Mokena Fellowship Center, an organization that has provided space to host a variety of AA and Alanon meetings for the past 29 years, has at long last found a permanent home. We are located at 13550 West Maple Road (Route 6) in Mokena Illinois. Having purchased a 4,500 square foot building, MFC hopes to host more Alcoholic Anonymous and Alanon meetings, dances, breakfasts and other types of fellowship in a beautiful, sober and safe environment.
Mokena Fellowship Center is a 501(C) non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe environment for the recovery of individuals and their families who are struggling with alcoholism.
Enjoy a tour of Mokena Fellowship Center's new home.
Many Alcoholics Anonymous meetings begin in someone’s home, a church, or a hospital. When a home group in Mokena needed more space, St. John’s Church agreed to provide a meeting room for two meetings a week. After meetings, the group would gather outside to chat and take part in what is known as fellowship. During the summer, late-night laughter disturbed the neighbors and the group needed to find a new place to call home.
In 1991, Don Ervin rented a room at 19836 Wolf Road in Mokena for $200 per month and kept Big Books in his trunk. Meetings were added and they soon had a daily meeting schedule of 10 am, 2 pm, 6 pm, and 8 pm, most lasting over an hour. As AA’s 7th tradition states, MFC was self-supporting. During each meeting a basket was passed and the funds collected would go to expenses to run the meeting, and support other AA-related organizations in the area. In the early days of MFC, until the group could support itself, Don E. provided the coffee, literature, rent and all utilities for the first year. Every summer there was a picnic for members and their families to get to know each other and the first banquet was held in 1994. Al-Anon always held their meeting on Sunday at 6 pm. The Saturday 8 p.m. meeting was devoted to the study of the first three Steps and hosted an open speaker meeting once a month. In 2004, Mokena Fellowship Center was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and was founded with the mission to provide facilities and/or functions to carry on the three legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous: Unity, Service, and Recovery.
After 27 years at the Wolf Road address, on May 19, 2018, MFC moved to 11137 W. 191st Street in Mokena, and stayed for 2 years. After 8 years of fundraising and searching, MFC found a forever home at last. On January 30, 2020, MFC purchased the former Victory Baptist Church. After a few months of renovating and updating to adhere to ADA standards, and receive an Occupancy License, MFC opened for meetings on August 1, 2020. In these days of Covid, MFC has adapted to meet the needs of its Fellowship. MFC offers indoor, outdoor and virtual Zoom meetings every day, and has grown, adding new AA and Alanon meetings. Come and see us, maybe Mokena Fellowship Center will be your new home, too.
The Steering Committee manages the day to day operations of the Fellowship, and can approve expenditures under $500 The committee is made up of
3 elected Officers: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson (5 yr sobriety), and Secretary (3 yr sobriety), *full voting rights
7 Standing Committee Coordinators: Building Manager, Education/Keys, Hospitals and Institutions, Housekeeping, Literature, Sunday Breakfast, Supplies (3 yr sobriety) *full voting rights
4 Sub-Committee Coordinators: Fundraising, Picnic, Website, Social Events (1 yr sobriety) *can only vote when issue relates to their committee
All of these positions are a minimum 1 year of service. The Elected Officers are voted in by the membership on the second weekend of March. All other members are voted in by the Steering Committee.
Essentially, the Committee performs the functions of a regular AA group’s business meeting, but for the entire Fellowship. The Supplies Chair purchases coffee, filters, tp, paper towels and cleaning supplies. Our Literature Chair manages the coins and literature, Education and Keys initiates our new chairpeople on our procedures as well as keeps track of all our keys and fobs. Our Building Manager maintains all our appliances, keeping us in compliance with all safety standards, and performs any maintenance needed. The Hospitals and Institutions Chair is our liaison to our local institutions, providing them with meeting and event information, and Housekeeping cleans our building until it shines! Our Sunday Breakfast Chair coordinates the schedule of chairs for each month, and these chairs in turn provide speakers for each meeting. The Sunday Breakfast Chair also collects door monies, runs the raffles, collects the 7th Tradition and coordinates the food.
This takes a lot of work, and many hand make light work. All of these members donate their time to our Fellowship because they know service work keeps them sober, but they can’t do it alone. Please consider being a part of our Steering Committee and being of service to our Fellowship.
SUN | November 8th | 3:30 pm
ALL FELLOWSHIP MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO JOIN US ON ZOOM OR IN PERSON.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5740334903
Meeting ID: 574 033 4903 Password: 111111
Phone Dial in: 1-312-626-6799
This will be a hybrid meeting. It will meet in person at MFC and connect to our Zoom attendees.
Come, let your voice be heard!
Megan W. 815-302-9219
Got an idea for a fundraiser? Help us pay down our mortgage and bring your idea to the next Steering Committee meeting, contact a member of the Steering Committee, or send an email to email@example.com.
Interested in being the point person of communication with local hospitals and institution? You can help the newcomer find meetings and an AA Fellowship. 12th Step work! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A Board member's term of service is 3 years and members are required to have 5 years of sobriety. The Board is comprised of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Directors, one being the Chairperson of the Steering Committee. Each year, two members roll out of service and two new members roll in to service. All members have voting rights.
The Board of Director are the caretakers of Mokena Fellowship Center, a 501(c)3 non profit corporation. They are responsible for the financial, disciplinary, legal and contractual actions as well as the State and Federal Reporting.