The TLC Project is an outreach ministry benefiting cancer patients who are undergoing treatment and living in the Cleveland County area. Our mission is to care for patients by developing one-on-one supportive relationships with them, and by providing gift bags filled with items specifically chosen to offer comfort, relieve boredom, and ease symptoms associated with treatment. Our vision is to demonstrate Christ’s love for patients undergoing cancer treatment and to extend our compassion and support in His name.

The TLC Project is made up of volunteer team members. If you’d like to be a Patient Partner or help in some other way, click here for a volunteer application. Volunteer forms can be mailed to the church office or emailed to [email protected]. Patients and volunteers will be matched according to their needs and availability. If you are a cancer patient currently undergoing treatment in the Shelby area, having been referred through either the Levine Cancer Institute, or Central United Methodist Church, then you are eligible to receive services from the TLC Project. If you would like to request services please complete our Intake Form and return it by fax or mail to us. For further information please call Laura Lombardi at 631-294-6656.

Partnering with Schools

Central UMC is a Congregations for Children (C4C) church, serving to transform the lives of children and families impacted by poverty through collaboration with Cleveland County public schools. We understand that this is a process, rather than a program, by which Central UMC develops on-going partnerships with schools and other churches in order to continually strengthen and expand support for our neighbors in need. Our ministries are developed according to the needs and resources available. We are grateful for schools that offer us an opportunity to reach children and families who are often hidden and not a part of our daily lives.

Consider how you may be a part of serving children and their families in our community this school year. Below are opportunities you may reach out with the hands, feet, and heart of Christ:

  • Backpack Ministry — children are often discovered by school staff on Mondays to be excessively hungry due to a lack of food in the home during the weekends.  Central provides food for these children to take home on Fridays.  Servants are needed to organize storage room, unpack food, pack weekly bags and deliver bags to schools each week.  This year, we would like to have prayer partners for each student and their families.
  • Book Fairies – the gift of reading is an incredible blessing, taking children to faraway places to dream great dreams.  During the yearly book fairs we need servants to work 1-4 hours assisting the librarian and students who receive $10 book fair vouchers.  Assistants will have the joy of shopping with these students and help them pick out books.
  • Goodnight Ministry – sadly, not all children have a bed to sleep in or pajamas to keep them warm at night.  Central UMC provides these basic needs of bedding.  Servants help unload bedding supplies upon receipt, assemble bed kits, as well as, decorate/paint containers for all supplies.
  • Prayer team – it all begins with prayer!  We are looking for committed servants to pray for these ministries, the school staff, children, and families we serve and living in our community.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Central United Methodist Church is a partner agency of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM). Second Harvest is one of the sources for the food we receive for our Open Table Community Meal Program that provides a free hot meal every Saturday at 10:30 am. SHFBM partners and distributes food and essential grocery items to approximately 550 hunger feeding agencies in 19 counties in North and South Carolina. Agencies served include emergency pantries, soup kitchens, senior programs, shelters and low-income daycares.

Red Cross

Every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily during chemo treatments. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.

Blood donations help millions of people in need. The American Red Cross supplies approximately 40% of the nation’s blood supply. Central United Methodist Church partners with the American Red Cross by hosting quarterly blood drives. These drives are held at Central in the months of February, May, August and November. Giving blood is a convenient way for members to support their community and help save lives. One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.

The need for blood is constant. Consider giving blood at the next blood drive and count on giving at Central each quarter. If you have never given blood, it is never too late to start. Watch for specific dates in the newsletter. For more information, contact Joanie Mabry at [email protected] or 704-418-5865. 

Cleveland County Rescue Mission

Mission Statement Cleveland County Rescue Mission is a non-profit faith based organization dedicated to providing shelter, recovery programs and support services to the homeless by proclaiming the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. “Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,” Philippians 1:4 KJV. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6 KJV.

Our Story
Beginning in 1985, a rotating night shelter system for homeless individuals was opened in churches throughout Shelby.  At the same time, a rotating five-day-a-week soup kitchen ministry started meeting for lunch in Shelby churches.  By 1990, a location was secured for a homeless shelter and it was dedicated at 301 N. Washington Street in Shelby.  In the year 2000, a local agency agreed to administer the work of the shelters for men and women thru February of 2009.

The community began conversations in late 2007 as to how a new organization of compassion could be called together to be ready to manage the men’s shelter and address the larger issues of homelessness in Cleveland County.

In February of 2009, the (IFA) Inter-faith Alliance was launched, (the governing board of the Cleveland County Rescue Mission) as a means through which the people of Cleveland County could work together to address the emergency shelter needs of homeless people while encouraging an on-going conversation of all community partners to end homelessness in Cleveland County.  In, July of 2010, the Cleveland County Rescue Mission officially assumed responsibility of day to day shelter services.

What’s in a name?
Gospel rescue missions have a long history of providing lifelines for those drowning in the waves of adversity and the undertow of addiction. For more than a century, they have been keeping watch on the waterfront of despair, and countless men, women, and children have been saved in every sense of the word.

Gospel is part of our name because their leaders are compelled foremost by Jesus’ instructions to actively care for those in need, and to introduce them to the liberating good news of His kingdom and all it represents.

Our name includes rescue because delivering those in need from danger is the critical and consuming first part of a sometimes slow but always exciting journey that leads to new desires, choices, and direction in life.

The word missions is in the name because those in need see each of our structures as a bastion of protection and a refuge from fatigue and failure.

For more information please visit our website at


Central is a big supporter of this local building program. An applicant for a home must live in substandard or overcrowded housing, have sufficient income to pay an interest-free mortgage, live in Cleveland County for at least one year and must contribute 200 hours of sweat equity per adult living in the home. Three bedroom, two bath homes have been built for twenty-five families and a four bedroom house for a grandmother raising four grandchildren and a disabled son. Our talented volunteer builders work on Thursdays and some Saturdays and are always seeking new team members.

Current projects include the “Methodist Build” project in Kings Mountain and a new Rotary-financed home near the new Shelby Middle School and, in 2016, our 26th home for our Grandmother Peggy. In 2008, Habitat opened the ReStore at 323 Grover St. where all kinds of donated items are for sale. The store is open M-F from 10-5pm and Saturday from 8-2. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Call the ReStore at 704-482-6289 if you would like to help. Many Central members belong to our Habitat’s Carpenters Club. Their annual support helps build our homes.
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Hospice of Cleveland County has two inpatient facilities: Wendover in Shelby and Kings Mountain Hospice in Kings Mountain. Both facilities provide end of life care in a warm, familiar setting. Hospice also provides support and nursing assistance for in-home care of the dying patient.

Both locations have various opportunities for volunteers. Volunteer applications are available on their website as well as specific opportunities needed at any given time.

Hospice also needs many supplies. Their wish lists range from cleaning supplies to art supplies to food and clothing and is updated quarterly. The Central Issue Newsletter will be publishing this list, focusing on one component each month. A box is placed outside the 2nd floor elevator (Sanctuary side) for easy placement of items which are then delivered to the Wendover facility. Central has remained a very active participant in the program—-much appreciated by the Hospice staff, patients and families.
Hospice of Cleveland County’s Website: