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Nourishing the body in order to feed the soul

A simple, but extraordinarily useful theory of human motivation was developed by Abraham H. Maslow. It is familiar to most people in its presentation as a multi-level pyramid with basic needs found at the base and higher level needs placed at the pinnacle of the pyramid. According to this theory, deficiencies in the basic needs in the life of an individual must be met before the higher needs revolving around growth and psychological or spiritual expansion can be met. Such deficiencies are viewed as the motivating factor to obtain them according to Maslow. This is explained well in the brief video accompanying this article.

Deficiencies in the basic needs in the life of an individual must be met before the higher needs revolving around growth and psychological or spiritual expansion can be met.
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In our current economy, however, many people are suffering from a lack in basic needs and it is not necessarily due to a lack of motivation or a lack of effort in trying to achieve them. There are not enough jobs paying a decent wage to support families and aid to the disabled is being cut on an ongoing basis. Charities and outreach ministries regularly deplete their resources in trying to remedy such deficiencies and to alleviate lack.

Below are lists of agencies in Columbus, Georgia, that are available to help citizens meet these basic needs. If you are able to contribute financially to their mission, please do. If you know of anyone who requires assistance, please provide them with this information. Just do something…. It’s the first step toward someone’s spiritual renewal.

Agencies that help meet physiological needs (including food and clothing):

First Baptist Church (food bank) – Third Avenue and 12th Street, Columbus, GA (706-322-4468706-322-4468). Open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Two forms of identification are required for assistance. Assistance can be provided once every 60 days.

Mission Columbus (food bank and clothing) – Corner of Buena Vista Road and Steam Mill Road, Columbus, GA (706-507-4672706-507-4672). Open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 11 am and from 1:30 pm to 4 pm; on Friday from 9 am to 11 am. Call to schedule an appointment (required).

Salvation Army (food bank and clothing) – 1718 Second Avenue, Columbus, GA (706-327-0275706-327-0275). Open Monday through Friday from 8:45 am to 11:30 am. Photo identification and proof of residency (for 30 days) are required. Assistance can be provided once every 3 months.

St. Anne’s Catholic Church Outreach Ministries (food pantry) – 1820 Box Road, Columbus, GA (706-568-1592706-568-1592). Open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 11:30 am. Photo identification is required. Assistance can be provided once every 3 months.

St. Luke United Methodist Outreach Ministries (food pantry) – 1024 Second Avenue, Columbus, GA (706-571-8700706-571-8700). Open Monday and Friday at 1 pm; on Wednesdays at 9:30 am and 1 pm. Assistance is limited to the first 20 in line with proof of income and Social Security number. Assistance can be provided once each year.

Valley Rescue Mission (food pantry and clothing) – 2903 Second Avenue, Columbus, GA (706-327-8267706-327-8267). Open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 4 pm. A referral from a church of DFCS and photo identification are required. Assistance can be provided once every 3 months.

Wynnton Neighborhood Network (food pantry) – 2100 Hilton Avenue (behind St. Thomas Church), Columbus, GA (706-327-0838706-327-0838). Open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Photo identification is required and only residents of Muscogee County will be served. Assistance can be provided 4 times each year.

Goodwill Industries (clothing) – 6499 Veteran’s Parkway – Suite C, Columbus, GA (706-324-1330706-324-1330) and 3201 Macon Road, Columbus, GA (706-660-5608706-660-5608).

House of Mercy (clothing) – 1532 Third Avenue, Columbus, GA (706-322-6463706-322-6463).

Vapor Thrift Store (clothing) – 5377 Veteran’s Parkway, Columbus, GA (706-221-4295706-221-4295).

Agencies that help meet safety needs (including safe environment and other resources):

Department of Children and Families (utility assistance; rental/mortgage assistance) – (706-649-7311706-649-7311).

Enrichment Services (utility assistance; rental/mortgage assistance) – (706-596-0504706-596-0504).

Salvation Army Samaritan Fund (utility assistance; rental/mortgage assistance) – 1718 Second Avenue, Columbus, GA (706-327-0275706-327-0275).

St. Anne’s Catholic Church Outreach Ministries (utility assistance) – 1820 Box Road, Columbus, GA (706-568-1592706-568-1592).

Urban League of Columbus (utility assistance) – (706-323-3687706-323-3687).

Valley Rescue Mission (utility assistance) – 2903 Second Avenue, Columbus, GA (706-322-8268706-322-8268).

Wynnton Neighborhood Network (utility assistance) – 2100 Hilton Avenue (behind St. Thomas Church), Columbus, GA (706-327-0838706-327-0838).

Mission Columbus (rental/mortgage assistance) – Corner of Buena Vista Road and Steam Mill Road, Columbus, GA (706-507-4672706-507-4672).

Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministries (mortgage assistance) – (706-327-2836706-327-2836).

Home Study Resources for Residents of Columbus, Georgia

Available related texts on Amazon include: (1) “A Theory of Human Motivation” by Abraham H. Maslow ($2.90 in paperback; $0.99 on Kindle); (2) “Toward a Psychology of Being” by Abraham H. Maslow ($6.29 in paperback; $1.99 on Kindle); and, (3) “The Farther Reaches of Human Nature” by Abraham H. Maslow ($12.24 in paperback).