Final Vote Totals:
|Adventures of Lily Grace||4|
|Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County||718|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters Northeast Indiana||15|
|Combined Community Services||26|
|First United Methodist Church Community Closet||789|
|Grace Village Health Care||14|
|Habitat for Humanity of Kosciusko County||10|
|Heartline Pregnancy Center||372|
|Isaiah 11 Ministry||240|
|Junior Achievement serving Kosciusko County||21|
|Kosciusko Literacy Services’ Read to Grow Children’s Book Club||50|
|Lakeland Art Association||1263|
|LifeTouch Ministries & Counseling Center||47|
|Milford Food Bank||67|
|One Dog at a Time Rescue||1256|
|S.C.A.R.S. Pitbull Rescue||49|
|Serenity House Inc.||10|
|The Beaman Home||55|
|The Magical Meadows||364|
|Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts||131|
|WorkOne JAG Program in Kosciusko County||11|
Adventures of Lily Grace – The Adventures of Lily Grace is about a dog named Lily. We post pictures and stories that illustrate how we live, learn and grow in Jesus Christ. Amber has trained Lily Grace to do tricks to explain about Jesus and the teaching of God’s Word to children and adults. They have been at First Fridays in Warsaw and also go to the different Kosciusko communities during their local festivals. This is so worthwhile in these days of unrest. It is so important to teach our children about right and wrong because they are our future. At this point they have no funding but they are so committed in giving their time and from their own pocket because the need is so great. I pray that a Christian project will be considered.
Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County – “We help People AND Pets” is the slogan for the Animal Welfare League. This shelter has been around a long time and they have done a phenomenal job of providing healthy pets as well as helping children, families, seniors, persons with disabilities and more. The building they are in requires a great deal of maintenance and they are working to replace that building with a place to make the community proud and to help even more people and pets. The new design will include a large multi-purpose room, possibly an indoor walking track where people and pets can exercise in inclement weather, an outdoor walk and play area for good weather, new sanitation, improved lab, better kennels, rooms for interacting with pets, rooms for children to read to pets and improve their literacy skills and much more. This shelter visits many retirement and nursing homes each month, also visits schools and entertains students on visits from local school, has summer camps for kids, a robust volunteer program and also has one of the highest adoption rates around for a shelter of its’ size. Lost pets are reunited with their owners, stray pets are given a new opportunity to be adopted, sick pets are treated and cured before adoption, and amazingly, this shelter accepts all pets (not just those that are easy to adopt). Please consider helping this project that will greatly benefit all the residents in a wide area, far beyond their county borders. These pets need a new home!
Big Brothers Big Sisters Northeast Indiana – Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s leader in one to one mentoring with measured impact. We have been serving kids in Kosciusko County since 1985. We have two programs in place in Kosciusko County to help at-risk children succeed in life. One is our Community-Based program. With this program we match an adult volunteer, who has completed the enrollment process, with a specific child who has enrolled in the program. They can go into the community, to the library, play sports, go for a walk, the park, or anywhere else they decide to do. This is a very flexible program because you can do it on your own time. It only takes 3 to 4 hours a month. The other program we have in Kosciusko County is the Lunch Buddy program, and it is a great time for people to get involved with a little less commitment. The volunteer mentor is matched with a child in an elementary school close to their workplace, and goes there once a week to spend time with their “little” during their lunch hour. They have lunch and just hang out, read, or play games together just to be their special friend, and it all takes place at the school. It’s a great breath of fresh air to be around the energy and enthusiasm of children. You’re going to have lunch anyway, right? Both programs are fun and very rewarding for both participants!
Combined Community Services – CCS Mission Statement: Combining community services to provide comfort, hope and resources to neighbors in need. For over 30 years, CCS has been helping people in this community. It has become one of the leading emergency assistance and self-sufficiency agencies in the county. CCS operates Kosciusko County’s largest food pantry and utility assistance programs and one of the only free clothing pantries. The food pantry has expanded to provide food to an average of 35-50 Kosciusko County Families per day. CCS also coordinates self-sufficiency programs, Project Independence and a Hand Up. Case managers help clients break the cycle of poverty and end the need for public or private assistance.
First United Methodist Church Community Closet –Community Closet is a non-food pantry that assists families and individuals in need of personal care items (shampoo, toothpaste, diapers, etc.), household cleaning items and paper products – necessities that cannot be purchased with SNAP funds. This ministry of care is located at Warsaw First United Methodist Church (FUMC)and serves families & individuals on Wednesdays (except the first Wednesday of the each month) from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. – the same time as Community Kitchen (the free meal on Wednesdays also held at Warsaw FUMC).
Grace Village Health Care – Grace Village Health Care is a part of Grace Village Retirement Community. It provides housing, medical care, therapy and rehabilitation services to over 100 seniors every year. It is located in Winona Lake, Indiana, but its residents and inpatient and outpatient care recipients come from all over north central Indiana. Many residents at Grace Village face undue financial hardships through no fault of their own, often experiencing a major illness or long-term illness that rapidly depletes their live savings. These individuals exist on Medicaid and Social Security, and many would find themselves without proper housing and medical care were it not for Grace Village’s Caring Friends Endowment. The Caring Friends Endowment allows Grace Village to continue providing excellent housing, and long-term medical care for some of our community’s most vulnerable individuals, enabling them to live joyfully and to their fullest potential in the security of a Christian environment.
Habitat for Humanity of Kosciusko County – Habitat is a Christian based ministry that helps families by building homes and building lives. They strive to strengthen the dignity and increase the hope of families in need.
Heartline Pregnancy Center – Who are we? Heartline is an organization that recognizes every life has a future from the time of conception until natural death. We are a confidential, compassionate, non-judgmental, people who form a life-affirming circle. We meet them where they are. No two situations are alike. We do not walk above, below, behind or in front of, but beside. Heartline Pregnancy Center is dedicated to the Christ-centered service of individuals throughout the greater Warsaw area who are involved with an unplanned pregnancy. We seek to preserve the sanctity of life, while combating generational and situational poverty, through various programs that encourage, educate and equip. What is our purpose? To help others recognize the value of life while providing education for healthy pregnancy, parenting, and the steps to self-sufficiency. 2. What do we provide? We provide free, confidential services to anyone in need, through encouraging, educating, and equipping each individual. Pregnancy Testing Ultrasound Education Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing BABE Boutique TNT Childcare Rock Solid Fatherhood Mobile Services 3. What are the results? Lives saved. Lives changed. Lives equipped. Families renewed. Communities impacted.
Isaiah 11 Ministry – Isaiah 11 is a non-profit which provides counseling for children and families, especially those affected by adoption/foster care and special needs. It also serves victims of trauma. Our counseling is unique in that the ministry is also an animal rescue and uses these animals to help our clients find hope and healing. We also provide tutoring, homeschooling, educational advocacy and run weekly groups for children. We offer a variety of counseling options including Theraplay based activities and equine assisted therapy and learning. When requested we offer support groups for parents of troubled children or other needs. We welcome individuals with a variety of special needs to visit and interact with our animals.
Junior Achievement serving Kosciusko County – Junior Achievement serving Kosciusko County provides financial literacy, economics, and work readiness education to student in Kindergarten through 12th grade. This valuable curriculum is taught in the classroom through community volunteers, ensuring students learn about financial responsibility that will help them to be successful in their future.
Kosciusko Literacy Services/Read – Kosciusko Literacy Services’ Read to Grow Children’s Book Club has helped children from low-income homes enter kindergarten on par with their peers and continue their academic success. The children enter kindergarten with pre-literacy skills necessary to continue learning. The pre-literacy skills are vocabulary, print motivation (the enjoyment of books), phonological awareness, narrative skills, letter knowledge, and print awareness. The early development of these skills is necessary for future success in school. Since the inception of Read to Grow Children’s Book Club, the percentage of children on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program passing the Language Arts portion of the Third-Grade ISTEP has improved by 15%. This improvement shows a 96% correlation rate with the percentage of the Free and Reduced Lunch Program children who were enrolled in Read to Grow Children’s Book Club. In the fall of 2014, over 45% of the Read to Grow Children’s Book Club graduates made the honor roll in third grade. Kosciusko Literacy Services’ Read to Grow Children’s Book Club is an on-going program addressing the lack of basic skills low-income children have when entering the school system. The Read to Grow Children’s Book Club provides one book a month to each registered, preschool child living at or below the 150% of the poverty level. The enrollment averages over 550 children each month. By placing the books in the home, Kosciusko Literacy Services addresses one of the main reasons children have low skills when entering school—the lack of reading material in the home. The parents sign an agreement to read regularly to their child. Reading to children at an early age helps the child’s brain to develop language and reading skills. This program has proven, positive results in Kosciusko County.
Lakeland Art Association – The mission of the Lakeland Art Association is to further the visual arts in Kosciusko County by challenging the creative spirit of local artists and community residents. LAA strives to nurture its artist-members through opportunities for camaraderie, skill development, the sharing of creative endeavors, and public exhibits. LAA is also committed to encouraging the next generation of artists and potential art enthusiasts by promoting and supporting visual arts education and events.
LifeTouch Ministries & Counseling Center – LifeTouch Counseling Center’s heartbeat is that we will not turn anyone away due to financial constraints that is/are in need of quality, biblically based counseling. Thus to follow this mission, we are continually searching for ways to raise “scholarships” to assist people that need financial assistance. A donation from Beacon would be wonderful to help people “return to joy!”
Milford Food Bank – The Milford Food Bank supports over 45 local Food Pantries in the surrounding counties. They raise money for food by selling metal and donations and they spend 100% of their money to purchase food for those in need. All staff are volunteer and even most trucking is donated. These dedicated people give up several days a month to pack and distribute the needed food for the pantries to pick up. Since a big portion of their income is thru donations, this money would make a big difference for hungry people.
One Dog at a Time Rescue – One Dog at a Time Rescue is a non-profit organization, dedicated to providing temporary foster homes for dogs that have been surrendered, abandoned or found as strays, until permanent, loving homes become available.
S.C.A.R.S. Pitbull Rescue – I would love to see Founder Tracy Landis continue with her passion of helping to find loving, permanent homes for this most misunderstood dog breed. To date, Tracy has been running her rescue/foster mainly from her home, with the help of a few fosters and volunteers. She has held several fundraisers over the past few years to raise money to build dog kennels. She needs a secure, safe area in which to place these animals, other than her house. With kennels, they will have individual space with plenty of room to stretch out. Additionally, proper kennels will make is much easier to feed, clean, and take care of them. Tracy is very serious about her Rescue, having saved over 300 dogs since she started 5 years ago. Tracy could definitely use the funds from Project Spotlight to further her organization. Please consider S.C.A.R.S. so we can help her help them. For more information and to see success stories, visit her online at www.scarspitbullrescue.org or on Facebook: SCARS Pitbull Rescue
Serenity House Inc. – SHI is truly doing God’s work. We have a total of 5 homes and in the process of inquiring on another. That means we will have 2 men’s houses and 1 women’s house in Auburn and 2 men’s and 1 women’s house in Warsaw. We need all the support we can on opening the women’s home in Warsaw so we will be able to help 10 women battling alcohol and or drug addiction.
The Beaman Home – Kosciusko County Shelter for Abuse, Inc. provides Residential Services to victims who seek a safe haven, a 24-hour Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline, and Non-Residential Services to victims who do not require the services offered at the Shelter. Our programs support all battered consumers. All services to victims and their children are available free of charge. Our Residential Facility, known as The Beaman Home, provides temporary shelter, food, clothing, and other basic necessities to victims who are fleeing their abuser. The facility is staffed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week by trained staff and volunteers. Every year, up to ½ of the domestic violence victims seeking assistance need the services provided by the Residential Facility. While in the residential facility, Case Managers and Shelter Advocates work with each victim to assist them in making necessary steps to gain independence from abuse and violence. Working from a strengths-based approach, daily case management includes assistance with: goal setting, navigating the legal system and social service network, job skills, securing housing, parenting skills, life skills, and much more.
The Magical Meadows – Through our Therapeutic Riding program at The MAGICAL Meadows, children, youth and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities improve physical health, relax tight muscles, increase balance, build muscle strength, sharpen hand/eye coordination, improve social skills, and gain a sense of control and self-confidence as the rider experiences a freedom never felt before. The horse’s soothing rhythm, strength, warmth, and three-dimensional movement pattern provides healthy exercise while improving circulation and muscle tone. The discipline associated with working with horses and the social interactions between peers benefit the mind and spirit while raising self-esteem and increasing self-sufficiency through accomplishment. The unconditional love of the horses is proved to reduce anxiety, encourage interaction and offer a haven where riders can feel a sense of empowerment.
Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts – The Wagon Wheel presents high-caliber arts programming that elevates the quality of life in Warsaw and the region. Since transitioning from a simple tent in 1956 to an innovative theatre-in-the-round, and subsequently a multi-faceted arts organization, the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts has been committed to a mission of serving the greater community by providing premier arts and cultural experiences that inspire and empower creativity, learning and achievement for generations to come. The Wagon Wheel achieves broad arts access and learning outcomes through the professional summer theatre season, community theatre programs nurturing the talents of area youth and adults, theatre and dance classes for youth and professional music programs. The Wagon Wheel’s acclaimed artistic team is dedicated to training the next generation of young artists, creating a broad range of educational arts experiences and promoting a legacy of excellence in the arts. Relationships with local schools and organizations ensure that arts education programs are available to all area students.
WorkOne JAG Program in Kosciusko County – At its core, WorkOne’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program in Kosciusko County, a nonprofit effort, focuses on helping at-risk youth strengthen their decision-making, life- and employability skills sufficient to enter, compete and succeed in a workforce or post-secondary education. WorkOne’s Out-of-School (OOS) JAG program seeks to build awareness of the challenges that dropout-recovery poses in Kosciusko County: in terms of interconnected issues regarding the economy, education, crime and other societal aspects, as well as renewing opportunities so that young Hoosiers can accomplish the intellectual, emotional, academic and other work necessary to improve their lives; at its core, the OOS effort seeks to open opportunities to individuals who hold the key to their own success or failure; and the key, as noted, is whether a young man or woman makes a personal decision to accomplish the emotional, spiritual, academic and other required work to become fully employment-ready OUR MISSION: We exist to get people jobs as quickly as possible at the highest possible wage by meeting the needs of regional employers!