GARY | Rebuilding the Breach Ministries, which owns and operates the Bakery House, a residence for indigent men at 4913 Broadway, recently dedicated a new kitchen at the residence which was a contribution of Ross and Lexi (Orfanos) Pangere of Crown Point. The restaurant quality appliances replace equipment that was more than 20 years old.
Once called the 49th Avenue Bakery, the Bakery House now has kitchen equipment valued at over $15,000 that allows for more flexibility and greater options in providing quality meals to some 26 men on a regular basis and 40 who attend a Wednesday afternoon gathering.
“We have a passion for helping those in need and with different abilities," said Ross Pangere, president of The Ross Group, a design construction firm in Portage. "Our hope is that our contribution will support the work of the Bakery House and will inspire others to do the same.
“The Bakery House provides opportunities that are unique to social support and care giving. The more this community supports its operations and programs, the greater the opportunities for the men they serve."
In addition, Michael Minogue, of Highland, and Thrivent Financial Services for Lutherans, recently presented a $5,000 check to officers of Rebuilding the Breach Ministries Inc.
Under the firm's “Lutheran Community Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need” grant program, the funding was awarded to the organization based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emotional and /or spiritual needs in the local community.
Rebuilding the Breach Ministries is also participating in a two-to-one challenge grant program sponsored by the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. For every dollar raised from donors through March 31, the foundation will provide an additional 50 cents—up to $5,000—in support of the the ministry.
Thomas Brown, chair of Rebuilding the Breach Ministries Inc. said, “The board of directors is truly honored and grateful that this firm and family has chosen the Bakery House to make a significant contribution. Their doing so will enable us to take on additional programs and services that were heretofore only a discussion among us.”
For information, log on to rebuildingthebreachministries.org or call Marianne Manning at (219) 663-3504.