Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries – Our History
Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries (NCM) is a faith-based, non-profit, ecumenical ministry dedicated to providing emergency assistance to families in Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Doraville and Tucker, Georgia of Gwinnett County. NCM is supported by twenty three local churches and numerous businesses, civic and social organizations, foundations, and individuals.
In May of 1988, several churches joined together to form NCM with a mission to provide services to low income and homeless families in our community. We opened our doors in the corner of a small basement adjacent to Norcross 1st Baptist Church. We provided food for 2 to 5 families a day during the first several weeks.
Over the last 27 years the needs in our community have changed drastically. Early on, some food and financial assistance would help a family through a temporary crisis. With changing demographics in the community, families now face long-term needs due to fixed incomes, homelessness, abuse, language barriers, single parent homes and many other circumstances.
As the needs have changed, so have we. We now serve 50 to 70 families each day from a 12,000 square foot facility. Our services have expanded to more than just a food pantry. We have job readiness classes, on-site hiring events, money management courses and regular health fairs. We also work closely with local agencies to help meet the many needs of our clients and to develop better ways to serve the community.