New Life for Old Bags

Good Evening,


All of the June work days for all of the NLOB campuses have been cancelled.  This is due to the fact that gathering sizes will likely be limited to 10 or less during the month of June. 


Additionally, the July work day for NLOB at the main campus at United in Faith Lutheran is not scheduled to meet as the work day falls on the 4th of July holiday. 


Thanks to our committed volunteers to continue to work the project on their own at home during this time. We will keep you posted on future work days.




Chrissy Batorski Peacock, NLOB Board President

Mary Moy, NLOB Board Vice President

Main Office at United in Faith Lutheran Church
6525 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634


New Life for Old Bags (NLOB) is a community group housed at United in Faith Lutheran Church. NLOB is entirely volunteer-run and centered mostly on work days at varying locations. While we love to share the tools and mission of NLOB, there are not enough volunteers to travel to your volunteer site. NLOB is a collaboration of folks of all ages and abilities to make mats for the homeless out of used plastic bags. 

For further information or to join our cause please email

Please visit NLOB’s Facebook page for DIY files and videos and photos – how to make plarn, how to crochet a mat. 

'New Life for Old Bags' has celebrated it's 6th anniversary and invites you to come to continue celebrating with them on one of their work days. 

2020 Work Schedule


NLOB Work Days and Locations: 

MAIN CAMPUS OFFICE- 1st Saturday of every month from 10:00am to 1:00pm 
***Note – We will NOT be having a Work Day in January, July, or September*** 

Location: United in Faith Lutheran Church, 6525 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago
CHICAGO WEST CAMPUS - Every Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm 

Location: Bethesda Home & Retirement Center, 2833 N. Nordica, Chicago
CHICAGO EAST CAMPUS - 2nd Sunday of every month from 12:00pm to 2:30pm 
***Note – We will NOT be having a Work Days in April, August, or October*** 

Location: Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee, Chicago 
LAGRANGE PARK CAMPUS - Every Thursday morning at 10:00am 

Location: Plymouth PLace Senior Living, 315 N. LaGrange Road, LaGrange Park 
PLAINFIELD CAMPUS - 3rd Saturday of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm 

Location: Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois Street, Plainfield 
PLANO CAMPUS - 2nd Saturday of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm 

Location: Plano Community Library, 15 W. North Street, Plano 
SCHAUMBURG CAMPUS – First Monday of each month from 10:00am to 11:30am AND the 3rd Thursday of each month at 3:30pm to 5:00pm 
Location: Friendship Village, 350 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg 

YORKVILLE CAMPUS - 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:30am to 12:00pm 
Location: Yorkville Public Library, 902 Game Farm Road, Yorkville 


NLOB conducts an annual supply drive at our anniversary work party. If you would like to contribute, please bring your donations to a work day or drop off at the church office weekdays between 10am-2pm.

Supplies needed: name tags, markers, scotch tape, masking tape, and decorative packaging tape, hand sanitizer, small plates (snacks/desserts size) large plates for lunch potluck, paper/foam cups, napkins, plastic utensils, plastic table clothes, ground decaf and regular coffee, powdered drinks (Kool Aid, Crystal Light, etc.), sugar and artificial sweetener for coffee/tea, powdered creamer,Disinfectant Wipes, Ziploc Bags (variety of sizes), Plastic Wrap and Foil, Snack Items (Crackers, Chips, Wrapped Candy, Packaged Cookies, etc.)
Monetary donations: If you don’t have time to shop, monetary donations or gift cards to stores such as Target, Dollar Tree, Office Max, Costco, Marianos, etc. are also appreciated.

Please bring your donations to a work day or drop off at the church office weekdays between 10am-2pm. Thanks.
For more information or to join the cause, please check out our facebook page or email us:

Facebook:  New Life for Old Bags

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Homeless with their Sleeping Mats

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