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History

1968

Church Community Services was incorporated by local church leaders 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.

1971

A food pantry was first set up. Supporting churches provided board members, food and other resources.

1997

Soup of Success, a job and life skills training program for women, was created.

2003

The process of distributing food was changed when the food pantry became a Client Choice Food Pantry, meaning clients get to shop for the food items they want.

2012

Seed to Feed was created. Its purpose: homegrown solutions to local hunger.

2013

CCS became a Partner Distributing Organization with the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, and opened the Food Bank of Elkhart County (FBEC), procuring food and distributing it to over 30 other food pantries and hot meal sites serving local food insecure families. FBEC ended operations after two years.

2014

Men Alive was created as a holistic life skills and work readiness program for men who want to grow stronger and change the community. 

Today

CCS has 20 paid staff and utilizes over 300 volunteers. We are supported by over 50 churches and serve over 2,000 families every month.

 

About Church Community Services

Note from the Executive Director

Rod Roberson

Rod Roberson

Executive Director

Church Community Services (CCS) was created 48 years ago as a person-to-person program to address issues of poverty in the Elkhart Community. Since then, CCS has assisted countless Elkhart County people through not only poverty, but issues of life. We are grateful to serve as tools in a bigger plan to strengthen lives in our community. Perhaps looking through this website, you’ll find an opportunity to fulfill your desire to make a difference. Call us and come in for a tour. Visit us on Facebook and join us in spreading the word. The tent is never too small at CCS.

Vision

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.

 

Mission

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.

 

Memberships

Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce

Elkhart County Homeless Coalition

Downtown Churches Coalition