A Message from the Executive Director
ECCCM has a rich history of serving others in the name of Christ. Matthew 25:31-40 was, and continues to be, foundational during the visioning and administering of ECCCM’s ministries: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me… Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:35–37, 40).
Today ECCCM still continues to serve those who are in crisis. Whether due to unemployment, underemployment, sudden personal crisis, or other extenuating circumstances, ECCCM is a source of refuge in the storms of life. Our philosophy is simple: To provide a hand up, not a hand out, to those in need.
ECCCM has a serious responsibility to the community we serve, a large geographical area of Catawba County including: Newton, Conover, Maiden, Claremont, Catawba, Vale, Maiden, Sherrills Ford, Terrell, Denver, and all areas in between. Simply, ECCCM serves all zip codes except 28601 & 28602. Providing assistance with mortgage and rent payments, utility bills, car repairs, food, pharmaceuticals, clothing, and fuel oil & kerosene, ECCCM harnesses the collective support of our community – its churches, businesses, foundations, and residents – then leverages that support through partnerships with suppliers that allows for the purchase of goods at price points well below the retail average. Remaining good stewards of our resources, we continue to hold administrative costs in the single digits, meaning that over 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to crisis relief.
ECCCM began from, and continues to be, and extension of the local church. To date, ECCCM has never turned anyone in need away. Through the grace and riches of God, funds have always been present and sufficient. To this end, ECCCM has never, and will never, send anyone to the local church for assistance. If persons do arrive at the church, the church is urged to call ECCCM for a confidential conversation.
Continuing to be led by an experienced Executive Director and a strong Board of Directors, our name underscores our ideology: a Cooperative Christian Ministry. In cooperation with our community, we are intentionally Christian, being the body of Christ that ministers to the world. Daily the staff prays for our ministry, our supportive community, the clients we will serve that day, thanking God for the opportunity to extend divine love and grace.
Because of your continued support ECCCM remains a beacon of light in our community.
Rev. Robert C. Silber, Executive Director
Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Inc.