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The people who live and work in the Decatur region are givers. We give our time and resources to numerous causes. We come together when there is a need. We prove it again and again and again.

Those characteristics are on display with the new Northeast Community Fund building that will take shape starting Thursday near Wabash Crossing. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. at 839 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, site of a $2.5 million new headquarters for the nonprofit organization.

The 20,000-square-foot project planned adjacent to Crossing Healthcare is a welcomed contrast. Less cramped. More space to do the group’s mission of helping others, their focus since 1969.

The organization was founded by St. John’s Lutheran Church, Wagner Castings, CB&Q Foundries and Superior Welding. Originally called The St. John’s Northeast Community Fund, it started in a house at 1119 E. Condit Street, then moved to 1128 E. Orchard St., then 825 N. Water.

With each move, the mission remains the same. The need remains great.

Northeast Community Fund is a critical source of assistance for Decatur. At a time when state funding for assistance is inconsistent at best, organizations like this act as a safety net, providing food, prescription medicines and counseling.

They are the ones making Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets. They are the ones on the front lines of poverty.

They are making a difference.

The giving continues.


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