Year 2022 Impact
Looking back over 2022, there were many accomplishments in partnership with more than 150 entities -- faith communities, civic organizations, local businesses, and individuals -- to support CCHASM programs and services. Please consider using the donate button (upper right of this screen) to make a donation to support our ongoing efforts.
M.A. Weeks Thanksgiving Meal Program
At the M.A. Weeks Thanksgiving Program, honoring CCHASM's founder Mary Anne Weeks, roughly 12,000 individuals were helped through 4,192 Thanksgiving meal bags.
With approximately 540 volunteers in 2022 and 400 individuals in 2021, we supported our neighbors in need with a drive-through, contactless pick-up format. The Thanksgiving Meal Package is a grocery bag filled with pre-determined foods (cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, etc.) that represents about a $25 value. Each registered guest also received a $15 grocery gift card from a local grocery store for perishable items such as turkey, butter, or milk. Click here to event recent media coverage.
Food Assistance Program
In 2021 - 2022, we assisted 15,287 individuals with assistance at more than 20 food pantries through our church alliance partners and at our annual M.A. Weeks Thanksgiving Program (12,535 individuals).
CCHASM's food assistance program aids families and individuals who have experienced or are experiencing an emergency that limits their funds for essential items such as food. This program is intended to help stretch and supplement other resources such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food stamps), WIC, and TANF.
CCHASM assists the pantries with educational information about the types and quantities of food to stock and financial literacy resources.
Financial Assistance Program
We provide financial assistance per the determination of eligibility. In 2022, 85 families were assisted with $31,305 through third-party provider payments with financial assistance for utilities, mortgage/rent, and emergency car repairs.
In 2021, we provided $34,900 in financial aid for 44 families and supported them through a $100,000 Crisis Financial Support (CFS) Program created in 2020 and a Community Development Block Grant. We remain committed to providing future resources in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Women's Career Clothing Cottage
In 2022, we provided 53 individuals with professional/business attire during socially-distanced shopping at our Women's Clothing Cottage. In 2021, 42 women were supported once regular hours resumed after the prior year's closure due to COVID restrictions.
Many of CCHASM's female clients have found themselves re-entering or unexpectedly returning to the workplace, some for the first time.
At this time, CCHASM collaborates with industry partners to provide "office-appropriate" clothing such as suits, pants, skirts, dresses, and shoes for an interview or a job. Those in programs partnering with CCHASM may "shop" free of charge for either interview clothing or a week's worth of office-appropriate garments.