Memphis and Shelby County Neighborhood Christian Centers programs.

NCC Compassionate Ministries provides a number of services to the working poor and less fortunate in Shelby County. A priority is on assisting seniors, families with young children, women, and residents that are employed but are faced with a one time crisis. Programs such as Women Empowered to Succeed are combined with financial support to assist the less fortunate.

While some resources are seasonal, such as Christmas assistance, others are available from NCC Compassionate Ministries but funding is limited. This will include such things as emergency money for rental expenses or an overdue utility bill.

Help from Christmas and holiday services

For the holiday season, Christmas Outreach will provide thousands of children and struggling families with free food and toys. They will also be paired with more fortunate families, and this will allow clients to receive blessings, company and support from another.

NCC wants to offer low-income individuals and families who participate in their services the opportunity to enjoy the Christmas holiday. The Adopt-A-Family program sponsored by local churches and the charity pairs those who donate goods to an in-need family. The requests for help are fulfilled using a wish list of items that would meet the needs of the applicant, hopefully making life a little easier for them. Donors to Adopt a Family may shop for the client and personally deliver any gifts to them if they so desire.

They also operate a Christmas Toy Store in Memphis for in-need children to increase their holiday spirits. It is eligible to those families that participated in the NCC year round program and ensures they can give their child a present to open during the Christmas holidays.

Free meals are passed out during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. NCC Compassionate Ministries created the Christmas Meals Baskets program which is the largest in the Shelby County region. Annually, baskets are given to thousands of families across the county.

The holiday baskets will be assembled and filled with food and groceries for a few family members up to four meals each. They are distributed by volunteers to in-need families throughout the community during the holiday season.




Additional aid from NCC Compassionate Ministries

In addition to volunteers, money is always needed too. NCC needs to raise the funds to buy the food and to run the program as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Donations will support this entire endeavor and allow Neighborhood Christian Center to continue to run these Christmas Outreach programs.

Emergency financial assistance is available for those in need of help with utility payments or maybe back rent. If the Neighborhood Christian Center can't help, then referrals can be provided to appropriate partnership agencies or loan programs in order to lead to positive outcomes for these individuals.

The Clothes Closet and Food Pantry distributes donated food, groceries and clothing throughout the Memphis community to low income individuals and also entire families to help meet their basic household needs.

NCC also partners with many other charities and organizations as part of their affiliate services. This resource is geared towards those churches, businesses and sites who wish to be added to the network in order to offer help and spirituality to neighbors in need. As part of this, missionaries are trained to target specific areas in order to reach out to as many people as possible across Shelby County to help.

There are a variety of services for in-need children to support and encourage their developmental growth and progress. The Brigance Early Childhood Testing is for infants enrolled in TTRP. If these students are eligible for this service, testing will evaluate school readiness when the time comes and identify any early needs or developmental challenges they may face in the future.

The resources are offered in partnership too. NCC encourages parents and caregivers to actively take part in their children’s education through participation in early childhood programs and in Pre-K to ensure they remain on target as they grow and develop.

Incentive programs such as access to the Baby Store helps ensure retention of families and children in the development services. Some of the assistance includes Baby Bucks, which are given to parents and caregivers each time they attend a class. These vouchers can be redeemed at the OSC Baby Store for important items such as formula, clothing, diapers, books, stroller, cribs and many other items needed for a growing child.





Helping females through the Women Empowered to Succeed Program offers them access to a program they may complete at their own individual pace. This is determined around their preexisting skill set and specific needs. This NCC program has 3 separate phases, each designed for an in-need woman to succeed and lead a life of stability and independence.

It includes teaching basic computer skills, reviewing job interview techniques, discussing job readiness/career planning and more. Other phases from Neighborhood Christian Center address things necessary for successful employment such as cover letters, proper work attire, or participating in mock interviews. Lastly, case managers will assist clients with applying for jobs, teaching strong leadership skills, and more.

There are several churches and sites that are part of Neighborhood Christian Centers. The primary locations are as follows.

  • Frank Fourmy Jr. Center is located at 223 Scott St., Memphis, TN 38112. Telephone number is (901) 881-6013.
  • The House Women’s Resource Center (Orange Mound) is at 3028 Carnes, Memphis, TN 38111. Main number is (901) 321-5426.
  • Greenbriar, 3155 Madewell St., Memphis, Tennessee 38127, 901-357-9923
  • Chickasaw location - 218 E. Red Oak #101Memphis, TN 38111. Telephone - (901) 324-8783
  • Robinhood site - 3717 Robin Park Circle, Memphis, Tennessee 38111. Call (901) 745-1369.

Neighborhood Christian Center has satellite locations in Chickasaw Place, Greenbriar, Robinhood and Pershing Park apartment complexes, and these locations focus just on those residents.



By Jon McNamara

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