Evansville Ministry Clothing Released Inmates and the Unemployed

Organizations like the Evansville Christian Life Center are working to make sure those experiencing tough times from the pandemic have the right clothing to stay heated, especially as temperatures dip into the freezing range.

Posted: Dec 2, 2020 5:25 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2020 7:55 PM

Hats, gloves and a coat -- sometimes these warm ware items are taken for granted.

But, for many facing eviction and loss of jobs from the struggles of the pandemic, not having these pieces of clothing can mean the difference between life or death, especially as temperatures drop dangerously low.

And clothing banks like the Evansville Christian Life Center are adamant about helping to dress those in need.

"If you don't have a lot of money and you have to pay your rent and utilities, then there is nothing left to get your children clothing or a coat or for yourself for work,” said Gina Gibson, the executive director of the Evansville Christian Life Center. “And so they can come in and everything is a quarter.”

And with 12,000 square feet, there is plenty of room to socially distance, with only one family shopping at a time.

For one man just released from Posey County Jail, being able to cheaply purchase clothing means he has a better chance at securing a job.

"He's going to be relocated and actually lived in Evansville and he has nothing,” said David Majewski, a pastor. “He literally just had a shirt and a pair of pants. And he needed everything. He needed undergarments, socks. So the Christian Life Center is not only able to help someone like that, but they help the weak, the weary and forgotten."

And whether it is providing treatment at their free health clinic or clothing those in need, the Evansville Christian Life Center just wants to support families getting back on their feet.

"Helping them find those resources and tools to be successful -- that's what we want more than anything,” Gibson said. “We want them not only to survive, but to thrive."

Due to safety concerns, the Evansville Christian Life Center Clothing Bank is now only open from 9:30 to 12:30 on Wednesdays.

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Our Tuesday was nothing short of chilly, gloomy, gray and wintry throughout the Tri-State; afternoon high temperatures only reached as high as the middle to low 30s throughout the region. Our peak temperature of 32° in Evansville was 16° below the norm for this time of the year. As for the evening ahead, cloud cover and cool air will linger - additionally, there have been reports of sporadic flurries on and off throughout the day and some portions in the Lower Ohio Valley may continue to see brief snow showers through 10 o’clock this evening. Our winds will shift southward overnight tonight into early Wednesday morning and while it won’t necessarily drive temperatures higher for the predawn hours, It will help keep temperatures from falling much further than where they currently stand. Extract the morning low temperature near 29° in Evansville as we kick off our midweek.
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