Crawford County Christian Help Center honors retiring director
Tue, 11/03/2020 - 12:07pm caleb
Facility offers food and hygiene products for people in need who live in Crawford County
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Crawford County Community Christian Help Center officials and volunteers celebrated the contributions of the center’s director, Cindy Hummel, with a special plaque presentation on Friday, October 30, as Hummel prepared to retire from the position.
“She brought in a lot of money. She did a lot of grant writing,” said Nancy Goodyear, the new Christian Help Center director. “She’s done great things in just the couple years she’s been here.”
Hummel said she started volunteering at the center in 2015. She eventually served as assistant director, and she’s been the director of the Christian Help Center for the last two years.
Hummel said she enjoyed working with people, businesses, and organizations to help people through the center.
“It’s been wonderful, wonderful,” Hummel said. “People in this community are very, very generous. During the lockdown, we saw a huge increase in monetary donations, which enabled us to keep our doors open.”
The Christian Help Center offers food and hygiene products for local people at no cost. There are limits on the amounts of items that people can take at one time.
“The only requirement is they live in Crawford County,” Hummel said.
Available food includes fresh items, canned goods, fruits and vegetables, milk and cheese, frozen meats, and more. The center has a series of refrigerators and freezers to store items.
Hummel said the center sometimes has gift cards and gas cards available. It also has birthday cake kits.
“We try to be able to help,” Hummel said.
Goodyear will take over as the new director of the Christian Help Center on Monday, November 2. Goodyear said she is new to the center, but she has been training since October 1, and she’s looking forward to her new role.
“I’m very familiar with what they do. I’ve donated here, I’ve known past directors,” Goodyear said.
Goodyear said she likes that the center is “not income based,” that anyone living in Crawford County who needs food can come to the facility.
“It’s my chance to give back to the community. It’s a great service that we offer here,” Goodyear said.
The center is getting ready to help with the Toys for Tots program. Christian Help Center officials said parents can register their children for the holiday gift program at the center from now until November 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.
The Crawford County Community Christian Help Center is located at 300 Huron Street near Walgreens.
Goodyear said people can donate non-perishable food items, money, or hygiene products by calling the center at 348-6046 or stopping by the center during its normal business hours (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays).
Goodyear said monetary donations go a long ways because the Christian Help Center purchases food through the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan at a low price.
“We can turn one dollar into six dollars of food,” Goodyear said.