Providing Food and Other Assistance to Families in Need
The Family Care Ministry provides assistance to families in need such as food, personal care items, household products, clothing, and prayer and wise counsel. Many families served are in crisis due to underemployment, unemployment, medical crisis, fire, or poverty. The elderly and children are a large percentage of the individuals served.
"I never thought I would ever be to the point in my life where I had nothing. I had to completely start over. I lost my home, my job, and my goal in life. When I came to the Family Care Ministry of the City Rescue Mission, you not only helped me with my material needs...I found a friend."
- Sandra, Family Care Ministry client
The Mission's Family Care Ministry is there not only to help in emergencies, but is also preventive in nature because it often helps people in need before addiction, abuse or homelessness sets in. Our caring and compassionate staff is there to be a friend, a helper, a teacher, and an encourager as they meet the physical needs of hurting and hungry people while introducing them to the only One who can really change their lives, the Lord Jesus Christ.
In addition, the Family Care Ministry also operates the Inter-Church Food Bank which provides food and other items to church members who have a need for food or other assistance through a Pastor referral. Pastors may contact the Family Care Ministry for more information about this service and to obtain a Referral Form.
Special and Holiday Assistance
The Family Care Ministry sends children back to school in style each August by providing needed school supplies and a new back pack. Each year at Thanksgiving, the Family Care Ministry provides a special basket of food individually created for each family (according to size) that not only provides a great Thanksgiving meal, it includes food for several days thereafter. The Family Care Ministry's Christmas distribution provides gifts of pajamas, socks, underwear, and toys to area children in need. Each year several hundred children have a brighter Christmas morning thanks to this caring outreach. It is only through the generosity of many churches, organizations and individuals that these special programs can take place.