CORONAVIRUS

[COVID-19]

UPDATE

NEWS

The Cooperative Ministry is serving clients.

Below, please review our new procedures as we serve clients in new ways.

You can help us by donating a car, filling a food box or bag,

or making a financial donation.

HOW WE ARE NOW SERVING CLIENTS

Rent & Utility Assistance


Please visit www.coopmin.org/help, follow the directions carefully, and complete the online form.

If you do not have internet access or cannot complete an online application, please call (803) 799-3853.

If you receive a telephone appointment for crisis assistance consideration, you will be required to provide the following:

  • Proof of income. You must bring proof of income – pay stubs and/or documentation related to unemployment or other benefits.

  • Photo ID and Social Security card.

  • Copy of current lease or mortgage agreement, proving residence.

  • Copies of all household bills.

Do you live in the City of Columbia?

You may qualify for the COVID-19 RELIEF PROGRAM

Click here for more information




Clothing


If you need clothing, please complete the appropriate form, below, and electronically submit it. You will be contacted by e-mail with a day and time when you can pick up your clothing from our clothing bank. The clothing bank will be open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • CLICK HERE if you are an individual requesting clothing for yourself and/or your family.

  • CLICK HERE if you are an individual requesting work shoes or boots.

  • CLICK HERE if you are an agency requesting clothes on behalf of a client.

DONATIONS: We are accepting clothing bank donations, but items must be sealed inside a bag upon delivery to our clothing bank. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to Noon.




Food Vouchers & Emergency Food Pantry


Food Vouchers

If you need food from one of our partnering food banks, click on that food bank's form, complete it accurately, and take it with you.

TUESDAYS

Saint John Baptist Church

Complete this form

3404 W. Beltline Blvd., Columbia, SC 29203.
The church limits the number of families to 30.
Hours of operation: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAYS

Rosewood Church

Complete this form

3705 Moss Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205.
The church limits the number of families to 5.
Hours of operation: Wednesday, 4-6 p.m.

St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Complete this form

3512 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205

Look for the white tent on the Blossom Street side of the church property.
Hours of operation: Wednesday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Emergency Food Pantry

If you are homeless or cannot get to a church providing bags of food, you may receive an emergency food box from The Cooperative Ministry. Please come to our front door and ring the doorbell. Someone will assist you.




Free Tax Preparation Assistance (VITA)


The 2021 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is available to taxpayers through Monday, May 17 at The Cooperative Ministry office, 3821 W. Beltline Blvd., Columbia, SC 29204. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to receive tax information. Appointments are not necessary.

Please click here for an up-to-date listing of VITA sites and hours.

Please click here for what to bring to a VITA site.

For more information, including what to bring us, please visit www.coopmin.org/vita.




Christian Counseling


The Christian Counseling Center, Inc, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, offers a Free Clinical Counseling Assessment for crisis assistance clients. Please ask about this counseling assessment during your visit with our crisis personnel. Assessment will not be in person and will be conducted by telephone or video conference.





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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.