NorthEast Emergency Distribution Services (NEEDS) is a cooperative group of concerned community churches and civic organizations. It is our mission to do God’s work of caring for our neighbors by providing basic emergency assistance.
Today the NEEDS “coalition of churches and civic groups ” is made up of about 25 area churches and civic organizations. But it wasn’t always that way. Even if you are familiar with NEEDS, what you may not know is that the concept for what is now NEEDS actually began in the early 1980s as a clothes and toy swap in the garage of long-time Blue Ash Presbyterian Church member Marysue Dickman. As Director of First Step Nursery School, Marysue recognized that there were way too many children right here in our community whose basic needs could not be met by their families. Unwilling to look the other way, Mary Sue approached BAPC’s then pastor, Don Leckrone. Together, Don and Marysue worked to rally other pastors in the area who worked to rally their churches. In September of 1982, NEEDS was duly incorporated as a 501(c)3. Since then, we have been through many changes in terms of how we operate. But the basic mission has always been and continues to be the same.
During 2013, NEEDS served 674 families with food, kept 48 families in housing by assisting with rent payments and assisted 125 families with utility payments.
- School Supplies
- Holiday Adopt-A-Family
- Hats and Mittens (Member Organizations collect warm hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves which are distributed to schools within the NEEDS service area in January. School nurses and teachers appreciate being able to supply students with these items on an as needed basis.