New Teen Gardening Program Launched at CCS

This summer CCS held its first Seed to Feed Teen Growers Internship. The six-week internship has allowed 9 Elkhart teens the opportunity to practice gardening and job skills like leadership, teamwork, responsibility, and communication in safe outdoor learning environments. Read more

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Congratulations to our newest class of Soup Of Success Graduates!

We are so proud of each of you!

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Our Financial Services program houses this loan program to assist working families in Elkhart County. The loan can be used to cover job related expenses such as steel toed work boots, uniforms, or transportation.  To be eligible a person must reside in Elkhart County, be currently employed or have a job offer, fall between 150-185% of poverty and agree to pay back the loan.  For more information contact Vonda Horst at 574-295-3673 ext 106 or email at This program is made possible by a grant from the United Way of Elkhart County.

Doing God’s Work

For fifteen years Don Rockwell has quietly become a permanent fixture at CCS, and he isn’t even paid to be here!  After retiring early, Don began looking for something to do with his time that was worthwhile, and he found that at CCS. Don began his involvement with CCS as a board member, using his accounting background to help the agency. Don knew that the best way to really get to know the organization was to be actively involved in the work we do, so in his early days he also helped in the food pantry. Read more


Offering Hope to Jill

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Jill is someone CCS was able to give the gift of hope to because of those who support us. Jill came to our Soup of Success program after the birth of her second child. Jill suffered with anxiety and depression during pregnancy and postpartum. “Simple things like brushing my teeth or getting ready to leave my apartment were very hard to do” she said. Jill received therapy and that helped some, but then she learned about Soup of Success. Read more

Chanel's Story of Hope


Chanel first started visiting the pantry in 2009, soon after she moved here from Arizona. Life in Elkhart started off as a challenge, as she was unable to find a well-paying job during the recession while also attending college. Chanel’s visits to the food pantry at Church Community Services helped her and her husband through that tough stage.  Visiting the pantry gave Chanel hope, “Everytime I walked in those doors I knew I was going to be taken care of. It made a huge difference to help my husband and I stretch our dollars to get us on our feet to being independent adults.” Read more