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Posted on Feb 17, 2017 in In the news, Men Alive, Quotes, Soup of Success, Stories |

CCS Creates Life Changing Success

Elkhart, IN, February 10, 2017– Twenty-four men and women are walking through the halls of Church Community Services this February in what many consider an, “opportunity of a life time.” The Elkhart county residents are part of one of two empowerment programs conducted at the non-profit. Among the host of services offered by the organization, Men Alive and its sister program Soup of Success, assist participants in instilling hope, power, and life changing success in their own lives and in the lives of others throughout their communities.

“There are no other programs like those offered at Church Community Services,” says Sean Murphy, Program Director of Men Alive. Bringing together job skills training and in-depth life skills, the programs incorporate daily work tasks through developed social enterprises. Graduates of the 20-week intensive programs walk away with transferable work skills, freshly polished resumes, and in-depth experience with knowledge of managing small businesses.

Facilitators of the programs systematically help to transform the lives of participants; effectively building safe, supportive environments, while creating space that allows individuals to work diligently in areas of personal growth. “I used to be homeless. Soup of Success is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It saved my life,” said one graduate. “Years later, I now have a job at an amazing place and I couldn’t have done it without Men Alive…,” said another former participant.

In a recent conversation with Soup of Success Program Director, Betsy Ayrea, she shared her enthusiasm for the start of the approaching spring class. “We are excited about having the new class here. It is so great to watch when a woman finally has that ‘aha light bulb’ moment and she starts to believe in herself again,” said Ayrea. “Confidence and hope replace the fears and feelings of being overwhelmed. Obstacles are overcome, and goals are met.”

With the help and vital support of charitable contributions, both Soup of Success and Men Alive have made major impact throughout the community. In a continued effort to change the lives of Elkhart County residents, administrators seek out supporters who are just as enthusiastic about the opportunity to transform people’s lives. “Elkhart will be a stronger community when its men [and women] become stronger,” said Sean Murphy.

To find out more about Men Alive, Soup of Success, and other programs offered by Church Community Services, visit the organization’s website at For all donation and volunteer inquiries contact Marlene Kroeker, Development Director, at 574-295-3673 extension 102.

Written by Cheryl Ross