Who We Are

Local churches have put together a place where families and individuals in crisis will receive genuine compassion, care, and help.

Created out of emergency resulting from Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the James Island Outreach (JIO) was the primary result of area churches coming together to help those who had nowhere else to turn with the rebuilding of storm damaged homes.

With the substantial alleviation of housing emergencies in the years following Hurricane Hugo, the focus of JIO changes from coordinating home repairs to providing and coordinating a variety of human services for our neighbors on James Island.

In coordination with area public and private human services agencies, JIO, through volunteers and a paid part-time professional director, provides crisis relief and ongoing assistance in the areas of:

  • Emergency food, medicine, and utility assistance
  • Information and referrals

JIO is a non-profit, tax exempt agency.  It is supported through donations of time, food, and funds by area churches, businesses, and individuals.  The activities of JIO are governed by a local board of directors made up of supporting church representatives and concerned citizens of the community.  Our Executive Director is Calvin “Cal” Worthington.

JIO is an equal opportunity provider.  In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.