinate this ministry. Lynne can be reached at: 630.377.1857 or .

Thank you for showing in such a tangible way the care and love of the BLC community!