A Note from the Executive Director
Church Community Services (CCS) was created nearly 50 years ago by a caring collaboration of area churches to serve the immediate needs of our neighbors with food and financial challenges. Today, that mission continues along with our expanding mission of helping families break the cycle of poverty through intensive training and counseling. Our Soup of Success program is an example of that kind of life-changing program.
In partnership with congregations, organizations and individuals, Church Community Services fosters a community of care where the hungry are fed, the poor receive good news, all have shelter, and people are empowered on their journey toward a better quality of life.
Church Community Services is a faith based agency helping people of Elkhart County weather life’s storms and build more secure futures through emergency assistance and intensive job and life skills training.
Church Community Services was incorporated by local church leaders in 1968 to pool resources and more effectively address issues faced by Elkhart County people in need. The first services were children’s clubs and camping, emergency loans and gifts, help finding jobs, and home repairs. A food pantry was first set up in 1971. Supporting churches provided board members, food and other resources. In 1997 Soup of Success, a job and life skills training program for women, was created. The process of distributing food was changed in 2003 when our food pantry became a Client Choice Food Pantry, meaning clients get to shop for the food items they want. Today CCS has 15 paid staff, a Mennonite Voluntary Service staff member, and utilizes over 300 volunteers. We are supported by over 50 churches and serve over 2,000 families every month.
- Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce
- Elkhart County Homeless Coalition
- Downtown Churches Coalition