COMMUNITY SHARE MINISTRIES
Making a Difference- Jude 1:22
Community Share Ministries (CSM) is a faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to feed, clothe, and house people in need within our community and the communities around us.
We help feed the community by giving away food to those who need it for a minimal donation or for free at our thrift stores.
We help clothe the community by selling clothing at discounted prices at our two local thrift stores in Cedartown and Rome.
"And of some have compassion, making a difference"
Community Share Ministries is driven by a single goal: to do our part in making the world a better place for the people within our community and the communities surrounding us. After seeing family after family with no way out, we decided it was time to step up and be the people of God we are called to be: the light on the hill for our city and the hope for those that see no way out (Matthew 5:14, Colossians 1:27). We do this through feeding, clothing, and housing people in need within the community.
We exist to make a difference.
In 2011, Jason Slaughter, founder of Community Share Ministries, was called to give up his career as the owner and operator of Verizon Stores in Polk County, GA and step out in faith to found Community Share Ministries. He left his Verizon stores in March and started a thrift store to help fund the men, women, and children's homes he hoped to one day have. He had a ten year plan to get the thrift store and all the homes up and running, but God had a 36 month plan. Soon after he began the thrift store, homeless men began showing up and he couldn't bear to turn them away. With the help of the city government, he purchased a seven-bedroom home in Polk County for $76 to house the men. Women began showing up soon after, and the W. D. Tripp foundation gave Community Share $65,000 to buy a house for the women in Polk County. The Tripp Foundation also gave Community Share money to buy the warehouse which houses the Crazy Mart and the Cedartown Thrift Store. God has provided for the ministry since the start, and He continues to sustain it daily.
Andy and Lindsey Holderread, two local foster parents, currently run the children's home and foster two children along with their four biological children. Community Share hopes to expand the children's ministry by building Safe Haven Ranch, a 40-acre neighborhood of foster families. Although Community Share has obtained the property to build the ranch, more fundraising is required before building the ranch.
For years, Community Share Ministries has operated on a very lean budget and has achieved amazing things during this time. However, God has called us to do more - to extend our outreach further, and to provide more services to our community, expanding to surrounding communities, as well. Click here to see the various ways that you can give compassionately to the local community.
Community Share Ministries owns and operates two thrift stores in Polk and Floyd County, open to the public. Most of our operational costs are funded through purchases from the thrift store of items that YOU donate. Your donations are greatly valued, as they are used to sustain our existing operations, as well as provide for the needy within our community. Click here to find out more about drop-off locations.
Our warehouse receives multiple trailer loads of goods from various retailers weekly, and there are ALWAYS opportunities to help unload and sort. Outside of the warehouse, there are other opportunities to help in our men's, women's, and children's homes. Click here to learn more, and click here to contact us about volunteer opportunities.