This article was originally published in the Dayton Daily News which can be found here. The Bellbrook Sugarcreek Community Support Center provides everything from food, hygiene products, diapers, household items, clothes and other social services. A “birthday wishes” program created by executive director Kelsey Hurlburt allows clients in need to sign up their child to receive a gift purchased by a community member and a cupcake from a local bakery.

The number receiving services from the center has increased from just a few families before the pandemic to more than 50 per week, most from the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek area. While much of the massive increase can be attributed to increased visibility of the center, part of it is due to lingering effects of COVID.



This article was originally posted on the website Neighbor Share and can be viewed here.

As the wife of a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, Kelsey W. Hurlburt knows first-hand the importance of a welcoming, inclusive community. Kelsey has never lived in one home for more than four years. Moving around, learning to understand people and culture, and building community have been constant elements of her life.

What Kelsey didn’t realize is how critical that experience would be to helping change the trajectory for so many people.