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Alyssa Lowe

Support CCS at Turkey Lurkey 5K

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Combined Community Services (CCS) is excited to bring back our highly anticipated Turkey Lurkey 5K! The event will be held November 21, 2020 on the beautiful trails in Winona Lake, IN. Many look forward to this 5K as it is on the trails’ roadway as well as off road. Additionally there is a fun piece where a stuffed animal turkey is hidden on the route and whoever finds it will receive a real turkey for Thanksgiving!
New to this year’s event is our first virtual event for those who are not comfortable with attending in person.
If you would like to be a sponsor at this event or donate swag items fill out the sponsorship form attached here or contact Alyssa Lowe at alowe@ccsgives.com or 574.643.7561

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.

CCS Announces Executive Director

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August 26, 2019 (Warsaw, IN) – Combined Community Services’ (CCS) Board of Directors announces hiring of the new Executive Director, Randy Polston.

Mr. Polston comes to CCS with a 34 year career with Warsaw Community Schools (WCS) and eight years at Grace College. During his time at WCS, Polston taught at the elementary school level for nine years and served as principal for 25 years. During that time, he was also mentoring principals through the Department of Education Principal Mentoring program. Since 2015, he has been mentoring principals in the state of Indiana through the Indiana Administrative Leadership Institute. Polston currently serves as a WCS Board Member. In his Director of Applied Learning role at Grace College, Polston created and implemented the new Applied Learning program and taught First Year Experience Freshman Foundation classes.

Mr. Polston is married to Rachael Moser Polston. They have two children, four grandchildren and one foster granddaughter.Mr. Polston and his wife attend Warsaw Community Church.

“We are very excited to welcome Randy to Combined Community Services. Not only will he bring years of experience in supervision, leadership and culture building but also his lifelong knowledge of Kosciusko County,” stated Abbe Muta, president of the CCS Board of Directors. Muta added, “Randy’s heart of servitude will be a blessing to CCS.”

Mr. Polston received a Master of Science in Administration and Supervision from IU Fort Wayne and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Spring Arbor College. He has served the community through the National Society for Experiential Education, United Way, Joe’s Kids, and the Morning Optimist Club. Other accomplishments include Administrator of the Year, D.A.R.E. Educator of the Year, Indiana Leadership Academy graduate and Kosciusko Leadership Academy graduate, to name a few.

About Combined Community Services (CCS): CCS is a 501c3 that 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 visit CCSGives.org<http://CCSGives.org> or call 574.269.6019.