Since its origin, Community Emergency Service (CES) has provided high-quality direct service to people in need. Through direct aid relief, advocacy, referral, guidance and prayer support, if desired, CES seeks to strengthen families and individuals. The goal of CES is to move them beyond crisis to financial stability, as well as emotional health, personal growth and spiritual depth.
This is a transformational time for CES. As of October 2012, CES has its own 501(c)(3) status as Community Emergency Service, Inc., previously under Augustana Lutheran Church (ALC) and continues to have an ongoing, active relationship with ALC. In the last several years we have a new legal status, a renovated building, a new executive director, a re-energized board, experienced staff leading significant program growth and many volunteers who give added inspiration.
The last few years also have seen:
- increased capacity for offering fresh and frozen foods with our walk-in refrigerator/freezer
- investment by congregations, foundations, businesses and individuals in our organization
- expansion of our services through the Home Delivery program and East African Distribution
- continuation of the normal ongoing services of care