St. Martin Community Center
mission & vision
St. Martin is called to feed the poor. Our daily meals and food pantry help satisfy basic needs. As simple needs are met, the network of Health and Human Services agencies help the poor build necessary skills to work out of poverty.
For the past 15 years, as the Director of St Martin, I've seen the plight of the poor grow steadily within Grant County. As the county has become more economically depressed through business closure, there has been an increase in the need for food. Many people argue a "hand out" adds to the entitlement of those who receive government benefits. However, as one who understands the social science behind poverty, until lower level, basic human needs of food, shelter, and safety are met, higher level needs like job training, social skills and an overall advanced level of functioning are simply secondary concerns. At St. Martin, we aim to help satisfy those lower level needs, and work with the community of Human Services partners in Grant County to assist the poor in working out of poverty. Over the years we’ve helped many of those impacted by poverty become self-sustaining members of the county, and each one of those successes is worth our life’s mission to do God’s work and serve the poor.
Last year, volunteers donated more than 28,000 hours to help us feed Grant County's poor. Volunteers serve food, stock the thrift store shelves, unload trucks, perform building maintenance and much more.
President: Jose Perez, IN Health Center Director
Vice President: Mary Jackson, Detention Center
Treasurer: Paul Kuczora, Grant-Blackford Mental Health
Secretary: Barbara Winters, Retired Corporate Executive
Executive Director: Teresa Campbell, St. Martin
Celebrating 50 Years of Service to Grant County 1967-Present
St. Martin Executive Director
Nurturing our Community by Decreasing the Effects of Poverty
Last year, St. Martin provided more than 100,000 meals and 13,000 food pantry visits to the poor. We have an immeasurable debt of gratitude for local businesses and individuals who donated money, food and other items to make this possible.
Bryce Coryea, Center Township Trustee
David Ritchie, Taylor University
Reverend Paul Bowen, Retired Reverend
Joe Hoffert, Indiana Wesleyan University Professor