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West Terre Haute, Indiana

Do you have access to basic services in your community, like town-wide trash pickup, a health care clinic and affordable (or free) food for low-income families? Two Sisters of Providence sponsored ministries help residents with these needs and so many more in West Terre Haute, Indiana, one of the most impoverished townships in Vigo County.

Providence Food Pantry

Sister Joni Luna volunteers, distributing food at Providence Food Pantry in West Terre Haute.

Providence Food Pantry, with the support of Helping Hands and many churches and civic groups in West Terre Haute, work to meet the needs of those who are struggling. The pantry, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, serves nearly 3,000 families a year, providing food baskets to families in need. Our clients are served with great respect and we provide a place filled with love, peace and justice.

Location: 701 W. National Ave., phone 812-535-2544. Open every Thursday from 8-10:30 a.m.

Putting our complete trust in the Providence of God, the Providence Food Pantry is financed entirely by donations. Several of the local schools contribute food during the course of the year. The Young Men’s Club of West Terre Haute has been a regular benefactor. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also has provided some funds.

Sister Brendan Harvey founded Providence Food Pantry in 1994. The current director is Sister Joseph Fillenwarth and dozens of volunteers serve at the pantry. The pantry is always in need of male volunteers who can help carry food to vehicles for clients.

Partner churches: Christ United Methodist Church, Faith United Methodist Church, Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Dunlap United Methodist Church, Bethany United Church of Christ, Assembly of God Church, Saint Mary’s Village Church, Sixth Street Wesleyan Church, Saint Mark’s United Church of Christ and Christ Cathedral in Indianapolis.

In 1994-95, 1,205 families and 3,155 individuals were served in West Terre Haute. In 2011-12, 3,161 families (9,444 individuals) were served. And in 2015, we served 3,944 families (14,756 individuals). These numbers show that our service must continue. You can help! Contact Sister Joseph Fillenwarth at 812-535-2544 to learn how you can help or email her.

Pantry wishlist:

  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Cereal
  • Bars of soap
  • Toilet paper

Items can be dropped off at the Pantry on Tuesday or Thursday mornings. Or leave the items with our next door neighbors at Accurate Insulation.

The Connecting Link

Sister Dorothy Rasche confers with Gary Couch, a WTH resident and business owner, about a client who needs assistance paying a utility bill before services are shut off.

The Connecting Link has assisted more than 3,500 individuals in need of food, money, furniture, clothing or basic services since its beginning in 1997. The ministry provides information and referrals to and from other not-for-profit organizations, as well as advocacy within the civic community, to address pressing needs related to social services, all free of charge. It also helps clients obtain agency referrals for unemployment benefits, disability benefits, Social Security benefits, legal assistance/low income and home ownership/low income. The ministry also collaborates with other civic, religious and educational groups in the community. For more information, contact Sister Dorothy Rasche, SP, by email.

Location: 830 W. National Ave., phone/fax 812-533-4403.

These are just a few of the ways that Connecting Link has contributed to the community:

  • Affordable Housing Rehabilitation Program
  • Animal control clinics
  • Demolished vacated houses
  • Emergency Flood Fund 2008
  • Town-wide trash pickup
  • West Vigo Community Center loan
  • Vigo County Public Library branch: retention, relocation, service enhancement
  • WTH day care building sale
  • Elementary school retained and upgraded

If you live in West Terre Haute and would like assistance with any of these issues, we can help:

  • Abuse, counseling, substance abuse
  • Adult basic education, budget planning, GED
  • Clothes, food and meal preparation, toys and other needs
  • Dental care, health care, mental health, women’s health
  • Employment, day care (child & adult), transportation, utility bills
  • Emergency housing, furniture, household items
  • Senior citizen issues
  • Spiritual guidance

The ministry celebrated its 20th year in 2017, in service to West Terre

Haute (WTH)! Watch WTWO’s coverage of the open house event.  Read/view the anniversary newsletter, with remembrances from community leaders and friends.

Here is a link to a photo album from the celebration!

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