Local Church Gives to Non-Profits Amid COVID-19

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(Ken Locke, Salvation Army; Pastor John B. Lowe, New Life Christian Church and World Outreach; Randy Polston, Combined Community Services)

{Warsaw, IN New Life Christian Church and World Outreach is giving back to the community with a donation of $5,000 to Combined Community Services and $5,000 to The Salvation Army of Warsaw, INThese two organizations continue to serve Kosciusko County during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

 

While Combined Community Services has closed the building to the public, they are continuing to provide most all services. The food pantry is open as a drive up service on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Salvation Army is open daily and are continuing their services as well. 

 

New Life Christian Church and World Outreach, founded by Pastor John and Debbie Lowe, has been in existence since 1983. Their mission is to bring new life to the sinner and new life to the saint, a Christian family church reaching the world that cost the blood of Jesus.

Pastor Lowe said that this donation “reminds people that we have two great agencies locally who are making a real difference.” He added “…it’s not about us, it’s not even about our church as a corporate group of local believers. It’s about the greater vision of the Kingdom of God reaching down in this world where people are really hurting and helping people to come out of poverty and meeting their needs.”

Hacienda Gives Back

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On Thursday, December 19, 2019, Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, Warsaw, will hold a Combined Community Services (CCS) give back night. 30% of your purchase on dine in, carry out, gift cards and alcohol will be given back to CCS. All you have to do is mention CCS. We hope you will head over to Hacienda on Thursday and help us spread the word!

 

For questions email Alyssa Lowe at alowe@combinedcommunityservices.org or call (574) 269-6019

 

Love Thy Neighbor Luncheon Registration

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On February 19, 2020, Combined Community Services (CCS) will host its 1st Annual Love Thy Neighbor Luncheon.  This is a fundraising event that provides needed funds for CCS to continue the mission of providing comfort, hope and resources for neighbors in need.

CCS has served Kosciusko County since 1984 and works with people to stabilize their situation through our Emergency Assistance and continues the path toward independency by helping them set and meet sustainable long term goals through economic Self-Sufficiency programs. We are “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” by bringing the communities’ resources to a single location to assist families in immediate crisis and through long term case management by giving a ‘Hand Up not a Hand Out’.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Tamika Catchings, Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Indiana Fever. Tamika’s story was depicted in Catch A Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion with a foreword by Tony Dungy, which shares her story of overcoming hearing loss, separation from family, high expectations and the pain of debilitating physical injuries. She reached for the stars with hard work, perseverance and her faith in God.

We invite you to review the ticket options and see how you can be a part of this year’s event. Your support will help with the expense of the luncheon so that all donations received at the event can support the mission here at CCS. Download the registration form here. For additional information or questions please email alowe@combinedcommunityservices.org.

Winter Warmth Sleep Out Will Help Keep Families Warm This Winter

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As the weather begins to chill and families begin to plan and prepare for the upcoming holidays, we are thankful for many things; and near the top of that list is HEAT.

You are invited to help others keep their heat on this winter by participating in the Combined Community Services (CCS) Winter Warmth Sleepout on Friday, October 18, 2019; with scheduled activities from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

In 2018, CCS assisted families 242 times with crisis utility situations, which a majority of the time was an upcoming disconnection date. Families are eligible to request assistance once in a twelve month period when they have a disconnect notice or are in danger of going without utilities. While we celebrate assisting families 242 times, we were still unable to assist some families due to funding limitations.

CCS seeks to raise awareness for the need of utility assistance in Kosciusko County, as well as raise funds to help keep families warm this winter. Individuals, groups, and families can sign up to raise funds at CCSSleepout.com. There will be a “Youth Group Challenge” with a traveling trophy for the youth group that raises the most funds as well as the youth group that wins the activities of the night. For more “Youth Group Challenge” information, contact Tim Frame at (574) 269-6019 ext. 224.

We look forward to seeing you Friday, October 18, 2019 for the annual CCS Winter Warmth Sleepout on the Kosciusko County Courthouse lawn. Attendees can bring tents, boxes, and sleeping bags to spend the night on the lawn, if they would like, but are not required to sleep out to participate. From 6:00 to 9:00 pm enjoy activities such as games, snacks, and music. The event is sponsored by Kosciusko REMC and New Life Christian Church and World Outreach. See CCSSleepout.com for more information and sponsors.

About Combined Community Services (CCS): CCS provides comfort, hope and resources for neighbors in need. CCS works with people to stabilize their situation through our Emergency Assistance and continues the path toward independency by working with them to set and meet sustainable long term goals through our economic Self-Sufficiency programs. We are “Helping Neighbors Help Neighbors” by bringing the communities’ resources to a single location to assist families in immediate crisis and through long term case management by giving a ‘Hand Up not a Hand Out’. For more information call 574.269.6019.