Group stays strong after Elkhart Lifeline building comes down - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Group stays strong after Elkhart Lifeline building comes down

Posted:

An Elkhart building damaged by fire is coming down but the group that occupied it says things are still looking up.  Demolition is underway on the Lifeline Youth Ministries building in Elkhart.  It was severely damaged by a fire in September and could not be saved.  But the fire has actually made the organization stronger.

Wednesday afternoon the boys High School club of Lifeline played basketball in a gym at the Elkhart YMCA.  It's something they've done for years but this year is different, they aren't playing in their gym.  Since their building was destroyed by fire they've been shooting hoops in temporary locations.

They'll never be in their old building again.  Demolition began there Wednesday morning.  Darrell Peterson the Executive Director of Lifeline Youth Ministries said, "It is a bittersweet day, there's a lot of really positive memories here."  But they haven't let the loss of their building stop them.  Member Andrew Tabler said, "We've still been together as a group and I think we'll still be together as a group."  And Dalton Briggs said, "we stay as a family."

As the walls come down at their old building the members said, "no big deal."  "It's not the building that we're really concerned about it's the people that's here and the program," said Jeremy January.

Lifeline's website says, "What man considers tragedy, God considers opportunity."  That's exactly how they view this demolition as they make plans to rebuild in a new location.  "In the past we had a 100 year old building that we tried to make fit what we wanted to do.  In the future we'll have a building that fits exactly what we want to do," said Peterson.  Eusean Spearmon said, "I know it's gonna be better than the old building...a lot better"

But really it's not the building that matters.  "I'm still gonna come whether it's in the building or outside in a tent somewhere," said January.

An interesting fact just to show how well the group is doing despite the loss of this building, Peterson said they've actually grown 25% since the fire. 

As for their new building, no location has been chosen yet.  They do plan to stay in Downtown Elkhart though.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mishawaka firefighters responding to fire on Indiana Avenue.

    Mishawaka firefighters responding to fire on Indiana Avenue.

    Mishawaka firefighters are called out to a fire at 626 Indiana Avenue. They got the call around 4:50 am Tuesday morning. No word on injuries or a cause for the fire. We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.More >>
    Mishawaka firefighters are called out to a fire at 626 Indiana Avenue. They got the call around 4:50 am Tuesday morning. No word on injuries or a cause for the fire. We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.More >>
  • Henry Davis Jr. submits letter announcing temporary leave of absence

    Henry Davis Jr. submits letter announcing temporary leave of absence

    Henry Davis Jr.Henry Davis Jr.
    South Bend Common Councilman Henry Davis Jr. is taking a temporary leave of absence from his Council duties. In a letter to Council President Oliver Davis, Henry Davis Jr. said he is taking a medical leave to concentrate on his health. He said he is unable to comment on his July 19 arrest for Operating While Intoxicated, under the advisement of legal council.

    More >>
    South Bend Common Councilman Henry Davis Jr. is taking a temporary leave of absence from his Council duties. In a letter to Council President Oliver Davis, Henry Davis Jr. said he is taking a medical leave to concentrate on his health. He said he is unable to comment on his July 19 arrest for Operating While Intoxicated, under the advisement of legal council.

    More >>
  • SB Common Council pays hefty legal bills

    SB Common Council pays hefty legal bills

    The South Bend Common Council has some hefty legal bills to take care of.The police tapes scandal forced them to hire an attorney back in 2012. Originally they hoped to have the legal fees cost them about $10,000 but it quickly escalated."Through filings in federal court and state court we were involved in three other lawsuits, this council asked us to continue our representation and we did," says Spence Walton the attorney that was hired by the council.Councilwomen Valerie Schey says the cou...More >>
    The South Bend Common Council has some hefty legal bills to take care of.The police tapes scandal forced them to hire an attorney back in 2012. Originally they hoped to have the legal fees cost them about $10,000 but it quickly escalated."Through filings in federal court and state court we were involved in three other lawsuits, this council asked us to continue our representation and we did," says Spence Walton the attorney that was hired by the council.Councilwomen Valerie Schey says the cou...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.