Bringing Hope to the Assembler AND Receiver

It’s hard to imagine a program that brings more blessings than HOPE Packs. Started in an effort to provide Elim’s adults with difficult to find, meaningful assembly work, your support and efforts have resulted in hundreds of thousands of school supply and food kits for children and their families worldwide.

What Are HOPE Packs?

HOPE Packs are packs of school supplies provided to students to give them the tools they need to have a productive and successful school year. These packs include pencils, folders, notebooks, glue, markers, erasers, scissors, and more! They are carefully assembled by Elim’s adults and distributed to schools and ministries in the Chicagoland area. 

Who is Impacted?

By supporting HOPE Packs, you are supporting two individuals: Your partnership blesses an Elim adult with meaningful work AND provides essential school supplies to a child not far from your own community. You make a life-long impact on both of their lives.

How can You Get Involved?

It is easy to get involved and give HOPE  today! No matter if you are a group or individual, your partnership will go a long way in supporting the HOPE Packs mission. You can get involved by:

  1. Hosting a HOPE Packs campaign at your church, business, or school.
  2. Making a personal donation to provide HOPE Packs (or become a monthly contributor)
  3. Getting your church connected by talking to our Relationship Manager. 

I’ve watched the impact of these school kits from both sides. They provide meaningful work for our adults here at Elim. It empowers them to be able to make a difference in the lives of the children that receive them. It allows our adults to be a ‘help’ to the recipients and enriches their lives by being able to help when some view them as only recipients of help. The impact that these kits make in the lives of these children is immeasurable and priceless.”


Contact Glenn Spoolstra at or 708-293-6510

Donations received for HOPE Packs cover the funding needed for Elim’s HOPE Packs participants to purchase the necessary school supplies, assemble them into boxes of HOPE Packs, and distribute them to local children in need.

Yes! We are aware of numerous schools and ministries in need of HOPE Packs. We would love to see your organization sponsor a specific school and meet their HOPE Packs needs.

We will provide you with everything you need to lead a HOPE Packs campaign, including flyers, posters, donation envelopes, promo videos, bulletin announcements, and more. To get started, simply contact Glenn Spoolstra at or 708-293-6510 and he’ll connect you with everything you need!

While our annual HOPE Packs drives generally raise funds for School Supply Kits, we also build Food and Military HOPE Packs. For more information, contact Glenn Spoolstra, or 708-293-6510.

We are so grateful to be able to partner with such great organizations. Our mission partners are: Chicagoland Prison Outreach, Faith and Action, Christ Cares, Lampstand Ministries, YMEN, Restoration Ministries, Roseland Christian Ministries, Circle Urban Ministries, Break Through Urban Ministries, Resilient, and many suburban and Chicago public schools. 

Checks can be made out to Elim Christian Services and mailed to 13020 S Central Ave
Crestwood, IL 60418.

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