Grove Christian Outreach Center
Rating: 4.91 stars 33 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Food
Location: 8910-E Pocahontas Trl Williamsburg VA 23185 USA
Programs: Bread & More Wednesdays: A variety of products are offered to the entire Grove community including bread, rolls, desserts, drinks, fresh produce, meats, sandwiches, salads and food from Olive Garden, Starbucks, Red Lobster, Pizza Hut, Panera bread and Pepperidge Farm. Clothes and household items are also available for people to receive. Residents are invited to visit each week. We are currently serving over a hundred families each week. We also provide birthday cakes for birthdays and food and bakery items for community events. Food Pantry: Food is available to our clients based on individual need and emergency situations every 30 days.Those who visit the food pantry get to choose the items they will recieve. USDA Commodities: This is a federal government program that provides a variety of good nutritious foods for our families. They can receive commodities once a month and eligibility is based on income and number of household members. Brown Bag Lunch:We provide a wide variety of foods twice a week to supplement needs. Sandwiches, salads, chicken, produce, bread and pastries are provided on a take-out basis from 11:30 -12:30 on Mondays and Fridays. Clothes Closet:We provide a good variety of new and gently used clothing and shoes for women, men and children. Wal-Mart also provides our clients with new undergarmens they can access every three months. We also have a school supply closet,school uniforms closet, a hygeine closet,and other resources to help meet ones daily needs.
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As one who has dealt with not only organizations very similar to GCOC in mission but also in serving/leading in helping similar clients, I can genuinely say that GCOC is one of the best. They are clear in vision, persistent in their mission and deep in compassion. They are effective on administrative levels while remaining people-centered in what they do. The beauty of this organization is that they seek excellence in every level. They move beyond the bare minimum and into making sure that each person that comes to them for help, finds it in some tangible way. They are tireless workers who seek to carry out their mission with faithfulness while spreading an authentic love for the neighbors through tangible acts of compassion and mercy. This is rare. But when it is found, it is a gift.
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In working with families they have served (and continue to serve) on emotional, physical and spiritual levels. Our church is consistently involved in partnering with them in helping the surrounding community, and we are looking for ways to establish a greater partnership.
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I am not sure that I would. Knowing the extent to which they serve the Grove community, I feel as though they have set healthy boundaries while maintaining a superior level of service.
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Their volunteers and organization leaders literally feel the burden of their clients as many of them have been there.
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