Food with a Side of Hope
For fifty years Church Community Services has been providing help and hope to those in need of food. Deb Krawiec has been a faithful volunteer in our food pantry since 2011 and she has seen firsthand the hope CCS provides. Deb says that often she knows we are offering guests hope with few words being said. Read more
1 Millionth Pound of Produce!
Our Seed to Feed program received its 1 millionth pound of produce September 18. The 1 millionth pound came from Creekside Church of the Brethren.
Creekside Church has been supporting Seed to Feed through gardens on their church property for five years. “It has been a great outreach ministry for us. We have provided literally tons of fresh produce to share with our community. We have grown squash, pumpkins, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes—lots of tomatoes. We have grown more than vegetables in our gardens. We have planted and tended relationships and friendships and cooperation which extend beyond the boundaries of our church property,” said Rosanna McFadden, pastor of Creekside Church.
Seed to Feed has 16 gardens throughout Elkhart County this year and we appreciate all of them! Without their hard work we wouldn’t be able to provide fresh produce to those in need in our community.
The Greenhouse is Moved!
It's done! We can't thank all of the volunteers and donors who helped us with this project enough! What a wonderful team effort to show the community that we want everyone to have the opportunity to eat healthy and live well!
Chanel's Story of Hope
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
Offering Hope to Jill
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
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