Mission: Of One Accord Ministry began in 1988 to bring a community effort (especially churches) to identify and meet local needs while showing hope through the love of Jesus Christ.
Of One Accord serves the Appalachian Mountains and low income counties of Hawkins and Hancock in East Tennessee. Hancock is the lowest income county of Tennessee and the 27th lowest in the US. Average income for clients is below $600 monthly. There is no industry base, no United Way, no Red Cross; we are the emergency organization.
Of One Accord is an example that God is still at work and miracles still happen. With just two fishes and a few loaves, Jesus fed 5,000. We see miracles of this type regularly.
3 Emergency Food Pantries
2 Thrift Stores
1 Free Medical Clinic
Geographic areas served: Hawkins and Hancock Counties
Programs: Food program/global missionsof one accord operates three food pantries serving all of hawkins and hancock counties in appalachian upper east tennessee. 34,484 people were served with 1,559,763 pounds of food during 2014. Hancock county is the lowest income county in tennessee and one of the lowest in our nation. It has lower income, higher poverty, and higher unemployment than many of the local counties of appalachia poverty found in kentucky.
church hill medical missionthe medical clinic offers basic healthcare service to people in our community who have no jobs and have no insurance, for a $5 fee if they are able to donate. A $5 co-pay per patients is also applicable on medications to assist with the related costs. All doctors and nurses are volunteers. Doctors have built a working relationship with groups that do free labs and x-rays and specialists that offer free procedures when patients need to be referred for things that ooa, inc. Is unable to do. There were 1,147 patient visits, 7,457 prescriptions dispensed and 1,639 free labs done in 2014.
thrift store operationsthe thrift store provides up to $600 (used value) of items to families whose homes burned in furniture, $300 in other household items, and 5 outfits, 2 pairs of shoes and 2 coats. The organization doesn't sell, but gave winter coats to 1,610 people in 2014 and took referrals for clothing from other local agencies. Thrift store income pays overhead, utilities, insurance, for trucks, gas and maintenance, for ministry programs. The organization operates a thrift store in rogersville and one in sneedville. Since the organization is the primary agency in both counties, other agencies and churches refer people to use the organization in emergencies. The figures above are determined at thrift store prices.
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These are photos of The Shepherd's Center thrift store in beautiful downtown, historic Rogersville, Tennessee.
The sales of The Shepherd's Center offsets all overhead expenses and puts all monies back into it's programs which served over 105,525 people in 2015. Programs include operating 3 emergency food pantries, 1 meals on wheels program, 2 summer feeding program for kids, hosting summer mission groups that do home repairs, medical and dental clinics and who do distributions for those in need. A medical clinic is in operation which focus' on patients with diabetes. Over $3,837,818 worth of goods and services were given out in 2015 to people in need in Appalachia.
I think it is one of the most unorganized organizations I have ever seen. Their thrift store is filthy; their community room is cluttered with so much junk. The outside of their building in Rogersville is an eye sore. If you asked questions about their services, some of their staff are rude. Although they do a lot for their community, I think they try to do too much and should focus on only a few things so they can get organized.
8 years ago my husband left me and my 2 children. I had always been a stay at home mom and when he left he took all the money out of our account I had NEVER had to ask anyone for help and did not know how to but a family member told me about Of One Accord Ministry/ The Shepherd's Center and their food pantry. I went and the lady that interviewed me was so compassionate and she truly shared Jesus with me. They not only met my physical need but ministered to my broken spirit! I THANK GOD for Of One Accord and all they do.
Of One Accord Ministry serves two Appalachian Counties, Hawkins and Hancock in upper East Tennessee with food assistance offering three conveninetly located food pantries.
Each year nearly 35 tractor trailer truck loads of food are distributed to those in need. Hancock County is Tennessee's lowest income county and the 27th lowest income county in Tn.
Of One Accord offers a meals on wheels program for Rogersville area residents and the summer feeding program for youth in three towns in the county.
Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes are also a part of the food program operated by this organization.
Of One Accord serves some 70,000 people annually through food programs, a free medical clinic, health fairs, eyeglass distributions, a home repair program, a county-wide Christmas program and several other programs.