Christian Outreach in ActionChristian Outreach in Action
COA's mission is to teach the disadvantaged the skills necessary to reach and sustain stability and self-sufficiency and to prevent homelessness. COA seeks to improve the quality of life of the people it serves; however, "quality" is merely a concept... Read more
COA's mission is to teach the disadvantaged the skills necessary to reach and sustain stability and self-sufficiency and to prevent homelessness. COA seeks to improve the quality of life of the people it serves; however, "quality" is merely a concept when you do not have a roof over your head, a blanket to shield you from the cold or food to feed your children. Over 30 years of service have taught us that our clients are best served by first stabilizing their daily existence: relief from cold and hunger, protection from the elements and dangers of the street and despair. With support, struggling families and individuals are motivated towards secure, independent and decent lives.
COA serves more than 124,000 meals annually including breakfast and dinner. Aside from the food, clients also appreciate the opportunity to meet and interact with the servers (volunteers), an interaction very different from the type you find on the streets.
Clothing and groceries are distributed to those in need on Tuesdays and Thursdays. COA operates a men's transitional housing program in a small house adjacent to 515 East Third Street. Currently, there are five men in the program. The men, who generally come off the street, work at COA in exchange for free room and board, under a case plan, allowing them to build new skills and integrate back into society.
I had the opportunity to see the amount of people the Staff at this Outreach Center touches this past Thanksgiving. The organization has a Director who is very supportive of all its programs and is assisted by a select few men who are rebuilding their lives. The organization has many volunteers from all churches that come together to accomplish one goasl; to care and to give hope to the homeless and the less fortunate. They offered a hot meal on Saturday and in addition they gave bags of groceries after the meal. It was great to see the young voklunteers from churches like Bethany Lutheran assisting their parents with the grocery distribution. COA is a great place to volunteer. They feed over 106,000 meals yearly and I am amazed at the amount of people who use the Food bank and the clothing distribution on a weekly basis. KUDOS to the team at COA for a job well done. Keep up the great work! The Christmas Party on December 18, 2010 will be another event that I will be present.
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by teresa r.
(November 30, 2010)
I would definately recommend Christian Outreach as a place to volunteer. The people are all very giving and led by the Director, Dixie that has a heart of gold. I personally know all of the board members and have been a part of this team that continually gives to those in need. I can say that it is such a wonderful feeling to give back to a community that so freely gave to me. I like to get involved and volunteer at Christian Outreach because they do not judge anyone or look down on anyone, instead their main focus is to see what they can do for you. The staff consists of very humble, giving, loving individuals who all receive a thumbs up from me. Thank you for all that you do 365 days a year.
COA serves a group of society that is at the very bottom of the socio-economic scale. They strive to provide meals and housing to people in recovery as well as people who are HUNGRY. They "make do" with all kinds of supplies and assistance. At times it appears to be chaotic, but there is really is order in the chaos. They provide the opportunity for people to perform court ordered community service that really does help people. Your support to COA really makes a difference in people's lives.