The Dickson County Help Center is an organization that provides temporary assistance for Dickson County Residents in crisis with faith, hope, love and dignity.
The Dickson County Help Center (Center) was started as a collaborative action step by Dickson County's Department of Human Services, Ministerial Fellowship and individuals in the late 1960’s to provide to those in need of food. After some struggles, a group reorganized the Help Center in 1978. Mrs. Helen Rial was voted in as the new director and began operating out of her home. With the new direction of the Center, we began offering clothing and hygiene products along with much needed food boxes. As the Center and the need grew, the Board of Directors saw a need of generating additional revenue to support the growing needs and operation. In 1998 the Board voted to open a Thrift Store. In 1999, because of growth the Center it was relocated to Myatt Street. In the Fall of 2011, the Board of Director's voted once again to relocate the facility to the heart of Downtown Dickson. With this move, our Center is more visible to the community. Along with the visibility, we have doubled our square footage, changed our Food Bank to a "Client Choice Food Bank", have a training/conference room for financial, educational and information training and all services are now offered in one building. The Center has undergone many wonderful changes over the years and continues to prosper for the glory of God.
We do not seek funding from any source that would restrict the Center from providing Christian counseling or prayer with our clients if they request it. This is not a requirement to receive assistance from us and will only be offered if requested. We assist those in need without discriminating against anyone, as our primary focus is to feed the hungry and aid the hurting in our community.
Our services are primarily for residents of Dickson County, with the exceptions of transients and those referred by local social workers and medical professionals.
We believe that if we do the right things with the gifts that we receive, the Lord will bless us with the things that we need in order to serve those in need in our community. We are often asked who we will and will not serve...here is where we stand. We will not discriminate against anyone, regardless of their lifestyles, race, religion, disability, etc. We are not here to judge, nor condemn...we are here to help. With that being said, if a person (regardless of who they are) comes in who is chronically jobless, who choses not to work or take necessary steps to better their situation or is unwilling to work with us, they will be denied. We are not here to help those who are unwilling to do what is needed. We are here to help those who are in a temporary state of need, whose income is less than what is needed to live a modest lifestyle, have been involved in a natural disaster, or who live in poverty due to circumstances beyond their control.
In order to be the best stewards of our resources, we implemented and administer the Charity Tracker Network for Dickson County. This is an online database that is available to approved agencies in Dickson County. Through this network, local agencies and churches can work together to meet the needs of those in need, while identifying those who seek to abuse the system. As our network grows, it has become a valuable tool in making sure that help goes to those who truly need it.
To give our supporters a better understanding of what we do, we are always available for walk through tours. We are blessed by our facility and feel that when a potential donor comes in for a tour, they will leave with a better understanding of not only what we do, but why we do what we do. Our goal is to show them how we can work together to make a difference in our community.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our profile today. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Renee Boehm, Executive Director
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For 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is a reality. We all know and are in contact with people affected by hunger or food insecurity, even though we might not be aware of it.
The face of hunger in Tennessee looks like your neighbor, your child’s best friend, the woman who gives you your coffee in the morning, and the man selling newspapers by your office every day. It could be the coworker you sat next to who was laid off last month or the new mother at the doctor’s office you saw last week. Hunger impacts one in six Tennesseans, and with those numbers, it is likely you’ve seen someone today who will be going hungry tonight.
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