Rowan Helping Ministries is a continuation of Rowan Cooperative Christian Ministry, a ministry begun in 1967 by several of Salisbury’s downtown churches. Rowan Helping Ministries was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization September 18, 1986. At that time, the Shelter rotated among several of the downtown churches and only operated during the winter months. The Soup Kitchen was provided by First Presbyterian Church and Crisis Assistance Network worked out of John Calvin Presbyterian Church. The Clothing Center was at the old Price High School building and Dial Help, incorporated in November 1970, was in the basement of Tri-County Mental Health. In December 1989, all of these programs moved to 226 North Long Street and became a part of Rowan Helping Ministries.
Our programs include: the Overnight Shelter, Soup Kitchen, Clothing Center, Food Pantry, Crisis Assistance Network, Transitional Housing Programs, Rowan Helping Ministries-West, and New Tomorrows. We have a full-time staff of nineteen and a part-time staff of twelve. We rely on 30-35 volunteers daily, and without them, Rowan Helping Ministries wouldn't be possible.
Challenges and Opportunities...
Each year those in our community who struggle financially seem to face additional challenges. Today, current economic times bring challenges to many who have been faithful volunteers and donors. They are now losing their jobs, finding their resources diminished and for the first time are also seeking our services. Rowan Helping Ministries continues to create new opportunities to meet these challenges. While we are “busting at the seams” for space, thankfully God’s love is in action everyday. Those in need continue to be fed, sheltered and clothed. There are days when up to 80 households are being interviewed for financial assistance vouchers.
Rowan Helping Ministries-West, our satellite location in Mt. Ulla which serves clients in western Rowan County, is thriving and is self-supporting.
In partnership with Park Avenue United Methodist Church and community leaders, shelter guests participate five mornings a week in a unique learning experience to prepare them for “New Tomorrows.”
The increase in need for services has prompted changes and improvements in how services are provided. Change, although sometimes difficult, is necessary for Rowan Helping Ministries to move forward to meet new challenges. Please give what you can in volunteer hours, food, clothing and monetary contributions to Rowan Helping Ministries.