United Methodist Church assistance programs.

The assistance programs arranged by United Methodist Church are only for residents of a limited area. In addition, all resources from the non-profit are very limited. While the agency will try to help when possible, unfortunately many applicants will need to be referred to other resources. Also, potential applicants must have documentation, such as proof of income. They also need to show that they have been residents of the Cabarrus County and Harrisburg service territory.

Financial assistance may be available from United Methodist Church based on funding. This is a program that is limited in scope and has a strict application process. There is also a pledge that will be required.

It will tend to be for a client that has a situational crisis such as an illness, divorce, loss of employment, or any type of financial emergency. This assistance may be to pay portions of rent, mortgage, and transportation to a job or utilities. The goal is to prevent homelessness or prevent an interruption in services of their electricity.

In addition, those qualified may receive assistance for other needs on a one-off basis. This can include paying for prescription medication or glasses on an emergency basis only.

Any grant issued by United Methodist Church is based on individual client circumstances and is offered approximately once per year at most. The process for receiving this type of financial assistance is by offering a client a pledge for the amount of money that the agency may provide. In many cases, additional resources for funding may be needed by the applicant, as the church will only help with a portion of an outstanding bill.

Once all the necessary funding has been secured by the applicant, whether it is a loan or some other source, the client will then need to bring documentation as proof of this secured funding. The last step is the United Methodist Church staff directly making payment by check to the appropriate entity, such as a landlord or utility company.

The United Methodist Church food program is for in need individuals and families seeking assistance. Groceries or perishable items are given per income qualified Harrisburg family, not on an individual basis. Non-perishable groceries, freshly made food and fresh produce are distributed when available along with holiday baskets.




Groceries are given out by the pantry at United Methodist Church. This will occur on a monthly basis and include non-perishable food items like dry good, rice, soup and cans. While more limited, household paper products, free baby food or formula and diapers are also distributed if needed.

Using donations and volunteers from the community, free Holiday Food Baskets are distributed in the months of November or December of each year. In some cases the Church may also provide small toys for children.

For those individuals and families from Concord or Harrisburg in need of proper clothing, eligible clients will receive help from United Methodist Church. This may come in the form of the items themselves or clothing vouchers. If a voucher is given, this will then be redeemed at the Thrift Boutique.

This location will have clothing and shoes for men, women and children. There may be work attire or school items too. The vouchers are non-transferrable among family members nor may they be used for cash. The thrift store is also open to the general public.

Teachers or parents that are struggling can use the thrift store and resources above to try to get free school supplies for their students as well For students that come from income qualified families in Cabarrus County, there are supplies for special projects and general classroom use available to them. This program eliminates the need for teachers to spend their own money on school supplies for their students.

The Youth Program is offered for children living in struggling and at-risk families in need of assistance. There are a few parts of this service. Summer lunches are offered during school breaks, new backpacks with school supplies are offered by United Methodist Church at the start of a new school year, referrals for financial assistance to pay for summer programs is offered and holiday gifts are distributed yearly through the Adopt-a-Family program. Children must reside with their families in Cabarrus County and also be registered in order to participate.





Free tax preparation and filings are offered in Cabarrus County. The church partners with local counseling agencies to ensure working poor families receive their maximum refunds. This free service is offered to any household in the Harrisburg North Carolina area that earned less than certain government guidelines.

There is a team ready to help that consists of trained and certified volunteer tax preparers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This is an initiative of non-profits such as the United Way and the IRS. This program saves struggling families money on paying for tax preparation and they also receive help in obtaining all due credits and deductions available to them.

United Methodist Church Adult Education is another program offered. This service places a focus on enhancing work and life skills to make motivated, job seeking adults more marketable in the employment arena. Classes are free to clients and the general public based on available space. Sessions cover everything from creating a resume to the use of computer software, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel and more.

The church can be reached at 704-455-2311. All resources are limtied, and the above is only a samplying of referrals that can be provided.




By Jon McNamara

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