Catholic Charities Not Missing A Beat


There’s still a good month before it’s time to prepare our Thanksgiving meals. But, for local organizations that feed hundreds for the holiday, preparation is expected to take a little longer.

It’s lunch time at the Terre Haute Catholic Charities Ryves Youth Center, typically you wouldn’t see people being served in the  soup kitchen area, but it’s a temporary change.
“I think we’ve been getting some really positive feedback about it, the staff I think is adjusting to it, our clients are still trying to find us in some cases, so we’re going to get some signage up and make sure people know what’s going on,” John Etling with Catholic Cahrities said.

With the Bethany House across the street undergoing renovations to better accommodate more people, the youth center kitchen has been serving daily for a couple of weeks. It’s nearly three times the size as the Bethany House kitchen.

“Certainly there’s been some programs in this neighborhood that have struggled, others that have gone away now … Certainly the potential to serve more is a possibility and if that happens I think we’re better prepared now than we were before,” Etling said.

Although the temporary kitchen is comfortable, the center does not yet know if the soup kitchen will continue at Ryves, cut some new programs might like making healthy food choices.

“We’re looking at some training programs we’d like to bring in for this program so that people can develop some skills that will help them in life whether it’s at home or on a job.”

The soup kitchen serves at Ryves Youth Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The brown bag program continues at Bethany House just across the street Satuday and Sunday. Volunteers are always encouraged to help out in the soup kitchen.

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