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The Clearinghouse exists to provide food, clothing, and when funding is available financial assistance with shelter to financially challenged families in Dearborn and Ohio counties, Indiana.
The Clearinghouse is a 501 (C-3) non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and when funds are available rent, and utilities to financially challenged families in our community.
The Clearinghouse was established in 1981 in an effort to stop the duplication and abuse of services provided by the churches in the area which were helping families with food, rent and utilities. They found that one family would go to each church and receive assistance. With limited funds available, other families might not be helped. The churches felt, that if they combined their efforts they would be better able to serve more families in a more equitable manner. This is what the Clearinghouse strives to do.
We provide a daily sack lunch for families. We provide one to two bags of groceries that will allow our client three days worth of meals one time per month. Families can go to the clothing outlet once per month and get an outfit for each family member. We provided emergency food during natural disasters such as the flood of 1997, the snow storm of 2004 and the 2007 ice storm.
Some areas have another non-profit organization that provides similar help, but we are the only one in the Lawrenceburg, Greendale and Aurora area. We do share information with them. Often we are the hub to compile projects and facilitate the distribution of services. A good example is the Coalition for Children’s Christmas Toys (CCCT) which we spearhead each year.
We were instrumental in creating the Community Resource Program (CRP) which consolidates and maximizes the resources of the communities. These resources help with funds for rent, utilities, medication, and miscellaneous needs. The Clearinghouse uniquely spearheads the coordination process of services in the community with our Community Resource Program.
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