Conner’s Center serves food to the public for first time since devastating fire


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Are you spending this special day surrounded by family and friends? Well, one Terre Haute non-profit has made it their mission to serve their greater family.

On Thursday volunteers provided Thanksgiving dinner for those in need. This as the Light House Mission is moving forward despite a tragic setback.

A hot meal and good company was on the menu at the Conner’s Center on 13th Street. For several decades the mission has been in the business of feeding the hungry, which includes a Thanksgiving meal for those who would otherwise go without.

“We want to make sure those that don’t have a place to go or family, or doesn’t have the money for food, we want to be able to make sure they can eat, not only on Thanksgiving, but every day,” said Reverend Timothy Long, Director of the Conner’s Center.

This year there’s a lot to be thankful for. After a devastating fire the mission, which prides itself on lending a helping hand, relied on the community to return the favor.

“That was our first priority, to get the feeding program back up and running, so that we can feed the public,” said Long.

Dozens of residents now reside at the Conner’s Center. A moving process that has been far from easy. The dining room was not ready to accommodate the public. “We would have liked to have had this done two weeks ago, because we know there are people out there going hungry,” explained Long.

On the day that’s all about giving, with the help of volunteers like Fifi’s Lunchbox, the mission has re-opened their serving lines.

“All the residents, staff, and maintenance have been working hard to get this ready. We tried to do it as fast as we could, and we’re happy to do that today,” said Long.

There’s still a long road of recovery ahead, but the Thanksgiving meal is the first of many steps towards a brighter future. “It’s coming along one step at a time. It’s getting there.”

The Conner’s Center will continue feeding the public. Meals will be served seven days a week. Lunch will start at noon. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m.