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January 31, 2013

ANDERSON: Why serve? Who serves?


LifeSpring served many through its path program and its transitional housing program; it is being redesigned next year to become Clark’s first permanent supportive housing program and is long overdue.

The Salvation Army served hundreds last year through its transitional program and its hotel/motel program. They provided case management, oversight, groups, food and clothing. The referrals to permanent housing were many.

The Center for Women and Families continues daily to serve survivors of domestic violence, so much so that it is filled to capacity almost every day. The need is great. The women and their children receive case management, budgeting, housing counseling and referrals.

St. Elizabeth’s provides emergency housing and transitional housing services. St. Elizabeth’s also provides case management, budgeting, groups and referrals. Its primary focus is on young women who are pregnant and in need.  

This is the first tier of services to homeless people specifically designed to serve the homeless, in addition to these organizations are the invaluable Jeffersonville Township, Charlestown Township and township systems throughout both Floyd and Clark counties. Daily they see the homeless, provide bus tickets, and help with rent on an individual as-needed basis. They have provided funding, purchased and help maintain our buildings, and stood beside us in the effort to serve.

The most significant and probably least mentioned provider is the Church with a big “C.”  Hundreds of churches in this region support the efforts of all of the agencies and people who live homeless in our community. Wall Street United Methodist rebuilt the kitchen and the bathroom. Little Flock and Exit Zero rebuilt the staff/handicapped bathroom. Northside Christian provided work and food for several organizations. Park Memorial worked tirelessly to feed at Exit Zero and Haven House has volunteered to act as an overflow shelter for those in need. So many have come to help. Gilt Edge Baptist Church feeds daily Monday through Friday and supports our homeless through monetary support. St.Augustine’s, Sacred Heart, First Presbyterian, First Christian, I can’t list the churches because all churches help and there are hundreds. It has been truly a blessed partnership.

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