The Co-op is available to students enrolled in classes leading to ordination in the holy ministry or certifications as a deaconess. Food, clothing, and household items are available at no cost to the students. Students register and volunteer time for the privilege of use. All monetary gifts given to the Co-op for food items are restricted to the purchase of grocery items on the shelves of the Food Co-op.
The Food Co-op is staffed and open from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Clothing Co-op is staffed and open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon when classes are in session.
There are two facilities on the campus housing the Co-op. Food Co-op is located in the lower level of the student commons. It is set up with shelves, freezers and coolers to hold the perishable and non- perishable items. Paper products, cleaning supplies and diapers may also be available. The Food Co-op follows the guidelines of the Allen County, Indiana Board of Health as required for our permit to operate. This guarantees the proper storage and display of the food items. Many students report that 75 percent to 85 percent of their grocery needs are met at this facility. Students may shop one day per week.
Clothing and household items are located in Spiegel Hall, which is a former dormitory building on the north side of the campus. Men’s women’s, and children’s clothing plus household items, including furniture and appliances can be available. Students shop at their own discretion for their family needs. No money or vouchers of any kinds is needed. Students may shop six days per week in this facility.
- Over the Counter medications are available.
- Donations of school supplies are available in August each year.
- Layettes of new baby items are given to each family that has an infant born to them.
- Donated gift cards are distributed at Christmas to students.
- Each family chooses a handmade quilt, given by quilting groups from around Synod.
The Co-op relies solely on the generous donations of individuals, congregations and organizations. Most students live on a very limited income while preparing to serve the Church. These facilities are truly a blessing to the students and their family members.