Paducah Cooperative Ministry

Doing God’s Work with Human Hands

Fresh Start


In the right set of unfortunate circumstances, anyone can become displaced and find themselves without a home to call their own. Sadly, people experiencing the trauma of homelessness are a uniquely underserved population in our region.



PCM provides a 2-3 day supply of emergency groceries to families in crisis once a month up to five times in any given one-year period. Temporary hot, cooked meals are provided to elderly convalescing individuals referred by area hospitals.

Food Pantry


Surprises happen all the time. We all have them. Some are wonderful and we are so grateful! However, others are not. Car accidents, unexpected loss of income, onset of a serious illness or injury, a relationship that crashes, utility bills that go through the roof.

About PCM

Paducah Cooperative Ministry is an inter-faith ministry founded in 1973 by and for local congregations. The ministry belongs to these congregations, who ask us, and enable us, to do the work that we do each day on their behalf. PCM is governed by this membership.

PCM is a United Way partner agency

United Way of Paducah-McCracken County

Vision Statement

By examining needs, determining priorities and strategies, and implementing action, the Paducah Cooperative Ministry seeks to:

Provide programs and services to meet human needs

Promote a spirit of trust and cooperation among individuals and groups to meet the needs of our local community

Give visibility to human needs in the city of Paducah and McCracken County

Encourage community organizations to work together to meet these needs.

A eight-member staff, led by the Executive Director, Heidi Suhrheinrich, handles the daily operations, while the 16-member Board of Directors elected from participating congregations oversees their work. The ministry is supported by annual financial and in-kind donations and pledges from member congregations, individuals, businesses, and organizations.

We operate in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or familial status.

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Only 17 days left to register for Moonlight Ride AND get a great commemorative tee-shirt.  You can register any time through July 30 but sorry, no guaranteed tee after July 9.  Meanwhile, well just sit here waiting for you to register and support PCM.

Paducah Cooling Centers: Available when heat index exceeds 100° F or when its unsafe to be outside in extreme conditions.

As record-breaking heat continues to stifle the Purchase Region, The Salvation Army in Paducah is opening its doors to serve as cooling centers to those who need a little respite. Lieutenant David Donegan leads the Paducah corps, and said, “Believe it or not, some folks do not have air-conditioning or cannot afford it. Some are experiencing homelessness. The elderly, young children, and those with health problems are particularly at risk for heat-related illnesses. We hope to be able to provide a place of comfort for them here in Paducah.”

Beginning next week, the Salvation Army will open their cooling center at 2990 Trimble Street in Paducah, on days when the forecasted heat index will be 100° F or above. The cooling center will be available to anyone who needs it, Monday through Friday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. They will also open their southside location at 3100 Irvin Cobb Drive, Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Those utilizing either center will have access to cool drinks, snacks, restrooms, and can speak to a Salvation Army caseworker regarding needed social services. The Salvation Army also has fans available for people to take home and use.

Our founders sought to bring salvation to the poor, destitute, and hungry by meeting both their "physical and spiritual needs". This means we exist to fulfill that call to serve others, in His name, and so we are pleased to help the community in which we serve,” said Lieutenant Donegan.

To help support The Salvation Army, call (270) 443-7575 or go online to .

If you or someone you know needs help, please call (270) 443-7575.
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Thank you so much for providing a cool place for the homeless to cool off for a few hours. I cannot image suffering for hours in this heat.

Thanks for the Salvation Army stepping up to meet this need!

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