The Corner Ministries was founded in August 1979 as a cooperative effort of six United Methodist Churches (Avondale, Caroleen, Chase,
Cliffside, Henrietta and Providence) in the southern part of Rutherford County at the "corner" intersection of Highway 221-A and Main Street in Henrietta. The churches made up at that time the Wesley Parish of the Marion District in the Western North Carolina Conference.
The vision of the Corner Ministries consisted of an outreach ministry to the community providing a used clothing store where most items would be sold for less than a dollar and to provide a crisis center for victims of fire or hardships. The Cornwallis Corporation of Cone Mills donated the store building which served as a store, adult education classroom and church offices of the Wesley Parish for many years.
Duke Endowment helped to subsidize the program. Others organizations, such as the Carolina Food Bank, have also made contributions.
Later in the spring of 1996 the Corner Ministries moved to the Chase United Methodist Church after the church was disbanded. It is now known as the Chase Corner Ministries and is located directly across from Chase High School, which is south of Forest City.
Many people have been blessed and needs have been met as a result of the caring folks that contribute to its ministry.
The success of the ministry is due to the many volunteers who give of their time to man the store and to provide their assistance in keeping things in order.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) strives through education, advocacy, and partnerships to eliminate hunger by the solicitation and distribution of food.
They provide a regional distribution warehouse and branches that supply food and grocery items to charitable agencies that assist people in need.
Providence United Methodist Church is working in partership with SHFBM. If you know of anyone in the community who needs food assistance, please let them call the Corner Ministries for the dates for the Mobile Food Truck.