[Hpn] Event benefits ministry to homeless men and women

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Event benefits ministry to homeless men and women

December 29, 2007

http://www.post-trib.com:80/news/neighbors/717277,homeless.article

By Elizabeth Lisican Post-Tribune correspondent=20

CROWN POINT -- Rebuilding the Breach Ministries Inc. centers around the =
belief that no one needs to be poor in finance or spirits, that those =
lost along the road of life can be brought back.=20
The new faith-based social service provides homeless men with job =
training and leadership skills at its Bakery House shelter, a =
faith-based ministry to benefit the homeless and indigent in the Gary =
area.=20

"We are out there to rebuild men and women who have lost their paths in =
this life, so we want to bring them back to the society," said Maxwell =
Anokwute, vicar of Good Shepherd and Our Savior Lutheran churches in =
Gary and executive director of Rebuilding the Breach.=20

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crown Point recently hosted the =
second annual dinner, "An Advent of Charity and Love," to benefit the =
Bakery House. A silent auction opened the program, with prizes from more =
than 40 businesses and individual donors, including Amtrak, Centier =
Bank, Gander Mountain, Gary SouthShore RailCats, Outback Steakhouse, =
Radisson Hotel, Shedd Aquarium and White Hawk Country Club.=20

There was also a concert featuring the adult handbell and men's choirs =
of Trinity Crown Point and The Choral Ensemble of St. John's Evangelical =
Lutheran Church in Gary.=20

"This is a fellowship time," said Marianne Manning, assistant executive =
director of Rebuilding the Breach. "We have our board members floating =
around just welcoming the people."=20

Nine Lutheran churches throughout Northwest Indiana, including Trinity =
in Crown Point, have contributed to Rebuilding the Breach. The Bakery =
House has 32 beds for men, and the ministry is currently in the process =
of preparing its House of New Hope for women.=20

"We want to have them reenter the work force by teaching them skills, =
learning some trades," Anokwute said. "Some of them will become =
carpenters, some will work at mechanic workshops, some of them will =
learn how to build homes -- whatever they are inclined to do."=20

Church members will teach the residents on-the-job skills.=20

As the shelter's residents make progress and begin their new jobs, the =
ministry will continue to guide them.=20

"If they get hired, they will be with us for six months," Anokwute said. =
"And while they're with us, we will teach them how to conserve their =
money, so that before they leave us, they must have enough money to =
either rent a home or buy a home. And at the same time, we encourage =
them to be part of church body so that they won't get lost."=20

Elaine Edwards is a volunteer at the Bakery House, and said she enjoys =
contributing to the ministry.=20

"The main idea is reaching out to people in need and people who don't =
know Jesus," Edwards said.=20





    =20
      Shelter for Homeless
      Rebuild lives with love and hope,food and shelter. Covenant House.
      www.covenanthouse.org=20

      Serene and Supportive
      Sober Living Home 877-978-7623 men and women=20


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Rebuilding the Breach Ministries Inc. centers around the belief that no =
one=20
needs to be poor in finance or spirits, that those lost along the road =
of life=20
can be brought back.=20
<P>The new faith-based social service provides homeless men with job =
training=20
and leadership skills at its Bakery House shelter, a faith-based =
ministry to=20
benefit the homeless and indigent in the Gary area.=20
<P>"We are out there to rebuild men and women who have lost their paths =
in this=20
life, so we want to bring them back to the society," said Maxwell =
Anokwute,=20
vicar of Good Shepherd and Our Savior Lutheran churches in Gary and =
executive=20
director of Rebuilding the Breach.=20
<P>Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crown Point recently hosted =
the second=20
annual dinner, "An Advent of Charity and Love," to benefit the Bakery =
House. A=20
silent auction opened the program, with prizes from more than 40 =
businesses and=20
individual donors, including Amtrak, Centier Bank, Gander Mountain, Gary =

SouthShore RailCats, Outback Steakhouse, Radisson Hotel, Shedd Aquarium =
and=20
White Hawk Country Club.=20
<P>There was also a concert featuring the adult handbell and men's =
choirs of=20
Trinity Crown Point and The Choral Ensemble of St. John's Evangelical =
Lutheran=20
Church in Gary.=20
<P>"This is a fellowship time," said Marianne Manning, assistant =
executive=20
director of Rebuilding the Breach. "We have our board members floating =
around=20
just welcoming the people."=20
<P>Nine Lutheran churches throughout Northwest Indiana, including =
Trinity in=20
Crown Point, have contributed to Rebuilding the Breach. The Bakery House =
has 32=20
beds for men, and the ministry is currently in the process of preparing =
its=20
House of New Hope for women.=20
<P>"We want to have them reenter the work force by teaching them skills, =

learning some trades," Anokwute said. "Some of them will become =
carpenters, some=20
will work at mechanic workshops, some of them will learn how to build =
homes --=20
whatever they are inclined to do."=20
<P>Church members will teach the residents on-the-job skills.=20
<P>As the shelter's residents make progress and begin their new jobs, =
the=20
ministry will continue to guide them.=20
<P>"If they get hired, they will be with us for six months," Anokwute =
said. "And=20
while they're with us, we will teach them how to conserve their money, =
so that=20
before they leave us, they must have enough money to either rent a home =
or buy a=20
home. And at the same time, we encourage them to be part of church body =
so that=20
they won't get lost."=20
<P>Elaine Edwards is a volunteer at the Bakery House, and said she =
enjoys=20
contributing to the ministry.=20
<P>"The main idea is reaching out to people in need and people who don't =
know=20
Jesus," Edwards said.=20
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