Ada Jenkins Center crisis and medical programs.

Some of the resources from Ada Jenkins Center include free dental and medical care, crisis assistance, food, meals, and basic needs. The non-profit charity provides programs in certain portions of Mecklenburg County as well as Iredell. While resources are limited, they do their best to help people in an emergency or provide referrals if they can’t.

The Crisis Assistance Ministries is what may help with meeting financial needs. This is very limited though and will come with multiple restrictions. The charity, using donations, may offer funds, or loans, for some of the following.  A major focus is on homeless prevention, so there may be help for paying utility bills, rent, or maybe a security deposit to rehouse the homeless.

Most of this emergency aid from Ada Jenkins Center is for people that reside in Huntersville, Cornelius, or the towns of Davidson. If the organization can’t help, then they will try to provide referrals to other local non-profits or government agencies. Many requirements are in place, such as income limits, proof of ID, copies of leases and bills, and much more.

Additional financial aid is part of the Sunshine Fund, and this is a form of emergency rent and energy assistance. It is offered in partnership with Mooresville Christian Mission. There may be grants for rent or utility bills for low income families in Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville or Cornelius.

Basic needs and free food from Ada Jenkins Center

There are several places in the region, and Mecklenburg County that offer food, meals, clothing, and other support. This can include free holiday meals, boxes of groceries, and more.

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is one key partner. They offer help for Cornelius, Huntersville, Davidson and South Iredell County. It is a so called client choice pantry, so people can only acquire what they need. This limits waste and makes the pantry very effective. It relies on donations and volunteers as well.

To use Loaves and Fishes, a referral is needed. Some of those key partners include Goodwill, the Mecklenburg Salvation Army, churches, pastors, and other non-profits. Families can use the pantry only every couple months.




Life Compass is the name of another program from the Ada Jenkins Center. They offer care coordination and case management as well. There is also referrals to emergency rental or utility bill assistance from the Sunshine Fund, the Bin, and employment resources and solutions administered. Clients will develop a self-sufficiency plan and stability with a case manager. This is often required in order to get any financial help from the non-profit. Other services available include.

  • Holiday assistance, including free Christmas gifts or meals.
  • Job placement, search in the Mecklenburg and Charlotte region, resume building skills, coaching, and more.
    There are also classes to improve computer skills and employment success. There is also GED and ESL and evening computer classes.
  • Referrals to state of North Carolina DSS community social services and public aid.

Basic needs are offered from Lydia's Loft. This may have school or work clothing as well as food. Applications are processed at the Ada Jenkins Center. Clients can only use the clothing closet at most once every 2 months. Extensive support and proof of hardship will be required in order to get assistance from the program. The address of the Loft is 203 North Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC 28078.

A local Senior Nutrition and Food Center serves a hot meal and also offers clients fun, nutrition, and other support services. The free congregate meals and food items are served in the afternoon every weekday at the center or local churches and charities. This service is available all across Mecklenburg County for anyone over the age of 60. When needed, transportation is available to the homebound, sick, or disabled on a limited basis.





Information on free or low cost health and dental services from Ada Jenkins Center

They operate a mobile dental clinic in Iredell as well as parts of Mecklenburg County. Some of what may be provided by hygienists and volunteers includes extractions, free dental screenings, cleanings, fillings, oral health education and referrals to more specialty care. A minimal fee or small donation is requested too. The care is focused on the uninsured and very low income. There is coverage in areas such as Huntersville, Mooresville, Troutman, Cornelius, and Davidson.

Other medical care is arranged as well. This Ada Jenkins service is also focused on the uninsured in the region. There is care for infants, seniors, and people of all ages. Both chronic and short term, basic needs are offered. There may be patient education, medication management, nurse assessments, lab work, and more.

Clients also will be provided information on other social services, such as the application process for Medicaid and public clinics. So the center will provide more than just basic checkups.

For more information, the Ada Jenkins Center is located at 212 Gamble St., Davidson, North Carolina 28036, call (704) 896-0471.



By Jon McNamara

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