Center State Bank Grant to Christian Service Center

The Center State Bank has generously provided the Christian Service Center with a grant to support their operations. The grant is greatly appreciated during this time of overwhelming need. Wade Bradford, Center State Bank Community President commented that they were especially impressed with the Christian Service Center because they have no paid staff; the Center is run completely by volunteers.

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.

Presenting the grant are, L to R, Olivia Jones, Assistant Branch Manager; Marcia Jernigan, Branch Manager, Stan Moss, CSC Food Pantry Chair; Janice Moss, CSC Vice President; Linda Chappell, CSC President; Wade Bradford, Center State Bank Community President; and June Wilson; Retail Market Manager.


Poem by David Saunders

THE WEATHER CHANGE

The weather’s calm and all is quiet
Today, but did you know?
A hurricane is brewing in
The Gulf of Mexico
It’s happened, yes, since time began
And will continue on
As long as this world spins around
That day again will dawn
The hurricanes that strike with force
Bring havoc once again.
The question’s not “will one occur?”
The question’s only “when?”
The awesome power of the storm
The tidal surge so great
Will wash away all in it’s path
And winds that devastate
That peaceful home where children played
Is now a rubble pile
Their family life will surely be
Traumatic for a while
The waitress who has lost her job
The restaurant blew away
She has two kids to feed and yet
Her rent is due today
The Christian Service Center is
A charity for those
On Alabama’s Gulf coast who
Face unexpected woes
We give them short term help with food
And funds to meet the day
So they can work through problems and
Continue on their way
We’ve learned through past experience
We must anticipate
Or funds just won’t be adequate
To meet a need so great
A fund for hurricane relief
A fund to meet the pleas
Of people by the hundreds
Who have storm emergencies
Pryor planning way ahead of time
Will help us in their plight
They’ll need some food to eat today,
A place to sleep tonight
A great “insurance policy”
For husbands, kids and wives
A fund that’s ever ready
When the tragedy arrives
We need your help so we can build
This ready source that we
Can call upon when nature spawns
A great emergency
And know the fund that you helped build
Stands tall to ease the woe
That hurricanes sweep on us
From the Gulf of Mexico
Please make your contributions,
They will always be tax-free
You’ll pay no taxes on them
We’re a five “0” one “C” three*
  – David A Saunders
*The Christian Service Center is a federally recognized 501(C)(3) tax exempt philanthropic organization, having a registration number of EIN 63-1059529. We are a total volunteer service.
No salaries are paid. All funds go to the cause. Visit us at http://www.cscgs.com.

Christian Service Center Jar Project

Your Change Can Make a Change in Someone’s Life

Change Jar Example

The Christian Service Center is working hard to respond to the increased emergency situations caused by Covid-19.  The number of people who have come to us for help has risen dramatically.  Your help is sorely needed, and here is a painless way for you to give it.

The Christian Service Center has a Jar Project where small jars are provided for you to drop your change in each day.  You won’t miss the money, it’s just a penny or nickel here and a dime or quarter there, but over time, the jar will fill and small change then becomes a significant amount. Just empty the jar into a plastic bag and start over.  You can bring the coin bags to the Center or to your local church and have them call the Center and we will have someone come pick it up. Your change can help us continue to respond.

You can pick up your jar at the Christian Service Center, or just start saving your coins in a plastic bag now.  You will be surprised at how easy and habit forming this can be and how good it feels to know that you are helping people in our community.

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.

Update from Christian Service Center

The Christian Service Center has seen a dramatic increase in the need for food and financial assistance during the COVID 19 pandemic.  In April, 2020, the Center had 342 clients for a total of 930 family members.  Our food pantry provided food for 862 people (3 meals a day for 7 days) or the equivalent of 18,102 meals.  These numbers are startling compared to April, 2019, when the Center had 116 clients for a total of 355 family members.  In April, 2019, our food pantry provided food for 326 people (3 meals a day for 7 days) or the equivalent of 6,846 meals.  Just to emphasize, 6,846 meals in April 2019 and 18,102 meals in April, 2020!

Most of our volunteers are considered “at risk” by virtue of their age so the Center has implemented safety procedures to protect them and our clients, including wearing masks, frequent sanitizing, and reducing the numbers of volunteers on site so that social distancing can be maintained.  Clients are interviewed by phone so there is no contact, and there is no contact between volunteers and clients when food is distributed.

Because the community has been generous with their donations and our volunteers are making the best of an uncomfortable situation, the Center has been able to keep up with the increasing need.   We would like to thank our donors and our volunteers.  You have given hope to people who had nowhere else to go, food to people who were hungry and kept people in their homes and off the streets.

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.

If you would like to help us keep our pantry full, the Center needs macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, canned vegetables, toilet paper, paper towels, potatoes (bagged or loose), rice (1 or 2 lb. bags), and jelly.