by Karen Smith
The difference between a boss and a leader: A boss says, ‘Go!’ A leader says, ‘Let’s go!’
–E. M. Kelly
And so it was with a group of citizens and clergymen who responded to the growing needs of the community during the recession of the 1980s who gathered to form a community assistance organization called Stockbridge Community Outreach. The first food pantry was located in the basement of a church, later moving to a room in the middle school. At that time, Outreach was open once a week.
Donors raised funds to purchase a portable building and placed it in the parking lot behind the old Middle School. Outreach did business from this location for decades. In August 2018, Outreach moved to the Stockbridge Activity Center (former Stockbridge Middle School), where they now occupy four rooms (numbers 120, 121, 122, and 115).
Although food and clothing has always been the mainstay of Outreach, various other services have changed to meet the needs of the community over the years.
The organization currently offers the following services:
Free donated clothing and small household goods
Transportation assistance in the form of gas vouchers and car repairs
School weekend backpack food program(tide Me Over) (Partially funded by a grant from 5 Healthy Towns Foundation,plus many donations from area groups & individuals).
Summer Tide Me Over food bags
Fresh Food Initiative (weekly summer distribution)
Government food distribution
Coupons forOpen Air Market, our local farmer’s market
Holiday food and gift program (Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Benefit specialist provided by Chelsea St. Joe’s which helps with applying for assistance
Office hours are Mondays and Fridays, 9:00 – 3:00, and Wednesdays 1:00 – 6:00.
Contact information: Phone: (517) 851-7285 Email: email@example.com
Mailing address: Stockbridge Community Outreach, P.O. Box 682, Stockbridge, MI 49285