The Community Outreach Center started as a dream shared by several members of
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, who worked in the Soup Kitchen in the basement
of that same building. We wanted to move the Soup Kitchen to a bigger, more
accessible location that just happened to be next door. At about the same
time in 2002, the two Episcopal churches were making plans to merge, so it
was a perfect time to sell the St. Mark's building, buy the neighboring MPCU
building and give the Soup Kitchen a new home.
In 2003 that is exactly what happened. And since there was so much extra room,
we invited four other charities to share the space at no charge. With this
development, a new Board of Directors was formed to run the newly named
Community Outreach Center. A facility dedicated to housing social service
charities free of charge, so that they could use their meeger funds on their
very important missions.
With the very generous aid of many many foundations, businesses, churches and
individuals, we have paid off the initial cost of the building and the
renovation expenses. We continue to raise money for the operational costs
and for the hope of helping more charities attain their goals. Our newest
endeavor is to help launch the Emergency Housing Exchange which will close
the gap between the homeless person/family and a more stable housing
opportunity. Look for this agency to be functioning in the first
couple months of 2010.