The Faith Alliance has also joined the Reach Out Lakota effort to provide needy children with the tools — backpacks and supplies — they need to succeed in school. She said there were some churches already supporting the back-to-school program but they were sometimes getting too much of one thing and not enough of another, so they organized the church effort.
Sue Cheney and Andrea Subler, who coordinate Reach Out Lakota’s program said the Faith Alliance has been a Godsend.
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“Through our partnership with the Faith Alliance we have been able to completely fill the school supply needs of over 450 students this year,” Cheney said. “By our estimation, the Faith Alliance provided 90 percent of the donations that were distributed helping to ensure that all children in our community receive the tools they need to have a successful school year.”
Mahlock said the Faith Alliance started with a network of churches in Liberty and West Chester townships, but has grown to be so much more.
“It’s really neat, it’s really blossomed it’s not just a church ministry now,” Mahlock said. “It started out as one but now it’s really a whole community outreach. It’s very, very cool.”