“We called our project ‘Neighborhood Cleanup.’ There were about 40 people who participated including some teenagers. Many of the participants were from the St. Mark’s United Methodist Church congregation but there were also some from the neighborhood. We partnered with the Chamberlain Neighborhood Association for the project. One unique thing about the St. Mark’s UMC congregation is that many of them are from the Elkhart County Work Release program. Some of these folks attend our service on Sundays and were eager to help out in the cleanup process,” said Jo Geleske of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Goshen.

“With people’s contact being limited because of COVID we felt this type of project could bring people together to uplift the neighborhood and share their stories. Our church is committed to remaining in this neighborhood and to serving the community,” said Geleske.

St. Mark’s UMC received a Vibrant Neighborhoods micro-grant to fund a neighborhood cleanup and barbecue event on July 17.

Learn more about Vibrant Neighborhoods here.


  • Sherry Weaver says:

    I would like to talk to someone from St. Mark’s in Goshen to learn how they organized and put the word out.
    If possible please have someone contact me at the information below

    Thank you

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