Churches of the Plateau Ministerial Association have joined with members of Enumclaw plateau communities to help those in crisis, translating Christ’s call to “Love Thy Neighbor,” into action. POM focuses on basic needs: food, clothing, housing, emergency financial assistance and case management, including counseling referrals, for issues causing crises.
Plateau Outreach Ministries is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1998 to assist neighbors in crisis. It began with one, initial gift from the Estate of Catherine A. Kohl, who asked that the elderly in the community be taken care of. Today the services provided by POM extend beyond senior citizens to children, individuals and families--all of our neighbors in need of assistance.
POM’s services focus on the following rural communities in King and Pierce counties: Enumclaw, Buckley, Black Diamond, Ravensdale, Greenwater, Wilkeson, Carbonado and South Prairie. Residents of these areas have few options for both case management and assistance. Many miles separate these towns from population centers such as Tacoma and Seattle where social service resources are clustered. Public funding cuts have nearly eliminated the sparse bus service to urban areas, making it difficult for those in need to access other sources of help. Plateau Outreach Ministries is the only agency providing comprehensive emergency social services – food, shelter, emergency financial assistance and clothing – to all of these rural areas.
Because of ongoing support from local churches, the City of Enumclaw, businesses and generous donors, Plateau Outreach Ministries continues to serve our neighbors in need.