TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A Terre Haute ministry in desperate need of help this week.
Covenant Cooperative Ministry opened in Terre Haute 11 years ago.
Now, Executive Director Rose Aycock is fighting for more than just those in need. She was recently diagnosed with cancer and she's asking for someone to accept her responsibilities.
A chance to pass the torch.
"I don't know what I would've done," Trisha said. "I would've been pretty much stuck. Because if they wouldn't have helped, I wouldn't have anywhere else to go."
Trisha walked into Covenant Cooperative Ministry a few days ago for a box fan and some diapers. She's just one of many that utilize this ministry's supply.
Covenant Cooperative Ministry matches families in need with a donor who really wants to help. But they also provide several programs and services to the community that no one else does.
And not just here in our backyard. Overall, they serve 18 counties in Indiana and Illinois. Counties that rely on them for help.
"We serve over 145 other food pantries, Aycock said. "When we have surplus, we allocate portions to other food pantries in the two-state area."
Without the ministry, Aycock says thousands would go without.
But it's not always easy to stay in business, especially with the recent economic times.
"From time to time, things get scarce. But we have a pretty big faith." Aycock said.
"It takes finances to run an outreach," said Tracy Hamilton, Covenant Cooperative Ministry board of directors. "So as people fund in, we're able to fund out. Your hands may not be actually out there doing it, but with that seed, you're standing right there beside us."
But neither Aycock nor Hamilton is worried. They believe someone much bigger has a plan.
"We've had a lot of great supporters in the community, but times are tough right now even for those that are faithful donors. We're seeing that. We're noticing that," Aycock said. "But God is still here. We're still here every day, our lights are still on."
If you or someone you know are interested in helping Covenant Cooperative Ministry visit their website .
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