Hickory — The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM) is providing access to all programs and services to residents of Catawba and Alexander Counties who have been affected by the government shutdown. Someone has already come in asking for financial assistance.

“GHCCM’s mission is to provide hope, help, and healing through service, advocacy and community support, and this includes all of our neighbors who are experiencing a crisis. Unexpected loss of income is one of the primary reasons that people turn to GHCCM for assistance. Due to our government shutdown, federal employees are experiencing this situation,” said Kathy Wood, Executive Director at The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry.

Celebrating its 50th year since the 1969 founding, The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry serves the greater Hickory area by providing and coordinating services for the uninsured and for families in crisis, living in poverty and/or experiencing homelessness. We welcome any donations (e.g., volunteer, food, financial, prayer) to help serve more of our neighbors in crisis.

Government employees need to bring their Federal Government ID to GHCCM (31 1st Avenue SE, Hickory) for more information. Services available include:

· Emergency Food
· Medical Care
· Pharmacy Services
· Financial Assistance

For more information on our services, you may check our website at www.ccmhickory.org or call Kathee Martin, Director of Programs and Services: 828-323-7912