This service modality offers a person-centred, holistic approach to care that complements the care offered by other helping disciplines while paying particular attention to spiritual care. The focus of pastoral care is upon the healing, guiding, supporting, reconciling, nurturing, liberating, and empowering of people in whatever situation they find themselves*.
*Pastoral care definition from Bruce Rumbold, La Trobe University School of Public Health
Case management services are available to assist with applying for benefits and employment, assist with birth certificates and state identification, assist with transportation, and to make referrals to offsite organizations that provide drug counseling, vocational services, temporary and permanent housing, as well as on site referrals to community partners that provide psychiatric services, medical care and screening, legal assistance, and electronic submission for Medicaid and food stamps right from our office.
Emergency Food Assistance
BHCCC’s Pantry Program is designed to meet the needs of our families by providing culturally appropriate and nutritionally-balanced food. Every Tuesday, BHCCC is able to distribute grocery packages to needy families. Our Client Choice pantry model provides members of our pantry program with the chance to choose the nutritious foods they need for their families. This model empowers clients to be active participants in the distribution process. The volunteer-prepared food bags provide each family member with three meals for three days.
BHCCC’s Soup Kitchen serves lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 12 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.. All meals are prepared on premises; our staff cook prepares hearty balanced meals with wholesome ingredients so as to not exacerbaste the health challenges prevalent amongst so many of our patrons. Beyond providing nutritious food, the program offers participants the option of taking their meals to go or sitting down and eating family-style in a welcoming, safe, friendly atmosphere that offers a retreat from the stresses associated with being homeless or living in poverty.
Christ Community Action Initiative (CCAI)
CCAI was birthed in 2004 to address the need for advocacy on behalf of its members and those in the surrounding Harlem community who have been marginalized, ostracized, and or disenfranchised. Through the establishment of partnerships with community organizations, the police, members of restorative justice, social workers, medical professionals, educators, political leaders and other like-minded service providers deliberate action plans, designed to enhance the quality of life for children and their families, and seniors, are employed.