Local Outreach





Baby Talk/Phoenix Alt Ed.

Family Literacy Programs

  • Parents who didn’t finish high school are invited to bring their little ones.  Four components are provided to every family:  Adult Education, early Childhood education, parenting and parent-child interaction.  Mental health services and transportation are provided as needed.
  • ESL: (English as a Second Language) Parents and children whose native language is other than English receive English instruction as well as components described above.                             

STEPS Program

Baby TALK STEPS (Success Together Experiencing Play and Stimulation) is a program which provides family-centered service designed to meet individual needs of the children whose families are enrolled in the early intervention and/or the Macon County Family Literacy program.

STEPS provides a blend of educational and therapy services within the context of a developmentally appropriate curriculum as families are supported in building nurturing relationships with their young children. This program includes physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy (provided by a local hospital) as well as developmental therapy and parenting provided by Baby TALK.

Teen Parenting Alternative Education

Decatur Public Schools and Baby TALK’s Phoenix 2 Teen Parent Program provides a multi-support program for high school students who are pregnant or parenting.  Students attend English, history and math classes 5 afternoons per week at Central Christian Church.  Baby TALK provides a daily parenting class for parents and child education for their baby birth to four years in child education classes while the parent attends their academic classes.  Additional support for teen parents is provided by a pediatrician, home visitor, parent educator and a social worker.

For more information on any of these programs, please visit our website at: www.babytalk.org or call 475.2234.










MAX – Macon County Assistance eXchange

At Central Christian Church, we are proud to be a contributing member of the MAX program. MAX is a joint effort of area religious organizations to give monetary support to persons in the community who have emergency financial needs. MAX provides a systematic way to verify needs and provides a central location for persons seeking assistance. MAX also works with AmerenIP to distribute the funding through the “Warm Neighbors, Cool Friends Program,” which assists persons with payment of their winter power bills. Thousands of families in Macon County have been helped through this program since 1996.


Good Samaritan Inn

Good Samaritan Inn

For years on the 2nd Monday of each month as well as 5 Saturdays per year, many dedicated people from Central Christian Church have worked at the Good Samaritan Inn to prepare and serve lunch.

The mission of the Good Samaritan Inn is to maintain a community program to serve nutritious meals to the hungry and economically disadvantaged. They serve nearly 300 people – men, women, and children – every single day. Their mission is accomplished with the help of the community: volunteers who donate time, individuals and businesses who donate money, and businesses, organizations, and people who donate food and goods. Without their help, they could not help the people who need it most.

Meals are prepared and served each day by volunteer groups from churches, social organizations, businesses, and individuals who assist a small staff. Without these volunteers the Good Samaritan Inn would be unable to fulfill its mission and 300 people each day would go hungry.

Anyone who is hungry, anyone who needs a meal can come to our table. The meal is served from 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m. daily at 920 North Union Street in Decatur, Illinois, 62521.