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 MISSION FOR THE MIDLANDS

 

To increase the economic self-sufficiency of people experiencing poverty in the Midlands through crisis assistance and sustainability programs.

 OUR HISTORY

 

In 1982, The Cooperative Ministry was founded by five churches (First Presbyterian Church, Main Street Methodist, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Washington Street United Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church) in downtown Columbia. The goal was to establish a collaborative method of administering assistance to those in need, while also preventing the duplication of services. The Cooperative Ministry first began offering services on Monday, Sept. 20, 1982.

Today, The Cooperative Ministry is supported by 53 faith partners and more than 70 agencies, civic and social organizations, foundations, small businesses, and individuals. The Cooperative Ministry has thousands of friends who provide financial assistance, as well as more than 9,000 annual volunteer hours at our facility on West Boulevard.

OUR STAFF

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Beth Irick

Chief Executive Officer

(803) 799-0934

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Akili Harris

Chief Financial Officer

(803) 799-2506

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Wanda Pearson

Chief Program Officer

(803) 451-7398

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Scott Vaughan

Director

Community Awareness

(803) 799-2428

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Bill Taber

Director, Crisis Assistance

(803) 799-5441

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Ed Palekas

Director,
Sustainability Programs

(803) 799-0935

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Dave Peoples

Director, Clothing & Furniture Bank

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Sarah Moran Nevarez

Director

Supportive Health Services

(803) 779-5901

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Rhemie Gantz

Client Relations Manager

(803) 799-0932

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Angie Young

Benefits Coordinator II

(803) 799-3853 x413

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Nyccole Thomas

Health Benefits Coordinator I

(803) 799-2429

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Jessica Hayward

Data Coordinator

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Krystle Holmes-Gay

City of Columbia

CDBG CARES Coordinator

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Janice Joyner

Intake & Assessment

Interviewer

(803) 799-3853

Chantell Myers

Program Coordinator

Sustainability Programs

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Linda Dowson

Accounting Assistant

(803) 748-8910

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Tamiko Beckford

Admin Coordinator

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Diane Lawson

Emergency Solutions Grant

Coordinator

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Al Counts

Program Coordinator
Sustainability Programs

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 OUR BOARD
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Robert Williams, III

Chairman

Restaurant Operations Manager

Lizard's Thicket

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Davis Buchanan

Vice Chairman

President

Buchanan Construction Services

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Stephanie Yandle

Secretary

Customer Experience Manager

BlueCross BlueShield

of South Carolina

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Steven Hicks, CPA

Treasurer

Senior Relationship Manager
Commercial Banking

TD Bank

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Caroline Andrews

District Manager

Capital City District

Wells Fargo

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Elise Bidwell, CFP

Financial Advisor

Edward Jones

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Rev. Wes Church

Senior Pastor

First Baptist Church

Columbia

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Bill Edmonds

CEO

Northstar Leadership Solutions

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Carol F. Fowler

Fowler Communications, Inc.

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Alexa Godwin

Marketing Manager

Godwin Motors

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David Hodges

Agent

Mass Mutual Financial Group

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Chief William "Skip" Holbrook

Columbia Police Department

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Milton Kimpson

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Jim Rourke

Attorney

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

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Mark Scriven, CPA

Principal

Elliott Davis, LLC

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Mike Farmer

Immediate Past Chairman

Regional Vice President

Commercial Banking

TD Bank

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Rev. Derek Thomas

Senior Minister

First Presbyterian Church

Columbia

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David Tucker

Owner/President

Corner Pantry Inc.

Tucker Oil Company

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Mitch Watson, CPA

COO

Carolinas HUB International