New Community Counseling And Ministries
Rating: 4.82 stars 28 reviews
Issues: Job Training, Food, Homeless & Housing, Human Services
Location: 1549 Fairway Drive, #202 Naperville IL 60517 USA
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
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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.
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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.......
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