Jefferson County Community Ministries got its start in September 1982 with a covenant between six Charles Town churches: Zion Episcopal, Asbury United Methodist, St.Thomas Lutheran, Charles Town Presbyterian, Charles Town Baptist, and Liberty Christian Fellowship. The goal was to create a more organized and efficient way to help people in need in Jefferson County.
In 1983, we began services in three different locations. The office area for interviewing clients was located at the Zion Episcopal Parish House, the clothing closet was located at Charles Town Presbyterian Church, and the food pantry was located at the Good Brothers Garage/Warehouse.
In 2000, we purchased the former J.C. Penney Store in downtown Charles Town where we had more space and were able to consolidate our services into one central location.
As we have grown from the original six churches to close to 50, so have our services. We continue our safety-net assistance of food, clothing, and limited financial aid for rent eviction, utilities termination, medicine, cooking and heating fuel, emergency shelter, and gasoline. We are constantly adding new services and methods to help our neighbors find more permanent solutions to their needs.