Welcome to the Flushing Christian Outreach Center
Who are we?
We are a Christian inter-denominational organization made up of volunteers from the Flushing, Michigan area reaching out with God’s love to help meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of people in our community.
What do we do?
We provide food and clothing to those in need within the Flushing community, as well as connecting them with appropriate local resources. Our friendly staff is there to provide personal service.
How YOU Can Help!
Our neighbors right here in our own Flushing community are reaching out for help to get them through a difficult time. Here’s how you can help…
How we service the community
Approximately 200 families per month receive grocery bags of food that have been provided by others in our community or purchased with funds donated to the Flushing Christian Outreach Center’s Account at Food Bank …
Letter From Program Manager
Flushing families with children have struggled in the economic downturn; joblessness and deteriorating wages have constrained the ability of many to provide for basic needs, as indicated by the large share of children living in families with income below the federal poverty level ($23,300 for a family of four and $18,500 for a single parent with two children).
An FCOC client with two children recently told a volunteer, “My husband came home from the service to find his job had been eliminated. Not only that, my hours have been cut where I work. I help parents find financial assistance for their children. “Isn’t that ironic? I help people get cash assistance and then my family needs to come to the Flushing Christian Outreach Center to get food and clothing because we can’t live on what I make.”
More parents have taken part-time or part-year jobs to make ends meet. In Flushing, 32% of the children receive free or reduced meals during the school day through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is based on family income levels. It’s not surprising to find that research indicates children who are hungry have difficulty learning and do not perform as well in the classroom. Hunger should never be an impediment to academic success.
Most of the clients who come to FCOC are also receiving services from the Department of Human Services. Due to financial cutbacks, people have less applied to their Bridge Card to feed their families. FCOC supplements Flushing households by providing enough food to last approximately one week. The outreach center also offers donated clothing and person hygiene items.
“ I don’t know what I would do without FCOC. We can’t afford soap, shampoo, toothpaste, laundry soap, and especially toilet paper. We can only buy food with our Bridge Card. I don’t want my children going to school dirty. God bless FCOC!”
If it weren’t for the generous donations from our community of clothing, personal items, and financial gifts, we would not be able to help our Flushing neighbors in need. This community is a giving community: strong, proud, and willing to love one another. Thank you, Flushing!
May God shed his grace upon you,