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Fitness Challenge

Scarlett Garrison

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From Left to Right: Executive Director, Ed Swartley, Heartfelt Creations: Rich Beechy, Cassie Hose-2nd Place Winner, Ellen Miller-3rd Place Winner and Martha Bontrager-1st Place Winner

Earlier this year Heartfelt Creations and their team members began a health fitness challenge as an incentive to better themselves and the community around them. Those who participated in the fitness challenge came up with their own personal fitness goals and then these goals were tracked from March through August of this year. Dollar amounts were awarded for each accomplished goal and at the end of the challenge the amount earned would be donated to the charity of their choice. The team members earned $4,500, and we are delighted that they chose The Window!

Mini Martin was in the house!

Scarlett Garrison

We had surprise visitors this morning. In celebration of the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary, Faith Lutheran Church of Goshen is doing something rather unique. Church members are taking turns going out into communities, visiting and taking photos of people with a very important representative. You may be wondering who this very important representative is, well let me tell you.  He is by far the cutest little stuffed doll I have ever seen but he’s more than just that. He’s a doll that resembles the founder of the Reformation, Martin Luther. “Mini Martin” as he is fondly referred to, has been traveling about with families getting his picture taken with all walks of life, and his travels are extensive. He’s even been to Ireland! This week his traveling companions are Raymond and Marie Jorgeson, and they are visiting those who work in the service industry. Mini Martin has had his photo snapped with restaurant workers, a police man and a garbage man. Where would we be without our garbage collectors?!  Raymond and Marie thought it would be nice to snap a photo of Mini Martin with someone here at The Window, and considering the many ways our kitchen serves the community, Katie’s Kitchen crew gave the perfect pose for their collection.  

It was a fun way to start the day, and I’ve been wondering all afternoon where I can get one of those dolls!

Volunteers Add Color And Shine To The Window

Scarlett Garrison

We couldn’t have picked a more glorious day to celebrate our volunteers than last Saturday, April 8th. Temps were in the 60’s and the sun was actually shining! Over 80 attended the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast hosted by The Window, Inc. Board of Directors. This year’s very appropriate theme was “Volunteers are the gems of The Window’s ministry,” and gems they are! Their support is essential and we could not continue to fulfill our ministry without their hard work and dedication. Board Chairperson, Gay Lehman opened with a word of prayer before everyone enjoyed the scrumptious meal of egg bake, fruit cups and coffee over good conversations.

Executive Director, Ed Swartley, took a few moments to recognize the volunteers and the programs they give of their time to. He stated the total number of active volunteers for Katie’s Kitchen, Clothing Closet, Pantry and Meals on Wheels is 140! He also shared with the group about two new pilot programs Katie’s Kitchen has recently started. The Lunch Box program, that provides a lunch for those who are working, and the newly added Thursday evening meal, which served 40 people opening night. Special thanks were given to Crystal Valley Catering for their continued support of the daily sandwich distribution. A total of 159,000 sandwiches donated from their break trucks were handed out during 2016. Honored guest, Jeff James from Forks County Line was awarded the recognition plaque as our 2016 Supporter of the Year.

As the event came to a close, volunteers had the opportunity to win door prizes donated by several businesses. Ben’s Pretzel, Buffalo Wild Wings, CC’s Pizza, Culver’s, Dutch Maid Bakery, Electric Brew,  Hoppers, The Nut Shoppe and Venturi Pizza are just a few who contributed prizes.  We are so thankful for the amazing generosity of all the local businesses who contributed gift certificates, and other items as well as the Board of Directors for making this event the success that it was.

Penny Wars Pizza Party

Scarlett Garrison

 Fundraiser organizers from left to right: Megan, Dave and Hazany.

 Fundraiser organizers from left to right: Megan, Dave and Hazany.

Goshen Middle School, grades 6, 7 and 8th kicked off February with a war-a Penny War that is, to see which homerooms could raise the most money for our programs. The booty- homeroom winners from each grade receive a pizza party, compliments of The Window, Inc. Two weeks later, the students had collected a whopping $885.84!

Friday, March 10th the three winning classes celebrated their victory with Papa Johns pizza. Executive Director, Ed Swartley, took a moment to share a touching story with the groups about how The Window, Inc. played a part in helping a young woman on her journey to recovery from addiction, and expressed how the money they raised now makes them a part of what we do to help the community.  

We were so impressed with the students enthusiasm, and want to say thank you to all the students and teachers who participated. We also want to express our gratitude to Megan and Hazany for their excellent display of leadership skills, and to our Board member, Dave Kindy, for orchestrating the fundraiser. 

Amazing Food Drive

Scarlett Garrison

One thing I am learning about our friends at Lippert Components is they don't do anything halfway, but go above and beyond what we hope to receive from their donation projects. Last Friday, the group brought in 1,422 pounds of nonperishable food items collected during their food drive from all 4 plants (Plant 227, 228, 210 and 260). We are so grateful for all they have done to support our programs, and we are looking forward to a long partnership with Lippert Components and their awesome employees!

100,000 Community Service Hours

Scarlett Garrison

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In January, I had the opportunity to meet with Amanda Stone from Lippert Components, Inc. while she shared with me their exciting new community service project. LCI has taken on a lofty initiative to complete 100,000 hours of community service by the end of 2017, and as part of those hours, Amanda expressed they wanted to do a clothing drive for our Clothes Closet. The clothing donations were collected for two weeks, and last Friday morning several of the employees arrived with a box truck loaded with clothes. This group went above and beyond by sorting through the donations, boxing them and delivering the clothes to us! All of the clothes are in good shape and ready for the community.  We are delighted to have been selected as one of the nonprofits to benefit from their community service projects, and look forward to sharing their generous donation with those we serve.

Granger Community Church Food Drop

Scarlett Garrison

Saturday was Granger Community Church's annual food drop, and what a grand production it was! We were one of many pantries selected to receive the nonperishable food items, making this our second year of being part of this awesome event. The Elkhart Campus volunteers, old and young alike, arrived ready to brave the cold temperatures and unload the many, many boxes of food. With their help we had everything weighed (2,091.5 pounds) and stored within one hour! We are so grateful for their support and dedication to helping those within the surrounding communities who are in need. It is estimated that this year over 7, 000 families benefited from this outreach. That is so beyond wonderful!

2017 Board of Directors

Scarlett Garrison

We are pleased to introduce to you our 2017 Board of Directors. We look forward to working alongside them as we join together to continue The Window, Inc.'s mission to serve those struggling within the Goshen Community. 

Front Row-Left to Right:

Executive Committee:

Lani Fischer-River Oaks Community Church-Corresponding Secretary, Grant Martin- Benton Mennonite Church-Vice Chair, Gay Lehman-College Mennonite Church-Chair, Irene Gross-College Mennonite Church-Past Chair, Karuu Njogu-Woodforest National Bank-Treasurer

Not pictured: Phyllis Hostetler–At Large-Recording Secretary

Second Row-Left to Right:

Karon Weaver-Waterford Mennonite Church, Sandy Streit-First United Methodist Church, Mary Seymour-Faith Lutheran Church,  Jane Swihart-Farrell-Eight Street Mennonite Church, Joyce Sumpter-City Church of the Brethren, Verda Bontrager-Clinton Frame Church, Darlene Leitz-St. John’s Catholic Church

Back Row-Left to Right:

Ed Swartley-Executive Director, Jenny Evans-Yoder-Faith Mennonite Church, Troy Swartzendruber-Aptera Software, Kris Yeager-At Large, Butch Rohrer-St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

Not pictured: Dave Kindy-Grace Community Church and Roxanne Sommers-Berkey Avenue Fellowship Church

Our Future Leaders

Scarlett Garrison

Meeting with the Middlebury Daisies and Brownies Girl Scout Troops last evening really brought back memories. I too was a Brownie when I was a young girl, but I’m not going to divulge just how very long ago that was. . .

The group asked very thoughtful and important questions about what our mission is at The Window, Inc., and I thoroughly  enjoyed sharing with them the programs and services we offer to those in need within the Goshen Community.

I was quite impressed with this dazzling group of twenty four young ladies, and couldn’t help thinking as I left, that they were going to make a lasting impact upon their community for years to come!

Polar Plunge

Scarlett Garrison

Wow, C-R-A-Z-Y! Our good friends from The Maples at Waterford Crossing have done so much this year to support our mission, but this time, they really outdid themselves! Waterford has enjoyed supporting the Goshen Community with many traditional fundraising events, but staff wanted to end this year with something unique.  Brainstorming how they might accomplish this, the idea of taking a plunge into their pond hit the mark. So, at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 28, Chad Knisley, Alyssa Reyes and Kay Hershberger, got their chill on and plunged into the icy winter water, while onlookers cheered them on.  How exhilarating; the polar plunge raised nearly $2,000 for our programs! Thanks, Waterford Crossing!!

Santa Con Does It Again

Scarlett Garrison

We had a visit from our goodwill friends A.K.A. Santa Con this afternoon. They stopped by to present us with the spoils of their recent venture out in the community. Dressed up in Santa's clothes, these impersonators spent an evening visiting local restaurants, bars and clubs, hitting people up for cash donations for our mission. For the past three years we have been blessed to receive their collections, and this year's collection totaled $5,485.54.  

We can't begin to express how much it means to us to have such generous, and might I add, creative hearts, supporting our mission to help those struggling within our community. These guys are simply awesome!

This young man donated 54 cents and told Santa all he wanted for Christmas was a Matchbox Jeep!

Special thanks to Marshall King for the excellent photos.

Generosity Day

Scarlett Garrison

 There was a great deal of excitement at Parkside Elementary School yesterday as the 4th Graders assembled in Mrs. Brookins room, to create the “famous” oatmeal and chocolate chip cookie mix in a jar, as part of their “Generosity Day.” Not only did they put their fraction skills to the test, but they also learned about the importance of being generous.

I had a blast spending the afternoon helping them fill the jars with the cookie ingredients, and my favorite part of the day was the response one of the boy’s gave when he learned that sugar was involved. He started hopping around and said,” Hey, I can’t get too much sugar!!” I will never forget that!

When I shared with the classes what we do at The Window, and how their project was an act of generosity toward the people we serve, they seemed genuinely pleased.  I so enjoyed seeing their eyes light up, as I explained how the cookie mixes are something our pantry guests  love getting, and that last year, all the jars were gone within a few days.  In closing, I shared how I had been told by a few guests last year, that they were going to give their jars as Christmas gifts, and that put huge smiles on all their faces! I do believe these kids experienced first- hand, not only the importance of generosity, but also how wonderful the feeling of being generous is.

Tis The Season

Scarlett Garrison

Special thanks to Erie Insurance for their monetary donation. It is due to the kindness and generosity of individuals and businesses like Erie Insurance that allow us to continue our mission to serve those within the Goshen Community.

Goodbye Lela, we will miss you!

Scarlett Garrison

This week we lost a dear board member, and friend. Lela Rohrer had served on our Board of Director's for many years and was passionate about The Window Inc.'s mission. She was a joy to work with and will most definitely be missed. 

We need your help

Scarlett Garrison

Many may not be aware that The Window has been serving the Goshen Community for 49 years. The organization’s core programs (Katie’s Kitchen, Pantry, Clothes Closet and Meals on Wheels), through the years have become a viable resource for those struggling to make the ends meet. On an average we serve over 300 people per day. That number is astounding considering we are a staff of 9. Over the past several months we have seen a tremendous increase in services, and we have done our best with your help to keep pace with the demand, but we are experiencing a huge crunch financially. In order for us to effectively continue our mission to serve the Goshen Community, we need cash donations.

Will you please consider making a financial contribution? Any amount you can give is not too small, and we would be most grateful for your gift!

First Annual Outrunning Hunger 5k Run/Walk and Family Fun Mile

Scarlett Garrison

Due to the support of local businesses and patrons of The Window Inc.’s mission to serve those struggling within the Goshen Community, our first annual Outrunning Hunger fundraiser was a success, reaching beyond our goal of $3,000 for the operation costs of our programs.  Local businesses that sponsored this endeavor are: Rainbow sponsor, Woodforest National Bank, Gold sponsors, Kelly Jae’s Café and TK Steel of Elkhart and Silver sponsors, Heartfelt Creations, JoJo’s Pretzels and I-FIX-BRICKS.

 Although we had hoped for more to participate, we are so grateful for the twenty-five people who came to Shanklin Park early Saturday, September 3 to either run or walk in in order to show their support of our mission. Some even had their faces painted as they took a break by the Pump House along the Family Fun Mile trail!

 We are very encouraged that this annual event will evolve into a signature fundraiser that will only serve to bolster our organization in its continuance to serve those less fortunate in the community, and give our supporters the opportunity to contribute to our mission while having a great time with their friends and family.

We would be remiss if we failed to express our gratitude to the tremendous support of our volunteers who donated their Saturday morning to make this event run as smoothly as possible. It cannot be mentioned enough how very important volunteers are to the success of The Window’s programs. We truly could not continue to serve the community without them. Please contact us at 574.533.9680 if you would like to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer with our organization.

 

 

Bags of Provision

Scarlett Garrison

Many years ago, a dear friend of mine shared her thoughts with me about God’s provision for His children. She told me she believes that divine bags of provision are strategically placed along each person’s path of life, and these bags hold everything needed for each of us to successfully accomplish our unique purpose in this lifetime. Some of you at this moment may be envisioning a stout little leprechaun in a button down jacket with green knickers, standing next to a pot of gold at the end of a brilliant rainbow, but I assure you that is not the kind of bag I am referring to here. I am speaking about the deep knowing, that at every turn, no matter what life brings, the Creator of all things has your needs covered. He has placed along your path the provision to meet that particular need, at that particular time.  Now, provision bags can be anything from next month’s rent to enough gas to get you to your job until payday, but it isn’t always monetary. It also comes in the form of a much needed hug when you feel down or someone who will just take the time to sit quietly and listen to you.

Personally, it is no stretch of the imagination for me to believe that if there wasn’t a single person on the planet willing to allow God to use them in getting that need in your life filled, He would just send it in the mouth of a raven. However, I think it’s safe to assume that people are always His first choice. I believe He continually searches to and fro across this earth looking for that one person who will heed His voice and say, “Here I am Lord, please use me!”  One of the greatest perks of my job is witnessing this action time and time again through the generosity of our supporters. Literally, every day, I watch in wonder as those “provision bags” walk right through our doors in the form of a person, organization or business. Whether it is a donation of food items for our pantry and kitchen, clothes for our clothes closet or monetary means in answer to our fervent prayers to cover the operation costs to effectively run this ministry, I am continually amazed at how God shows Himself through the kindness of those He uses so richly to supply this ministry. It is precisely this kind of generosity that allows us the incredible privilege of continuing to reach out and assist those within the Goshen Community who are struggling.

So, I ask you, have you received a bag of provision lately?  If you have, I would love to hear about it.  Are you wondering how in the world you are going to get your need met? If you are, I encourage you to look to the One who knows exactly what that need is. He is the One who loves you so, and has it already prepared and waiting for you.

Shalom,

Scarlett

 

 

2015 Silent Auction

Scarlett Garrison

Live music, gourmet appetizers and a wide variety of items for sale make this silent auction the place to be Friday, November 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 at the door and once inside you will want to saunter about nibbling on gourmet appetizers, listening to musical guest, Ted Yoder play the hammered dulcimer while placing your best bid on an item you are certain you cannot live without. All the proceeds go toward The Window's programs and will benefit its mission to serve the Goshen Community.

Items will continue to be posted until the day of the auction, and if you are unable to attend the event contact Scarlett Garrison at sgarrison@thewindowinc.com to submit your bid.

* Bids will be accepted until 8:30 p.m. Friday, November 13. 

SOLD Value: $500 Starting Bid: $300

SOLD

Value: $500

Starting Bid: $300

Value: $350 Starting Bid: $210

Value: $350

Starting Bid: $210

  Child - size folding Adirondack chairs with matching table. Locally designed and handcrafted. SOLD Value: $200 Starting Bid: $120

 

Child - size folding Adirondack chairs with matching table. Locally designed and handcrafted.

SOLD

Value: $200

Starting Bid: $120

Handmade queen-sized quilt Value: $500 Starting Bid: $300

Handmade queen-sized quilt

Value: $500

Starting Bid: $300

Handmade double-size quilt Value: $400 Starting Bid: $240

Handmade double-size quilt

Value: $400

Starting Bid: $240

Handmade 64"x 52" block Christmas quilt Value: $100 Starting Bid: $60

Handmade 64"x 52" block Christmas quilt

Value: $100

Starting Bid: $60

Genuine Swiss Fondue for 6 persons. Served and hosted by Irene and Leonard Gross at their home located at 405 Gra-Roy Drive, Goshen.

SOLD

Value: $300

Starting Bid: $180

Reverie child's gift bag SOLD Value: $100 Starting Bid: $60

Reverie child's gift bag

SOLD

Value: $100

Starting Bid: $60

Jackie's Beauty Place & Boutique Gift Basket includes: Highlight/Haircut/Style, Hairspray, Spa Pedicure and Bracelet Value: $127 Starting Bid: $75  

Jackie's Beauty Place & Boutique

Gift Basket includes: Highlight/Haircut/Style, Hairspray, Spa Pedicure and Bracelet

Value: $127

Starting Bid: $75

 

Justin Rothshank Ceramic Serving Bowl, 8" in diameter, and 5" tall SOLD Value: $75 Starting Bid: $65

Justin Rothshank Ceramic Serving Bowl, 8" in diameter, and 5" tall

SOLD

Value: $75

Starting Bid: $65

Vintage 26" Coral Necklace SOLD Value: $125 Starting Bid: $75

Vintage 26" Coral Necklace

SOLD

Value: $125

Starting Bid: $75

Vintage 1959-1960 USAF Leather Pitchers Jacket. Size 3XL in good condition. Estimated Value: $300 Starting Bid: $180

Vintage 1959-1960 USAF Leather Pitchers Jacket. Size 3XL in good condition.

Estimated Value: $300

Starting Bid: $180

Two certificates are available for bid. (1) SOLD Value: $100 Starting Bid: $60

Two certificates are available for bid.

(1) SOLD

Value: $100

Starting Bid: $60

One set of (5) $20 Dutch Maid Bakery gift cards. SOLD Value: $100 Starting Bid: $60

One set of (5) $20 Dutch Maid Bakery gift cards.

SOLD

Value: $100

Starting Bid: $60

 Maple City Market gift card SOLD Value: $100 Starting Bid: $60

 Maple City Market gift card

SOLD

Value: $100

Starting Bid: $60

Antique Oak Writing Table SOLD Estimated Value: $200 Starting Bid: $120

Antique Oak Writing Table

SOLD

Estimated Value: $200

Starting Bid: $120

American Brilliant Age Hand-cut Carafe Estimated Value: $200 Staring Bid: $120

American Brilliant Age Hand-cut Carafe

Estimated Value: $200

Staring Bid: $120

Hand Quilted Log Cabin Wall Hanging  Value: $150 Starting Bid: $90

Hand Quilted Log Cabin Wall Hanging 

Value: $150

Starting Bid: $90

Wall hanging made in 1982 by fiber artist and Goshen College Professor,  Altha Hertzler, Value: $200 Starting Bid: $120

Wall hanging made in 1982 by fiber artist and Goshen College Professor,  Altha Hertzler,

Value: $200

Starting Bid: $120

Pitcher handmade by potter Dick Lehman and handmade plate signed by artist Yoder.  SOLD Pitcher Value: $60 Starting Bid: $30 SOLD Plate Value: $70 Starting Bid: $40  

Pitcher handmade by potter Dick Lehman and handmade plate signed by artist Yoder. 

SOLD

Pitcher Value: $60

Starting Bid: $30

SOLD

Plate Value: $70

Starting Bid: $40

 

Summertime Youth Volunteers

Scarlett Garrison

Grace Community Church Youth Group

Grace Community Church Youth Group

From cleaning pantry shelves and restocking, to removing large chunks of cement from the basement, this summer has been a busy one. To name just a few of the youth groups that took time out of their busy schedule to volunteer this summer are: The Boys and Girls Club, Grace Community Church Youth Group, Operation Barnabas Team Indiana — a group of young teens sent our way by Grace Community Church in July. For those of you unfamiliar with Operation Barnabas, it is a 27 day traveling ministry-training experience for high school students focusing on building authentic character, experiencing spiritual growth and creating a strong sense of community.  In June we had the privilege of participating in the 2015 C.L.A.S.S. Leadership Summit. Director Ed Swartley spent an afternoon with 23, 4-6 graders sharing insight into what leadership skills are necessary within the not for profit social services sector and answering many questions about what The Window does for the community.

Miss Emily

Miss Emily

 One young lady selected The Window as her confirmation assignment, and we were so impressed with her that we thought you would enjoy reading her story told in her own words.

 “My name is Emily and I go to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bristol, IN. This year, I am thirteen and I am taking classes at my church to be confirmed. In order to be confirmed into my church, I must complete 8 community service hours regarding one of the 7 corporal works of mercy. They are: feed the hungry, clothe the naked, bury the dead, visit the sick, give drink to the thirsty, visit the imprisoned and shelter the homeless.

 I chose to feed the hungry and volunteer at The Window in Goshen, IN. At The Window I volunteer in the pantry. The pantry supplies food for those who can’t afford groceries themselves. I think the pantry is one of the most important places at The Window. It helps the family receive food but not just give them meals. It helps the families become more independent. Inside the pantry there are sections for different types of food. As of now the pantry has 12 sections: vegetables, soup, beans, fruit, tomatoes, grains, cereal, meat, miscellaneous, eggs, bread and personal hygiene items. The job of helping in the pantry is very hands-on which I enjoy. The people receiving the food from the pantry have 2 cards given to them by the front desk worker. One card has the number of people in their family. The other card says what number person they are to show up for the pantry that day.

The volunteers call the numbers in numerical order and we bring them into the pantry.  We bring the family to the first section and explain the process to them. I like to talk to the families that I help and get to know them. If this group has 4 people in their family, they get a certain amount of points for each section. Bigger families receive more points each section. Most cans are worth one point but some bigger cans can be worth 2 points and some smaller cans will be 2 cans for 1 point. We walk them through each section and load the cans they choose onto the cart and into a box. When they are done we bring their things out to their car or out to the street if they ride the trolley or walk.

 I enjoy volunteering in the pantry very much. When it is not crowded, I like to organize the cans and bread shelves. The Window gets many donations from a variety of donors and the people who visit The Window are very thankful for the help they receive every time they visit. If you would like to volunteer at The Window in Goshen or donate visit www.thewindowofgoshen.com.

 Thank you for your support of The Window and those who attend The Window.”

 Emily

Boys & Girls Club

Boys & Girls Club

We appreciate all of our volunteers and each one plays a vital role in assisting The Window to fulfill its mission to serve those within the Goshen Community. It is always our hope that the youth who donate their time will develop a heightened sensitivity and awareness regarding those within the community who are not as fortunate as they are and struggle to make ends meet. Most of all, we hope it’s an experience that instills a life-long passion to give back to their community.

 If you would like information about how you can become a volunteer, please call or stop in for a tour.