August Difference Maker: InnerMission

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InnerMission INC. is a nonprofit organization that acts as an umbrella to many different networking programs. Their goal is to raise government funding, grants, corporate sponsorship and support from the private sector for their networking teams.

Their programs include Caring Hands Feeding Program, which provides food and fellowship to people in need. The Dream Center is a community-orientated crisis center. Food, clothing and referral services are given to needy individuals and families weekly. Claude Street Shelter is a program that offers temporary housing to families in need.

Learn more about InnerMission this month on Shine.FM!

July Difference Maker: Boys & Girls Clubs of NW Indiana

Each day, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana provides young people – especially those who need them most – with the support and affirmation to help them reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Every child deserves the opportunity to be successful. Currently operating six Clubs in Lake County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana (BGCNWI) has been offering hope and opportunity to local youth since 1954 by providing a safe place for kids to learn and grow through life-enhancing after-school and summer programming.

Through an innovative, outcomes-based model, and with the support of highly trained professional staff and adult mentors, BGCNWI offers fun and engaging programs to nearly 10,000 youth ages 6 to 18 that impact both academic and social success. When schools are out, Clubs are in!

BGCNWI recently announced a new initiative called the High 5 Challenge to raise money and awareness in support of their efforts to create possibilities, and GREAT Futures! Join the movement and take the High 5 Challenge today!

Visit www.high5challenge.org or text High5 to 71777.

Listen to Shine.FM this month to find out more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana at www.BGCNWI.org. You can also find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @BGCNWI.

June Difference Maker: Kids Alive International

Millions of kids in the developing world live in desperate, life-threatening situations. Orphaned, abused and neglected they often end up on the streets begging just to survive. Many are victimized by predators and have nowhere to turn for help. Kids Alive International exists to rescue these children –one at a time. Through Children’s Homes, Care Centers and Schools, Kids Alive provides the love and care that every child deserves and have the unique privilege of introducing them to Jesus.

Kids Alive reflects the love of Christ by rescuing suffering children in crisis, nurturing them with quality holistic care, and introducing them to the transforming power of Jesus Christ so they are enabled to instill hope in others.
Kids Alive provides quality care to thousands of orphaned, abused, abandoned and neglected children through children’s homes, care centers, and schools in 14 countries. Partners can support Kids Alive ministries through child sponsorship, service teams, site sponsorship, or donations.
To get involved call (800) 543-7330 or go to www.kidsalive.org

May Difference Maker: Hope For The Day

Hope For The Day is a nonprofit movement committed to utilizing music and the arts as a defense mechanism to suicide. Their alternative approach strives to offer education, prevention and hope through creative expression.

Hope For The Day’s vision is to bring communities together in order to shed light on the unfortunate topics of depression and suicide. They wish to share the deeply personal connection creativity can have in fostering an environment of positive change to the suffering.

Hope For The Day views art and music as a highway to the heart; two things that have allowed humanity to express our emotions for milennia. They wish to reduce suicide rates while inspiring and empowering those who need help, to get help.

Most importantly, Hope For The Day has the vision to use creative expression as a medium to educate communities while simultaneously striving to prevent suicide.

To learn more, go to hftd.org

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April Difference Maker: Warren-Sharpe Community Center

Warren-Sharpe Community Center is a nonprofit, community-based organization offering social service programs and assistance to low-income, at-risk families on the south side of Joliet. The Center has a special commitment to serving youth and engages in several innovative programs targeting at-risk preschool students, grade school students and teens, as well as youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Warren-Sharpe opened its doors to Joliet’s south side in 1991 with a mission to become a community resource and a commitment to cultivating neighborhood solutions to neighborhood problems. To learn more about the Center, go to warren-sharpecommunitycenter.org

Reach A Village

March Difference Maker: Reach A Village

Reach A Village seeks to be a light and a witness to people in rural villages throughout the world who have yet to hear the Good News of Christ. It was founded in 2012 by a group of experienced Christian leaders trained in foreign and domestic missions. Reach A Village partners with local ministries in countries around the world who have the same burden and vision to reach people with the Gospel.

The unreached people living in rural villages will be reached by their own countrymen and women living in villages within traveling distance. Reach A Village is committed to helping local Christian workers reach the unreached within their nation by providing Scripture resources and training programs for church planting and growth.

The goal of Reach A Village is to encourage and equip capable, indigenous Christian ministries and local churches to fulfill the great commission by providing resources and Bibles.

To find out more about Reach A Village visit reachavillage.org.

February Difference Maker: GRIP Outreach For Youth

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At GRIP Outreach For Youth, we realize that the only thing that can fill the void in the life of a fatherless child is the love of God the Father. As a result, GRIP’s mission is to break the fatherless cycle through Christ-centered, Life-on-Life relationships.

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In 2004, GRIP Outreach For Youth launched as a local ministry reaching fatherless teens in Chicago’s notorious Cabrini Green Housing Projects. Today, we’ve grown in size and scope, as we have developed many training tools and urban ministry resources that are being used globally.

Our Life-on-Life approach builds a network of support for our young people: engaging them in their homes, serving them in their schools, plugging them into local churches, and providing them with practical resources for their development. When we refer to Life-on-Life, we are talking about a relationship that is so much more than mentorship. Life-on-Life relationships model what it means to be a man or woman of God – not just during a program or in a classroom – but while at home, running errands, playing sports, serving others in the community, or studying the Bible. And as we walk life together, we’re extending to our youth an invitation to know the love of God, to know their purpose and identity, and to grow as young leaders in their homes, schools, churches, and communities.

In addition to ministry on the frontlines here in Chicago, GRIP now trains churches and organizations across the country to implement GRIP’s programs and resources with their own volunteers and youth within their communities, multiplying Life-on-Life impact both here locally in Chicago and across the country. Learn more at www.GripYouth.com or click on the image below to watch a video highlighting the impact of GRIP Outreach For Youth.

January Difference Maker: South Suburban PADS

South Suburban Public Action to Deliver Shelter (SSPADS) is a ministry serving individuals and families in Chicago’s south suburbs. This ministry partners with congregations to provide emergency shelters and refuge for people experiencing homelessness. SSPADS is the leading provider of emergency shelter services, transitional housing, and permanent housing for families and people over the age of 18. They have 30 shelter locations in 16 communities, including Country Club Hills, Chicago Heights, Oak Lawn, Tinley Park, and Matteson.

SSPADS knows that the best approach to ending homelessness is by quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and providing additional supports and services as they are needed. Families and individuals experiencing homelessness can quickly get back on their feet through recovery services and counseling, out-patient treatment, employment, and life skills training.

SSPADS also works to prevent homelessness through rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention funding an intervention in the lives of youth and children before they transition into adulthood.

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December Difference Maker: Angel Tree

Angel Tree is a national outreach out of Prison Fellowship that reaches out to 2.7 million children in the United States whose parent or parents are incarcerated. Angel Tree provides an invaluable connection to inmates and their children, who may never get to visit their mom or dad behind bars.

Prisoners’ children are the most severely at-risk children and youth in America. Angel Tree is an important way to reach out tokids struggling to deal with the anger, hurt, and disappointment they feel over their parent’s incarceration.
Through Angel Tree, children hear from volunteers about the One God who loves them. By mobilizing churches, organizations and individuals, Angel Tree works to provide prisoners’ children with Christmas gifts and to encourage adults’ involvement in the children’s lives throughout the year. This begins simply by brightening Christmas for the children of prisoners.
The cost to help reach one child is only $14.08. Click here to donate or call 1-855-50-ANGEL.
Thank you, Angel Tree for being a Difference Maker around the nation.  To learn more about becoming a Shine.FM Difference Maker email shinefm@olivet.edu or call 815.939.5330.

November Difference Maker: Operation Christmas Child

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Operation Christmas Child collects shoeboxes filled with gifts for children in need around the world. These care kits are filled with a toy, school supplies, a hygiene item, an accessory, and a personal note from you. Take an empty box, choose whether you’re packing a gift for a boy or a girl and mark the age category you’ve chosen, and fill your box with treasures!
Don’t forget to pray for the child receiving your gift before dropping the box off at a designated drop-off location near you. (To find a location go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/drop-off-locations/ )
You can also follow your shoebox! Operation Christmas Child will send you a tracking notice telling you the country where your shoebox gift will be delivered. After your shoebox is shipped, you will receive one email with information about where your shoebox was shipped, along with information about Operation Christmas Child in that country.
Thank you Operation Christmas Child for being a Difference Maker around the world. For more information on becoming a Shine.FM Difference Maker call 815.939.5330.