One way we care for our community is by supporting Flourish CDC – a non-profit organization Schweitzer launched at the beginning of 2021. Flourish continues to expand its mission and outreach in Springfield. Through programs such as: Jobs for Life (job training), Coach House ministry (transitional housing for women), and Faith and Finances classes, Flourish is transforming lives each week. This fall, Flourish will continue to develop a presence on the northwest side of town by deepening relationships with residents, community leaders, schools, and businesses.

Here on Schweitzer’s campus, the Flourish Food Pantry is returning to a crisis-pantry model. In this method, caring volunteers begin a conversation with guests by asking, “What is your current crisis?”

“Sometimes a crisis means choosing between having food or paying a utility bill. Someone might be struggling with a decision about work or a medical situation,” shared Freddie Lane, Food Pantry manager, adding, “We recently had a lady say to us, ‘I really appreciate what you do. You don’t look down on me.’ Those words meant a lot to our team. We want to be a place that treats people with respect, always.” Each week, Flourish volunteers pray with guests. Freddie shared that sometimes people come back just for prayer.

During July 2022, 314 households and 654 guests were provided with food and 1,480 diapers were given. The food pantry at Schweitzer is a great place to get involved with serving. Currently, nearly 30 people serve in the Food Pantry on a regular basis. Another way you can help us is by shopping.

“The rising cost of food and inconsistent availability of some food items continues to be a challenge for the Pantry,” shared Wayne Thompson, Executive Director.

We appreciate your help in keeping key items in stock. Please consider donating and adding basic items to your shopping list. You can drop off food donations at the Schweitzer office or Food Pantry anytime.

The Food Pantry is open to guests Tuesday & Wednesdays from 9 am to 2 pm.

Learn more about Flourish’s ministries at flourishcdc.org or contact Executive Director Wayne Thompson at wayne@flourishcdc.org.

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