Mission Statement: In the name of Jesus Christ, United Christian Ministries (UCM) exists as an extension of the local church community; working together to help people meet their basic needs by offering direct services, education, and advocacy.
Basic Commitment: United Christian Ministries serves the people of Pickens County (except for Clemson & Central which is served by Clemson Community Care) and northern Anderson County (Powdersville area) within the limits of its resources and the guidelines approved by the Board of Directors. Assistance is given in the form of food, shelter (rent & utility assistance), clothing, heating fuel and medicine for life threatening illness. It shall do so without regard to age, race, gender, religion or other considerations, bearing in mind always that the criteria for assistance is proven need. It shall at all times conduct its affairs in a courteous, prudent manner, bearing in mind Him in whose name we serve, and seeking to bring His message of hope and comfort to those in need.
History: United Christian Ministries was formed in 1989 by a group of area church leaders realizing the need for a cooperative ministry to meet the basic needs of persons in crisis in Pickens County and the area of northern Anderson County known as Powdersville. The founders recognized the value of combining their resources and developing a system of record keeping and accountability to best address genuine needs of their neighbors. UCM opened its doors to persons in need in July 1989 with approximately forty-eight supporting churches. Presently, over 80 area churches provide resources through faithful financial gifts, donations of food and clothing, and sending wonderful volunteers who are truly the hearts and hands of UCM services. In late 2011, UCM joined with Samaritan Health Clinic (SHC) to form the collaboration known as Good Samaritan Alliance. January 2003 marked a significant milestone for UCM as we moved to our present home which is shared by both UCM and SHC.