Doing God’s Work

For fifteen years Don Rockwell has quietly become a permanent fixture at CCS, and he isn’t even paid to be here!  After retiring early, Don began looking for something to do with his time that was worthwhile, and he found that at CCS. Don began his involvement with CCS as a board member, using his accounting background to help the agency. Don knew that the best way to really get to know the organization was to be actively involved in the work we do, so in his early days he also helped in the food pantry. Read more

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Offering Hope to Jill

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Jill is someone CCS was able to give the gift of hope to because of those who support us. Jill came to our Soup of Success program after the birth of her second child. Jill suffered with anxiety and depression during pregnancy and postpartum. “Simple things like brushing my teeth or getting ready to leave my apartment were very hard to do” she said. Jill received therapy and that helped some, but then she learned about Soup of Success. Read more

Chanel's Story of Hope

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Chanel first started visiting the pantry in 2009, soon after she moved here from Arizona. Life in Elkhart started off as a challenge, as she was unable to find a well-paying job during the recession while also attending college. Chanel’s visits to the food pantry at Church Community Services helped her and her husband through that tough stage.  Visiting the pantry gave Chanel hope, “Everytime I walked in those doors I knew I was going to be taken care of. It made a huge difference to help my husband and I stretch our dollars to get us on our feet to being independent adults.” Read more


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Celebrating 50 Years of Hope

Church Community Services is celebrating its 50th year of providing hope to our Elkhart neighbors in need. We’ve come a long way from our little house on Benham Avenue where we focused on tutoring in the public schools, children’s camps, emergency financial services and providing a few loans to those who would otherwise not be able to obtain them. Today Church Community Services has grown into a campus that still provides emergency financial assistance, but also houses our client choice food pantry and Soup of Success, our job and life-skills training program for women who want to take life changing steps to move their families out of poverty. Read more