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Trinity Life Ministry trying to stay afloat amid coronavirus restrictions

Coronavirus restrictions are impacting local nonprofits that help people in our community, including Trinity Life Ministry.

Posted: Apr 7, 2020 8:08 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2020 12:50 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Coronavirus restrictions are impacting local nonprofits that help people in our community, including Trinity Life Ministry.

"We just celebrated our 35th year last month," said Philip Gabriel, Executive Director for the organization.

Since 1985, Trinity Life Ministry has been helping men overcome addiction in our community with locations in Lafayette and Crawfordsville.

"Right now we have probably 40 guys who are in residence for a year getting help for their addiction," said Gabriel. 

Helping men like Adam Winn, who fell into addiction after getting injured in a car crash.

"Trinity gives these men more of an opportunity not only to build up a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but it also gives you the time to ease your way back into a regular lifestyle," said Winn in a testimony video created by Trinity Life Ministry that was provided to News 18.

The Ministry quarantined their men before the stay at home order came down from the Governor. However, they are not accepting any new participants in the program.

"We have two coaches who live there so things are going as normal inside the house and they are still getting the programming they need," said Gabriel

What they are struggling with is how their main source of revenue has had to close its doors.

"We rely on self-funding a lot so we use our thrift stores here in Lafayette and Crawfordsville," he said. "Our men do job training in Crawfordsville but all those things are not in operation."

"Lost, then Found" in Lafayette has been a success in helping fund the program since opening in 2018. Now Gabriel can only look a things on a month by month basis.

"To look at May and June, I have no idea what that looks like," said Gabriel. "But if things continue and people help us, out I truly believe with all my heart that they will see us through every month."

Many thrift stores are not accepting donations right now, but you can still bring items to Lost, then Found.

"One of the things people get to do is clean their house while their at home and clean their closets, so that goes to help our men and pay for their care with us," he said.

You can drop items off at the back door of the Lafayette location. Gabriel said they are sanitizing items to make sure they aren't bringing any unwanted germs into the store. They are also accepting monetary donations to help fund their programs in the meantime. Click here to learn more.

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