What Do We Do?

CMLC Prevention/Intervention Programs:

  • Emergency Shelter Assistance: Initial rent, rent arrears and permanent housing; only available as a collaborated effort with other referring agencies when funding is available
  • Medical/RX Assistance Program: (Non-Narcotics Only/Funding is limited)
  • Medical Equipment Program: Crutches, walkers wheelchairs, canes, etc. These items are available for a cash deposit with required donation
  • Transportation Assistance Program: Gas Vouchers & Bus Tickets
  • Utility Assistance Program: Water bills, electric bills and heating source provisions (i.e. propane, coal & pellets)

CMLC Food Programs:

  • Food Pantry: A full scale local food pantry site offering access to food daily, Monday thru Friday. Four times a year, a family is able to receive enough food for an entire month.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): Is open to the public the 1st Tuesday of each month 10:00am to 3:00pm at CMLC. It is based on income guidelines and requires participants to be Logan County residents.
  • The Mobile Food Bank: Is open to the public the 4th Tuesday of each month 9:00am to 11:00am  at the Logan County Fair Grounds (1120 Pawnee Avenue, Sterling CO, 80751) and is based on participants declaration of need.
  • Christmas Basket Program: Phone lines are open for two weeks in November for participants to call and order a basket. Baskets assembled the second week in December and delivered to participants homes by community volunteers.

CMLC Thrift Store

The Cooperating Ministry Thrift Store is one of the best places in town for bargain shopping! Our store has everything from household items, holiday decorations, jewelry and a wide selection of clothing to include designer brands. Upon shopping the best bargains, your purchases enable our programs to continue in helping feed, cloth and sustain housing for families in need within our own community.


Cooperating Ministry of Logan County is a non profit organization founded in 1981 by the Sterling Ministerial Alliance to be a centralized resource for the community. Utilizing Our Vision: “To provide coordinated emergency resources and assistance to people who are in need.”

Who/Why We Serve?

     Cooperating Ministry is committed to serving thousands of Logan County residents and we are passionate about what we do. The goal of CMLC is quite simple; “serve those in need and give a hand up not a hand out.”

     The bulk of patrons that walk through the doors at CMLC are between the ages of 19 and 64 and make up over 65% of the clients we serve. Approximately 16% of the patrons we serve are over the age of 65. Of these households, 84% live within the city of Sterling; the remaining 16% live in the other ten surrounding towns of Logan County. Nearly 1,600 households in the City of Sterling will utilize the food pantry and over 55% of these households will have children in them. CMLC will continue to advocate for families struggling through a crisis, job loss; those that are disadvantaged, marginalized, homeless, elderly, mentally ill, indigent, etc…

     Through the provision of assistance to combat homelessness and food insecurities; individuals are able to have their basic needs met, lifting feelings of hopelessness and creating a more stable environment to further themselves. Cooperating Ministry is continually focused on increasing collaborations and partnerships that provide relevant services with accountability to Logan County residents. All of our programs will require ongoing support from our community, our leaders, our faith organizations and our media; working together to improve our neighborhoods and assist in making a “healthier” tomorrow.

How you can help

There are several ways that community members can help. Here are a few to consider:

  • Host a food drive. The food pantry is always in need of items. Be aware to avoid outdated foods and glass containers. Call CMLC to inquire on what is needed. (970) 522-6405.
  • Put together hygiene kits. Kit may include shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, deodorant and a washcloth.
  • Cleaning out your closet or redecorating? Donate your clean, slightly used clothing, furniture, household goods, or kitchen appliances to CMLC’s Thrift Store.
  • Volunteer. Help is always needed at the Mobile Food Pantry or assist in office work at the front desk. In the holiday spirit? The Christmas Basket Program is always in need of drivers to help deliver baskets.
  • Donate to this organization. Help those struggling in your community; your dollars truly make a difference.


We are located at 230 North 10th Avenue, Sterling, CO 80751.  Next to the Bowling alley.

Our phone number is 970-522-6405.