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Background & History
In 1986, more than 20 faith-based organizations came together with a single purpose. The mission was simple: to feed the hungry. To establish a dinner program near the beach. “To be here” said Frank Bragg, one of the program’s pioneers. “Where the people are.” More than half a million meals later, the spirit that founded the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center is still alive thanks to more than 150 congregations and volunteer organizations who show up to prepare and serve meals. Thousands of helping hands working side by side to support the mission of JCOC. It’s an extraordinary effort that requires tremendous coordination and ongoing support. And the JCOC continues to grow: serving not only meals, but other vital services as well: a food pantry, housing, counseling, advocacy, education and employment assistance. We provide the opportunity for a second chance. Our story continues.
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Philosophy & Culture
A chain reaction has to begin somewhere. Todd Walker, the JCOC’s executive director, said it best. “We truly believe that when you help someone, they are most likely going to be willing to help somebody else. So indirectly, we are helping even more people.” This belief is embodied in the Center’s Mission: To empower homeless families and individuals to recover from crisis situations and return to being self-supporting, productive, and independent members of our community. “Everybody has a gift and a purpose,” says Peggy Homesly, JCOC’s development director. “But for whatever reason, they fall through the cracks. Our mission is to get them from Point A to Point B.”
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