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Church Community Services News

One of my placements is at Church Community Services and Soup of Success – and something that I’ve been working on there and that we’re really excited about is our new blog! Please stop by the Church Community Services News to find out what’s going on at Church Community Services and Soup of Success, to read about the latest event, to see how we’ve been in the news lately, to see pictures, to learn more about our agency and programs, and even to download Soup of Success product order forms!

(Above), Volunteers at Church Community Services are unloading food that was donated during the recent Post Office Food Drive – 12,000 pounds of food was raised!



SOS = Soup of Success :).  One of my (Sarah AT) placements is at Soup of Success, where you can find me Monday, Tuesday, & Friday mornings, and Thursday afternoons…. and now, some shameless advertising…

3 weeks and a few days until Christmas…. which is the perfect time for SOS (although really, any time of the year is a perfect time for SOS cookies or brownies or soups.  and probably the dips too, although I haven’t yet tried those and can’t vouch for them yet.  All of the cookies so far though are, well, amazing.  It’s a struggle to make it to the actually cookie-making step.  Usually I just start devouring the cookie dough. :).  A lot of people are aware of the Soup of Success program and the products (if not, go to: .  Or ask me or somebody else that’s involved in SOS to tell you about this rocking program) but don’t know where to find the mixes or how to order them or buy them… and many people aren’t aware at all that we do gift baskets!  Not sure what to get friends & family for Christmas?  SOS gift baskets!!  (I hear that food never goes out of style… and seriously, it’s pretty sweet to be supporting a wonderful program like SOS while at the same time giving a gift to someone else…).  And, guess what else?  We do fundraisers too!  If you know of a school group or a group at PSMC looking to raise money… or any other group looking to raise money… how about raising money while at the same time supporting a local social enterprise that empowers women??? 


I am attempting to upload three things to this post: a gift basket order form; a regular-soup-cookie-dip-mix-candle order form; and a fundraiser order form.  Please download and use if you’re interested!  Use the order forms yourself.  Print out a bunch and give them to friends or family or coworkers.  Print a bunch and set them out at work.  Then do one of several things: call, e-mail, fax, or send the order to Soup of Success (phone: 574-523-1551; fax: 574-295-5593; e-mail:; address: 629 S. 3rd St., Elkhart, IN, 46516). 

 Also, all of the pictures on the order forms?  Taken by me over at Jubilee House 🙂 (those of you who have visited in the past few months likely noticed that our front living room has been taken over by a homemade light box… basically, a very white cloth surrounded by nearly every lamp in the house…).

 **Edit: So, I couldn’t upload the fundraiser form because it’s an excel file.  So I took a screenshot of it and uploaded it as a jpg… it might be a bit fuzzy and not as nice.  So, if you’re truly interested in using SOS stuff for a fundraiser, e-mail or talk to me :).**

Gift Baskets!!!

Regular Order Form

Fundraiser Order Form


Hello from the Jubilee House!

Actually, hello from PSMC, where I (sarah) am currently accessing the Internet. We have decided to try – try – to maintain a house blog. We make no promises that the updates will be regular.

To start off, I thought I’d post a portion of the announcement that went out today in Andrew’s notes:

News from Jubilee House: telephone – 294-4967

Jason Shenk wears two hats: He works four days with Elkhart Housing Partnership in neighborhood development. He works one day a week with AMIGOS – Youth of Mennonite World Conference preparing for the Assembly 2009 in Paraguay.

Sarah Thiessen juggles at least four balls! In any one week she works at Center for Community Justice, Church Community Services, Center for Healing and Hope, Roosevelt Elementary School (science assistant),

CJ Irelan has begun working at Wheelchair Help, an organization which provides wheelchairs for people who cannot afford or get it through insurance. CJ works with clients and volunteers who are reconditioning the wheelchairs.

These three are making Jubilee House their home. We anticipate two additional members joining the unit in January.

• Come to Jubilee House on any Wednesday evening for a meal. Just call ahead and bring something to put on the table.

• Include Jason, Sarah and CJ for a family meal or social activity. Friday evening, Saturdays and Sundays are the best days.

• Invite Jason, Sarah and CJ to meet with your small group or Sunday School class social to hear more about their work in the community.

From the Jubilee House Support Committee