To increase the economic self-sufficiency of people experiencing poverty in the Midlands through crisis assistance and sustainability programs.
For a closer look at how we are helping hardworking people in our community, please take a look at the following:
Meet Our Staff
The Cooperative Ministry has a hard working and dedicated staff.
Contact Our Staff
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Cooperative Ministry is guided by an amazing team of caring individuals and capable decision-makers.
Meet the Board
WHY WE HELP
We Help Because…
As God’s created people we are called to be like our Creator – to walk in God’s way – the way of love, compassion and mercy. Compassion is at the heart of faith in God and we are called to care deeply and act concretely to alleviate suffering. This is a call to action, and not an easy one, but one which we engage in joyfully and thoughtfully. We are called to release people from bondage to a cycle of poverty. We desire to honor God by reflecting Divine compassion for the working poor.
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. Their goal was to establish a collaborative method of administering assistance to those in need, while also preventing duplication of services. Since then TCM has grown to encompass congregations of all faiths, over 120 partnering agencies, and countless civic and social organizations, foundations, businesses and individuals. We believe in the honor of all work, we show individuals the respect they deserve.