The Community Reserve


If you have ever been so unfortunate as to lose your home to a fire or other disaster, you will want to know there is assistance available. Or, if it is time to pare down your household furnishings, the Community Reserve in New Carlisle is available to pick up your donations.

The Community Reserve Inventory Barn, also known as the C.R.I.B., has been open for seven years and has served 426 cases of need––98 so far in 2016. The C.R.I.B. holds donated furnishings that often fill the need of families who have experienced a natural disaster and have lost most or all of their possessions. This all started with $400 and a big box truck!

Marvin LaRue took time out from his service to our community to inform our town and area what this is all about and how we all might also be of assistance. Miles Hooton and Larry Merkner, along with LaRue, opened the Community Reserve in 2009. The work is done under the New Carlisle Wesleyan Church status.

Besides the C.R.I.B in New Carlisle, there are 17 different area organizations that are helpful to those who have suffered in various ways: In our area, there is Keys Counseling, Life Line, A Hand Up and Hope Ministries located in LaPorte, South Bend, Mill Creek, and Plymouth. The Sand Castle Shelter in Michigan City is a very strong place for people in need.

To qualify for assistance from a proven disaster, a one-time policy is the criteria.

Help from residents with a volunteer spirit of involvement is always appreciated. Resident Jim Musial donated 24 practically new mattresses.

Over 400 cases so far (1,600 people with an average of four in a family) have been served. Donors plus volunteers are always needed and welcomed.

The large red building on the west end of town next to Manny’s is used to store supplies. The monthly rental of the building is $375 to $400 and is paid by the organization. Monetary donations are always welcome. For information call 574-334-0351.

The Community Reserve is a non-profit, all volunteer furniture bank, helping people establish a more comfortable home environment The Reserve works in partnership with area churches, social workers, county trustees, homeless shelters, the Salvation Army, and Red Cross units. The Reserve gives donated items to people in need.

The Reserve solicits good, gently used furniture and household items. They store donations in their storage building and distribute them, (free of charge) to clients who are referred to them by participating agencies.

The Reserve serves fire victims, storm victims, persons fleeing domestic violence, persons suffering separation because of divorce, and people found needy by area agencies.

Needed items are Beds––Mattresses/box springs/rails; Sofas and love seats; Dressers, chest of drawers; Rocker recliners, stuffed chairs; Dining tables and chairs; Appliances, refrigerators, washers and dryers, ranges, microwaves; Bedding sheets, pillows and cases; Kitchen items, dishes, cups, glasses, silverware, coffee makers, blenders, pots and pans, cooking utensils, toasters; Towels, washcloths, bathroom items; and Lamps coffee tables, end tables.

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