Join Hands Ministry
2014 Grantee of the Perry County Community Foundation
Featured Nonprofit Organization – July 2014
Join Hands Ministry, founded in 2000 and located in New Bloomfield, is an agency that was initiated by the 23 members of the Perry County United Methodist Cluster. Their mission is to serve as a contact and support center for individuals living in Perry County who are seeking assistance with daily living concerns. The primary services of Join Hands are to provide support, guidance, financial planning, “where to turn” referral and limited direct financial assistance, all focused on helping persons maintain or achieve independence. Join Hands Ministry provides a variety of programs that include, but are not limited to: financial assistance with comprehensive case management service, information and referral services, direct one-on-one mentoring, life skills support, decision making, financial planning, medical/work transportation, home repair, emergency heating response, back to school and holiday network program. Additionally, Join Hands is a COMPASS provider in partnership with PA Department of Health and Perry County Assistance Office and has been managing Perry County Food Bank since 2008. Recent accomplishments include serving more than 5,000 community members with active involvement from more than 374 volunteers.
In 2013, Join Hands Ministry received a $2,000 grant from the Perry County Community Foundation (PCCF), a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, for their Emergency Assistance Services which provide financial tools for clients to avoid an immediate crisis. This financial intervention prevents further crises from occurring while volunteers and staff at Join Hands connect the clients to available services and programs. By providing for the client’s immediate needs while collaborating with local agencies, Join Hands strives to promote and build individual strength and self-sufficiency to prevent long-term crisis. While this one-time assistance of a maximum of $200 per individual/family may not resolve the issue, the goal is to divert the immediate crisis while assisting clients to seek a long-term solution. The funds received from PCCF were used to serve up to 60 individuals/families in need by providing oral health and medical equipment, prescription assistance, and basic utility/rental assistance.
For more information on Join Hands Ministry, visit hopeeternal.net/join-hands-ministry/.
About the Perry County Community Foundation
The Perry County Community Foundation’s funding priorities include arts & culture, community development, education, environment, and health & human services. Organizations must serve Perry County. PCCF grants once a year with the deadline in late February.
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