Needs in the community are deeper than ever due to the coronavirus. None of Southeast Christian Church’s 42 ministry partners have closed, but they have found new ways to continue ministry.
Through the generosity of those who gave during the last Urgent Needs Drive, more than 5,000 boxes of food were distributed to those who lost their jobs, international students, single moms and those who are homeless or in recovery.
Another Urgent Needs Drive will be held Friday, June 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. and Monday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southeast’s Blankenbaker, Indiana, Crestwood, Southwest, La Grange, Elizabethtown, Chapel in the Woods and Shelby County campuses.
This time personal care items like shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper and laundry detergent will be collected.
They are priceless to many ministries.
Kari Clark is the outreach director at Scarlet Hope Louisville, a ministry that reaches out to women in the adult entertainment industry.
Every Thursday, women come to the Scarlet Hope office to get food and personal care items. That gives Scarlet Hope staff and volunteers a chance to meet with each one face to face.
“These gifts allow us to continue to minister to the women we love so much,” Clark said. “Since COVID-19, the need has been great for women in our population. Other resources are not available to them for various reasons. They depend on us for exactly what Southeast is providing.”
Clark often tells the women that they may never know the names or see the faces of those who give, but those givers love them, and they love Jesus.
Cory Bledsoe is the executive director at Re:Center Ministries, which meets needs of those who are homeless through a day shelter for women and children and a residential program for men.
“These are things we use every day,” Bledsoe said. “We’ve continued to provide services through COVID-19 through the emergency day shelter. We continued to offer laundry, restrooms, baggage storage and mail services.”
Bledsoe said Urgent Needs Drives at Southeast are a “significant blessing” to the ministry.
“Your support encourages our team,” he said. “Our partnership is a true collaboration to provide Gospel ministry and critical services to individuals in need.”
Angie Graf is the executive director at Hope Southern Indiana, a Christ-centered organization that meets the needs of families and individuals. Last year, Hope Southern Indiana served 12,000 people through its pantry and also cared for those who are homeless.
“This means the community is coming together to bless the low-income individuals we serve,” Graf said. “It’s another way of showing God’s love through giving and caring. It doesn’t happen without people getting involved and loving one another. This takes a lot of worry away of how we’re going to meet needs in our community.”
Urgent Needs Drive
You can help by bringing the items listed below to the Southeast Christian Church drop-off location nearest you Friday, June 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. and Monday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Most needed items
>Bar soap (no liquid body wash)
>Razors and shaving cream
>Toothbrushes and toothpaste
>Feminine hygiene items
>Powdered laundry detergent
When dropping off your donation, please have your donation in the trunk or rear of your vehicle. Pull up to the front door of the campus drop-off location nearest you, remain in your vehicle and open your trunk.
A volunteer wearing a mask and gloves will remove your donation and leave a donation receipt.