In 1964, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) was established to address the pressing needs of the Appalachian region. As part of this initiative, the Glenmary Sisters, a group of Catholic sisters from Cincinnati, Ohio, began a small eastern Kentucky outreach for the poor in 1973. This particular effort marked the beginning of Christian Social Services. This mission to help the poor was spearheaded by Sister Teresa Marie Tretter. The Glenmary Sisters recognized that despite the best efforts of the state and federal government, the unique needs of the people in the remote hills of Eastern Kentucky were not being met in the traditional forms of aid. Keeping this in mind, with a staff of only two, Sister Teresea Marie opened a small clothing store to meet the need of affordable, clean clothing. Christian Social Services has been in many locations during its forty-one years in existence. One location was an upstairs room of a condemned hotel. The Center moved nine times in the first 22 years of its existence. Finally, in 1989, the Glenmary Sisters donated the land where the current Center is located. The building was built with funds from foundations, a highly successful fundraiser held within the community, and an interest free loan. Over forty years from its origination, Christian Social Services continues to develop new strategies and programs to meet the changing needs of the people who were so important to Sister Teresa Marie. As far as what we do at the present time, we help people and families obtain food. We work with God's Food Pantry, Kroger, and FEMA. In addition, we assist with electric bill payments, other utilities and crisis situations. We also provide disaster assistance, when needed, and we distribute Salvation Army funds to eligible individuals/families. In our Thrift Store, we offer reduced-priced clothing, shoes, personal items, house wares, and furniture. We provide work-site/training placements for participants from Ky. Works, Ready to Work, Senior Volunteer Program, and practicum students from Morehead State University. Our Center is a processing site for Rowan County Christmas applications. We work in collaboration with Doves, Gateway Homeless Shelter, Youth Build, local churches, and many other local and state agencies/organizations. We also collaborate and organize work projects for summer mission groups who come from other states to help out the needy in our area of Eastern Kentucky.
During this past year, a lot of our accomplishments have been technology and branding related. They include:
New website with active "Donate" button; frequently updated Facebook page; Twitter account; GoodGiving.net portrait; credit card machine for our Thrift Store; and a new logo.
We have numerous testimonials from individuals who have received help from CSS. Here is just one of them:
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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