We Care Community Resource Centers
Mission: We Care Community Resource Center exists to serve all of our neighbors.  We accomplish this by:
 
  • Providing caring, professional conversations with individuals to determine the services needed.
  • Connecting people to resources available through the We Care office or through local churches and other non-profit organizations.

Vision: We Care envisions a community that works and acts together to love, value, and to serve our neighbors.
Values: Faith, Hospitality, Integrity, Love, Respect, Service, and Volunteerism.
 
We Care Community Resource Center shall operate exclusively for the purposes described in Section 501(c)(3) of the internal Revenue Code.
History

Launched in 1982 as an ecumenical project of area churches, the We Care Community Resource Center is a nonprofit with a simple mission: to be THE resource center for anyone in our area, serving all our neighbors. Whether you're looking for opportunities to volunteer, donate or need assistance, We Care is here to help.

At the heart of our work are the almost three dozen pantries, ministries and programs, from food and personal hygiene pantries, to heat assistance and seasonal programs all coordinated through our centrally located offices. We Care has a variety of programs, all designed to assist people facing an emergent need, or to help fill the ongoing gap that exists for so many in our community.  The ALICE population (which stands for Assest Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) is another segment of our communities that We Care works. 

In addition to connecting people with these ministries, We Care has partnered with a wide variety of human-service agencies, community organizations, support groups, and other resources in our area to better assist those who have a need. Don't know where to go?  We'll help you find the best resources for your unique situation, all in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

We Care also offers a plethora of volunteer opportunities - from working in one of the two offices, in any one of the pantries, or assisting clients through our programs.  We Care also offers annual workshops and special programs to the community, and to help those we serve  understand the circumstances surrounding poverty.  

Thanks to the generosity of countless volunteers and donors, every year We Care is able offer a helping hand to meet over 700 needs a month.  Amazingly, during the COVID-19 crisis, We Care has served over 1,000 families a month.  This amounted to over 5000 adults and children.  Currently, we are meeting over 10,000 needs a year.

Though we continue to be fueled by our faith tradition, We Care is an independent nonprofit that serves all people – period. Our goal is to imitate the life and teachings of Jesus by offering love, compassion and help to all. 

Do you, or does someone you know, need support? Are you looking for ways you can be involved? Call one of our offices for an appointment or stop in during office hours. We would be delighted to offer you a cup of coffee and a warm welcome! 

Board of Directors

We Care is run by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Paul Layendecker, President 

Second Term Expiring 12/31/2023 

paul@wcsy.com 


Richard Allen, Vice President 

First Term Expiring 12/31/2023 

rjallensh@yahoo.com 


Bob Straits, Treasurer 

First term expiring 12/31/2021 

straits44@gmail.com 


Susan Murphey, Secretary

Second Term Expiring 12/31/2023 

susan.murphey@gmail.com 


Members At Large 


Rev. Dave Meister 

Second Term Expiring 12/31/2022

revdmeister@gmail.com
 

Jay Marcoux 

First Term Expiring 12/31/2022

jmarcoux24@gmail.com 

Jeannie Van Zoeren

First Term Expiring 12/31/2022 

vanzoren@comcast.net 
 

Mary Sue Lyon

First Term Expiring 12/31/2023 

mslyon50@gmail.com


Yolanda Brunt

First Term Expiring 12/31/2023 

brunty@covertps.org 

PICTURE, Left to Right: Current Board Member, Dave Meister; Former Board President Joe Guiltinan; Former Board Member Steve Mackey.

Staff
We Care provides over $1.5 million in goods and services each year with just 4 paid staff members: 
1 full-time director and 3 part-time staff.

Erika Morrison, Executive Director
erika@wecare-inc.org
269-637-4342 x 5#; 269-351-2803

Dana Tipken, Operations Coordinator
dana@wecare-inc.org
269-637-4342 x 4#

Debbie McPike, Bangor Office Manager
debbie@wecare-inc.org
269-427-9581 x 201


Odalis Cardoso, Hispanic Ministry and Outreach Coordinator
outreach@wecare-inc.org
269-637-4342 x 2#



PICTURED, Left to Right: Executive Director Erika Morrison, Volunteer Chad L. & Personal Care Pantry Coordinator Marion A.

Listen each Monday as Paul Layendecker, on-air personality with COSY FM talks with Executive Director Erika Morrison at 7:40 a.m. You can also click here to listen to the Podcast on Cosy's website: "COSY Cares for We Care." New episodes every Monday morning.
We Care Community Resource Center
Administrative Office
1301 M-43 Hwy, Suite 2B
South Haven, MI 49090
269-637-4342