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Formerly Shepherd’s Cove Clothing Pantry

347 W. Lusher Ave. Elkhart, IN 46517

1-574-226-0261

Our pantry is FREE! We are able to help people in our community or from ANYWHERE, because of amazing people who donate to us. We have clothing from Newborn to plus sizes, shoes, books, toys, household items and more. It’s a great time to stock up on warm clothes!

The COVE will be closed on Friday July 5th

Our Mission

We exist to help the community grow in the love of Jesus by providing for physical, spiritual, and educational needs.

2024 Total Shoppers First Time Shoppers Family Members Served
April 247 79 1005
May 304 111 1169

 

Our History

The Cove originally started as an outreach ministry of a local church in 2006, opening once a month. By 2011, it was determined to open once a week to meet the growing need of the community during the economic downturn. During the next 3 years, there was such an increase in the number of clients and donations that we outgrew our location.

We were now opening twice a week. In 2014, the Lord provided a building for us! Our current location was generously donated by a local family. Due to the generosity of the community donations, we are utilizing our entire building. We became a 501c3, non-profit organization when we received the building. The Cove is entirely run by volunteers. The director, board, and staff, all freely give of their time to make this community asset available to those in need.

Looking to help our cause?

Store Rules

Please read the rules before entering the shop

• We are limiting our shoppers to 70 families a day. There will be 2 groups of 35 families each. They will each have 45 minutes to shop.

• You may only shop one time a month.

• You need a picture ID to shop.

• Everyone can have two banana boxes and one basket for their items.

 

Donation Days

Our donation days are every Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 1pm.

*We no longer will be taking furniture or TV’s*

Shopping Hours

Wednesday: Check-in 5pm & shopping starts at 5:30pm.

Friday: Check-in 10am & shopping starts at 10:30am. 

Events

*Parking lot sale on June 22nd with a rain date of June 29th 

*Children’s Resale for Fall will be November 1, 2024 from 4pm-8pm and November 2, 2024 from 9am-1pm at 21565 Executive Parkway in Elkhart (Northern Indiana Event Center)

*Days we will be closed…Memorial Day Weekend May 24th, 2024;  Friday July 5th; Labor Day weekend August 30, 2024; Thanksgiving week of November 25th 2024.

*Last day for donations will be Tuesday, December 17th, 2024.

*Last day for shopping will be Wednesday, December 18th, 2024.

Helping Hands

”These are ministries and organizations we have helped in 2022 and 2023 by suppling clothing, shoes, toys, bedding and hygiene products. We hope to continue helping these ministries and organizations plus more in need.

Fresh Paint , Heart City Outreach, Bashor Children’s Home,  Susanna’s Kitchen, Elkhart Women’s Shelter,  Elkhart County Feral Cat Coalition ,  The Window, Saving Grace Advocacy, Women’s Care Center, Living Faith Pantry, Nazarene Baby Room, B.A.G. Ministries,   Concord Little League,  Teen Challenge, RETA, Local nursing homes

Thanks to Feed the Children for their donations of clothes and hygiene items.

We participated in the following programs in our community.

  • Police Night Out
  • Elkhart Teachers University
  • Heart City Health Fair
  • Wellfield Botanic Gardens Giving Tree
  • Goshen First Fridays

We have also had a parking lot sale

( June 17, 2023) to help raise operating funds.

 

Looking to volunteer?

Translators needed!

We are currently looking for translators for our shopping hours on Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings. 

Location

Board Members

Linda Boss – President

Mick Hoeflinger – Secretary

Susie Good – Member

Leigh Holland – Member