Fort Mill Times

CAAC hosts local ministers

Sixteen local ministers had breakfast Oct. 18 at Clover Area Assistance Center.

The event, intended to allow for the sharing of ideas and identifying areas of need in the local community, included CAAC board members, staff and volunteers to discuss services, programs and give tours of the pantry operation.

“There are many ways we can help each other at no cost, but great benefit,” said CAAC Executive Director Karen van Vierssen. “An announcement in a bulletin, a food collection box in the church lobby, and a day of community service for church youth groups at CAAC, are all ways we are able to work together.”

Lisa Hall, vice president of CAAC’s Board of Directors, along with board members Pam Pendleton, Daniel Epler and Robert Carroll, and volunteer Ellen Charles, began preparations for the Ministers Breakfast in August.

“Our alliances with local churches are an integral part of the services we are able to provide to those in need in our community,” Hall said. “The breakfast was a way for us to showcase our services and discuss opportunities for future collaboration.”

Pastor Dave Stanford of the First Baptist Church of Clover said “The ministers greatly appreciated the hospitality of the CAAC Board. We greatly value the CAAC as a partner in benevolent assistance. It was great to know that CAAC is offering such multifaceted assistance to so many people in our community. They are doing a great job.”

CAAC welcomes pastors to contact the agency to schedule a tour and talk about services and community needs. For more information, call 803-222-4837. CAAC is open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.