If you are looking for assistance please check out our outreach ministries listed below. We would love to connect with you.
The Food Bank & Clothes Closet
The Food Bank & Clothes Closet exists to offer basic necessities to our neighbors. We offer a variety of fresh and non-perishable food items, clothing, toiletries, and showers.
During our Food Bank & Clothes Closet we intermittently have representatives from local non-profits and agencies to assist in signing our guests up for government services such as Food Stamps and voter registration.
The Food Bank & Clothes Closet is open every Wednesday from 10 to 11 am. Please contact [email protected] or call 843.744.0283 with any questions.
Our Food Bank & Clothes Closet is run entirely by volunteer. Volunteers serve in a variety of capacities including:
- Picking up supplies from the Lowcountry warehouse
- Organizing food and clothing in our Ministry Wing
- Setting up food distribution stations
- Welcoming guests and running registration
- Directing traffic flow
- Managing clothes & toiletry distribution
- Staffing the showers
It’s exciting when people come to the Clothes Closet to prepare to go job searching. We had a couple recently that, after receiving new clothes, came back to report that one of them came off of unemployment and the other went from part-time to full-time work!
We offer the following as supplies are available:
Our Clothes Closet offers a variety of donated and lightly used clothing items. Sizes and types of clothes vary based upon donations. Guests to the Food Bank & Clothes Closet are invited to select one to two outfits as needed.
Hot showers are available at every Food Bank & Clothes Closet. We provide towels, soap, and shampoo. Men and women have separate shower facilities in our shower trailer. Last call for showers is 10:30 am on Wednesdays.
We provide various toiletries, such as toilet paper, tooth brushes, tooth paste, combs, soap, shampoo, deodorant, shave kits, and women’s products. Toiletry selection varies based upon donations.
The Food Bank & Clothes Closet is solely dependent on the generosity of donors. Financial contributions marked “Food Bank & Clothes Closet” go directly toward making resources available to our neighbors and are managed through this website, by emailing [email protected] or by contacting the Aldersgate office at [email protected]
Other needed resources include:
- Gently used clothing for warmer weather
Lowcountry Food Bank
The size of our feeding ministry is made possible through a generous partnership with the Lowcountry Food Bank. Through “LFB” we can purchase bulk fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, and dry goods for a fraction of their retail value. Your financial contribution allows our resources to stretch further to feed even more of our hungry neighbors. Thank you for giving! To learn more about Lowcountry Food Bank visit their website.
TO GO SOUP KITCHEN
Mondays starting at 11 AM while supplies last
Hot meals are provided to our guests to enjoy off site.
Available for walk up and drive thru
A limited number of meals are available each week for delivery to church members.
The Soup Kitchen is supported through donations given to the Food Bank
Winter Warming Shelter
The Winter Warming Shelter provides a safe, warm place to sleep to the homeless and under-housed in the North Charleston area. Our shelter includes a homecooked meal, showers, male and female sleeping quarters, visits to the clothes closet, and separate lodging for families.
The Warming Shelter is a community effort. It is made possible through the participation of several partner churches who take turns staffing this ministry. Additionally, many churches and individuals offer food, clothing, and monetary support to help make this outreach to the vulnerable in our community a reality. Thank you for your support.
***The 2021 Winter Warming Shelter season ran from January 1st to February 28th, 2021. We are currently closed. However, read below to learn about our new expansion initiative called “Envision!”
About the Shelter
During our operating season, the Winter Warming Shelter opens when temperatures are forecast to be 35 degrees or below, or during inclement weather. Our Shelter leadership team makes the ‘call’ to open 48 hours in advance and shares the opening decision with local news media, homeless services, municipalities, police departments, and on Facebook.
We welcome all men, women, and children in need of shelter provided they are not a harm to themselves or others. Upon arrival guests are provided with a hot meal, a warm shower, clean clothes, toiletries, an optional devotional, and a safe place to sleep. In the morning guests are provided breakfast and are given a bag lunch to go.
Through a partnership with CARTA, guests can travel free of charge when they request transit to the Winter Warming Shelter. The following morning guests can receive a free ride on the CARTA system if they catch the first route of the morning outside of Aldersgate.
The Winter Warming Shelter screens all persons and bags upon entry for weapons. We collect any weapons (knives, box cutters, tools, etc.) for overnight storage and check items back to our guests in the morning. Firearms, alcohol, and all illegal substances are strictly prohibited on church property. Pets are not permitted in the Shelter.
Support the Shelter
The 2021 Winter Warming Shelter concluded at the end of February. Due to covid 19 this Shelter season was unlike any we’ve ever encountered before and we could not have done it without the generous support and volunteer effort of our many community partners.
While this year’s Shelter season has concluded, the work of caring for our friends without homes is a yearlong process. This year we’re taking a leap of faith to provide even greater resources to our homeless neighbors by launching a capital campaign for the creation of a permanent shelter facility and expanded services.
Visit our Envision campaign page to learn more and envision a better future!
The Winter Warming Shelter is made possible through the shared efforts of several churches in the greater Charleston area. Churches who agree to help staff the shelter are our Partner Churches. Partner Churches provide volunteers who 1.) assist with set-up and sign-in 2.) provide a hot dinner and leave a “to-go” breakfast (granola bars, fruit, juice, etc.) for the morning, and 3.) provide at least two overnight volunteers.
Volunteer teams will sign-up on the shelter calendar for nights their team will be able to work should conditions drop to 35 degrees or lower, what we call ‘on-call’ nights. Teams will be put on ‘notice’ 48 hours in advance when a shelter is called.
Donations of any kind to the Winter Warming Shelter are greatly appreciated. We are in need of warm clothes, blankets, air mattresses, bedding, food, and cleaning supplies. Monetary support will help off-set the cost of other shelter supplies (shelter advertising, propane for shower trailers, registration materials, etc.). To learn more about supporting the shelter, please email us at [email protected]
On various Saturdays throughout the year our volunteers distribute care packages, clothing, blankets, food, and water to those who are homeless in our community. This ministry is the only outreach where we seek out our neighbors and visit them throughout the community.
Community Give is currently working to distribute this Shelter season’s excess blankets and jackets. We believe it is far better for these items to go to use rather than sit in storage waiting for next year.
If you would like to join in our next Community Give, or if you would like to prepare care packages (including sandwiches), please contact us at [email protected].