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Church on the Rock/Use What You've Got Records

Identifier: MSS128

Scope and Contents

Records include incorporation documents, general correspondence, IRS correspondence, financial records including purchase of the bus, a brief history, and news clippings.


  • 1990 - 1991


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to the public without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Biographical / Historical

The Church on the Rock/Use What You've Got Ministry began in Indianapolis in 1989, organized by Reverand James and Cecelia Whitfield. The main focus of the ministry at its inception was to provide transportation for family members and friends to visit loved ones serving time in Indiana prisons.

The Society of Retired Executives assigned Alice Ross to help the Whitfields with their project, and she, in turn, asked her attorney duaghter, Roberta, for assistance in obtaining a bus and acquiring nonprofit status for the ministry.

A 1974 school bus provided transportation to prisons near Indianpolis on two weekday afternoons and travels to prisons farther away on weekends. A suggested donation of $10 for trips of an hour or less and $25 for longer trips helped to defray the expense of the bus and insurance.

Use What You've Got Prison Ministry separated from Church on the Rock with a separate 501(c)3 status in 2003. Both organizations continue to serve encarcerated people, their families, and formerly encarcerated people.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 document case)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by a representative of James and Cecelia Whitfield in 1995. A signed deed of gift was received from Cecelia Whitfield in 1998. A95-39.


  • "Community of Faith." Indianapolis Star, March 4, 200: G6.
  • "Use What You've Got Prison Ministry: A Driving Force for Families." Accessed August 16, 2017.
Church on the Rock/Use What You've Got Records, 1990-1991
Angela White
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Repository Details

Part of the Philanthropic Studies Archives Repository

IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
Room 0133
Indianapolis IN 46202 USA