Our Whole Life Center helps our clients take the next step toward transformation.

The Whole Life Center (WLC) provides a “Next Step” ministry that journeys with our clients to provide pathways from poverty to independence.

206 1st Ave. SE, Hickory, NC 28602
Main Campus: 828-327-0979 ext. 221
Whole Life Center: 828-327-0979 ext. 301

  • Eviction prevention (rent and mortgage)
  • Utility disconnection prevention
  • Crisis Financial Aid
  • Referrals to outside community agencies and churches


The Whole Life Center (WLC) will collaborate with community partners to avoid duplicating services and to further assist our clients with taking their ‘Next Steps’. These areas will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • North Carolina Cooperative Extension
  • Catawba Valley Community College
  • NC Works
  • Appalachian State University Dietetics Program
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Centro Latino
  • Catawba Valley Behavioral Health
  • City of Hickory
  • Partners Behavioral Health
  • The Cognitive Connection
  • Vocational Rehab
  • Live Well Catawba Coalition
  • Carleen Crawford, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Regional Tobacco Control Manager


In addition, the WLC will provide a safe space for our clients as they participate in ‘Next Steps’.

The Whole Life Center is located at 206 1st Avenue SE, Hickory, NC, 28602, one block from the main campus of Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministries (GHCCM) and directly behind the Hickory Soup Kitchen.

John and Carol de Perczel Whole Life Center

By Appointment and/or during scheduled classes
(828) 327-0596

John Leslie de Perczel, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
1947 – 2016

Honoring the memory of Dr. John de Perczel

Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM) announced in March of 2020 that the Whole Life Center will be known as the Dr. John and Carol de Perczel Whole Life Center.

Dr. John de Perczel was an Orthopedic physician for 35 years in Hickory. Carol, his wife of 38 years, states “John was a long-time volunteer at GHCCM in the free and charitable medical clinic. As an Orthopedic surgeon, he was able to ease the pain of many people who otherwise might not have access to medical care. GHCCM held a warm place in his heart. I am thrilled for this opportunity to do something in his memory that was so special to him.”