To respond to situations of emergency and need with immediacy and simplicity, respecting the dignity of all persons in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
Christian Help Inc of Mingo County serves the low to no income population in the heart of Appalachia, specifically Mingo County, West Virginia and Martin County, Kentucky. Founded in 1994 by Sister Brendan Conlon, Christian Help Inc provides emergency relief to people struggling with the burdens of extreme poverty. Sr Brendan started as a one-woman agency with little more than a mission statement in hand.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, unaffiliated with any church or denomination. Today, we have 8 full time employees and a plethora of volunteers. Our programs include financial help, free store, food pantry, and on demand transportation team.
Hunger doesn't sleep. Our Food Pantry is the only pantry in the tri-state region open Monday-Friday, with emergency access on weekends. We do not limit visits, as we know access and availability are vital.
Christian Help receives monthly donations from Feeding America. As this donation is only meant to provide 10% of our inventory, Christian Help supplements the pantry on an as needed, rotating basis. Relying on community donations is simply not an option, as this area is devastated by extreme, generational poverty.
We also hold pop up markets throughout the year. In 2022, literally tons of fresh fruit and vegetables were distributed to our community.
We operate a bright, clean, large building. Our free store is always bustling with activity. As all items are donated, on intake we ensure each piece is clean and neat. Stocking our store is a fulltime responsibility, maintained by our amazing staff and volunteers. Christian Help is committed to offering a welcoming environment, as all people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
Inside the store, we have a separate room containing all manner of hygiene, incontinence, and baby products. Here you will also find quality kitchen appliances, dishes, and linens.
Next to our main facility, we have a separate building which houses furniture, appliances, building materials, etc.
Store hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm
One of the major barriers to success in this region is lack of transportation. Christian Help's Transit Department is the only public transportation in Mingo County. Established in 1998, we have clocked over 4,500,000 miles in service to our community. Our team covers the majority of Mingo County and is free service for our residents.
Scheduling is easy, simply call 304.393.4251. We request 5 days advance notice, so we may best utilize our resources.
Did you know?
In 2022, Christian Help began a pilot program delivering food to our most vulnerable seniors. We have the organizational infrastructure and partnerships to combine our food and transit programs. As Mingo County is a food desert, access to quality foods is paramount for our elderly community. While participating in the national Senior Box Program, Christian Help supplements the 60 pounds of shelf stable items with fresh meat and vegetables.
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With the unwavering support of our donors, Christian Help has helped thousands of less fortunate friends and neighbors who faced financial emergencies.
There is no red tape, and funding is immediate. Most of our requests are for neighbors facing utility disconnects or terminations. In addition, we help pay for funeral costs, car repair, medication, eyeglasses, dentures, propane and kerosene, relocation for domestic abuse, wrap around services associated with addiction recovery, and various costs associated with domestic animals.
Did you know?
Christian Help has provided over 250 sets of complete dentures! We also advocated with the state of West Virginia, and effective January 1, 2021, a bill was passed to include a 1000.00 dental benefit for Medicaid recipients. A similar bill was passed in Kentucky, effective January 1, 2023.
We have added a residential property for our agency to grow our current programs and services. Christian Help will be able to host large groups, visiting donors and friends. This large, brick home will sleep 25 comfortably. With two great rooms, huge kitchen and games room, guests will be able to relax in a welcoming environment. Only ¼ of a mile from Christian Help, this hospitality house will enable us to welcome countless new friends and supporters to our region. We plan to offer structured programming (working in conjunction with Kermit's fantastic grouping of nonprofits) and individual retreat space. Please watch this space for more information!
Volunteering is an integral part of our operations. As we reinvent our current programs and services, we will be inviting more like-minded individuals and groups to give service. From sorting at intake, to stocking our food pantry, each piece plays a specific role in serving our community. Central Appalachia is one of the poorest regions in the nation, with both Mingo Co, WV and Martin Co, KY, holding dubious distinctions of being in the top 20 worst counties to live in America. Christian Help is the only social services agency in our area that provides wrap around services for our most vulnerable population.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, please follow the PayPal link or send donation to:
PO Box 1257
Kermit, WV, 25674
Please specify the purpose for your donation on the comment line: Christmas, Food Pantry, Emergency Aid, etc. If you do not specify, we will use the funds to help where they are needed most.
An endowment gift may be made through gifts of cash, securities, real estate or life insurance. Endowment fund opportunities are available to preserve and enhance the services provided by Christian Help. Funds may be named in memory of a loved one, in honor of a special person or reflect a donor's interest.
To set up sustained giving, contact Rebecca Hooker, 304.393.4251
In length of employment order…
Transportation and Senior Food Delivery CoordinatorAugust 2001
Outreach and Public RelationsMarch 2007
Operations and Food Pantry ManagementAugust 2014
Operations ApprenticeNovember 2022