Our C-U at Work program began in August 2018 with a simple idea: give those in need the opportunity to earn an income by serving their community. A partnership between C-U at Home and the City of Champaign Township, the program began as a trash abatement and neighborhood beautification project. It has provided the opportunity for work and a ray of hope to over 100 men and women since its inception. Participants are generally already involved with our Phoenix Center or Men’s Shelter. They must apply for the program and show progress toward gaining housing and full-time work while participating.

Since Spring 2020, C-U at Work has also blossomed into a kind of “farm to table” blessing for our community’s most vulnerable citizens in need. Work crews plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables at nearby Prosperity Gardens.  During the 2020 harvest, hundreds of pounds of vegetables were donated to the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. When the seasonal work at the garden ends, crew members continue their work keeping our facilities and neighborhoods tidy. They even help with snow removal when the time comes!