Christian Service Center
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About

Organization: The Center is funded by the Pleasure Island Ministerial Association and its churches, community organizations, businesses, and concerned individuals. These contributions maintain the Center and provide funds for Emergency Aid. Churches and agency representatives determine the policies and set guidelines. The Center is staffed entirely by volunteers.

Hand Up: The Center is a “Hand Up” rather than a “Hand Out” agency. Clients are given immediate help with their financial emergency. This acts as a Band-Aid, while we try to show clients the way to a more permanent solution to their problem. We provide counseling for clients who have continual needs and make referrals to other agencies.

History

In 1988, a lunch conversation between three ministers sparked the origin of the Pleasure Island Ministerial Association (PIMA). PIMA started with two goals in mind. One goal was to unite churches to recognize important dates for the Christian community, and the other goal was to form a united group of congregations and individuals to help with the social need of residents in this area.

The PIMA congregations recognized the value of combining their resources to serve the continuous requests for aid. Catholic Social Services, located in Robertsdale, was also aware of the area needs and was working to open a small center in Orange Beach. The two groups worked together, and the Christian Service Center was opened on June 17, 1991, to serve the Fort Morgan-Gulf Shores-Orange Beach area.

Volunteers were recruited from the Pleasure Island area and trained by Catholic Social Services. The Center was located in a loaned store-front in the Pleasure Isle Shopping Center and staffed by volunteers on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Immediate emergency aid and food were offered to those in need. The food pantry was stocked by donations and funds for aid came through Catholic Social Services, the area PIMA congregations, and individual contributions.

Today, the CSC is guided by a Board of Directors with representatives from each of the PIMA churches and other interested individuals. While funding is still received from PIMA, the contribution base has grown to include the United Way, grants from various companies, foundations and civic clubs, as well as gifts from independent community fundraisers, and interested individuals. Continue »


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The Christian Service Center 317 Dolphin Avenue, Gulf Shores 36542 Phone: 251-968-5256
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm