The Care and Share House is a volunteer-based organization that provides food, clothing, and house wares to the people of Council Bluffs and surrounding communities. Located next door to the Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, their mission is “to feed and cloth the people in our community with dignity and respect.”
The ministry has expanded to a second location on South Main Street, and United Methodist churches throughout the city are involved as volunteers to staff the stores and sort through donated items. Approximately 300 families and 700 individuals are served each month by their food pantries. Last April one young man selected dress clothes and shoes from the Care and Share Free Store in order to attend his high school prom. Other people are finding dress shirts needed for new jobs.
Financial support from area churches has funded the purchase of a truck to pick up food at the Food Bank and to make pantry deliveries to low-income housing facilities. Donations also have provided for a new heating and air conditioning unit at South Main and a new computer at Fifth Avenue. Matthew 25 funds from the Southwest District, made possible with apportionment gifts from United Methodist churches across Iowa, have assisted this ministry, as well.