Central Lutheran Church Donation to Thumbs Up


On Monday, February 13th, Thumbs Up was presented a check in the amount of $15,000 from Central Lutheran Church.

Central recently completed a three year building campaign to make some building upgrades to their church. The church set aside ten percent of the building campaign to tithe to local organizations whom they are not already supporting. Central’s subcommittee was tasked with advising the Church Council on potential partnerships.

Lead Pastor Ryan Braley, said, “We are very excited to be able to help support the mission and ministry of Thumbs Up and any pressing needs they may have.”

Thumbs Up will utilize these funds in a number of ways including the after school program for teens, cheer bags, bereavement outreach and smiles for seniors to name a few. “We are so grateful for donations like this. They make a huge impact on the work we are doing to support folks who struggle with a mental health disorder and also those families who have lost a loved one to suicide.” says Executive Director, Katie Shatusky. “We cannot thank Central Lutheran Church enough for this generous donation from their congregation and to everyone who donated to this building campaign.” says Shatusky.

About Thumbs Up

Thumbs Up aspires to help others in our community to “Keep Moving Forward” by talking about mental health. The Thumbs Up organization was founded in 2014 by several community members to honor their loved ones who took their own lives after living in silence with mental illness. The organization is dedicated to educating and teaching others through community awareness initiatives about mental illness, the warning signs of suicide, and what to do to help others who struggle. For more information about Thumbs Up, visit them online www.thumbsupformentalhealth.org or call 763-355-9132.

To learn more about Central Lutheran Church visit https://clcelkriver.org/

Pictured in photo below left to right: Pete Knapp, Kira McCarty, Emily McCarty, Traci Stevenson, Katie Shatusky, Jody Kreuser, Bob Ruprecht and Ryan Braley

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