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Open Hands, Open Hearts

Christmas Fundraiser

Extending life-saving care

to those in deep poverty.

$100,000 in 1 month


Make a difference this holiday season!

Join us today in raising $100,000 for the most vulnerable people in the world - those living in deep poverty. 


Every penny of the $100,000 goes directly toward providing life-saving nutrition for malnourished mothers and their babies, new housing for widows and orphans, and both medical and practical care for HIV-positive women and their families. 

Vineyard DuPage is a small local church based out of Wheaton, IL, and we are partnering with Children’s Relief International to pursue this lofty goal, but we cannot do it on our own. Please join us in making a real difference this holiday season!

Find out more information below about what impact your gift will have and give today!


Tessa Grace Nutrition

Health and wellness program for malnourished babies and their mothers in areas of deep poverty.


Green Door Homes

Not Shacks, but REAL homes for the impoverished (often widows and orphans).  


Project Life

Delivers aid to HIV+/AIDS widows and their families.   Project Life provides fellowship, food, prayer, and medical care to often stigmatized and abandoned HIV-positive women without income to feed their children

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Tessa Grace Nutrition Program

Tessa Grace
About Tessa Grace

Tessa Grace Nutrition Programs provide nourishment and education to those who need it most: some of our world’s poorest women and children.  In areas of deep poverty, individuals suffer from hunger, illness, and injustice. High infant mortality rates indicate that children are no exception. In parts of Africa and Asia, about one in four babies dies before the age of five (World Health Organization)

Without schooling, those living in deep poverty are unaware of their dietary needs. Undernourished women deliver underweight children. These children never overcome their early disadvantage.  Most of them eat just one meal a day. They struggle to make it through school, let alone perform well in their classes. With empty stomachs, those with HIV cannot digest their medication. So they, and children with disabilities, lag even further behind. Without help, many die before adulthood. 

Tessa Grace Nutrition Programs provide milk, a high-protein nutritional supplement (Miracle-mix), health checks, and consultations to babies.  Women attend classes on hygiene and healthy cooking at our nutrition centers. When mothers and babies graduate from our program, they are healthier and stronger in body and spirit. The education we provide awakens mothers to the hope found in Jesus. 

How will your gift help?

Your giving is what keeps our Tessa Grace Nutrition programs active. Your gifts will pay for the life-saving milk and Miracle-mix we distribute to malnourished moms and infants, as well as the charges of medical professionals and teachers. Because of gifts like yours we have reached hundreds of HIV-positive mothers, widows, orphans, and babies with life-saving aide.

Green Door Homes

Green door

About Green Door Homes


In areas of deep poverty, families live in huts or shacks. They battle seasonal downpours, rotting floors, collapsing roofs, and cracks in infrastructure. Rains ruin their belongings. Bacteria growth and viruses leave them ill. Insect bites lead to malaria and other diseases. Without lockable doors, strangers enter with ease. 

CRI's Green Door Housing program does what shacks cannot—provide shelters to families that will last a lifetime.  We build homes with cement blocks, wood trusses, and tin roofs for sturdiness.  Our local committee chooses home recipients, often orphans and widows. If they are able, new homeowners help with construction. Many attend our home stewardship classes.

How will your gift help?


Your giving directly provides for the materials and labor required to build these homes. Because of sponsors like YOU, CRI has provided homes to over 400 families. 


Project Life

Project Life

About Project Life


CRI's work among the bottom billion includes caring for some of the 38 million widows that live in extreme poverty. Among this group are those who are HIV positive. Across the globe it is common to find communities where the HIV stigma leaves women abandoned and out of a job, without income to feed their children. Many become depressed. As their health deteriorates, so too does their ability to care for themselves. Some prefer suicide to suffering.

CRI's Project Life program delivers aid to HIV-positive/AIDS widows and their families. With the financial support of sponsors, we enable caretakers to serve the sick. Our caretakers clean homes, cook, and bathe their patients. They provide hospital transport and fix leaky roofs. Through Bible studies and prayer, they offer encouragement to the family. Most families in Project Life receive vitamins and supplements from our food pantry services. For those without families, we provide a funeral and burial.

Because of our Project Life sponsors, the sick see light amidst the darkness of disease.

How will your gift help?


A caretaker's salary costs $160/month. Your giving will help provide our caretakers with a salary, a monthly supply of food, and enable them to serve the sick and dying in their community.

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Children's Relief International

CRI began when Alan and Melody Pieratt returned from a decade of missionary service in Brazil.

While on furlough in late 1999, they felt called to start a mission that worked among the poor and enabled native missionaries with a heart for their people. The first meeting of the board of directors took place in March of 2000. Since then, CRI has grown from one project in Mozambique to over a dozen, from one staff member to over 60, and from one program that delivers aid to over 20.


To learn more about Children's Relief International, visit their website at​

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