As I’m sure you know, the year 2011 offered a glimmer of hope for an improving economy in our Indiana communities. Meanwhile, our all-volunteer ministries continued to carry out Jesus’ challenge (Matthew 25:40) to share our communities’ blessings with the least of our brethren. To that end, our Indianapolis Client Choice Pantry continued to serve 3,050 families, on average, each week. Our Indianapolis Distribution Center provided about $1M in much-needed household items to families in need, plus more than 5,000 homeless people received a hot meal, clothing, and personal care items thru our Beggars For the Poor homeless ministry.
Likewise, our Society’s parish Conferences in Southern Indiana continued to serve the increasing number of families in need in their communities through operation of the Bedford and North Vernon thrift stores, as well as the Bloomington and Nashville distribution centers, and the Nashville food pantry. Our newest parish Conference at St. Bartholomew in Columbus, IN, conducted home visits to needy families in Bartholomew County, in order to initiate aid through the Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County Churches.