Vulnerable Children

Led by Dan Carl

Vulnerable Children Ministry Team:

Matt and Lisa McGuinness, Gary Cederwall, Gloria Davidson, Terrie Hawkinson, Frances Herrala and Dan Carl

If you would like to get involved in any of these ministries, contact Dan Carl or one of the other members of the Leadership Team.

Compassion International

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Many Hillside families sponsor children through Compassion International, including children at the Compassion project associated with our sister church in the Dominican Republic, Vision Celestial.  Hillside makes a trip to the Dominican Republic each winter to visit Vision Celestial and its Compassion International project.  To find out more about this ministry go to:

The 2019 Hillside trip to the Dominican Republic will be:

Saturday, February 16, through Sunday, February 24, 2019.



“Grace Refuge Outreach Worldwide” is a ministry to at-risk children in Thailand. It is run by Hillside friend Faa Sumitra. G.R.O.W. rescues children from lives of abuse and exploitation and allows them to experience God’s love in a safe and loving environment.  Hillside makes a trip to Southeast Asia each Fall to visit G.R.O.W. and other ministry partners.   For more information visit: 

Creekside Tutoring

During the school year on Wednesday evenings, we tutor elementary school children at the Elks Lodge in the Creekside community of Walnut Creek. Tutoring for the current school year continues though April 17, 2019.

If you are interested in tutoring, please contact Charlotte Coates at 925 330-2538 or

Adoptive/Foster Parent Support Group

Gatherings are scheduled several times a year for adoptive and foster parents to come together to share and support each other as they experience the unique challenges of parenting adoptive and foster children.  Dinners and speakers are usually a part of the gathering. 

The next Adoptive/Foster Parent Support Group dinners will be January 27th & April 28th.

Christmas Tree Sharing

Each Christmas, we raise up a Christmas tree adorned with tags, each identifying a child in need.  The tags are taken by Hillsiders who buy a present for the child identified on their tag – a child whose only Christmas present may be the one bought by the Hillsider.  The gifts are returned to the Church and then distributed to the children.

Annual Backpack Drive

In the summer in anticipation of the start of the school year, we give Hillsiders the opportunity to buy a backpack and fill it with school supplies for disadvantaged students in the Concord, California area.   The backpacks are collected at church and then distributed.