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News and Events

We are happy to announce that Faith Mission Thrift Store has a new location at 335 La Salle St, Elkhart. God has blessed us to be able to acquire another building. It's not as large as the old store building, but it is so much nicer and a short trip across 2 parking lots for our residents! Our store is on the north side of the Dollar General on Benham Avenue and just 2 buildings south of our main building at 801 Benham Avenue. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 pm., closed on Sunday and Monday. If you have items you would like to donate or have questions, call us at 574-522-0477 Come check out the bargains at our cozy new store. All proceeds continue to go back into our resident programming.

David watched sadly as his sister and her husband moved out of their house. Their new home had no room for him.

That day, David moved into his truck.

“It was really hard to find housing,” he says. “I’m a retired veteran. I have a little money from Social Security, but not enough for my own place.”

It wasn’t the first time David had been knocked down by life. Years before, he’d been beat up and left on the railroad tracks – and struck by a train. After a three-month recovery, he had to go back to work to survive.

“I took some low-paying jobs so I’d have a little money to pay my rent,” he says. “But eventually, I had to move in with my sister. When she moved, I had no one.” 


Richard didn’t realize how much he’d changed at Faith Mission until the day he bumped into a man coming out of a local tavern. 

Looking at the man, Richard saw what he looked like just a year earlier: Hurting. Full of pain. Numbed by alcohol. Searching for hope. 

“We talked for a while,” he says. “Days later, that man thanked me for helping him. I felt really good because I’ve been there… and I’m not there anymore.” 

In fact, before Faith Mission, Richard’s life was a series of mornings where he couldn’t remember anything about the night before. 

gift_bags.jpgJust having meals and shelter is a tremendous blessing for the men, women and children here at the Mission. But we’d like to do more, and make this Christmas a very special one for those who call Faith Mission “home.”

You can help us lift their spirits and spread the joy of the holiday by adopting a guest and providing a few small gifts. 

Here’s how:

Fill a Christmas gift bag with the items listed below and drop the bag off at the Mission.

We need 120 men’s bags and 40 women’s bags.


Frank lost his father to cancer when he was very young and was raised by a gentle and loving mother. “She gave me everything I needed, and we had a wonderful relationship,” he recalls.

When she died of cancer too, Frank was devastated. But he had inherited her giving spirit and honored her memory by always caring for those around him.

He eventually married and devoted himself to being the best provider he could be. “For me, it was ‘til death do us part,” he says. So when his wife decided to go her own way after nearly 30 years, he felt broken and defeated. “I’d worked so hard, and I just couldn’t handle the fact that I’d failed,” he shares.

0517_fmel_nl_02.jpgWhen Jim remembers his past, he remembers the joy of becoming a chef. He also remembers his struggles with alcohol.

His employer recognized that Jim was struggling. “They gave me an ultimatum: get help or leave,” he says. “I was in denial, but to keep my job, I sought help.”

His denial lasted until he attended Alcoholics Anonymous and found himself nodding along. “The stories sounded awfully familiar.”

“Alcoholics Anonymous brought me back into my spirituality,” he says. “I didn’t have the power to defeat my addiction, but I knew I’d whip it with God’s help.”


When Gary’s eyesight began to fail, it was the start of a very dark time.

“Not only was I having trouble with my eyesight,” he says, “I also didn’t have insurance… so I couldn’t find out what was wrong.”

His supervisor at work figured out Gary couldn’t see – and told Gary he could no longer work there.

“I no longer had money to pay my rent or bills,” he says. So he had to move out of his apartment, with nowhere to go. “I didn’t have anyone to take care of me.”

Gary had never heard of Faith Mission. But when he learned we had a bed for him and would help him get an eye exam, he came to stay.

1116_fmel_nl_02.jpgAs a social worker for a Christian organization in South Bend, Melissa had helped other families get into Faith Mission. She never dreamed that she, her husband Marcus and their daughter Gabby would be here one day!

Homelessness happened gradually for this little family. The loss of a job. Hours cut back. Eventually, there was not enough money to pay rent on their apartment.

“We sent Gabby to live with my sister,” Melissa remembers. “We stayed in a motel. It took all the money I made just to pay for the room…pretty soon we were going to be homeless.

Less than two weeks later, the family was back together and headed for Faith Mission! Once they were settled, the real work began.

When Patrick “misbehaved,” instead of love and understanding, there was only abuse. “My dad told me I wouldn’t amount to anything, so I kept trying to prove him wrong.”