Wayside Cross Ministries
UDF provided financing to Wayside Cross Ministries for construction of a four story transitional housing, rescue mission and administrative office facility to be located at 215 E. New York Street, Aurora, Illinois Wayside Cross is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Its programs include: (i) the Master’s Touch Ministry which is a comprehensive 6-month residential, life transformation ministry for troubled men whose lives are out of control as a result of drugs, alcohol or some other destructive behavior pattern, (ii) the Lifespring Ministry which is a long term transitional living program for homeless women and women with children, who have lost their housing due to addiction, abuse or financial reasons, and (iii) the Urban Youth Ministry which is dedicated to empowering “at-risk” inner city youth, between the ages of 6 and 10, to reach their full God-given potential through focused educational, recreational, athletic, and other spiritual programs.
UDF utilized IL state NMTCs in order to provide Wayside Cross with 2 loans totaling $8,000,000. These loans incorporate many better-than-market features, including rates more than 50% below market, interest only for the entire term and lower than standard origination fees.
Counseling offices provide confidential spaces for one-on-one mentoring
Classrooms allow for an environment to promote and foster learning
The Learning Center is furnished with materials and space for GED preparation ,computer skills and also for assisting with job searches and training
Men’s living quarters provide safe and organized space for sleeping and storage for belongings
- Dining areas that allows the men to eat together at one time
Administrative offices that keep the direction and mission of WCM’s programs moving forward
Reception areas provide space for the men in the program to meet and reconcile with family
Wellness areas provide health care and fitness to residents and staff to promote overall wellbeing
- Wayside’s Urban Youth Ministry (UYM) is a Christian ministry dedicated since 1989, to empowering “at-risk” inner city youth between the ages of 6 and 17, to reach their full God-given potential through free programs that focus on discipleship. Partnering with neighborhood churches, schools, community organizations and groups, UYM provides activities that offer alternatives to the negative influences that youth can be confronted with when not having anything positive to do