March 22, 2019  |  News, Stories


The Lebanon Community of Shalom is able to have a major impact in Boone County thanks to the many volunteers and local partnerships with churches and civic organizations. In 2018, volunteers served over 13,000 hot meals at Shalom and distributed 22,545 sack lunches to 4,505 kids through the Sack Lunch Program, which distributes a full week of nonperishable sack lunches to school-aged children during the 13 weeks school is not in session. These programs are impacting lives every day and the 100+ Women of Impact members recognized that and voted the Shalom House as the 2019 first quarter grant recipient.

This morning, Lisa Williams, Program Coordinator for Lebanon Community of Shalom, met with Women of Impact members and sponsors to receive the $8,000 grant. “Every single gift helps. $20 here and $20 there all add up to help us continue forward in our mission of helping the people of Boone County”, says Lisa. “This grant is amazing and we thank you all so very much.” One of the Women of Impact members, Liz Drury, attended the check presentation with her two sons, Sam and Jacob. “I love to cook and have volunteered at the Shalom House through multiple organizations”, says Liz. “It allows me to do what I love while helping build up our home community that has been so good to me and my family.”

The Shalom House is a dine-in facility where free meals are served weekly on Tuesdays (5-7pm), Saturdays (11-1pm), and the last Thursday of every month (5-7pm). The mission is to impact the people of Boone County by feeding bodies and encouraging the spirit, while feeding the community so that one day no one will ever experience hunger. We are not only addressing hunger, but also loneliness and the wellbeing of senior citizens and low income families who are struggling in our community“, says Lisa. “Shalom seeks to help the growth of individuals through our strong supportive community and caring for the persons within that community.”

The Shalom House is located at 304 W. Green Street in Lebanon. The organization is always looking for volunteers. They are also currently looking for three community volunteers to join the board. If you are interested in volunteering and/or joining the board, please contact Lisa at 765.891.9065.

Thank you Boone County for stepping up to fill a need alongside Shalom. We truly believe it is better in Boone County.

For more information on the Women of Impact group and how you can get involved, visit here or contact Julie Reagan, Development & Communications Director for the Community Foundation of Boone County.