A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Our goal is simple.
We want people to be well-fed and well-loved.
Since 2010, we have developed strategies and programs to meet those goals. When people are fed well and loved well, communities change.
Thanks to a generous $204,800 grant from the Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte, the Pax Center started our most ambitious effort in LaPorte County called the Brighton Street Green Space. It is an innovative space that will provide educational opportunities, access to nutritious food, and a redeveloped community space in a struggling Opportunity Zone.
In the LaPorte Community Schools, we have started a program to rescue good, prepackaged foods that would typically end up in the garbage. Twice each week, our team “rescues” items like cartons of milk, bananas, and granola bars. These products then get dispersed through our three weekly food pantries.
We need your help. We don’t host a gala or yearly event. We don’t solicit for donations often. Instead, we have one HUGE day of generosity on November 27, 2018. It’s called Giving Tuesday. In our short history, the Pax Center has made tangible impacts on hunger, poverty, and loneliness in LaPorte County. The funds that are collected go directly to carrying out new projects and community programs, not to staffing costs. Because of our passionate volunteer base and collaboration with other agencies, the Pax Center’s small staff is paid through funds provided by State Street Community Church.
In this brochure are sponsorship levels and information on our current and upcoming initiatives. Please consider partnering with the Pax Center to help LaPorte County be well-fed and well-loved.
President of the Pax Center
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
STATE STREET COMMUNITY CHURCH
LA LUMIERE SCHOOL
THE PAX CENTER
How the Pax Center helps LaPorte County be loved well and fed well
The food pantry operates so that no one has to worry about his or her next meal. We distribute groceries to 1,100-1,300 LaPorte County residents in need each month. Instead of being handed a box of food, participants are greeted by a friendly and helpful staff while being allowed to choose their own groceries from overflowing shelves.
WEDNSDAY: 5 – 6:30PM
The table is an extension of the family. We gather around it. Laugh and talk around it. And eat around it. To foster familiar experiences in the LaPorte community, the Pax Center hosts two weekly community meals. Each meal has a salad, main course, and dessert. Everyone is welcome because, at the Pax Center, everyone is family.
With the LaPorte Community School Corporation
Beyond our primary goal of feeding hungry neighbors, The Pax Center believes in the importance of our work to help sustain our environment. In cooperation with the LaPorte Community School Corporation, twice each week, volunteers from the Pax Center pick up food from school lunches that would otherwise be wasted.
Open during Food Pantry hours.
If someone needs a warm coat, interview clothes, a pair of shoes, or pants for their children, the Pax Center maintains a free clothes closet with donated items from the community. The clothes closet provides clothing and accessories for men, women, and children.
The Jackson Street Community Garden is committed to growing food communally and to giving back to our neighbors. The garden features 50 garden plots for families and individuals, a summer kids garden club, and a free u-pick area to benefit the local community. There is also a Share Table for those that wish to donate their own garden produce. The garden is located at the corner of Jackson Street and Jefferson Avenue in downtown LaPorte.
The Brighton Street Green Space is a $500,000 redevelopment project that will transform a derelict former dairy factory into an acre-and-a-half blooming green space filled with gardens, an orchard, and Education Resource Center in downtown LaPorte. Construction of the ERC is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Discussion Over Dinner is a free monthly live event sponsored and supported by State Street Community Church and the Pax Center where LaPorte County residents come together and listen, learn, and dialogue on matters that impact our community. Topics covered this year included child advocacy, addictions, mental health, and civic engagement.
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THE PAX CENTER
2018 YEAR IN REVIEW
- The Pax Center
605 Washington Street, LaPorte, IN 46350
Jackson Street Community Garden
803 Jackson Street, LaPorte, IN 46350
Brighton Street Green Space
212 Brighton Street, LaPorte, IN 46350
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