In 1988 several congregations, in concert with the Chesterfield Colonial Heights Department of Social Services came together to form an alliance to address the unmet emergency needs of residents of our community.  At that time our local Department of Social Services was seeking opportunities to collaborate with local congregations to assist their workers in securing resources beyond those that they were mandated to provide.  Additionally, our member congregations desired a vehicle to help avoid duplication of services.  The founding group recognized the need for united approach to discern genuine acute needs from chronic ongoing needs.  CCHASM was born out of this meeting and today continues its mission of providing emergency assistance to area residents in Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell, and Prince George through Food and Financial Assistance, a Career Clothes Cottage, and a Thanksgiving Meal Program.

Our Mission

To provide food, financial assistance, and career clothing to area residents who have experienced or are experiencing an emergency situation which threatens their survival needs.

Our Values:


  • Compassion – We will serve in an impartial manner with empathy and sincere concern for all.

  • Collaboration – We will work together as a team in partnership with various community resources to effectively respond to the needs of our clients.

  • Integrity – We will be truthful and ethical in all we do and to all we serve.

  • Accountability – We will be good stewards of all resources entrusted to the organization by using defined and measurable business standards and practices.  As individuals, we will invest our time and resources to actively pursue and support CCHASM’s Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives.

  • Diversity – We respect the inherent differences of all and are committed to providing unbiased services.


CCHASM is a non-profit 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, organization working cooperatively with government and community agencies to care for the emergency needs of the citizens of Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell, and Prince George, Virginia.

Our 2018 - 2022 Strategic Plan is our guide post as we bring this mission to life.  View it here: