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Lots of ways to get help through local agencies

Elkhart County has a number of resources to help those in need, whether it's food pantries, clothes, utility assistance, meals, health services or educational classes. If you can't find what you're looking for or aren't sure where to go, call United Way's 211 help for more information. FOOD PANTRIES Elkhart * Church Community Services, 907 Oakland Ave., Elkhart. 295-3673 Open 9 to
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Posted on May. 10, 2011 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May. 10, 2011 at 3:16 p.m.

Elkhart County has a number of resources to help those in need, whether it's food pantries, clothes, utility assistance, meals, health services or educational classes.

If you can't find what you're looking for or aren't sure where to go, call United Way's 211 help for more information.

FOOD PANTRIES

Elkhart

* Church Community Services, 907 Oakland Ave., Elkhart. 295-3673

Open 9 to 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Limited to once every 30 days. Also provides homebound delivery to seniors.

* Salvation Army, 300 N. Main St., Elkhart, 970-0088

Open 9 a.m. to 11:45 and 1 to 2:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 9 to 11:45 Friday. Anyone who doesn't get food stamps has to go to their township trustee first (seniors don't have to go to trustee). People who don't get food stamps and seniors 60 and older are limited to once every 30 days. Food stamp recipients are limited to once every 90 days. An Indiana ID, Social Security card for everyone in the house and food stamp card or paperwork from trustee are required. The Elkhart Salvation Army assists people living in Baugo, Cleveland, Concord, Osolo, Middlebury, Washington and York townships in Elkhart County and LaGrange County. The Salvation Army, with funding from Real Services, also provides mobile meals to seniors ages 60 and older who are homebound living in city limits of Elkhart. Call for more information.

* Christ's Commissary of First Brethren Church, 24197 C.R. 16 E., Elkhart, 293-7088

Open from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. and from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Bring ID. Open to anyone. Visits are limited to once every 30 days. Clothes, Bibles (bilingual available), household goods and counseling also are available. Makeup also sometimes available.

* Emerge Women's Outreach-Church Without Walls, 731 Wagner Ave., Elkhart, 293-0776

Open 10 am.. to noon. Wednesday and Thursday. Emerge also offers a clothing bank. Recipients need to bring an ID. Visits are limited to once a month. Open to anyone.

* Joseph's Storehouse, 1610 S. Nappanee St., Elkhart, 970-9240

Open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. A driver's license is necessary. Only one person per household may request food. Open to anyone in the area.

* St. John's Episcopal Church Food Pantry, 226 W. Lexington Ave., Elkhart, 295-1725

Open 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Will serve at least 50 families each day. Photo ID required and people are limited to one visit twice a month. Open to Elkhart County residents.

* Guidance Ministries, 216 N. Second St., Elkhart, 296-7192

Open from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Can call or walk in. A photo ID is needed for the person seeking the food and ID is needed for each person in the household on the first visit. School IDs, birth certificates or Social Security cards are acceptable for children. Proof of residency and income is required by the second visit. There is a clothing pantry as well.

* Food for the Journey, 230 E. Jackson Blvd., sponsored by Council on Aging/St. John's Church, 295-1820

Open to those 60 and older; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays; register with the Council on Aging; food available once per month, but recipients are welcome to come each week for lunch and an educational seminar. Lunch is free, but donations are appreciated.

* Healthy Beginnings-WIC, 1400 Hudson St., Elkhart, 522-0104

Appointment required. Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Provides supplemental food and infant formula for pregnant or postpartum women and children to age 5. Income eligibility is 185 percent of federal poverty guidelines or less with identified nutritional needs.

* AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist, 616 S. Main St., Elkhart, 293-9743

Open from 9 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for people diagnosed with HIV. Organization also offers free testing and help with medications.

* United Labor Agency-Harvest Basket Food Program, 3322 Middlebury St., Elkhart, 522-2899, ula3322@aol.com

Open 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday for those ages 60 and older, the disabled or those with a serious illness or injury. The cost is $15 annually and a $1.50 weekly user fee. Proof of age, Medicare card, disability or a letter from your doctor regarding illness/injury required.

Bristol

* Bristol Community Food Pantry, Open Door Center, rear of 101 W. Vistula St., 333-8959

Open from 9 to 11 and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday. Need photo ID. Open to Washington Township residents; limited to once every 30 days.

Goshen

* The Window, 223 S. Main St., Goshen, 533-9680

Open for registration from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and Friday, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. ID required. Limited to once per month to people living in the Goshen area. The Window also provides Meals on Wheels to shut-ins.

* Salvation Army of Goshen, 1013 N. Main St., Goshen, 533-9584

Open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 to noon Wednesday. Proof of address and photo ID required, birth dates and Social Security numbers also are required. Limited to residents in the lower eight townships of Elkhart County (Goshen area) once every 60 days. After three visits, recipients must go to their township trustee and limited to four visits every 12 months.

* Harvest of Hope, in the Christian Fellowship of Goshen, 423 E. Jefferson St., Goshen, 534-5282

Sponsored by the Christian Fellowship of Goshen, First English Lutheran Church, Eighth Street Mennonite Church and Waterford Mennonite Church, the Center for Healing and Hope food pantry is open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday. Limited to once every 30 days for any Goshen resident.

* Healthy Beginnings-WIC, 117 N. Second St., Goshen, 535-6765

See information for Healthy Beginnings in Elkhart.

Middlebury

* Middlebury Food Pantry, 201 E. Lawrence St., Middlebury, in a house next to First Mennonite Church, 825-5135, ext. 3

Open 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Bring a photo ID.

Nappanee

* Family Christian Development Center, 151 Locke St., Nappanee, 773-2149

Open 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday to residents of the Wa-Nee school district. ID and proof of residency required.

* Open Door, 229 S. Main St., Nappanee, 773-3820

Open from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday for individuals and families in the Wa-Nee area.

MEALS

Elkhart

* Faith Mission, 801 Benham Ave., Elkhart, 293-3406

Free, walk-in meals provided from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 5:30 p.m. daily.

* Salvation Army, 300 N. Main St., Elkhart, 970-0088

Open for breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

* Susanna's Kitchen, 431 S. Third St., Elkhart, inside First Congregational Church

Open 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

* Guidance Ministries, 216 N. Second St., Elkhart, 296-7192

Restaurant-style meal served from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Everyone is invited.

* Joseph's Storehouse serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays; anyone in need is welcome.

Goshen

* The Window-Katie's Kitchen, 223 S. Main St., Goshen, 533-9680

Licensed restaurant provides a hot lunch program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Coffee and doughnuts are available in the morning and sandwiches are given out at 2 p.m. Depending on how many are donated by Crystal Valley Catering each day, up to two per family member may be available.

CLOTHING

* See also Emerge Women's Outreach, Guidance Ministries, The Window and Open Door

* St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 405 W. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart, 293-0482

Open 9 to 11 a.m. Monday and Friday and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Referral form needed from Church Community Services or Salvation Army and ID. May come once every three months for seasonal items. Clothes pantry runs on donations from individuals and stores. All sizes usually available, as well as shoes and new undergarments. * The Elkhart Salvation Army offers vouchers to the St. Paul's clothes closet.

* Nappanee's Family Christian Development Center clothing store open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

FINANCIAL, EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

* Church Community Services also provides financial assistance with rent, utilities and prescriptions during the same hours as its food pantry. In addition, Soup of Success, a CCS educational program that empowers low-income women, is taking applications for its next class. The program is open for applications every six months.

* Guidance Ministries provides showers and laundry facilities for the homeless. They are open from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Educational programs, including computer classes, resume writing, interviewing skills, makeup application and addictions recovery classes are available. Call the organization for more information.

* Salvation Army of Elkhart also offers utility assistance for those up for disconnection. Clients first must go to the trustee. Social Security cards must be presented for each member of the household. Need Indiana ID. Bill must be in the name of an adult living in the household. The organization does not pay deposits or reconnect fees.

* Healthy Beginnings also offers a children's dental program for ages 12 months through 12 years. An appointment is necessary. Income eligibility is 220 percent of poverty. The program accepts Medicaid and has a sliding fee scale.

* The Window provides showers and washers and dryers and also has computers available for GEDs and online college courses. All are available during open hours. The clothes closet which is open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Bus tokens also are available. Reimbursement is requested. Volunteers also can help people get to appointments if scheduled in advance.

* The Salvation Army of Goshen helps with disconnect services on utilities, including water gas and electricity.

* Nappanee's Family Christian Development Center offers a medicine aid program for prescriptions. Prescription aid, which is also open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The organization also offers a baby check program that includes free vaccinations and a well baby check on the second Wednesday of every month. An appointment is necessary. Rent and utility assistance are offered when funds are available.

* Nappanee's Open Door also provides financial assistance for utility disconnects, working closely with the trustee. The organization also will help in emergency situations. It also works with a nearby church that has a clothing closet.



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