History and Overview of Services
For more than one hundred and twenty-five years, the Christian Center has been helping individuals and families in need. It is a secular organization serving people from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, in total more than 2,000 people annually.
Located in an underserved part of the City, we provide and connect people of all ages to the wide spectrum of support services and solutions available at the Center and elsewhere in the community. These include local homeless shelters, medical and therapeutic services, employment services and other meals and food pantry sites. Many of our clients come for help in locating affordable housing and emergency shelter, looking for a way to pay the rent, to get fuel assistance or to help with utilities. Clothing and household items are available in our free store.
We provide a nutritious breakfast and lunchtime meal every weekday with about 50 adults and children partaking. We maintain a food pantry giving people a dignified way of receiving free food through our “Client Choice”. This means that families can choose from a variety of perishable and non-perishable foods based on the needs and preferences of the family. Last year the Center served over 2,000 people and distributed 67,353 pounds of food. On Thanksgiving, we distribute hundreds of turkeys, host a Thanksgiving Dinner at the Center and deliver over 300 meals to shut-ins. At Christmas time we find sponsors for families with children and have a holiday dinner for all.