Sanctity of Life Resources
Care & Support
If you find yourself in a crisis of any kind or just need someone to talk with about challenges you are facing in your work, family, or faith, there are a number of ways the Pastoral staff at Grace can assist you. There are also special groups that meet regularly, outlined below.
Pastoral Care (Illness, Hospitalization, Funerals)
If you or someone in your family is facing a significant health challenge and would like a Grace pastor to visit in the hospital, nursing home or any other care facility, please fill out the form, below, or call the church office at 309-693-3641. You can use the Funeral Support form to send us information related to the passing of a loved one.
There are many resources available for men and women to help and heal as well as encourage and educate, as we look at the sanctity of human life from a biblical worldview. Here are just a few that help point people to the value that God has placed upon human life:
Empower Life Center
The Women’s Pregnancy Center is now the Empower Life Center. They offer pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, Parenting Classes, Lamaze/Childbirth and After-Abortion Support to women in the Peoria Area.
Heartbeat is a ministry of Grace that cares for orphans and vulnerable children. Their vision is to Educate the church in regard to God’s heart for the fatherless and global state of orphaned and vulnerable children; Empower the church to fulfill the commission to the fatherless; and Embrace a culture that cares for vulnerable children.
Deeper Still exists to multiply ministry teams who bring healing and lasting freedom to abortion wounded hearts across the globe. Abortion can rob you of many things and cause you to live in unnecessary bondage. If you are interested in receiving help with these issues and living in freedom from your past abortion with a hope for your future we would love to assist you on your journey.
If you are struggling with the loss of a spouse, parent, child, or friend, please consider attending Grief Share classes held regularly at Grace. Contact Pastor John Hopwood for details.
The mission of Heartbeat is to glorify God by developing a church culture that reflects God's heart for the fatherless, supports families who care for orphans, and advocates for children in need.
Our vision for Heartbeat...
- Educate - We desire to educate the church in regard to God's heart for the fatherless and the global state of orphaned and vulnerable children.
- Empower - We desire to empower the church to fulfill the commission to the fatherless (Isaiah 1:17).
- Embrace - We desire to encourage the church to enthusiastically embrace a culture that cares for vulnerable children.
Peoria offers a wide range of care to meet the different of needs in our community. The following are a list of services that have benefitted the community for years. Grace in no way endorses any of these services, but believe they have provided appropriate help in time of crisis. If you'd like to speak with a pastor, please call our emergency line at (309) 589-6489.
- The Antioch Group: (309) 692-6622
- Christian Psychological Associates: (309) 692-7755
- Barnabas Center: (309) 688-9282
Center for the Prevention of Abuse Crisis Line: 1-800-559-SAFE (7233)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
24-Hour Adult Protective Services Hotline: 1-866-800-1409
(To report suspected abuse, exploitation or neglect of an older person.)
Empower Life Center: (309) 688-0202 1825 N. Knoxville, Peoria
The Empower Life Center is a Christian, pro-life ministry existing for the purpose of presenting the love and gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. All of their services are free and confidential.
Emergency Response Services:(309) 671-8084
The Emergency Response Service (ERS) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is a police dispatched mobile crisis unit serving Peoria County, Illinois. They provide around the clock crisis intervention, assessment and referral services to law enforcement agencies, hospitals, social services, and the general public. This highly trained crisis interventionist team specializes in:
- Crisis theory for effective interactions
- Basic legal rights related to behavioral health, housing, and family issues
- How to access community resources
- Supportive counseling techniques for interventions
Non-Emergency Everyday Needs 211 Referral Service: Dial 2-1-1
2-1-1 information and referral service for the following counties in Illinois:
- The cities of Kewanee and Streator
2-1-1 is for times of non-emergency crisis as well as everyday needs. This number connects people with important community services such as:
- Basic Human Needs-food, shelter, rent and utlitiy assistance
- Physcial and Mental Health Resources-health insurance progams, Medicaid and Medicare, medical information lines, crisis intervention services
- Employment Supports-job training, transportation assistance, education programs
- Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities-adult day care, respite care, home health care, independent living programs
- Support for Children, Youth and Families-afterschool programs, family resource centers, mentoring, tutoring, protective services
The Dream Center: (309) 676-3000 714 Hamilton Boulevard, Peoria
- The shelter is the only emergency overnight shelter in the are for women and families. Participants are able for stay in our facility from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Participants can take a shower, eat breakfast, receive referrals, and have an opportunity to meet with case managers.
- The Hope Store is a free clothing and household item store. It is open twice a month to the public and upon appointment for area resources. Everything in the store is donated and everything is given out for free.
Peoria Rescue Mission: (309) 676-6416 601 SW Adams, Peoria
- This is a homeless shelter for men only.
Salvation Army Food Pantry: (309) 682-8886 2903 W. Nebraska, Peoria
- The Food Pantry is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for families and individuals in need. You must be a resident of Peoria County to receive assistance. Please bring a photo ID when you visit.
Central Illinois Agency on Aging, Inc.: (309) 674-2071 700 Hamilton Boulevard, Peoria
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) are local aging programs that provide information and services on a range of assistance for older adults and those who care for them. By contacting your local agency you get access to critical information including:
- Available services in your area
- Mobility assistance programs, meal plans, and housing
- Assistance in gaining access to services
- Individual counseling, support groups and caregiver training
- Respite care
- Supplemental services on a limited basis