Some of the programs administered by Cooperative Christian Ministry include a free food pantry and emergency financial assistance, with particular attention on housing needs, such as homeless prevention. A number of churches are part of the ministry, and volunteers work with the faith based groups to help the less fortunate and working poor.
Any type of financial aid paid out, whether it is for food, loans for paying certain bills, or housing assistance will require the client to take on personal responsibility. This is a requirement as funds from the churches are limited, and the Cabarrus County charities and also the centers in Rowan County will require people to be self-sufficient.
There are a combination of grocery stores and food pantries in the region that work together to combat hunger. They have perishable items, goods such as baby food and formula, meats, and more. The primary CCM centers in the community are below, and they also partner with other North Carolina and national non-profits such as Feeding America.
For the homebound, volunteer drivers may bring items to their residence, whether it is in Rowan or some other nearby county. This is an added service that also allows the driver to check on the health of the participant.
In addition to the pantries above, the Samaritan’s Table is a weekly service that provides struggling families with a free meal. There is also help for the homeless and anyone struggling with hunger.
BackPack food assistance is for children and students. Cooperative Christian Ministry and the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Metrolina provide snacks and boxes of food to students for the weekend or over the holidays. Since many do not have access to school free lunches over those time frames, the BackPack helps ensure they do not go hungry during those periods of time.
Housing Assistance is offered in a few different ways, provided resources are available. The main components are below.
Churches and the Cooperative Christian Ministry also offer emergency financial aid, and this will depend on money raised from the community. There may be funds from CCM for expenses such as rent to stop evictions, prescription medications, or other shelter costs. Other forms of assistance, such as no interest loans, may be provided to help keep the power on and assist with preventing utility disconnections. There may even be occasional support for partial mortgage payments.
When applying for help from CCM or one of its churches, proof of hardship and future self-sufficiency is needed. The funds are only for people that can get back on track and live independently in the future.
The main address of the organization is PO Box 1717, Concord, North Carolina 28026-1717. Call them at (704) 786-4709, or one of the churches above may have more information.
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