Our 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. 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. Those facing crisis, living in poverty and/or experiencing homelessness in Hickory City, and/or Catawba County, come through our doors daily!

The Services of GHCCM include:

  • Client Services
    • Financial assistance to prevent eviction and termination of utilities
    • Assist the homeless with blankets, backpack, shower facility, crisis clothing, etc.
    • Referrals within GHCCM and to outside agencies through community collaboration
    • Laundry facilities available for the homeless
    • Mail service for those needing an address to receive mail
  • Free and Charitable Healthcare
    • Pharmacy at GHCCM
      • Prescription medications – offers qualified patients access to low and no-cost medications
    • Medical Care at GHCCM for un-insured neighbors
      • Specialty care and primary care for the uninsured in Catawba and Alexander County
        • Eye Care and Dental services also available
      • Behavioral Health and Wellness
        • Peer Support Specialist on site in the Medical Clinic
          • Substance abuse
          • Behavior modification
          • Referral assistance
      • Hep-C Clinic
  • Whole Life Center
    • Provides on-site resources, community collaboration, learning opportunities, a case manager to journey with each neighbor