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Programs & Services

                                   Getting Help

United Christian Ministries provides food, toiletries, personal items, household items, and financial assistance to residents of Jackson County. For assistance, apply in person at our office at 191 Skyland Drive. Bring a photo ID, utility bill, or other bill showing proof of residency. A staff member will personally interview you and determine how we can best help you.

Covid procedures: only staff and volunteers are allowed in the building. Please come to the ramp at our front door, and someone will come out to greet you. If you wait for more than a few minutes, please call us at 586-8228 to let us know that you are outside.

 

How We Can Help

Food Assistance: Our most frequent help request is for food. We operate a client-choice food pantry with canned vegetables and fruits, fresh vegetables, cereals, pastas, frozen meats, and more. Clients may receive food assistance as often as every two weeks.

Personal Items and Household Goods: We can provide personal toiletry items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste) and household items (laundry detergent, dish detergent) upon request. 

Financial Aid: Limited financial assistance is available to pay for local utilities, past due rent, prescription co-pays, and some other expenses. To apply for financial assistance, please bring an official bill or statement showing the amount due. We provide financial assistance once per year.

 

Other Services

During cold weather months, we distribute blankets and other cold weather items donated to us. We can also refer you to other local agencies who can help with winter clothing and heat.

At Thanksgiving, we traditionally create a Thanksgiving food kit for our residents in need. The kit changes each year depending on donations and needs.

At Christmas, we partner with our local schools to provide large food bags to students whose families need support. These bags help to ease the added food needs when school is out for Winter Break. Thousands of food items are donated by churches, businesses, and individuals to fill over 400 bags each year.

 

Referrals

UCM staff can refer you to other agencies to help meet your emergency needs. We coordinate with many Jackson County agencies to help keep our residents warm, housed, and fed. You may download a list of other local resources here. For financial planning/budgeting assistance, visit Consumer.gov | what to know and do. You may download a personal budget worksheet here.