SOUTH BEND, Ind. It is a significant day today for the South Bend Community as the Center for the Homeless celebrates 25 years.
The Center has serviced more than 50,000 men, women, and children so far.
More than 700,000 Safe Nights and more than 1.5 million meals have also been provided.
This group works year-around, serving more than 200 people at a time—and the winter months only add to its work.
From November to April, they take in extra people.
And while workers with the Center for the Homeless take pride in saving lives, they say the ultimate goal is to change them.
"The doors here at the Center for the Homeless are so important, because whether you're a guest, a donor, a volunteer, a staff member, when you make that choice to enter in these doors you're making a change, whether it be for yourself, whether it be for someone else, whether it's volunteering for our children--which, on average, we have 55 children that call the center home--or it's tutoring our school-aged kids, or working in our adult basic education, to give our guests a skill that maybe they don't have yet to get that new job,” said Taya Groover, the Center’s chief development officer.
The Center is always in need of volunteers and donations. Right now, some items in need include jackets, hats, gloves, blankets and monetary donations.