Through the generosity of local foundations and contributions, the Center now operates
out of a permanent home on Dolphin Way, Gulf Shores, instead of a loaned store-front.
The last six months of 1991, the Center served approximately 420 clients. In 2012, the
CSC served approximately 5,469 clients. As expected, there were jumps in client requests
during the Ivan and oil spills years. To date, the CSC has served approximately 55,800
clients, served all with volunteers and donations!
Behind each of these numbers is a face and a heart and there are many, many success
stories. One client, with children, had moved here for a job; unfortunately, Ivan
destroyed that opportunity, and the client came to us for assistance. A year or so later,
they were back on their feet and sponsored a family for Christmas. Because of the oil spill,
the client was again unemployed. The CSC again provided emergency aid and referred the client
to a manager at a store needing employees. On last contact, the client reported that she was
now the assistant manager.
A person working in a restaurant gift shop approached a CSC volunteer and said, You
work at the CSC. You helped me after Katrina when I had lost everything in New Orleans.
You gave me Hope. Now Iֻm doing fine.
The children can be absolutely heartbreaking. While helping a client load groceries into
her car, a child was overheard saying, Look Mommy, we have cereal for breakfast
Some other programs offered by the CSC include Christmas Cheer for clients children,
Birthday Club for kids, Christmas Spirit for elderly or shut ins, and Christmas dinners.
The CSC also helps screen for and coordinate Meals-on-Wheels, Back-up Pantry, and Camp
Now in its 23rd year, the Christian Service Center is a Hand Up rather than
a Hand Out agency. Clients are given immediate emergency aid as well as
guidance on finding solutions to problems. The CSC is still an 100 percent volunteer
agency and is open Monday through Friday from 9-12. Emergency services during off hours
are available. Funding is obtained from the churches of Pleasure Island, various
community organizations, grants, and interested individuals.
For more information please call the CSC at 251-968-5256.