Eastern Star Church (ESC) Care works to improve the lives of those they touch by demonstrating Love Lived Out. ESC Care assists approximately 300 souls per month, with the food and clothing pantry serving more than 900 individuals during the first quarter of 2017. Care provides services to members of our congregation as well as the community.
How are they doing it? Through the financial support of the members of Eastern Star Church, Care offers emergency utility, rent, and mortgage assistance. The Care Exhortation staff and volunteers pray for members of the church, visit the sick, attend funerals, and come alongside Eastern Star Church families in their time of need. ESC Care also provides opportunities for members to serve with our community partners and make an impact in the greater Indianapolis community (e.g. Center for Leadership Development, NeighborLink, Wheeler Mission, Midwest Food Bank, etc.).
At the heart of Care is the Freedom Connections program that serves primarily single mothers. Freedom Connections is a holistic, 10-week program that addresses several key areas of a woman’s life to help her move toward self-sufficiency. Once enrolled, the women meet weekly in both one-on-one and group sessions along with eight to ten other women with similar needs. Using both internal and external resources, these underemployed, single mothers work to address issues which are barriers to their self-sufficiency, including improving self-esteem, managing finances, acquiring adequate housing, and spiritual needs. While working on becoming the best they can be, the women also receive a stipend to assist with their rent and utilities.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” If you want to be like Jesus, you have to CARE!
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