Five “C”s of Christian Neighbors
1) Being Christian Neighbors
Christian Neighbors was founded in 1983 by the local churches to respond to people in need in our community. This allows the churches to minister cooperatively in ways they could not do alone. It is important to keep that long standing connection between the local Churches and Christian Neighbors. Most area churches support Christian Neighbors through their church budget, food donations and community soup suppers. Christian Neighbors stands ready to work with churches and church leaders as they refer people in need.
2) Being Community Neighbors
Christian Neighbors has become a community agency that is supported not only by Churches, but also by individuals and businesses throughout the community who realize that we must take care of others in need. The downturn in the Michigan economy has made an agency like Christian Neighbors essential and it has built a reputation throughout our community as a place where you will be helped when you are in need.
3) Being Cooperative Neighbors
Christian Neighbors has built cooperative relationships with Religious, Private, and Governmental Agencies committed to helping those in need. The Christian Neighbor’s Director and staff serve on and lead various task forces throughout our county dealing with hunger, poverty, and homelessness. They have built resources and developed referrals that address all of those concerns, as people come to them with varied needs. When you look at the yearly reports of Christian Neighbors, it is amazing the amount of help they provide, both food and financially.
4) Being Caring Neighbors
Christian Neighbors has demonstrated that our community cares about those in need. Christian Neighbors has also demonstrated that as a community works together, it can meet the needs that exist. People who go to Christian Neighbors for assistance are treated with caring, kindness and respect.
5) Being Continuous Neighbors
Christian Neighbors has been working to meet the needs in the Otsego, Alamo, Plainwell, Cooper, and Martin areas since 1983. Having a facility located in the heart of this service area, Christian Neighbors is positioned to continue to meet the needs of this area for many years to come.