Mission: The mission of the outreach center is to assist disadvantaged citizens to rise above circumstances and improve their quality of life. This is done through food distribution, education, and job skills training.
Programs: Food distribution: the outreach center provides impoverished families from burke, caldwell, catawba, mcdowell and surrounding counties with free groceries on a weekly basis. The outreach center operates its food distribution assistance program in such a way that each family receives individual assistance as they are being served. Each family is treated with loving kindness and is offered spiritual support in the course of the their experience. The outreach centers community food bank program provides charitable non profit organizations , homeless shelters, group homes schools and other agencies food, toiletry items and other supplies for their clients and students.
fresh start education services: fresh start provides free basic adult education, ged preparation, learning skills training, computer literacy, employment skills, education and assistance, resume writing and job search and college preparation assistance. In addition to this adult program , fresh start also engages in an annual " back to school bash" for school age children. This youth program provides book bags, clothing, shoes, and school supplies for children in need at the start of the schoolyear.
fresh look: fresh look provides clothing and household goods to familes who are in need as a result of a tragedy or unforeseen circumstances. New and used clothing is collected and sold at the thrift store to benefit those in need whose financial situation is such that their ability to acquire necessary clothing and household goods at market price is challenged.
This is one of the best resources for working class people. They will help you every way they can. I have known people who took the GED program and graduated and recently was promoted to supervisor In her company. I will always support this cause because of there dedication to our county. Please look up their website if you are looking for a charity to be a part of.
The Outreach Center provides food for 800-1500 families every week in this rural community. They also host a GED center, computer training, job search assistance, and when clients have a job interview, they receive interview clothing, hairstyling, and makeup if applicable. All this at no charge. The workforce is 99% volunteer. A tremendous service to the community.