Sojourner Truth House Food Drive

Friday, 07 September 2012

Food collected at the PHJC Ministry Center

The PHJC Ministry Center held a food drive for Sojourner Truth House, a community resource and day shelter for homeless or at risk women and their children in Gary, Indiana. The women who come to STH are offered a multitude of unique services that are aimed at providing the necessary support for participants to overcome the issues that contribute to their homelessness.


Recently, a cry for help came when Sojourner Truth House (STH) Executive Director, Sister Peg Spindler, CSA learned that STH would not receive their monthly delivery of food in August from the USDA, seriously affecting the food pantry for the rest of August and into September. Recent statistics show that somewhere between 1800 and 2000 women and children find their way to Sojourner Truth House each month for food, clothing and services.

Brother Bob Overland, FS, Director of Mission Integration at the Ministry Center, organized the food drive. The week-long drive collected 376 pounds of food, 12 pounds of personal items, 12 pounds of detergent and $1272.00.


In addition to the food drive, the greenhouses at the PHJC Ministry Center, which grow healthy, natural food that helps feed the Ministry Centers residents, co-workers and the Ancilla College students, had an abundant supply of cucumbers and peppers. Karen Hill, Dietary Services Manager at the Ministry Center contacted Sister Peg Spindler and arranged to have the fresh vegetables delivered to Sojourner Truth House. Arrangements have been made for future deliveries when the Ministry Center has an abundance of vegetables.

The PHJC Ministry Center residents, coworkers and students have, on several occasions, collaboratively raised funds and collected items to help local organizations and food banks and other PHJC ministries. An attitude of service, community and dignity and respect is demonstrated by the Ministry Center’s willingness to help those in need.