Despite appearances Lutheran Church Care Center is open

Despite appearances Lutheran Church Care Center is openBy LAURA QUEZADA

News Review Staff Writer

Construction adjacent to the Grace Lutheran Church Care Center has blocked the driveway in front of the Care Center giving the misleading appearance of being closed. Carrie Ernst assures us that they remain open to provide those in need with food, pet food, clothing, household items and any necessary assistance. For those who are uncomfortable parking in the street, the dirt parking lot on the other side of the building is available.

The Care Center is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 11am. Folks can drop off goods at any time outside of their doors. They accept all manner of donations: groceries, pet food, small appliances, clothing, funds and recyclables. Money from recyclables are used to purchase pet food.

“ I’ve noticed an uptick because of inflation,” says Ernst. “The food’s so much more expensive. At the end of the month we have a lot of struggling seniors.” She emphasizes that pet food is most welcome because often people will feed their pets before they feed themselves.

Ernst emphasizes that she does not do this work on her own. She has wonderful volunteers who contribute to the Care Center efforts. During Christmas she was able to hand out $5.00 McDonald’s gift certificates to the homeless due to the generosity of volunteer Carol Zbeda. She also works with Carol Coy to assist homeless veterans. Ernst calls Veronica Stemmer “an angel to the animals” for her generous contributions to the Pet Care Corner.

Laura Austin Photo: Carrie Ernst opens the Grace Lutheran Church Care Center on Wednesdays and Fridays

Story First Published: 2022-01-07