GHCCM History

Celebrating Over 50 Years of Serving Our Neighbors in Need

The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM) opened in 1969. The legal status of the organization is a 501c-3. The ministry was started by area churches and remains a faith-based, volunteer driven organization providing an array of programs, services and solutions for our neighbors in need in Catawba County and surrounding areas. Francis W. Frock was the first Executive Director of GHCCM from 1970 – 1988.

GHCCM History

There are currently 22 full time employees, 15 part time employees and over 125 volunteers. Our volunteers are a vital component of the Ministry’s work. The Ministry is supported primarily by grants and contributions from churches, area businesses and individuals.

GHCCM serves a population who fall within 200 % of the poverty guidelines as outlined by the federal government. Over 2,000 neighbors facing crisis, living in poverty and/or experiencing homelessness in Hickory City, and/or Catawba County, come through our doors each month!

The Services of GHCCM include:

  • Neighbor Engagement Team
    • Financial assistance for rent, utilities, heat and transportation
    • Assist the homeless with a snack pack, blanket, a backpack, shower facility, clothing, etc.
    • Referrals within GHCCM and to outside agencies through community collaboration
      • Identify, understand, address and work assist a person and/or family to increase and improve their emotional, financial and spiritual stability
    • Shower Ministry for the homeless
    • Laundry facilities available for the homeless
    • Mail service for those needing an address to receive mail
  • Nutrition Services
    • Emergency food and Supplemental monthly food
    • Weekly Supplemental food for our homeless
  • 31 Thrift and More!, the thrift store of GHCCM
    • Clothing and housewares for retail sales
    • Provides income to the day-to-day operations of GHCCM
    • Vouchers for our homeless neighbors or those in crisis for clothing and other items
  • Free and Charitable Healthcare
    • Pharmacy at GHCCM
      • Prescription drugs – offers qualified patients with access to low and no-cost medications
    • Medical Care at GHCCM for un-insured neighbors
      • Specialty care and limited primary care for the uninsured in Catawba and Alexander County
      • Behavioral Health and Wellness
        • Peer Support Specialist on site in the Medical Clinic
      • Hep-C Clinic
  • Whole Life Center
    • A wholistic (whole person) center for ‘Next Step’ ministry to assist our neighbors to gain independence from the poverty cycle
    • Provides on-site resources, community collaboration, learning opportunities, a case manager to journey with each neighbor
    • Health and Wellness classes and support groups
      • Smoking cessation
      • Diabetes support and education
      • Healthy Cooking classes
    • Job search assistance
    • Digital Literacy instruction
    • Behavioral Health and Wellness
      • Peer Support Specialist on site to assist with Behavioral health
        • Substance abuse
        • Behavior modification
        • Referral assistance
        • Group support classes