HAZARD — The Second Chance Mission in Hazard is nearing its one-year anniversary of opening. It has served an average of 600 vouchers per month for low-income families since its doors opened. Now, the store is asking the community’s help in making sure they will be able to continue helping families in need.
Volunteer Amber Roark said the mission is in desperate need of non-perishable food items.
The mission recently acquired a refrigerator so they do have some frozen food items they can hand out in the food boxes.
The food boxes are put together so families could have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Roark said she also likes to try and put snacks in the food boxes especially when children are involved.
Along with their food boxes, the mission has a Blessing Box located outside of their store. The Blessing Box is there for those who need food or other items. People can also drop off donations at any time.
Right now, the mission is gearing up for summer by taking donations for summer clothing items. The only item of clothing they don’t accept is used undergarments.
Another item the mission is taking up donations for is prom dresses.
“Last year we were able to help quite a few people out that wouldn’t have been able to go to prom at all,” said Roark.
They are also taking up donations for Easter outfits for children and young adults.
“That’s an extra expensive people don’t think about,” said Roark.
She said the mission currently have a couple of Easter outfits already in stock; they plan to move them out on the floor on March 11.
Roark said another item the mission constantly needs is baby diapers. She said other non-profits in the county don’t offer families that need assistance with baby diapers; because of that, it makes keeping diapers in stock a struggle, Roark said.
The mission also accepts monetary donations, which helps the mission pay rent and afford food supplies.
All donations are tax-deductible.
Customers who don’t qualify for a voucher can still stop at the store. They can fill a Wal-Mart shopping bag for $6.
The mission also tries to host free meals outside of their store. Any organization wanting to give out free meals can message Second Chance Mission on their Facebook page. The page is listed under SecondChance Mission.
Roark said she is proud to see how far the mission has come since it opened its doors a year ago. She said most people understand what the mission stands for and are more willing to help now, but she encourages the community to support the mission as much as they can.
Low-income families can apply for a monthly voucher by visiting the Second Chance Mission located at 441 East Main Street in Hazard. Roark said all they need to do is bring a proof of benefits such as SSI, SNAP, or WIC.
Currently, the mission has 659 families it’s helping this month through its voucher program.
Roark said people who want to volunteer can stop by the store, “We’ll put you to work.”
For more information on Second Chance Mission and its voucher program, please call 859-494-6907. You can also message their Facebook page.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald. He can be reached at 606-629-3245.