New Path honored for work

Bill Lutz

Bill Lutz

By Melody Vallieu

TIPP CITY — The New Path Inc., the outreach ministry arm of Ginghamsburg Church, has received accolades.

According to Bill Lutz, executive director, New Path has been recognized by the nonprofit organization Charity Navigator, as a Four-Star Charity.

Charity Navigator is a nationally recognized organization that rates charities on financial sustainability, accountability and transparency and program delivery.

New Path also has been named an Accredited Charity by the Dayton chapter of the Better Business Bureau, according to Lutz.

“Our organization has worked hard to demonstrate that it is a good steward of the resources in which we have been entrusted,” Lutz said. “We are honored and humbled by the recognition our organization has received.”

New Path services to the Miami County community include:

• Anna’s Closet, 1405 S. County Road 25-A, Troy. — A retail store specializing in gently used clothing, along with fair trade decor and chocolates.

• The Gleaning Place, 31 N. Miami St., West Milton — Specializes in gently used home products.

• Tipp City Choice Food Pantry, 7695 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City — The food pantry serves Miami County residents who provide a photo ID and proof of residency.

• GIVE Medical Ministry, 1000 Mote Drive, Covington — The ministry provides assistance, at no charge, to people with medical needs, particularly those having limited financial resources.

• J.J.’s Furniture, 7695 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City — Provides home furnishings and household items to families leaving a shelter for a home of their own, victims of domestic violence, as well as fire and flood victims.

• C.A.R. Program — Provides vehicles to households without any transportation.

• New Path Time Bank — Membership fees of $1 a month allows families to connect in the organization’s web-based Time Bank where members exchange goods and services using “time” to make a purchase. This reciprocal exchange can be done with any member and does not need to be a direct exchange.

• GED Program, held in Dayton — Many young people drop out of school before realizing the impact on their future. This class not only teaches but encourages students of any age. Some students go on to local colleges and others to better paying jobs.

• Open Table — A free community meal provided at Ginghamsburg Church, 6795 S. County Road 25-A. The meal is an opportunity to experience fellowship, friendship and a hot meal.
The organization also has dental and Jobs for Life program, among others.

“The entire New Path team is thankful for all the support the community has provided to us over the years,” Lutz said. “We have been able to provide food, clothing and transportation for those families and individuals facing real needs and we can only do it through the generous support of our donors.”

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