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Our Story

The Story Behind LCM

Longview Community Ministries was organized in 1982 to  address needs inadequately  met in Longview.  It was an  organization representing 13 churches with  both pastoral and lay  participation. The founding churches are: First Christian, Woodland Christian, Temple Emmanu-El, First  Presbyterian, Alpine Presbyterian, St. Andrew Presbyterian, Trinity Episcopal, Greggton United Methodist, First Lutheran, First United Methodist, ,St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal , Winterfield United Methodist, and  First Cumberland Presbyterian. 

The first project, established in June 1982 , was  Meals -On-Wheels. Five days a week hot  meals are  delivered to persons, primarily  elderly , who  are  homebound and  unable  to  prepare meals for  themselves. In 1985 . 14,775 meals were served . A volunteer corps of 60 persons per week( 240 per month) is provided by churches to deliver  the meals. 

The second project, beginning service in October 1982 , was the Food Box, an  emergency food program. Donated foods are  packaged by  volunteers, an d dispensed . In 1985, 1500 boxes were dispensed containing  about  50,000 meals.

The third project was the  Service and Information  Center in  March 1985. In the  first  year of  operation , 1800 request  for  food, rent, utilities, transportation, and  medicine were received. Over 500 were given direct help with  the  remainder referred to other agencies.  

The fourth project , begun in 1985 ,LCM established  was Habitat for  Humanity to  provide affordable housing for  the  working  poor. The first house is completed and occupied by  the  new  owners April 15, 1986. 

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