About us.

Who We Are

Neighbors Together is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit providing food, clothing, medical care, sheltering, job training, financial assistance , clothing, legal assistance and other vital services to our neighbors in the tricounty area.

We also offer a weekly, socially distant, grocery distribution where our neighbors can receive fresh produce, non-perishable goods, diapers, toiletries, feminine hygiene, clothing and more! We work to be a safe, compassionate, and inviting place for all people in need.

If you need help, please don’t hesitate to reach out:

(843) 747-1788
2105 CosgroveAve., North Charleston, SC 29405

  • 1983

    Founded as Lutheran Social Services

    Began as a humble soup kitchen at 3349 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston.

  • 1991

    Renamed Tricounty Family Ministries

    Would grow to become one of largest area nonprofits of its kind.

    1991

  • 2002

    Healing Hands Ministry Added

    Volunteer nurses and doctors help neighbors.

  • 2003

    Families in Transition Added

    Sheltering for homeless neighbors.

    2003

  • 2017

    Move to Cosgrove/Rivers Ave.

    Move to Cherokee Place United Methodist Church at 2105 Cosgrove Ave.

  • 2020

    COVID-19 Pandemic

    We adjust our services to meet increasing demand during very difficult time.

    2020

  • 2021

    We Become Neighbors Together

    New Name. Same Loving Neighbor.

Our History

1980s

Neighbors Together first began as Lutheran Social Services of the Greater Charleston Area, Inc. (LSS) in 1983. It was started as a humble soup kitchen and clothes closet by several Lutheran and Methodist churches in the Tricounty area. This was the beginning of an incredible organization.

1990s

In 1991, Lutheran Social Services became Tricounty Family Ministries and would grow to become the largest nonprofit of its kind serving the Tricounty area. The original churches and numerous non-denominational churches and volunteers joined together with long-time Executive Director Sue Henshaw to grow the organization.

Over the years we added clothing distribution, home-bound meal delivery, and food pantry. We have served more than 7.5 million meals to date. However, we realize that solving the problem of poverty goes much deeper than simply providing basic needs. Neighbors Together addresses the cyclical causes of poverty and abuse as neighbors come to our center for basic needs, but they can take advantage of complete life-changing programs geared to move those in crisis to self-sustainability.

When neighbors arrive on our campus, we assess their situations and show them what programs and services we provide. Ongoing assistance requires accountability and completion of on-site financial classes.

2000s

We added Healing Hands Ministry in 2002 to address health matters in our multi-tiered approach. We promote healthier lifestyles and increase access to care through advocacy, education, intervention, and networking. We are staffed with retired part-time and volunteer nurses, social workers, and other medical professionals.

Families in Transition began in 2003 with residential apartments and life coaching. The program expanded to incorporate counseling, financial education, computer skills, and job training. Led by our licensed counselor and volunteer licensed professionals from the community, we strive to teach sustainable solutions through individual empowerment. Neighbors Together’s partnerships, including SC Works, aid us as we provide literacy skills, employment tips, job placement and job fairs.

2010s

In 2017, Neighbors Together opened the doors to our new facility at the corner of Cosgrove Avenue and Rivers Avenue. After nearly 34 years in our original location, we were able to locate all operations under one roof in the first floor of Cherokee Place United Methodist Church. The expansion includes an indoor dining area to provide clients a safe, comfortable place to enjoy meals out of the elements.

2020s

In 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic challenged us to adjust our services to meet the needs of our neighbors during this very difficult time. After a brief shutdown, we moved all our food distribution outdoors into socially distant walk-up and drive-thru lines where volunteers assist in a contact-free grocery delivery every week. Unlike in previous times, there is no limit to the number of times a family can receive a bag of groceries in a month.  We also began work on a computer lab for neighbors that will be housed in our building.

In 2021, we became Neighbors Together to reflect the transformation we have seen when people come together to help each other. After all, we are neighbors together.