Mrs. Jerome J. Crowley, Founder – South Bend chapter of Christ Child Society
Since 1947, the primary project of the Christ Child Society in South Bend has been to provide new winter clothing to economically disadvantaged children from newborn through age twelve without consideration of religion or ethnic factors. Currently our services include layettes, winter clothing for children, providing a book for a child and tutoring/mentoring.
The Christ Child Society of South Bend is run entirely by volunteers; 400+ members in all. Even though we are affiliated with the National Christ Child Society, the South Bend Chapter receives no funding from them. We receive no government or United Way funding either. All of our projects are supported through fundraising efforts and through donations.
The Christ Child Society of South Bend was founded in connection with the Roman Catholic Church but is not operated, supervised or controlled by it. We are a separate and unique organization with a secular community designation of being a charitable (501(c)(3)) organization that provides clothing and other services for any at-risk infant or child that qualifies regardless of race, creed, or color. Any member of the community regardless of race, creed, or color that wishes to pay dues is welcome to join the Christ Child Society of South Bend. Access to our programs and services does not require any religious affiliation or participation in religious activities of any kind. The mission of our organization does not include proselytizing, attempting to convert, advocating religious practices or adhering to particular beliefs. Donations received by the Christ Child Society of South Bend support services for poor children only.