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About Us

     The Heart of Putnam (HOP) and the Palatka Christian Service Center (PCSC) were established by the Greater Palatka Ministerial Association (GPMA), now known as the Central Putnam Ministerial Association (CPMA), and began serving the needs of our community in 1992. 

We received our 501(3)c status on January 4, 1993.

     PCSC works closely with churches and other organizations to birth new ministries, such as: Heart of Putnam Food Pantry, Heart of Putnam Coalition, Putnam County Re-Entry Program, Putnam County Homeless Coalition, PCSC Cold Weather Shelter, R.L. Simmons House, and more.

     PCSC helps residents from all areas of Putnam County who are in a crisis situation.  Our staff and volunteers have the means to gather the information necessary to assess the needs of the family or individual and we work diligently to determine the best possible solution to their crisis.  We are not a government agency, or an entitled agency.  We are a crisis prevention agency, not a maintenance agency.  Assistance provided is meant to help the client to avoid or overcome a crisis, not maintain a lifestyle, and clients who receive assistance must be able to show that they can maintain their bills without further assistance after receiving help.

     Services available through PCSC include:  basic needs (food, clothing, shelter, toiletries, baby items, household goods, furniture, etc.), financial needs (electric, water, propane or natural gas for heating & cooking, rent or mortgage, etc.), medical assistance (eye exams, health exams, prescriptions, mental health, behavioral health, etc.), employment needs (education, job searches, referrals, training, resume assistance, etc.), educational needs (adult education, alternative education, literacy, etc.), elder & emergency care (assistance with understanding & completing necessary paperwork, research, medications, etc.), domestic violence assistance (counseling, emergency shelter, etc.), spiritual needs and various types of counseling (pastoral, marriage, grief, prayer, scripture, bibles, tracts, etc.), and financial education (consumer credit, money management, budgeting, financial planning, etc.).

     In addition to the services we provide, we also maintain a central location for members of our community to receive assistance through various agencies.  Space is provided within our facility for Real$ense Tax Services, Putnam County Re-Entry Program, Veteran's Assistance Services, Department of Children & Families (DCF), and various recovery groups.  Please contact us for further information and hours of availability for each of these programs and services.

     Are you or someone you know experiencing a crisis?  Please contact us at 386-328-0984 for further information on the services provided though PCSC.

Our Vision

     Our vision is to achieve & maintain a commitment to: accurately access the needs of those in crisis; provide inspiration, critical support and guidance; and to address the effects of unemployment, poverty & homelessness for our clients.

Our Mission

     Our mission is to meet the critical needs of people.  We do so by joining with donors, churches, and community leaders to respond through donations of money, time and goods to give us the resources to make a difference in people's lives at times when a little boost can transform their experience.

​Can We Assist You?   386-328-0984
I have found that
among its other benefits,
Liberates the Soul
of the Giver.
-- Maya Angelou

The Heart of Putnam
Palatka Christian Service Center is a certified partner with the United Way of St Johns County providing services for
Putnam County

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