Harvest Time is Here
Church Community Services has “harvested” four new staff members. I am the new Executive Director, attempting to fill the over-sized shoes of Rod Roberson, who is now the Director of Co-Curriculum for the Elkhart school system. Joining me is Hayley Tessier, our Development Associate, Morgan Short, our Seed-to-Feed Coordinator and Teresa Clifford, our Soup of Success Production Manager.
The 11 gardens of our Seed-to-Feed program have harvested 35,000 pounds of produce and we have “harvested” a new group of women who are now immersed in our Soup of Success program. They are busy rebuilding their lives and preparing soup, cookie and dip mixes in time for the holiday season.
Elkhart County’s economy has never been stronger and yet we still feed 5,600 people a month from our food pantry – that’s nearly 11% of Elkhart’s population. In fact, every 20 minutes we help a new family in our pantry with food to help them make ends meet. I am proud that CCS is a first line of defense for families living on the edge, as Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Our greatest service, however, will be to help our struggling brothers and sisters lift themselves out of the day-to-day crisis of living in poverty. Our Soup of Success program is a life-changing program we offer. Future programs will emphasize the same impact. Thank you for helping us to help people survive their day-to-day struggles, and please continue to invest in us as we work to find solutions to poverty that will benefit our entire community.