Connecting compassion with needs; inspiring growth with dignity
Serving our neighbors in need since 1941, the Broome County Council of Churches is an organization that collaborates with many facets of the community to serve people with needs. Through our growing and diverse programs, the Council provides services to the hungry; elderly and lonely; disabled; sick; imprisoned; homeless and poor; and youth of Broome County.
We advocate for change and reconciliation, promoting peace, justice, and genuine community across racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic, and religious lines.
CHOW, the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, feeds the hungry of Broome County through its network of over 30 food pantries and 35 soup kitchens and community meal programs. CHOW distributes about 2 million pounds of food each year.
The Jail Ministry offers renewal counseling and support to people affected by the criminal justice system. During incarceration, we offer counseling and spiritual care through an inter-faith team of chaplains, social workers and trained volunteers.
Our Hospital Ministry serves patients, families and staff at both United Health Services Hospitals in Greater Binghamton. Available 24/7, pastoral care chaplains and trained volunteers provide support, advocacy, comfort and hope to anyone confronting the crisis of illness.
Faith in Action
The Faith in Action program trains volunteer care givers to provide a wide variety of vital services. Today the program consists of over 300 trained volunteers who provide services to over 400 clients in our area.
Ramp It Up
Ramp It Up is the Council’s program to direct the resources of our youth mentoring initiative to provide wheelchair ramps for many residents in our community whose lives are constrained by the lack of easy home access. The construction efforts of the youth teams and their adult mentors, together with the generous support of local suppliers, make it possible to provide these bridges to the outside world at no, or little, cost to the recipients.
The "Encounter" radio and tv program is sponsored by the Council of Churches and provides a 1/2 hour format for discussing issues of faith, spirituality, ethics, the role of the church in society today, and resources in our community. Hosts of the Encounter Program are Rev. Dr. Joseph Sellepack, Kelly Devine, David Alexander, Rev. Mark Kimpland and Rev. Jeff Kellam.