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Community Impact: Neighborhood Community Ministries

Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries provides housing assistance and helps families avoid eviction and possible homelessness.

The nonprofit organization recently received a $15,000 grant from the Jackson EMC Foundation for its emergency rental assistance program.

Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries is one of the first resources families turn to when unexpected circumstances happen, such as a job loss or a challenging medical diagnosis, said Ryan Jones, director.

“We try to help families get from crisis mode to stability mode,” he said.

To do that, the program requires that participants complete several tasks designed to increase their resiliency and financial stability such as attending classes on budgeting or life skills. Participants have a case manager who helps ensure they are successful in the program.

The emergency rental assistance program recently helped a woman after she was diagnosed with a medical condition that limited her ability to work, Jones said. She found employment through a work-at-home opportunity and took classes on budgeting. Those steps helped her avoid eviction and she’s working full-time again.

Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries, formerly called Norcross Cooperative Ministry, has been serving low-income residents of southwestern Gwinnett County for 35 years. The emergency rental assistance program is a new addition to the services the organization offers. “We’re trying to adapt to our changing community and find ways to serve our community,” Jones said.

To learn more about Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries, visit ourncm.org