Gussie Toney, a constant volunteer for the religious nonprofit organization Christ Central, opened the front door to the organization’s Aiken office Tuesday morning and promised life-altering changes will be made for anyone who walks through it.

“They do not leave this building without getting what they need,” Toney said as she and over 10 other volunteers readied food boxes that will to be given out to nearly 100 families during a two-day period. 

The food distribution project is just one of the many abundant services the organization offers daily, and just one way it builds up the people it helps.

Christ Central, an organization with both Aiken and Graniteville locations, has a simple but effective way to help those in need throughout the Aiken community. 

“We meet people where they are, but not leave them where they are,” sums up Judy Floyd, director of Christ Central. 

With the help of over 350 volunteers – all of whom are scattered throughout 20 other ministry programs within Aiken and Graniteville – the organization strives to encourage people to take the next step in getting their lives in order, both practically and spiritually. It does so by meeting not only residents’ most basic needs, food and clothing, but also their more advanced needs such as education, job skill training and prayer. 

These resources act as a needed boost rather than a handout, Floyd specified, and ultimately allows the people to reach their personal goals through hard work and education. 

“We want to give people hope,” Floyd said. “Our motto is: ‘Health in our hands and hope in our words.’ So we try to do that.”

Hope Center School

A first step in this life-altering process starts with the outreach-stimulating independence through its Graniteville Hope Center school, located at 3 Hickerman St.

The school