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One never expects to face an emergency, but it can happen to anyone. Just one emergency, like a car breaking down, a medical emergency, or a house fire can derail a household's budget for months. We see stories like this every day.

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Support what God is doing in Van Buren County!

United Christian Services is a place where families and individuals can turn to when in crisis.

We provide relief for those facing emergencies, but we need your help to continue our work of providing food, clothing and financial assistance. Please help us support in our work and consider making a donation today. 

There has never been a more urgent need for helping our neighbors in Van Buren County as now. Rising costs of fuel, utilities and food have impacted all of us but especially households on fixed income, low income and working families living on or just above the poverty line. We have also seen a rise in clients who are homeless. 

Here is the impact your donation can make:


provides a rent deposit for a homeless client.


supplies propane for a family during the winter months.


pays an electric bill for a household facing shut-off.


pays for a night in a hotel for someone homeless living in the woods or their car.


provides personal care items and cleaning supplies, for a month.


covers laundry for a family for a week.

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Ways to Donate

Check & Cash

Please make out checks to United Christian Services. Include a memo if there is a specific project you're donating towards (ex: Plates of Plenty Fundraiser; Lydia's Closet; Emergency Assistance)

Use the drop box on our Annex door, or send envelopes in the mail to:

United Christian Services

600 E Michigan Ave (Annex Suite 1)

Paw Paw, MI 49079


Online donations are accepted via PayPal.  Click the button below to make a recurring or one-time donation.

You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate. To donate via a credit or debit card, click the "Debit/Credit Card" option.

Direct Deposit

Coming Soon!

Please contact our office to learn how to set up a recurring or one-tome payment via ACH bank transfer.

United Christian Services is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Federal ID #82-2904639) and is supported by donations from churches and individuals, and a United Way grant.

How UCS is helping people in our community:

  • We help people in our community to keep the lights on, heat their homes, and avoid eviction.
  • We help people find resources and equip them with support services.
  • We provide through The Porch free fruit, vegetables, and bread twice a week for anyone in need.
  • We give away clothes for free: professional wear, men's, women's, and children's clothing, through Lydia's Closet.
  • We can offer budgeting guidance through Reality Days and individual guidance through our Dollars and Sense program. 
Often, when other agencies can't help, we are there!
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Prefer to donate directly from our Amazon Wishlists?

Now Collecting Coats and Winter-wear for Operation Warm-Up
Items we're collecting
We're collecting new and gently used coats and snow pants, NEW hats, NEW gloves, NEW thermal underwear, and NEW socks. We're currently in need of adults and children in all sizes.
Please check coats for items in pockets before donating.
Drop off locations
Our drop off hours at Lydia's Closet is Mondays and Thursdays from 10AM - 1 PM. There are also drop boxes around the local area including at Entrance B and C at Freshwater Community Church. If your business or organization would like to offer a drop box, please let us know!
Need a coat?
Please stop by Lydia's Closet during open hours (Mondays and Thursday from 10 AM - 1 PM). If you're not able to make it during that time, please contact our main office (269-415-0767) with your sizes and we will make arrangements to provide you with a coat.
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Your donation stays local and helps people in Van Buren County.

We provide relief for anyone facing emergencies, but we need your help to continue our work of providing food, clothing and financial assistance.

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