The calendar says it is now officially winter and that means more frigid weather is on the way. Unfortunately, many citizens do not have the basic food and shelter that they need and those numbers are growing with the current economic situation.
Bridgette Rumph, Director of Programs for the Cooperative Ministry In Columbia says during this time of year, people need help with their heating bills, others may need food for their families, and quite a few people need a warm place to sleep. Rumph says she is working with clients that in better economic times would be contributing to the ministry.
Rumph says Cooperative Ministry has been fortunate in being able to provide a program called “Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing” that helps persons find temporary shelter as well as permanent housing.
Rumph says her organization does offer case management services that have been successful in finding permanent housing for a number of persons.
Rumph says her organization has been blessed with several resources including over a hundred congregations that give regularly by offering their time, donations, and dollars to the ministry. Rumph says the ministry also receives contributions from corporations, caring individuals, and federal assistance programs. Despite the wellspring of donations, Rumph says more is needed as the number of persons in need continues to increase.
Rumph says it is especially gratifying to see people return to volunteer their time or give their dollars as a way of saying thanks for a helping hand.