Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, Inc
176 Church Street, P.O. Box 1328
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Linda Freund, Director
Perhaps, like me, you have heard of the Lawrenceville Coop, but are not sure where it is and how to help. Certainly we all realize many people are in need of assistance, but operating in our own secure worlds, we probably do not meet , nor appreciate how dire the situation is for some.
At this moment, more than 90 homeless people in the Lawrenceville area are receiving assistance , as did as some 4,100 families in 2014. The need is so great that Linda occasionally gets teary eyed thinking of some situations. But during the time of my visit, a gentleman was in tears of gratitude for the help his family had received from the Coop.
The Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry is faith based which started in 1995. More than 400 volunteers donate time to stock and distribute food items, run the office, or conduct interviews. Assistance is provided to a wide variety of situations, from a one-time utility bill, help with medications, food items, overnight shelter , or even an opportunity to just talk to a caring person . Some people are dealing with a crisis, like the mother with children seeking assistance on the way to the Battered Woman's shelter. Sometimes a job loss means immediate eviction, and nowhere to go.
But not everyone can qualify. The individual's means are balanced with the need to determine how critical the request ; but be assured, compassion and understanding are critical to the process. Each interview starts with a prayer, if acceptable to the applicant . C omments by the interviewer are recorded in an effort to make every interview a continuation of the last.
The current situation may be the result of a bad decision, but often times circumstances change that is beyond the individual's control. Self-sufficiency is the desired result where possible.
W hat can an individual or compan y do to help the Coop meet the great need? Any contribution, from the greatest to the smallest, has a positive effect on the effort.
Financial contributions to the Coop, or even cash cards for Kroger or Walmart in $10 increments (cash is not given out)
Food items (non- perishable). Several Church groups and companies have a regular food drive, and individual contributions are appreciated.
Time and labor is always appreciated, and never turned down. Something is going on at the conv erted church building Monday – Saturday. Volunteers are given instruction, and there is something for anyone to do.
Children's books are an item many families would like to have.
Clothing is provided to applicants via a 2-year voucher to the Baptist Church Thrift Store.
The greatest challenge is perhaps the homeless. The extended stay facilities around Lawrenceville are being used to house people in need, from one day, to several, the resource is becoming scarce due to the gre at need.
Jobs are needed. If you on an opening, or have a concept of how to build a network with employers, please contact Linda. Training is a key to getting and holding a job. Matching the two is a critical part of the effort. Again, if you have contacts or ideas of how to make connections in this area, please call Linda.
I have only scratched the surface of what the Coop is doing, but I hope you can see that whatever your expertise, abilities, or resources, you can make a difference.
Check them out at www.lawrencevilleco-op.org
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