Not Just Another Conference - Greenville, SC Churches and Non-Profits Team with Atlanta Ministry to Help the Homeless and Hungry

Top Quote Three Greenville, SC churches, two Greenville non-profits and an Atlanta-area non-profit are combining forces before a church conference to work together on two projects which will benefit hungry and homeless people in the local area. End Quote
  • Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC (1888PressRelease) June 11, 2013 - There are 2,308 homeless in the Upstate of South Carolina, including 533 children1. One in six South Carolina families does not have enough food to feed themselves each night2. This year, to coincide with the Presbyterian Church in America's (PCA) 2013 General Assembly3, volunteers from three PCA churches (Horizon Church, Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church and Downtown Presbyterian Church) and an Atlanta-based non-profit, Home Repairs Ministries, are teaming up with two Greenville charitable organizations to help provide relief for the hungry and homeless. The projects will take place on June 15, 17 and 18, preceding the Assembly, which runs June 18 - 21 at the TD Convention Center. Church members of other denominations and the general public are invited to participate. Visit www.homerepairs.org/ga2013-2 for more information and to register.

    Projects include:

    Replacing old windows at a transitional home for women who cannot currently support themselves (for Miracle Hill Ministries)
    Disassembling a donated greenhouse so that it can be moved and reassembled for The Generous Garden Project

    To get a better understanding of the impact of the projects on the Greenville hungry and homeless population, representatives from the different groups offered their perspectives.

    Frankie Powell, Vice President for Development of Miracle Hill Ministries, shared - "It is a privilege to partner with PCA churches in our area. Transitional housing is vital to helping those who graduate our programs in their recovery process. New windows will not only help with energy costs but also with the aesthetics of the property."

    According to Bo Cable, Executive Director of The Generous Garden Project, "The glass greenhouse is a much needed addition to our urban farm that will allow The Generous Garden Project to grow more fresh produce year round to give to those in need."

    When asked what he hoped would be the legacy of the trip, Harvey Anderson, Executive Director of Home Repairs Ministries said, "We hope to leave something more than convention proceeds in Greenville, like non-profits that serve hurting people better able to do their ministries, new volunteers to serve them, and churches making and growing connections with them. We hope Greenville will have more churches interested in starting home repair teams to serve their own needy homeowners for Jesus."

    About Home Repairs Ministries:
    Home Repairs Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization organized to help homeowners - widows, single mothers, the elderly disabled and low-income - with repairs and accessibility upgrades that they can't make themselves. HRM also provides resources and coaching for churches to start their own teams to multiply the number of homeowners served.

    For more information about Home Repairs Ministries, the information in this article, or to schedule an interview, please contact Harvey Anderson at (404) 964-6681 or harveya ( @ ) homerepairs dot org dot

    Footnotes:

    1 - "Point in Time Count", The Upstate Homeless Coalition of South Carolina website home page, www.upstatehomeless.com/

    2 - "Hunger", Harvest Hope Food bank website home page, www.harvesthope.org/hunger

    3 - General Assembly is the largest annual gathering of the denomination. Church leaders from across the country gather to discuss matters important to the life of the church, make decisions that affect the whole denomination and the progress of the gospel. www.pcaac.org/general-assembly/resources/about-general-assembly/

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