When things get tough!
Nearly 60 households per month receive financial assistance at CCM’s Crisis Center to keep the family together and in their home. Utility assistance is often the first line of defense to prevent homelessness in Cabarrus County. The level of financial crisis today has generated a 35% increase in the average dollars of assistance provided per household to prevent loss of utilities or eviction. The average dollars per household awarded in CCM’s current fiscal year is running 60% higher than in 2010, near the close of the recession.
When bills get behind with children in the home, the choices get tough. Between groceries, a roof or utilities, a father is going to feed his children. A roof over their heads takes precedence over risking one more month on the utility bill. Losing electricity or water in the midst of the struggle penetrates the heart of a parent and takes everything out of a father. Asking for help is the last report and the first step toward relief.
Stanley is a single dad of 2 wonderful children. Since his wife passed away 3 years ago, he has relied on long hours at work to put food on the table for his children. When he first learned that work hours were being reduced at his place of employment, his first reaction was to find a part-time job to compensate for the loss. He soon learned that additional time away from his children was not possible for a single dad.
He was able to continue to pay his rent on time and struggled to manage his other monthly bills for a while. He soon fell further and further behind on his power bill until he received a final notice of disconnection in the mail. He lay awake that night worrying about his children, coming home from school without water or power in the home.
He asked himself hard questions, “Will they understand?”, “How do I explain to them what has happened?”, “What will they think of me?” After a long night, he decided that after getting the kids on the bus, he would go and try to seek help. He called his boss that morning and explained what happened. He knew missing one day of work would mean less money at the end of the week but he was desperate to take care of his family.
Stanley approached CCM embarrassed for having to seek assistance. He left feeling better about himself, and felt like he made the right move for his children. Thanks to the support of a caring community, CCM was able to help Stanley so that his family did not have to go without lights or water.
The Neighbors In Need Every day (N.I.N.E.) Campaign goal of $19,999 will close the gap and make a significant impact on the lives of 75-85 households it serves during this challenging season for many.
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Neighbor Helping Neighbor, supported by Cooperative Christian Ministry and in partnership with the City of Concord, provides the necessary funds to keep electricity on for neighbors in need. Through a tax-deductible contribution, you can make an immediate impact. There are three ways to give. Please complete the online form at ConcordNeighborHelpingNeighbor.com to participate. Thank you for your support and commitment to helping your neighbors!
1 Round up your bill and donate the extra cents.
2 Donate a set amount each month.
3 Make a one-time donation.
Since starting in the basement of Karen’s home 28 years ago, Irresistible Portraits by Karen Goforth has always given back to our community.
Tithing has always been an important part of the Irresistible Portraits business model. “God has blessed us with a wonderful business and amazing clients that we treat like family. With having a successful business, we want to make sure we give back to our community in any way we can,” said owner Karen Goforth.
CCM thanks Irresistible Portraits for photographing the Celebrate Hope dinner and CCM/SHOE SHOW Golf Classic. This year, Irresistible Portraits worked with CCM to photograph during documentary filming and also donated family portraits for our new homeowners.
Irresistible Portraits continues to be a leader in the community through their charitable donations and non-profit work. The portrait studio is actively involved with several charities and non-profits including Focused on a Cure which was founded by Irresistible Portraits nine years ago.
Karen Goforth has said, “Giving back is something we always plan to incorporate in our business.”
“We should be about more than just selling chicken. We should be a part of our customers’ lives and the communities in which we serve. Nearly every moment of every day we have the opportunity to give something to someone else – our time, our love, our resources. I have always found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return.” S. Truett Cathy
Since the first restaurant opened its doors nearly 50 years ago, Chick-fil-A has grown from one man’s vision to one of the largest family-owned businesses in the country. Much of the company’s success has been credited to the stability and consistency within the Chick-fil-A’s leadership team.
Stockton Perry, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A-Concord (across from CHS-NE on Hwy 29) believes in supporting his community and serving others. From donating surplus food to local shelters and soup kitchens through the Chick-fil-A Shared Table program, to feeding victims and first responders after a disaster, they give away food all year long to those who need it most.
Being a Chick-fil-A Operator is about more than serving chicken, it's about having a positive impact in the local community. That's why he finds creative ways to serve by supporting the troops through military appreciation events or fundraisers for local schools; or inviting guests for family events like Daddy Daughter Date Night or Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Stockton is always on the lookout for ways to help our communities. CCM is blessed to have Stockton and his team support our ministries and be the 19th hole reception sponsor for our 21st annual golf classic at the Club at Irish Creek.
F&M Bank founded in 1909, is one of the largest community banks headquartered in the Charlotte Region and has branches located on Dale Earnhardt Boulevard and North Church Street in Cabarrus County. F & M has over 108 years in growing and improving the quality of life in the communities in which they are privileged to serve.
One of the many organizations that F&M Bank supports is Cooperative Christian Ministry. In addition to making annual donations to CCM, the Bank also hosts an annual summer food drive designed to assist the less fortunate at a time of the year when donations seem to be at an all-time low. CCM is also one of four food pantries that the bank donates to during the Christmas season.
“Giving back to the community is a huge part of our DNA,” says Steve Fisher, CEO and President of the bank. “Thank you for allowing us to be a small part of what Cooperative Christian Ministry does for our neighbors in need.”