Jefferson County Community Ministries, Inc. (JCCM) provides county residents with emergency food, clothing and limited financial assistance for utilities, fuel, prescription medications and housing. We believe that through emergency and short-term assistance, those who come to us might then be able to find more permanent solutions to their needs.
Our theme at JCCM is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” Our partnership with our churches, local businesses and civic organizations, educational institutions and schools, government agencies, and most important of all, the residents of Jefferson County, have allowed us to provide assistance to neighbors in need.
The Clothing Closet closed on April 1st in order to replace all cold-weather items with clothing designed for warmer weather. The volunteers surprised themselves, working harder and faster than anyone thought possible. A large motivating factor behind their high level of work, was the understanding that our many clients also need to get warm weather clothing. So, our Clothing Closet reopened for client shopping trips on Tuesday, April 14th. The hours remain the same, 9:00 am to noon.
Donations will resume in May, on the same schedule as before: the first two weeks of each month, from 1pm to 3pm, at the Lawrence Street door. Our limit remains three bags, or equivalent containers, of clean and gently used items.
We are now offering volunteer orientations monthly on the last Saturday of the month. The amount of time we take really depends on how many folks attend and how many questions are asked. But, plan for a couple of hours.
The next orientation will be on April 25th, beginning at 10:00 am.
As of January, 2015, the Jefferson County Homeless Coalition became a part of Community Ministries. The Coalition came into being in 2010 with a two-fold mission. The first, and shorter-term mission, is to keep people from freezing to death and the first emergency cold-weather shelter opened in December of that year to meet that first mission objective. The second, and longer-term, part of the mission is to work toward ending homelessness led to the creation in April 2011 of a “day-program” designed to provide services and support to clients in the transition out of homelessness.