Community Care Fellowship (CCF) is a day shelter for the poor and homeless. Their mission is to provide a place of respite and rest without a load of requirements. Since 1984 they have been dedicated to serving those persons in Nashville who find themselves without the means to provide the basic needs of life — a place to live, food to eat, a place to take a bath, a place to wash the one or two changes of clothes you have, a place to rest from the elements and pressures of living on the street. CCF is a stand-alone agency of the United Methodist Church – Nashville district.
CCF provides a wide range of services, such as meals, showers, laundry cleaning facilities, phone privileges, a mailing address, diapers & other supplies, gasoline vouchers, counseling, job referral, and financial assistance for rent and electric bills. CCF also offers an After School program for children living in the James A. Cayce Housing Project.
At Hermitage UMC, individuals, families, Sunday School classes, and other church-affiliated groups frequently volunteer at CCF. In addition, three HUMC members serve on their Board of Directors. Our church has begun an annual tradition of collect enough new underwear in ONE MONTH (August) to supply CCF and Room in the for a WHOLE YEAR. We are the only organization in Nashville that has committed to supplying underwear to CCF. Other churches have committed to supplying peanut butter or socks or other items. It is a wonderful way to show our support for the great ministries.
How to Help:
- Volunteer at their facility: Current volunteer needs are: receptionists to register guests (3-hour shifts: 9-12 and 12-3, Monday through Friday), kitchen help to prepare and/or serve lunches (2-hour shift from 10:30-12:30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), hygiene helpers to coordinate shower times and laundry and handing out supplies (3-hour shifts of 9-12 and 12-3, Monday through Friday). For information about volunteering in the reception and hygiene areas, call Vonn Horner at 615-297-3142. For information about volunteering in the kitchen, call Rev. Pat Freudenthal at 615-227-1953 or e-mail email@example.com.
- Check our church newsletter, website, and service announcements for their Wish List. These in-kind donations of items they currently need can be delivered to our church office.
- Donations can be made to assist the CCF program. Checks should be made payable to Hermitage UMC and specify that your donation is for the CCF program. Deliver it to the church office or place it in the collection basket.
HUMC Coordinators: Bruce Long, Lalia Click and Evan Vutsinas
Website: Visit the Community Care Fellowship website, www.ccf-ministry.org, for other opportunities on getting involved in this ministry.