Outreach Services

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services focuses on the whole individual. With social workers on staff at both Neighborhood House and Johns Island,  we provide basic needs to help people get back on their feet and get through challenging times and we work with them to set goals to get on the path towards self-sufficiency. Clients can access the food pantry once every 3 months (Johns Island) or once a month (Neighborhood House), the clothing pantry once a month, and receive financial assistance once a year.  We also partner with other non-profit agencies via referrals to make sure our neighbors get the assistance they need. Call 843-559-4109 for Johns Island and 843-805-8064 for downtown Neighborhood House:

  • Emergency Financial Assistance

  • Food Pantry

  • Clothing Pantry

  • Free Lunch Program (offered daily at Neighborhood House from 12pm-1pm; no appointment needed)

  • Agricultural Farm Worker Services

  • Senior Food Box Distribution

  • emPOWER - Work Force Development Program (by appointment)

  • Bridges out of Poverty Support Group (Neighborhood House only)

  • Senior Fellowship Program (Neighborhood House only) 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month

Client Highlight

Mrs. Bryant  has accessed the food and clothing pantry, financial assistance, budgeting class, and The Workforce Development Program at  Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach.  On her most recent visit, she was excited to report to staff that she had gained full-time employment after working with OLMCO’s Workforce Development Program. Through this program, staff assisted Mrs Bryant in creating a cover letter, reference list, and resume. She was also provided with assistance searching and applying for employment. Prior to engaging in the Workforce Development Program Mrs Bryant  struggled to pay her bills each month, reported low self-esteem, and could not afford to take her 22 year old daughter out to dinner or to a movie.  She already reports feeling more confident and more sure of herself, and she is planning to take her daughter out to dinner after she gets her first paycheck.

Outreach Staff

Ryan Vrba  

-Director of Outreach
and Education 

Keely Karnes  

-Social Worker
(Johns Island)

Deborah LaRoche

-Neighborhood House Director

Vonceil Mitchell 

-Neighborhood House Kitchen Mgr.

Rita Aidoo 

-Social Worker (Neighborhood House)

Dorothy Rose

-Neighborhood House Clothing Closet Mgr.

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