In 2000, HOPE’S FRONT DOOR opened as the Downers Grove Area Walk-In Ministry. The Walk-In Ministry of Hope was formed by six local churches, the LOVE Christian Clearinghouse and several community members who sensed a great need of residents underserved in our communities. Initially, we operated independently under the wing of nonprofit LOVE Christian Clearinghouse, supplying vouchers for food, transportation, car repair and lodging to clients seeking assistance in our six-community service area: Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Westmont, Willowbrook and Woodridge.
As we broadened our face-to-face services, it became apparent that we could better serve our clients and seek funding from a broader range of community members by operating independently of LOVE. We incorporated in the State of Illinois as the Walk-In Ministry of Hope on November 21, 2003. We applied to the Internal Revenue Service and received our 501(c)(3) nonprofit determination letter dated April 30, 2004.
HOPE’S FRONT DOOR continues to strive to provide more comprehensive services to meet the overall needs of our clients. Our goal is to help community members toward self-sufficiency through several means. We have a new name, but the same goals. At HOPE’S FRONT DOOR, solutions start when you walk-in.