Our church prepares and delivers meals on Thanksgiving for various of our neighbors in need. Two years ago, we contacted Grove about providing meals to residents there. The coordinator, Deena Walls, was enthusiastic about the idea and was extremely helpful in getting us names of people to serve. She helped to coordinate the distribution so that the entire operation went very smoothly and everyone enjoyed a hot and delicious meal. The experience was as much a blessing for those of us who took part in getting the meal together as it was for the people who received it. We enjoyed doing Thanksgiving with the people of Grove again this year and we definitely look forward to this event in years to come.
I worked with the GCOC on a few occasions during an internship with a nearby church. I was struck by the berth and quality of services they provide, most especially with their food giveaways. Not only do they help on this large scale, but they also worked to help with individual needs as well as prayer for all who requested it. I am very grateful for the work of the GCOC as they serve a much-needed area of Virginia while compassion and thoughtfulness.
I was introduced to the Outreach Center in 2001. almost the infancy of the ministry. They were having church services at the elementary school across the street. Look at me now...they are super huge in work and super humble in heart. All you have to do is stop by there one time and I personally guarantee that you will not leave out there the same. It is a pure love that can not be mistaken.
I was first introduced to Grove Christian Outreach Center when I first approached them about networking for a homecare agency I worked for. Then last year I was re-introduced when my daughter started volunteering for the center and I joined her. You can feel and see God's work in progress at this center. The director's are amazing and have the love and passion for the drive of this community. The hundreds of volunteers are the heartbeat-they all come from various walks of life but all come for the same purpose. I have had the pleasure of speaking to many of the clients of Grove and they are all so appreciative of what GCOC has done for them, many of which wouldn't be able to make it. Being an all volunteer community, it is amazing all the lives that they have impacted. Without the volunteers and the blessings of donations the center receives, they wouldn't be able to continue to help their clients.
I have been volunteering at the Grove Christian Outreach Center for seven years and have seen firsthand the help and love it has given to the residents of the Grove community. People in need are given food and clothing, plus backpacks filled with school supplies for their children. Thanksgiving baskets filled with a turkey and the necessary items to make a dinner are distributed. In the winter, coats are provided and shoe boxes filled with Christmas gifts are distributed. As the need arises, and if funds are available, help with rent and utility bills is also given. The people who come to the Center are met with a cheerful greeting and their troubles are listened to with sympathy and often a prayer. This is truly a community where the people who come are not just clients, but they are considered friends.
I started volunteering at GCOC in 2004. I was amazed to find that there were so many people in the Grove area of Williamsburg who were in need. GCOC does a fantastic job of meeting those needs by providing food, clothing, school supplies, school uniforms, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, and Christmas shoeboxes filled with small toys and other needed items. They are also a distributor of USDA food to our clients. They do many other things for the clients for which I do not have room to list here. We pray for the needs of the clients and encourage them when they are going through difficulties. The clients are treated with dignity and respect and they have truly become friends. As a volunteer I have not only given of my time, but have received much through the joy of working with the wonderful, caring people at GCOC.
When I volunteered at a back to school event, I was surprised at the number of young children that are at risk & in need in just this small community. Grove Christian Outreach Center offered these children, families & friends a free event with games, food, fun & laughter. GCOC also supplied all attending free school supplies & basic toiletries. Local businesses participated by donating items & a few companies set up booths for games or to handout goodies. I was overwhelmed with all the hard work it took to implement this annual event and realized this effort of tending to the needs of this community & others is a daily process.
A weekly bread day, clothes closet, transportation, tutoring/ teaching, finding housing & home furnishings & other home goods are some of the ongoing functions of this Center. These are only a few of the tangible things; the nurturing, love, prayers, comfort & hope offered by the staff & volunteers is the really the mainstay. I truly believe GCOC is the heart, soul & spirit of this community.
I was introduced to the Grove Christian Outreach Center (GCOC) through United Way when I contacted United Way to do volunteer work with an organization that provides food. I had not heard of the GCOC previously, but was wiling to see what they were all about. I have seen the impact they have made in the lives of those in the community and the homeless (from wherever they may be). But more than the clothes, food, vouchers, etc that they provide, what amazes me the most is the endless love that they give to whoever walks through their door. The staff works with little thanks other than the love that they receive in return. They are, indeed, amazing. I am blessed to see the change they make in the lives of their clients, whether they be new born or elder.
Have been assocated with Grove Christian Outreach Center from the very beginning. Helped to set it up and run the small outreach to the community. It has grown from nothing to the "little engine that could."
Under the leadership of the Lord, Grove Christian Outreach Center has grown into a mighty asset for the less fortunate. With all volunteers, it serves the Grove community with love and compassion, providing food, clothes, services, furniture, spiritual support, moral support, Christmas gifts for the children, back to school program furnishing backpacks to kids. All of this while maintaining the diginity of the individual. I could go on and on but this gives you some idea of what GCOC is all about.
I have been associated with and observed Grove Christian Outreach's positive effect and help to this community since 2006. It is amazing to me what God has helped them to accomplish with the vision that they have acted upon to help so many residents in the poorest section of James City County, Virginia. It has been very humbling to observe and participate throughout these years in seeing how they are able to coordinate the effort to help so many in need and discern those that are in need and be able to help them make progress to improve their situation in a comprehensive fashion. I applaud them for all they do and wish to continue to help them meet the continuing needs in this area.
Capable, professional & efficient co directors who are resourceful & persistent in getting volunteers & financial help to meet the physical, $$$, health & spiritual needs of the poor. I have seen persistaant progress over almost 10 years.
Over the past 10 years, they have done a great job in providing clothing, food, furniture & school supplies to the needy. They have had an Annual Christmas shoe Box project for boys & girls age different range stuffed with gloves, scarves, hats, pens, combs, brushes etc. They also have a coat rack where they can pick up winter coats.