Family Services Ministry
Helping to Meet the Needs of our Community
One in five people live below the poverty level right here in Columbus
Loss of a job, a medical emergency, or any one of life’s storms can turn a family’s world upside, even resulting in homelessness. Our Family Services ministry, located on our main campus at 2903 Second Avenue, is standing by to help.
The Family Services ministry provides food, clothing, household goods, furniture and (limited) utility assistance to clients who live in the community. The Family Service coordinator sees 15-20 clients per day who are in need of help. The most frequent request is for food, followed by clothing, and utility assistance. A food referral from the Department of Family & Children’s Services (DFACS) and picture identification is required in order to receive food assistance.
We also make a huge effort to meet seasonal needs:
During the stifling summer heat, donors generously donate electric fans, which are distributed free of charge to members of the community with a verifiable need. Many do not own a fan, or may have air conditioning which is cost-prohibitive to operate. These fans can literally be life-saving to people who are so grateful for a way to “beat the heat”.
And, of course, the opposite problem exists in the cold winter months. Again, heaters are donated and distributed, to provide welcome relief from the cold weather.
Most important of all, our Family Services coordinator offers to pray with each client with whom she meets. Many clients feel free to share some of the struggles they are facing and appreciate being pointed toward God and His concern for their situation.
Loaves and Fishes
Men, women, and children, who are homeless or hungry are welcome to join us each day for the Loaves and Fishes meal program. Making ends meet is a huge struggle for many of our neighbors and that includes finding the resources to provide nutritious meals.
Each day, our dining room doors open at 3:45 p.m. for anyone in need to enter and find a warm smile, an encouraging word, and a healthy meal. We start with a brief devotional thought, a prayer of thanks for the provision of the food, and then it’s meal time.
During the summer months, we have many families with children join us; their kids receive a free lunch at school during the academic year, but stretched finances may not allow for feeding them adequately when they’re home for the summer. We are always glad to see them.
Your donations of food and finances make this free program possible. Your hands-on involvement is needed too! We need folks to come in and help prepare the meals, serve them in the food line, and then help with some light clean-up afterward. Both individuals and small groups of 6-8 volunteers are welcome. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 706-322-8267, ext. 209, for more details.