About Church Community Services
Note from the Executive Director
Church Community Services (CCS) was created in 1968 as a people-people program aimed at addressing the issues of poverty in the Elkhart Community. Since then CCS has assisted countless Elkhart County residents as they work through struggles of poverty and struggles of life. We are grateful to be servants in a bigger plan to strengthen the lives of our community. As you look through this website, you will find a variety of opportunities to join us in creating a better community. If one of these opportunities speaks to you or you want to see for yourself, please give us a call or come in for a tour. Visit us on Facebook or Twitter and join us in spreading the word. The tent is never too small at CCS.
– Rod Roberson, Executive Director
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