Anderson (SC) Interfaith Ministries (AIM) goes the extra mile in serving our community, acting as the heart and hub of shared caring work for our county. Along with creative and adaptive service for basic needs and self-development, my regard for AIM has grown each year, observing how the leadership, professional and volunteer, regularly and intentionally seek outside input and evaluation of their services and programs. AIM invites self-review and larger conversation about what is needed and how best to address concerns. The focus has been and remains HOW TO BEST LIFT AND SERVE OTHERS.
As a new pastor to Anderson, I quickly attempted to learn our new community, both Anderson's needs and chief helpers. Again and again and again, other leaders and neighbors steered me to Anderson Interfaith Ministries and I soon learned how crucial their programs and staff are to the well-being and compassionate response to those in need. Whatever the issue we attempt to address, we always touch base with AIM, Director Kristi King-Brock, and staff. They are an invaluable and energetic resource for helping beyond surface needs. To show Christian kindness, AIM is our go-to for visionary and proactive guidance and support!
AIM has helped our community for years and has become the one-stop shop for people who are need of job skills assessment, job training, housing, food, or utility assistance. The Women and Children Succeeding (WACS) program has elevated many families from generational poverty to self-sufficiency and sustainability. It's a hand up, not just a hand out.
Women and Children Succeeding is an organization facilitated by Anderson Interfaith Ministries. This program helps remove barriers so that women with children can advance in their community and live independently from government aid. Personally, this program has allowed me to peruse my bachelors in nursing at Clemson University. I would not be able to afford childcare for my two children without AIM. I appreciate knowing that while I am in school my children are also getting a quality foundation in education at the Montessori school they attend. In addition to childcare, the program provides regular car maintenance and support in emergency situations. For every $100 invested in us, we provide an hour of community service. In this way, AIM is not only building us up as women and mothers, but building up the community. They allow children in the program to do extracurricular activities and there is also assistance for holidays such as Christmas, and Thanksgiving. I do not have to worry about my children missing out when the budget gets tight. I cannot express my gratitude enough for the wonderful people that make this program possible. I am looking forward to the day that I can invest in this program in return. With the support of the WACS program, I know I will succeed.
I serve with AIM because I want to be a part of something that makes a lasting impact and truly gives someone the chance to do a complete 180 in their life. Where else can a homeless mother go and get the resources and support necessary to not only stabilize her basic needs, but also procure childcare, earn a degree, start a career and inspire her children to think well beyond the cycle of poverty? Where else can a hungry person go to get food, and end up securing much needed benefits and eventually completing the training necessary to become gainfully employed and off of government assistance?
AIM is doing something incredible. If more agencies with this mindset and mission existed, our cities, states and country would look vastly different.
AIM changes lives! I have seen some many young ladies (and families) go from extreme poverty with little hope, to living productive lives with a degree in hand. AIM has changed generations by giving hope to those who thought there was no hope.
Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) is a wonderful non-profit organization that focuses on several important needs in the community of Anderson County. The biggest programs are Emergency Assistance, Hunger Ministries, and Women and Children Succeeding (WACS). The WACS program is now in the process of replication in the state of South Carolina. AIM began in 1989 as a result of churches coming together to eliminate duplicated help and serve those who were not being helped. AIM is led by an educated and trained team of professional workers who give their all to serve the community, whether through direct service or through capacity building. AIM currently has over five hundred active volunteers who serve in all five buildings on the campus. There are six main programs at AIM that serve those in need, but there are other smaller programs that run seasonally. In order to receive help from AIM, clients must go through an interview process. This way AIM hopes to serve those truly in need and to avoid duplication of help. The organization has grown immensely over the past twenty years and receives much support from businesses, churches, and individuals.