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Part 1: Homeless families get a fresh start through CCM

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:13 am | Updated: 9:03 am, Mon Aug 4, 2014.
By Joanie Morris Reeder Special to the Independent Tribune
Photos courtesy of James Nix (Independent Tribune)

First in a three-part series

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The first blow came in 2003 when Pillowtex shut down, resulting in the largest mass layoff in the history of North Carolina. Then, the collapse of the financial and housing markets in 2008 contributed to Cabarrus County having the highest percentage increase of home foreclosures in the state. Unemployment soared and remained high for years.

And families lost their homes.

Cabarrus County’s annual Point-In-Time count of homeless people has shown significant increases in the number of homeless in the community year after year. Most alarming is the rate at which the number of homeless families continues to rise.

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Part 2: CCM's Teaching Housing gives hope to homeless families

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 7:33 am | Updated: 9:03 am, Mon Aug 4, 2014.
By Joanie Morris Reeder Special to the Independent Tribune
Photos courtesy of James Nix (Independent Tribune)

Second in a three-part series

jamesniximageThe gift of a home to Cooperative Christian Ministry’s Teaching Housing Program is about more than the physical structure. For working homeless families in the program, it’s about dignity, stability and recovery.

No parent chooses to be homeless. Circumstances have thrust these families into the situation they find themselves in. Loss of employment, divorce or other causes are all cited as reasons for homelessness in family situations. The most recent Point-In-Time count of homeless individuals in Cabarrus County showed a 28 percent increase in homeless families with children – 219 homeless people in families with children this year compared to 171 last year and 137 in 2012.

The Point-In-Time Count, because of definitions established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, does not include families who are “doubled-up” due to loss of housing. Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City schools report more than 300 students (not counting other family members) who are homeless. CCM estimates there is little duplication between the number of homeless students from the school systems and the Point-In-Time Count numbers because those families are living “doubled-up” or in hotels, and the Point-In-Time Count addresses families in shelters and other places not intended for human habitation.

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Part 3: CCM’s Teaching Housing program counts on community help

Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014 8:59 am
By Joanie Morris Reeder Special to the Independent Tribune
Photos courtesy of James Nix (Independent Tribune)

Third in a three-part series

jamesniximage2Cooperative Christian Ministry’s innovative Teaching Housing Program, which lifts families from homelessness to hope, wouldn’t be possible without the support of a big-hearted community.

There are three ways CCM obtains homes for the program. The very first Teaching House, started in 2008, was offered on a $1 per year lease for three years by a local landlord. SunTrust Bank sponsored the renovation, and a working homeless family was sheltered in Kannapolis.

It’s still done this way today – homeowners can lease homes to CCM for the organization to use for the Teaching Housing Program. Leases are usually offered on a 3-5 year term with CCM.

CCM also has partnerships with the city of Kannapolis and other local government agencies where homes are offered, renovated and used in the program. Participating families have a chance to purchase the homes through a federal program managed by the city.

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CCM Director taking hard-earned sabbatical

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Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:21 am | Updated: 7:48 am, Wed Mar 19, 2014.
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Posted on Mar 16, 2014by Jessica Groover Pacek

KANNAPOLIS – After nearly 10 years devoted to directing and expanding Cooperative Christian Ministry's caring reach into the community, Ed Hosack will begin a three-month sabbatical on April 7.

Sabbaticals are often taken by leaders of churches and professionals in the health care and education fields, but not often by leaders in the local nonprofit world, said Hosack, executive director of Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM).

"The news over the last couple of years has been filled with nonprofit executives being burnt out and leaving their posts," Hosack said. "I think the sabbatical is a proactive way to keep strong leadership in the nonprofit sector and to develop new leadership within the nonprofit sector."
Hosack said taking three months to rest, travel, read and study, among his other plans, was not his idea, though.

"This is something our board of directors proposed and provided to me," Hosack said. "I consider it a gift."

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CCCF Awards $5,000 Grant to CCM’s Project Independence

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CCCF Awards $5,000 Grant to CCM’s Project Independence

CONCORD – Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM) announces today it has received a $5,000 grant from the Cabarrus County Community Foundation for CCM’s Project Independence. CCM’s network of shelter and housing opportunities through My Father’s House, the Mothers & Children Housing Ministry and Teaching Housing program assisted more than 43 households comprised of 137 individuals last year in Cabarrus and southern Rowan counties. The grant from the Cabarrus County Community Foundation will be used in CCM’s Teaching Housing Program to provide shelter and housing as well as supportive case management.

“CCM will continue to expand on our existing shelter and housing services and explore opportunities to create new resources in our community,” says CCM Executive Director Ed Hosack. “The Cabarrus County Community Foundation is a faithful partner made up of committed decision-makers who know our community. Gifts like this one, dedicated to addressing the housing crisis in our community, are critical for developing new solutions.”

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Cabarrus County Homeless Point-In-Time Count

CONCORD – Cooperative Christian Ministry will coordinate the Cabarrus County Homeless Point-In-Time (PIT) Count again this year on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and Thursday, Jan. 30. Several Cabarrus County agencies will participate, counting individuals in the county who are homeless on the night of Jan. 29, 2014.

David Maulden, CCM's director of Shelter & Housing, who is coordinating this year's count, said the information collected about the homeless population in this one night will help track progress towards goals to end homelessness, as well as provide information about homelessness to local, state and national leaders.  "We consistently do it the last Wednesday of January so that over the years, we can get an accurate snapshot of the homeless population and how it changes," said Maulden. He does not expect to see an improvement over last year's numbers. Last year showed a 54 percent increase in the identified population – a jump from 183 in 2012 to 283 in 2013. Yearly changes allow organizations to see trends developing that may not be seen in regular counts.

"Our Point-In-Time counts for the last five years have indicated a dramatic increase in the number of homeless families and have influenced CCM's development of programs to serve those families," said Executive Director Ed Hosack.

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Pastor Breakfasts Foster Church Cooperation

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Posted:  Sunday, February 2, 2014  7:56 am

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — With many people looking for work and families struggling through a tough economy, many faith-based organizations are finding people leaning on their services more and more. But quite often, many churches are working on their own, not aware of what other churches are doing and how they could partner together.

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Youngsters collect, donate 400 pounds of food

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By Lukas Johnson on www.charlotteobserver.com

Concord sisters Ava and Riley McDermott were the first children to donate to the Cooperative Christian Ministry’s “Kids Can Too” challenge, and they’ve set the bar pretty high.

They’ve donated nearly 400 pounds of goods and raised $100.

Click here to read the entire story on the Charlotte Observer website.

Photo caption: Riley, left, and Ava McDermott of Concord were the first kids to donate to Cooperative Christian Ministry's "Kids Can Too" Challenge, which asks kids to donate at least 100 cans of food. The sisters set the bar high, collecting nearly 400 pounds of food and raising $100. CCM's second annual summer food drive started a month early. because of demand. It runs through August.

Concord Crisis Ministry Begins Summer Food Drive

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By Jenna Barnes

CONCORD -- The calendar still says spring, but the summer food drive is already underway at the Cooperative Christian Ministry Crisis Center in Concord.

"We need a lot of donations,” said volunteer Alex Barnhardt.

With shelves already bare, the ministry is starting the drive a month earlier than normal.

Click here to see the full story on the Carolina News 14 website.

CCM Pantry Hard-Pressed to Fill Food Stamp Gap

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By Karen Cimino Wilson

CONCORD, N.C. -- Regina Phifer said she hasn’t received her monthly $103 allocation from the Food and Nutrition Services program, formerly known as food stamps, since April so on Friday she went to a local food pantry for help bridging the gap.

A new computer program called N.C. Fast that has the potential to eventually streamline services offered by Departments of Social Services statewide is causing lots of problems for individuals and local charitable organizations in the short-term.

Click here to read the full story on the Independent Tribunte website.

CCM Conducting Summer Food Drive

6/11/2013 2:59 PM
By Salisbury Post

CONCORD – With many families still struggling to put food on the table, Cooperative Christian Ministry is serving record numbers through its Crisis Center and satellite pantries. In May, all of the pantries set monthly records for households served, individuals served and pounds of food distributed. At the Concord Crisis Center, the number of households served is up 33 percent from May 2012.

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Concord Food Pantry in Need of Donations

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By: Kate Gaier

CONCORD -- Cooperative Christian Ministry in Concord is running out of food, with only two weeks worth in stock. The crisis center pantry helps put food on the table for hundreds of people in need. And that need is only increasing heading into the summer months.

Click here to read the full story on Carolina News 14 website.