Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – We Care in Chapin had a blessed year in 2018 and they’re hoping that God will exceed what he provided in 2019. According to their website www.chapinwecare.org, the We Care Center was established in 1986 to work with families and individuals in the community who are facing emergencies trying to meet their basic living needs. They serve as an outreach ministry for churches in the Chapin, Little Mountain, White Rock, Peak, Pomaria, and the Prosperity communities. They feel they are answering the call of Jesus Christ to serve the poor and needy. Local churches, businesses, civic organizations, and individual donations fund the We Care Center. A full-time director and a dedicated, compassionate group of volunteers work directly with the clients to ensure they get the help they need.
According to their December newsletter, they were blessed to be able to distribute nearly $1,000,000 worth of food. This was an increase of over $200,000 from the previous year. This is a list of some significant accomplishments that God allowed through their ministry in 2018:
Note: The figures in the brackets are from 2017 for comparison
Families served 3,402 (2,765)
Individual family members served 9,638 (7,607)
Number of new families 170 (149)
Value of food $985,535 ($761,519)
Number of pounds of food given to clients 480,762 (339,273)
Utilities paid for clients $96,057 ($79,685)
Thrift Store vouchers distributed $5,776 ($4,227)
Bethel Christian summer campers 12 (13)
Thanksgiving family meals distributed 293 (270)
Children receiving Christmas Gifts 448 (370)
Volunteer hours 11,222 (9,361)
We Care thinks with the continued support of the community, they can do even more in 2019. You certainly can do your part to help. Food donations are received at their 1800 Chapin Road offices. Their hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-12 and Thursdays from 4-6 pm. You can also drop donations at any time in their collection box. You can also drop donations designated for We Care at any area church, the Chapin Library, Town Hall, Crooked Creek Park, Chapin Pharmacy, Coldwell Banker and many other local businesses. Monetary donation scan be mailed to We Care at P.O. Box 491 Chapin, SC 29036. Donations are tax deductible.