Ruth Fischer was recently named the Executive Director of the Clay County Cooperative Benevolence Ministry. Ms. Fischer retired in 2006 as the Executive Director of the Bethesda Elderly Housing Corporation in Terre Haute. She had been employed at Bethesda Housing for more than 20 years, working with low-income seniors in housing. Ms. Fischer's husband, John is a retired United Methodist minister and serves the Prairie City United Methodist Church. They have three sons, and live on the family farm in Center Point.
The Clay County Benevolence Ministry is an alliance of churches, social organizations and individuals who have covenanted together to strive to relieve human suffering in the Clay County area thru direct assistance with appropriate resources and referrals (i.e. educational, emotional and spiritual support and financial aid). The Clay County Benevolence Ministry has been in existence since August of 2000. Since that time there have been over two thousand families assisted from the Clay County area.
The Clay County Benevolence Ministry will see a family for any reason, however, the ministry will primarily financially assist the working family who has been laid off, hours have been cut, sudden illness or accident and disabled who are on fixed incomes, but often are over guidelines for any other assistance.
The Clay County Cooperative Benevolence Ministry is a United Way Agency and receives funding by donations from churches, individuals, grants, civic groups and social agencies.
If you would like more information about the Clay County Cooperative Benevolence Ministry or to schedule an appointment, please call 446-4357. Office hour are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10 a.m. -3 p.m. and Wednesday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.