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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: Offering a 'hand-up" holistic, housing and food program designed to reward responsible decisions and healthy living.

Results: Helping families get through financial and significant crises healthy, organic fruits, vegetables and other products. We also have provided hundreds of smiles, toys, gift cards, even appliances and electronics to families experiencing extraordinary hardships during the holiday season through our Adopt-A-Family program.

Target demographics: Veterans, Disabled, Seniors, Adults and low-income families experiencing a significant life crises in the west, southwest and far west suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

Geographic areas served: Midwest, mostly Illinois

Programs: Food Thing Network, Adopt-A-Family, Low and Moderate Income Housing, Food Thing On Wheels

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found myself very short of money during the summer, I decided it was time for me to start exploring other alternatives to buying food. This is an excellent avenue for purchasing the same quality food that I would normally purchase with significantly less cost. This organization is unique because of the increased emphasis in fellowship and good grounded values. I have not only benefited through having low-cost food, but also through the wonderfully friendly people I have met.

1 Christine C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

In 2007, I was forced off my job and lost my primary source of income. I never in a million years imagined this would happen. I was in shock. I applied for food stamps but only received benefits for one month. I swallowed my pride and visited my local food pantry. It was a degrading experience. A volunteer recognized me and inquired about what happened to my "big fancy job." I broke down and cried. That day and vowed I'd rather starve than return. Broken and facing foreclosure, I still needed food. A year earlier I founded New Community Counseling and Ministries, (NCCM), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in order to provide sliding-scale Christian Counseling. Given my predicament, (hungry) I decided that now might be a good time to branch out and add a food program to the services already provided by New Community. I intentionally sought to design a program that would encourage and empower people who received assistance and that rewarded positive participation. I also sincerely wanted to help others: wards of the state, veterans, people with disabilities, single parents, seniors and people living below the poverty level. After seeing the cans and cans of potatoes and peaches that were sitting unused in the cabinets of people I assisted through NCCM, and, knowing how much I disliked canned food, I applied for food donations from Whole Foods and was thrilled to hear that our application was approved. I've personally grown through the experience of running a food bank and have learned some hard lessons. Today, Food Thing Network is a unique, empowering, low budget, sustainable, healthy food bank and is a viable alternative to traditional food banks. We provide healthy, mostly organic food for hundreds of people, once a week, throughout the year. We are ourselves a family of sorts. As the founder, I am proud and very pleased to read the words written here by those we serve.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Food thing Network to complete some court appointed hours. The number of hours that I required were very small therefore most organizations refused to help me. Also considering my situation they were exterenly rude. Unlike other places I found the staff of this organization extremly helpful, understanding, and accomodating. They used my time wisely and judiciously; and not once brought up the court issue. Other than that I found that the whole system was very well organized and based on a lot of respect. It was priviledge to have worked with this organization. Since then I have recommended Food Thing Network to several of my friends to volunteer. I don't live in the same city anymore othervise I would have continued volunteering. Thank you very much for everything.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The help of New Community and Food Thing Network has been an incredible blessing to my family the past few months. With my husband being out of work most of this year we had exhausted all other financial resources and were about to wonder where our next week's food would come from. Thankfully, NCCM was there to supply an enormous box of food each week for a nominal fee. The food has been so abundant our fridge and freezer are filled to the brim. The volunteers have always been kind, friendly and helpful. Thanks to NCCM and Food Thing, we have a place to go when we are in a tight financial spot and know we never have to worry about putting food on the table for our family.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I came across NCCM a few years ago through Christine, the director. I knew her from Church and she started telling me about the ministry and its mission. I helped out here and there at firsy and I saw good things come from it. I got busy in my life and drifted away from it for a while. In November of 2009 I was laid off from my main job and found that as I returned to the ministry, the ministry was there for me. It helped to bring me to a better perspective of what the ministry does and and a new perspective on how effective it is. In my own life the NCCM was being a big help mand at the same time I saw the further long term effects of how it was helping others. I try to put my skills and talents to use for it as I am able and I now see the deeper impact it is having on myself and the others who are also blessed by it.

1 Tim_23456

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about Food Thing Network through a homeschool friend and deceided to give it a try. I am makeing 1/2 of the money that I was making so now things are tight. I so much enjoyed the things that Christine was doing so I volunteered and am now a team leader. It feels good to give back. I wish that I could do this full time.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Para mi realmente ha sido una bendicion al haver conosido este programa de 'FOOD THING'. Hace una gran diferencia cuamdo esta uno pasando por problemas economicos. me encanta ser volunteer y ayudar en todo lo que puedo. Mi esposo tambien es volunteer es algo que hacemos juntos y nos devertimos y aparte nos ayuda anosotros tambien. Conosco mucha gente que le ayuda resivir la comida de gran calidad a un exelente precio. Gracias a todos los que hacen esto posible especialmete a Christine... Gracias :)

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoy working with the groups of people that give there time to help others in need. Getting to know people joining together for a common goal of helping our niehbors not only puts food on the tables of those in need or down on there recources, but I truly believe it helps the rest of us open our hearts and minds to eachother, where we might not get an opertunity to realize what the really important things are in our own lives, and the lives of others from different walks of life that we work hand in hand with. I feel truly blessed to have the oppertunity to experience the impact of the Food Thing each week!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Es un gran placer poder ver a primer vista como los servicios de New Community Counseling and Ministries ayudan a mi comunidad . Es una organizacion que realmente hace una diferencia.

It's a great pleasure to see first had how New Community Counseling and Ministries help my community. It's an organization that really makes a difference.

Margaret Q.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is so wonderful to see the results of the hard work all of the volunteers do for NCCM. People who might not qualify for other food programs or help are not turned away and are helped not just through the holidays but year round on a weekly basis. If there is a need, this organization will do whatever it takes to meet this need. Thank you to all the hard working volunteers and Christine for going above and beyond.......