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Feeding the Gulf Coast assists Christian Service Center

The Christian Service Center extends a huge thank you to Feeding the Gulf Coast for the $4,000 credit on our account!  Besides helping us serve our community in the usual manner —

this gift will help provide Christmas Dinner Food Boxes to 250 families.  What a blessing!

We are so thankful for our agency partnership.

Stan Moss

Linda Chappelle

Christian Service Center Awarded Grant

October 19, 2020

The Erie Hall Meyer Charitable Fund, Inc. recently awarded a generous grant to the Christian Service Center.  This donation will help the Center continue to help local families facing a financial crisis during these difficult times.  Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic and the recent hurricane,  CSC has seen a huge increase in the number of clients seeking help withboth food and emergency financial aid.  The Center is grateful to the Board Members of the Erie Hall Meyer Charitable Fund for this grant.  It is a huge blessing and comes at a time of unusually great need.  The grant will bolster the Center’s mission to serve families in need in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Ft. Morgan.

pictured:  Herb Malone, Chairman, Erie Hall Meyer Charitable Fund, Inc.; Linda Chappelle, CSC Board President, Center Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pantry Gang!

The Christian Service Center’s Food Pantry has an amazing crew of volunteers.  Pantry Chairman Stan Moss would like to recognize a special group he calls “The Pantry Gang.” These retirees do the heavy lifting and have long given their time and energy to keeping the pantry warehouse stocked.  Since the pandemic began, and now including the Hurricane devastation, the food pantry has seen a three fold increase in the number of families served.  The warehouse group has been called upon anywhere from four to seven days a week to pick up groceries at various sites, deliver and unload at the Center, sort and shelve, or stock in the cooler and freezer.  They often come early and stay late on weekdays, and show up to work on weekends as well.  CSC is open Monday – Friday, 9-12, but work in the pantry’s warehouse can’t be confined to a set schedule, and these workers often respond on short notice.  In recent weeks the crew handled over 60,000 pounds of product.  Moss says this group is invaluable as the pantry could not operate without their tireless efforts.

The Christian Service Center is a “Hand Up” rather than a “Hand Out” agency.  Clients are given immediate emergency aid as well as guidance on finding solutions to their problems.  The CSC is a 100% volunteer agency funded by the churches of Pleasure Island, various community organizations, including the United Way of Baldwin County, and interested individuals.  For more information please call the CSC at 251-968-5256 or visit www.cscgs.com.

 

Hurricane Sally Relief Volunteers

October 15, 2020

CSC AIDS HURRICANE VICTIMS

After Hurricane Sally pounded Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Fort Morgan leaving devastation in her wake, the Christian Service Center responded to meet the food and emergency financial aid needs of numerous families affected by the storm.  Immediately following the Hurricane, volunteers jumped into action moving food from refrigerators and freezers into the walk-in freezer and cooler as these two were backed by a generator.  Volunteers also cleared debris from the parking lot and dealt with water intrusion in the office building.  All this was done while helping anyone who came along needing food.  They had the Center fully operational and ready to open on Monday, September 21.

Since the Hurricane, the Center has served 309 clients, providing rent assistance to 143 families and help with utilities to 56 families.  The food pantry has provided food for 1,054 individuals to have 3 meals a day for a week.  In the first two weeks the pantry distributed 60,000 pounds of food.  CSC does not offer the same services as FEMA, or Red Cross; however, many people who faced losing two weeks or longer from work, and thus were unable to meet all their immediate rent and utility responsibilities, found relief through assistance from the Christian Service Center.

The Center is an all volunteer agency (no one is paid) with a mission to provide food and emergency financial aid to families in need in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Ft. Morgan.  CSC volunteers are committed to being the hands and  feet of Christ, following scripture in Matthew 25:40  “…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

With the huge need for assistance as a result of Covid 19 and the Hurricane, CSC has experienced far greater expenditures in 2020 than ever before.  Going forward we remain concerned about the continuing effect of Covid, the seasonal reduction of hours and job losses, as well as an increase in the number of families seeking Christmas assistance for their children.  We extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who have blessed the Center and our families through your donations.  It is a generous, giving community that makes the work of the Center possible.

The Christian Service Center is a “Hand Up” rather than a “Hand Out” agency.  Clients are given immediate emergency aid as well as guidance on finding solutions to their problems.  The CSC is a 100% volunteer agency funded by the churches of Pleasure Island, various community organizations, including United Way of Baldwin, and concerned individuals.  Donations may be made through PayPal on our website www.cscgs.com or by mail to P.O. Box 882, Gulf Shores, AL 36547.

Call the Center at 251-968-5256 for more information.