Our Community Initiatives
Ministry To Humanity For The Love Of Our Community!
The C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. was formed in 1985 to Rebuild, Restore, and Renew lives and be a Ministry to Humanity for the Love of our Community. The C.O.G.I.C. (Community Organization Giving Individual Care) Community Center, Inc.was formed by Bishop Nathaniel W. Wells, Jr. as a vision he hadfor mankind…..”For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me….. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”.
The C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. believes that “We can make a difference”. We strive to improve the quality of life for our fellowman, always with an element of humanitarianism. The services rendered are nondiscriminatory to handicap, religion, creed, race, color, national origin, sex, or marital status. Efforts are directed to address the needs of specific populations, minorities, women, handicapped, the economically deprived, the unemployed, disenfranchised, the elderly, the uneducated, and anyone who expresses a need. An extensive array of services has been strategically orchestrated in an effort to disseminate provisions through nontraditional outreach ministries throughout the city.
The C.O.G.I.C. Community Center is a community outreach agency whose philosophy is to uplift every aspect of Human Service. Transformed from a deserted Elementary School, the Center was first established to start a child care service. God smiled upon this endeavor and the results of which has manifested through thousands of live being touched and improved from the various services & ministries of the center. The COGIC Community Center is now the focal point of the community. As a minority operated organization, we are recognized throughout the county for our commitment to mankind.
Here is a list of the various ministries of the C.O.G.I.C. Center:
- Isaiah’s Closet is the Clothing Outreach of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. that meets the clothing needs of individuals from our local community and beyond who are unable to supply clothing, shoes, and other personal care items for themselves through normal means and resources.
- Graceland Recreation is a ministry of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center and provides activities where the love of Christ is shown through Christian fellowship. We reach out to people of all ages by offering quality recreation programs that meet the needs of the community. The Gymnasium is available for open gym and the Clifford Park is also available to the community for picnics.
- Young at Heart is place where senior citizens can come to socialize, watch TV, play cards and games, or just drink coffee. Active seniors know how to keep the good times rolling with activities for the body, mind, and spirit. No one type is more important than another. A full, vibrant, and independent life demands all three. Whether you are a healthy retiree or in need of a little physical, mental, or emotional “tune-up,” there are plenty of fun activities to suit your needs at Young at Heart inside the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center.You shall rise in the presence of the aged, and honor the elderly …” Leviticus 19:32
- Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program Through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program seeks the reconciliation of the incarcerated parent with his or her children and caregiver; and seeks the transformation of children’s lives so that they will choose to follow Jesus Christ, becoming the next generation of committed laborers in His harvest instead of the next generation of lawbreakers.
- Helping Hands Food Pantry is a Ministry of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center that provides food to needy families. Recognizing that God has blessed us to be a blessing, Helping Hands Food Pantry serves as a vehicle to share the overwhelming abundance God has showered on us with those in need in our community. Emergency food is shared with love and respect to those who come for assistance. It is our intention that they receive not only food for their physical hunger, but generous portions of kindness and grace to feed their spiritual and emotional hungers. We believe the words of Jesus that this is one way we can respond directly to God’s love for us: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35
- H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. Project (Healthy Eating Always Leads To a Healthier You) of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. is a program that focuses on health and wellness which educates, promotes, and teaches healthy lifestyles in the community. The History of Food and Regional Culture is a class that goes through the different regions throughout the world, explaining its culture and regional cuisine. This class is available for all youth in the community ages 12 to 18 promoting health and wellness.
- Through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. God’s Little Lambs Learning Center is available to meet the needs of working families in the community by providing child care services to families who are working and need the assistance of childcare. God’s Little Lambs was formed to minister to families that were homeless. The ministry quickly recognized that a critical step on the road to steady employment and family stability was reliable and affordable childcare. God’s Little Lambs provides childcare largely for children from low-income families, allowing mothers and fathers to work, save money and support their families.
- Love in Action is a Ministry of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. providing meals and fellowship for those individuals experiencing homelessness, physical limitations, or financial disability. Many people in our community cannot prepare a Thanksgiving dinner in their homes because of homelessness, financial disability, physical limitations or finances. To show them God’s love, the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. prepared home-cooked Thanksgiving dinners to hundreds of area residents. In 2015, the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. through volunteers prepared meals for over 250 people. Each year, volunteers of adults and children with big hearts share the joy of “giving thanks” by serving our community.
- The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character. Through the Boys Scouts of America, the COIGC Center has its own Troup Leader and Scout Troup. Boy Scouts has a lot to offer, but don’t let the number of merit badges scare you away. With exposure to a uniquely hands-on learning experience and the opportunity to earn merit badges reflecting each Scout’s budding interests, youth unlock a world of discovery around them and forge a path for the future. This is the traditional Scouting experience for youth in the fifth grade through high school. Service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout
- Released by Grace Convicted Felon Support Group reaches out to convicted felons and their loved ones by providing an overall support network through workshops, mentoring, and educating them on how to successfully transition back to the community as productive and law abiding citizens. The support group promotes equality for convicted felons; Offer support services for children of incarcerated parents; Advocacy organization for families with incarcerated loved ones; Referral services for housing, food, clothing, public assistance, and employment; Provide and promote alternatives to incarceration and family reunification; and provides mentoring, tutoring, life skills, vocational guidance, crisis intervention, court outreach, and after school programs for children.
- A Place Called Home through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center is a safe haven in Muskegon County where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world. As individuals creating and working together for a common mission, A Place Called Home is a Christian environment where all are free of harassment and are empowered, valued and appreciated for their unique qualities and contributions. We endeavor to treat each other with appreciation, understanding, dignity, respect and fairness at all times. A Place Called Home’s vision of diversity honors the complexities and differences that comprise the world community and within our membership including gender, race, ethnicity, cultural background, place of origin, religion, class, sexual orientation, age, functional expertise, physical capability, and educational background. We also welcome and value diversity of perspective, ideas and creativity. Through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center at A Place Called Home we focus on shared values and aspirations. Each day we meet our members and colleagues with love and respect. We commit to constant growth and improvement as human beings and as a community. And, whether in the garden, the kitchen, the athletic field, the dance studio, or anywhere on our campus, we are connected through a set of values that inform our behavior: Respect, Empathy, Accountability, Courage, Hope because they are REACHing beyond their walls and past the horizon… and they are carrying something with them.
- My Brother’s Keeper is a program designed for individuals who are on probation or parole needing to complete community service hours for Muskegon County Community Corrections to come to the C.O.G.I.C Community Center and volunteer for community service hours in order to become more productive and giving back to their community. These individuals will be assigned to various jobs and tasks throughout the community center in order to complete the necessary hours of Community Service needed as established by each individual’s probation or parole officer. My Brother’s Keeper is available to any individual needing community services hours Monday thru Friday.
- Through our Healthy Project and the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen is committed to being a source of support to economically disadvantaged children and their families, the homeless, and the elderly by providing a free community based nutritional meal twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm to 6 pm. We want to be like Jesus, in the Bible, by feeding the multitude. We want to bring hope to those in need, by providing meals with enthusiastic and caring helpers. We pray that people will be assisted any time they are in need of a meal. The Mission of the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen is to support and enhance the ministries of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. by serving a healthy, delicious meal. The Food Service Ministry has been operating under the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center since 1999. During that time, the ministry has doubled the number of events as well as the number of people served.
- Spirit of the Entrepreneur Ministry was birthed through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center to enhance the lives of those who are interested in becoming business owners or starting a non for profit. Our purpose is to empower and educate the individuals and entrepreneur in the ways of building wealth and prosperity by breaking the cycle of debt and poverty in their lives. We also, commit ourselves to teaching our children in the areas of finance, to financially support the church, our families, our community businesses, and pass on a legacy of knowledge and wealth, to the next generation. This initiative is offered to youth, young adults, and anyone in the community that would like to become Entrepreneurs.
- Champion Learning Center is a Literacy initiative that was launched through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center to enhance Literacy. The Champion Learning Center provides high quality, professional tutoring and test preparation services for students ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade. We provide individualized tutoring in Reading, Math, Writing, Study Skills, SAT preparation, ISEE preparation and academic subject tutoring. Our Champion program has the same fundamental elements that teach students to overcome academic obstacles and meet their full potential. No two people are exactly the same. That’s why at Champion Learning Center we personalize each student’s study plan to fit the individual needs of the student. Through our diagnostic assessment, we are able to hone in on specific academic strengths and weaknesses of each student to maximize results.