Urban Initiatives

Community Outreach


Summer Blast (June 17th) - A "family festival" for the Austin community on the field of Michele Clark High School, the facility where our Sunday services are held. The goal is to provide a free, safe and fun outreach for our neighbors of all ages that include inflatables, lunch, games, and prizes. We will invite other ministries, community organizations, and governmental agencies to provide awareness and resources. We will have a stage area that provides live Christian music, creative arts and entertainment.


100 Churches/100 Blocks - This event takes place each Wednesday evening during the summer months of June, July, and August. Area churches/ministries congregate at 5 strategic intersections in Austin. Our church (inviting others) will be an active presence at a key intersection where we will have a grill for food and water for those we encounter. We will offer to pray with those in the area, share the gospel, and intentionally represent a call to action, combined with prayer, for non-violence in our neighborhood. 


Camp Scholarships - We would like to provide scholarships for youth camps and our all-church retreat for those connected to our church.


Youth Outreach Program - Provide curriculum and food at our monthly outreach for MCHS students


Community Development


Hope Works (Launch June 1st) - We would like to initiate a proven job readiness program and placement ministry in our community. Hope Works was initiated by a church on the south side of Chicago and values partnering directly with churches. This will bring a much needed resource to our area that provides a bridge to the church. We would like to have volunteers and an on-site case manager to be trained, using our church office as a central site to provide these services.  hopeworkschicago.org


Compassion Center (TBD) - We would like to initiate a plan to provide food and resources for our Austin community through a very relational and personal process in the name of Christ. 


To make a donation to any initiative above, please email Pastor Kent Steiner at: ksteiner@harvestchicagowest.org