Lowcountry CARES

Lowcountry CARES was incorporated in the state in 2002 and received its nonprofit status as  a 501 (c) (3)  in 2005.   Years ago, Riverbluff Church (formerly Midland Park Baptist Church)  decided to cement its commitment to the community it resided in for almost 60 years by creating a ministry center to provide emergency assistance (food, clothing, financial) to low-income families in North Charleston.  By building relationships, we provide the means to help break the cycle of poverty.

Lowcountry CARES located at 2427 Midland Park Road in North Charleston, which is the site of the original church formed in 1946.  Midland Park Road is located between Rivers Avenue and Ashley Phosphate Road.

Our organization depends on volunteers. They are a diverse group of people who offer their time, commitment, and experience to make a difference in the local community. Volunteers do all sorts of things and the hours are flexible.  As a volunteer, you will make new friends, learn new skills, gain valuable experience, and meet others who share the same values and interests.

We have a food pantry and clothes closet. Our mission includes providing for basic human needs (food, clothing, & emergency financial help).  Clients receive job and educational information/referrals and knowledge of community services and other programs that may be qualified to receive.  When needed we are able to offer pastoral counseling, through Coy Meadows (on-site counselor) and other support groups, church referrals, etc. through networking with other faith-based programs.

Low income and needy families in our service area come once a month to receive needed food and hygiene items to help supplement food stamps and other low income programs they have been qualified under.  Our volunteers interview each family for information, qualification, prayer needs, and resources for other needs we can direct them to.

Educational programs 

Making Ends Meet basic budget class is being offered quarterly to all clients at no cost. We especially target clients who seek financial assistance. The class has been made possible through our partnership with The Home Ownership Resource Center (Division of Family Services). They provide the materials and an instructor. We have received many positive comments about the class.

Office hours: 

Monday and Wednesdays      12:00pm to 3:00 PM

Tuesdays and Thursdays        10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Closed on Fridays Closed



The CARS Ministry

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The purpose of the CARS ministry of Riverbluff Church is to meet transportation needs for single mothers by reconditioning donated vehicles or obtaining vehicles when necessary to meet specific needs. In the rush of life for a single mother, sometimes dependable transportation is the difference between unemployment and keeping a meaningful job.

Click here to find out more about CARS.




Third Sunday is a group of people who meet together on the third Sunday of the month at Marion Square to serve the homeless community of Charleston. The group usually meets around 1:00 pm. Find us on The City to learn more about Third Sunday. All are welcome to join – just bring a dish to share and a gallon of tea or lemonade. Food donations can also be dropped off at the Riverbluff Church kitchen the morning of Third Sunday. Contact Crystal Absher for more information. cabsher03@yahoo.com or 843.871.4056


Be A Mentor

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Be A Mentor (BAM) is dedicated to ensuring that all youth in the Lowcountry region have a caring adult role model and advocate in their lives.


Tri-County Blue Star Mothers and Families

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We are mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military. We are a service organization supporting each other and our children while promoting patriotism.



 Carolina Youth Development Center

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CYDC provides a continuum of quality, culturally sensitive, child-centered, and family-focused programming designed to meet the needs of children and their families experiencing or at risk of abuse, neglect, or emotional disturbances.



Youth Empowerment Services (Y.E.S.)


The vision of Youth Empowerment Services is a culture that embraces and practices a lifestyle of sexual purity based on Christian principles.



Courageous Kidz

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Helping Children with cancer and families of children with cancer. Courageous Kidz is a community that strives to be a Safe Haven for kids with cancer. We believe that the child has the disease, the family has the cancer.



 Dorchester District 2

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Dorchester School District Two has a rich history of school volunteerism. Each year, over 3,500 volunteers contribute hundreds of thousands of hours in District Two Schools. Volunteers may
serve in many capacities.



Eagle Harbor Ranch
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While being a place of refuge and shelter for boys ages 6 to 21 who are orphaned, neglected, abused, and abandoned, it is our desire to empower each child to rise above their past through love, structure, and an opportunity to succeed in life.



Harvest Free Medical Clinic

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The purpose for this clinic is to provide free medical care for those in need and to share the love of Christ and the truth about Him from God’s Word  that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16. HFMC began providing care in September, 2003 and has addressed the needs of people of all nationalities, races, faiths and lifestyles. 



Low Country Food Bank
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Our mission is to feed the poor and hungry of the ten coastal counties of South Carolina by soliciting and distributing healthy food and grocery products to non-profit agencies serving the poor, and to educate the public about the problems of and solutions to domestic hunger.



 Low Country Orphan Relief

LCOR new logoLowcountry Orphan Relief, Inc. (LOR) is a non-profit organization that provides goods and services to children who have been removed from their homes. The mission of Lowcountry Orphan Relief is to provide services and aid to meet the needs of abandoned, abused and neglected children in the Lowcountry, and specifically intervene where government aid ends.



Crisis Ministries

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 Low Country Pregnancy Center

lpc new logoThe Lowcountry Pregnancy Center provides professional pregnancy related medical services. We believe that women deserve a safe place to turn to regarding their pregnancy concerns.



 Tricounty Family Ministries

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 Trident Literacy Assosiation
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You can make a difference in our community. Literacy can mean a better life for so many in the tri-county.



 Seafarers Ministry

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Our mission is to reach out to the 25,000 seafarers who pass through the terminals on the Cooper River each year with the love of Christ by providing reading materials, transportation, material needs, Bibles/tracts, and spiritual support.



 Village at Summerville

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 Water Missions International

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Water Missions International provides safe water – liquid hope – to those who have none, both in developing countries and disaster areas.