Lutheran Church of the Cross, a congregation with a heart for all people, is an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregation located in Muncie, IN. Welcome! Please read more about who we are and join us for worship on Sundays at 10:30 AM.
Project Stepping Stone (PSS) is trying to raise $75,000 to purchase the three homes that it uses for its program. PSS has already been awarded two grants towards this goal. The first is a $5,000 grant from Thrivent’s Matthew 25 grant program. This grant also has a matching component. If we can raise $10,000 between now and March 31, we will get an additional $5,000 from Thrivent.
The second grant is from the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Foundation, and it is a straight challenge grant. If we can raise $20,000 (no deadline) HTLC Foundation will donate $10,000. Obviously being able to receive these additional funds would be a big help. We are challenging everyone to help us meet our immediate goal of raising $30,000.
If you are interested in donating please send a check made out to Project Stepping Stone and mailed to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 900 W. White River Blvd. Muncie, IN 47303.
PSS was founded in 1989 as a Christian mission outreach of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Lutheran Church of the Cross to share their faith and compassion with families in need in Muncie and Delaware County. In 2011, First Presbyterian Church joined PSS in this outreach.
PSS rents, pays utilities, and manages three homes that provide free transitional housing for low-income families who need a three- to four-month respite to get back on their feet. The PSS homes border each other in a central Muncie neighborhood along a city bus route. Each house is furnished with three bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and a small yard.
All families who seek assistance from PSS are working poor who have unfortunately suffered one too many setbacks such as job loss, domestic instability, unexpected medical need, or loss of a place to live. Most of these families do not fit the federal guidelines for homelessness and are thus ineligible for federal homeless programs. Many are living with families or friends, or moving frequently between rental homes or shelters. PSS tries to help them stop their spiral toward homelessness by providing them a safe place to get back on their feet.
Through faith in grace and compassion, PSS believes that providing these families with a safe and stable place to live allows them to focus on rebuilding their lives and working toward a better future.
Right now, PSS operates by renting the three houses it uses for the program. Long-term, this will save PSS over $11,000 in rent costs, allowing us to use those monies to better serve the families in the program.
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