Angels on Assignment


The Mission of Angels on Assignment is to honor God by serving those in need with care and dignity.

Angels on Assignment began in 1991 with a vision to help those in our community who were struggling to survive in tough economic times. The ministry continues because the need continues. Angels on Assignment is an all volunteer organization with volunteers from multiple area churches and the community.  Angels on Assignment is the signature ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon, Illinois, providing assistance for basic family needs — including rent, food, & utilities — for Jefferson County residents.

Location:  1201 Broadway, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
 (618) 242-1108


AOA Thrift Shop

Thursdays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Fridays 9:00 am – 12:00 Noon, First Saturday of each month 8:30 a.m.-Noon The Thrift Shop, which is open to the public, receives donations of clothing, household items and furniture and then resells the items at very reasonable prices. Clients in need may request clothing vouchers and then are give some items free. Bag days are generally the last Friday of the month and anyone coming in can fill a bag full of clothing for a very good price. All proceeds from sales in the Thrift Store are utilized for assistance to those in need.

Thrift Shop Donations are important; they are sold and provide the fund for the Interview Team and Food Pantry.  You can save the Shop workers time to do more good for others by remembering this about your donations:  All donations should be clean/gently used–if you are not wearing it/using it because of tears/stains/worn/broken–we will not be selling it either!  Give it a toss at home!  Household items and Furniture should be clean/good condition and if small appliances–working.  Drop offs may be made on Wednesday mornings, Thursday’s, Friday mornings, and the first Saturday morning of each month.  Call 618-242-1108 for pick-up for larger items.

Angels on Assignment Donation Guidelines

 Angels Thrift Shop happily accepts the following new or gently used items:

  • Clothing (Men’s, Women’s, Teen, Children’s, Baby)
  • Shoes
  • Boots
  • Purses
  • Scarves, jewelry, belts
  • Coats, hats, gloves, mittens
  • Games, toys
  • Housewares: dishes, glassware, serve ware, pots and pans, silverware, kitchen utensils, small appliances
  • Lamps, small rugs
  • Craft goods: knitting yarn, knitting needles, crochet thread, needles, needlework kits
  • Books, records, DVDs
  • Paper goods: cards, stationery, wrapping paper, gift bags,
  • Collectibles, antiques, knick knacks, and other giftware
  • Domestics: linens, curtains blankets, comforters, tablecloths, draperies, etc
  • Furniture: Dressers, tables, Chairs, sofas, bed frames, end tables, shelving, mirrors, etc
  • Luggage, back packs
  • Large appliances: refrigerators, freezers, stoves/ovens, washers/dryers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, microwaves
  • Home health items: shower seats, wheelchairs, canes, etc.

All items should be clean, useable and free of dirt, stains, tears, in good working order, etc.

Food Pantry

Fridays, 9:00 am –11:00 am To receive food you must be a Jefferson County resident. You will have to sign in, give an address and the number of people in your family. There are income guidelines posted so the client may verify their income before signing in for free food. A client may obtained food once every 4 weeks. Food sources include USDA, Midwest Foodbank, churches, food drives and community contributions.

Financial Assistance for Rent or Utilities

Fridays, 9:00 am – 11:00 am To receive financial assistance from Angels on Assignment a person must be a Jefferson County resident for at least 6 months. Please call 618-242-1108 to make an appointment for interview. When a client comes for that appointment they must provide information including their driver’s license, Social Security card, landlord’s information, utility and other bills and income, if applicable. Financial help is available once every 6 months.

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