Norcross Co-op announces new campaign

NORCROSS -- With a goal to raise $4.2 million for those in need, Norcross Cooperative Ministry has announced a new five-year program.

Through the Restoring Hope! initiative, the Norcross Co-op plans to implement three programs to benefit those in the area. The ministry will work closely with at least 100 families over the next five years to help them break the cycle of poverty and return to a productive lifestyle.

The ministry seeks to increase food distribution and emergency housing and provide non-food items to those families in need. In addition, volunteers aim to expand local awareness of needs in the greater Norcross area.

Perimeter Church Senior Pastor Randy Pope and Jim Ellis, president of Jim Ellis Automotive Group, will serve as co-chairs of the Restoring Hope! Campaign Leadership Council. In addition, retired CEO of Deloitte Jim Copeland will serve as general manager of the campaign.

Said Ellis: "This is an exciting time for the Norcross Cooperative Ministry, and I am pleased to serve in this important initiative."

Pope called Restoring Hope! a "dynamic program that will meet the current and future needs of the ministry and the thousands of people they serve."

Added Pope: "The Norcross Co-op and Director Shirley Cabe have done an outstanding job over the last 25 years. Now, this new, five-year program will take this important ministry to the next level. The Restoring Hope! initiative will enable us to help so many more and in such a better way."

According to its website, the Norcross Cooperative Ministry seeks to help "those in crisis by collaborating with the community to offer programs and services that transform lives through the love of Christ."

For more information, visit www.norcrossco-op.org.