Ministry Offers COVID Relief Card

Ministry Offers COVID Relief Card

The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM) is open and available to help those who are facing crisis. GHCCM has been in our community for over 50 years. Now more than ever, our services are being called upon from those who need medical care, prescription medications, supplemental food, financial assistance and much more. Whether someone is facing an immediate crisis brought on by COVID–19 or from on-going needs for assistance, GHCCM has staff and volunteers to assist our neighbors in addressing individual life challenges. It is the goal of GHCCM to work together to offer stability to those in crisis.  During these uncertain times and major losses, there are area residents who never thought they would need the services of GHCCM, but find they need assistance now.

Due to the immediate demand for crisis assistance by those impacted by COVID-19, GHCCM is expanding qualifications to meet those needs.  The new COVID Relief Card provides quick access to financial assistance, food, prescriptions, and medical care. This COVID Relief Card is available beginning immediately.  The cards are available on an emergency basis and will be processed by the Neighbor Engagement Team (NET- client services).  Call 828-327-0979 for more information.  Or stop by GHCCM at 31 1st Avenue SE, Hickory 28602, hours are Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and Friday from 8:00 am – noon.

Beginning immediately, the ministry will re-open on Fridays from 8:00 am – noon.  NET, food pick-up and the Medical Clinic will be available to assist neighbors.   The Pharmacy is open on Fridays from 9:00 am – noon for prescription pick-up only.  31 Thrift and MORE! store hours for shopping are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am – 4 pm.; Tuesday from 11 am – 5 pm; and Saturday from 10am – 4pm.  Donations of clothing, household goods, etc. will be accepted at a later date. All areas within the ministry will be following current COVID-19 health guidelines and social distancing.

Applicants for the new COVID Relief Card will be requested to provide documentation stating that their position has been furloughed or eliminated.  For those seeking medical care, an official letter needs to state the loss of medical coverage and document that there is no current access to Medicare or Medicaid. The COVID Relief Card will be reviewed and distributed on a case-by-case basis.

For neighbors not enrolled for food assistance, call 828-327-0979 or stop by GHCCM during business hours. New food applications will be processed over the phone or in person by a Neighbor Engagement Team member at the front window of GHCCM. Food is distributed in the back of GHCCM from the rear loading dock. Food will be placed on the pallet at time of pickup. The food will be taken off the pallet by the person picking up food.

For the GHCCM Medical Clinic, qualified patients must have no access to health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. The Clinic is scheduling new patients by appointment only. New patient appointments will be triaged based on the patient’s diagnosis/condition.  Medical clinic questions should be referred to 828-345-0854.

The Pharmacy at GHCCM continues to dispense prescriptions. To expedite serving our neighbors, prescriptions are picked up through the back window of the ministry.  During the pandemic, if individuals have a job loss and/or health insurance is terminated, they are encouraged to apply for the emergency COVID Relief Card.  The handling fee for those with the COVID Relief Card is $3.00 per prescription. The Pharmacy Hotline number is 828-323-7913. Messages can be left on the hotline number 24/7 pertaining to all prescriptions needs. Pharmacy hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Friday, 9:00 am – noon for prescription  pick-up only.

Another new addition of support and assistance offered by GHCCM is a Veteran Medical Card.  GHCCM will offer medical services to veterans who find there are gaps in the coverage as provided by the standard VA hospital and medical care system.

GHCCM remains open to serve our neighbors in most need.  The ministry continues to accept food donations.  It is requested that food donations be brought to the rear loading dock Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm and Friday from 8:00 am – noon.  GHCCM is dependent on financial contributions to continue offering the wide range of support to our neighbors who are our most vulnerable.  During the current pandemic, more people in our community are facing unemployment. It is the goal of GHCCM to work together to offer stability to those in crisis.  For  our current schedule, ministries offered and for making a donation, visit our website at  For additional information email To volunteer send your request to

NETworX Catawba Plans Additional Outreach 5/28/2020
As Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM) moves forward with the vision and strategic plan for being a transformational ministry, the short-term goal and future is to expand the outreach of NETworX Catawba to include intentional communities to serve a larger population within Catawba County. Although GHCCM is experiencing a ‘new normal’, the ministry’s leadership is moving forward with implementing plans for our future.
As the GHCCM strategies are being formulated and put into action, it is announced that Liz Goebelbecker, Director of NETworX Catawba, is leaving her position to pursue her personal desire to develop a holistic community partnership. Dr. Kathy Wood, Executive Director of GHCCM, states, “Our community is grateful for the leadership and guidance that Liz has provided over the last 5 years. She has solidified the meaning of an intentional community and has developed an incredible relationship with participants. Her impact and positive influence on many lives is valuable.” Josh Herman, who has been working with Liz, will continue as the NETworX Catawba Coordinator.
NETworX Catawba, a ministry of GHCCM and within the Whole Life Center (WLC), views poverty as a wholistic (whole person) concern that includes spiritual, physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and financial well-being. NETworX Catawba engages the community in helping move individuals and families out of poverty and addresses solutions to poverty. NETworX Catawba follows the philosophy that “it is through friendship and journeying together that transformation for all our lives and our community will occur.”
The first step in NETworX curriculum is the participation in the 12-week community meetings. The areas of exploration include wellness, cultural differences, trauma and much more. Through analysis, the goals are to examine resilience, healing, resource-building, and healthy relationships.
As we approach the fall, GHCCM will be exploring a variety of areas within our community to establish multiple small group intentional communities. At each location, there will be a trained community facilitator. As explained by Dr. Wood, “GHCCM is currently looking for facilitators who are genuine, authentic, passionate about building relationships, comfortable with the uncomfortable, non-judgmental, and willing to share their own vulnerabilities. Each intentional community will be a small group with no more that 12-15 participants”.
The locations are determined as GHCCM discovers an identified need and a desire to journey with individuals and families to transform lives as they move toward self-reliance, social well-being, and economic stability. Lily Moody, GHCCM Assistant Executive Director and Director of the Whole Life Center, explains, “As the intentional community joins together in a safe and accepting environment, we build bridges over societal barriers like class, race, sexual orientation, gender and age. Through having an advocate for each other, respect for our neighbor, and trust in one another true transformation occurs. The transformational ministry sees each of our neighbors as unique individuals with unique needs.”

Many of our neighbors have special concerns and are asking for prayer.  For all you prayer warriors out there, would you pray for these?Devotion: written by Kathryn Hodges ‘Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls.’
>>> Fatigue, true fatigue is incapacitating.  One feels listless and unable to motivate to get what was usually normal done.  Fatigue can be physical and it can be mental. It can be the result of medical treatment, depression or a medical condition to name a few.  Often it is out of one’s immediate control.  However, it is very real.  Many times , combatting it is out of the question without God’s help.
>>> Knowing God is with us ALL the time gives us strength when we feel the least powerful, when change is beyond our ability to muster the energy to do what needs to be done.  God’s continued presence gives us hope that we will recover from the depths of fatigue and life will very slowly return to normal. 
>>> God helps us cope in a variety of ways. He speaks to us as we lie quietly exhausted.  He might direct a friend, acquaintance or church member to give us an unexpected call.  He might send us an inspiration about how to maximize our energy or decrease our responsibilities.
>>> Hope is  the driving factor and God’s Love supports us as we struggle to have the strength to move on toward better days.
>>> Jeremiah 31:25 I will refresh the weary and all who are faint.Kathryn Hodges is one of GHCCM’s valued volunteers.  Her and her husband Jim take great care of our landscape.  She also volunteers regularly with mailings and correspondence.

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