You might think that the way to end poverty is to give someone money, the way to end homelessness, to give someone a home. Unfortunately, it's not nearly that quick or that easy. Our case managers were getting discouraged after assisting people to obtain housing only to see them lose it soon afterward. Our social worker Robin Barton told me, "So many of our folks think getting a place to stay will solve all their problems. But after they get a place and get caught up on sleep, they wake up to find they still have problems and still have mountains of work ahead of them. It can be a scary moment. Some crack under that pressure and turn to addictions, or allow their mental health issues to flare up, or self-sabotage so they won't have to deal with the problems that were under the surface while they were homeless." To address the problem, she and case manager Kathy Sharp created a monthly Welcome Home support group for newly housed parishioners. Together they talk over the issues -- the isolation that comes once they've left the streets, bill paying, budgeting, the unexpected quiet. Participants choose the topic for each meeting: This summer, they requested a cooking lesson. Robin and Kathy taught a simple rice dish, and gave out pots and pans to take home. "They discuss things like 'Now I see why the Rescue Mission made us go to bed early,' or 'I miss the accountability at the shelter,' " Robin reports. "They speak of not wanting to turn the lights on for too long as they worry about their power bill." Through lively discussions, participants share as much with each other as the professionals share with them. Our partners at United Ministries' Place of Hope have joined us. In fact, they've been so pleased with the results that they now require Welcome Home for anyone they help to house. "Our participants have been very happy for the support," said Robin. "I tell them every time we meet that we dream for everyone to have a place to stay. Their success gives us joy and hope for others to also get housing."
July at Triune: Worship and Bible studies (average attendance): Sun AM.... 265 Sun PM... 44
Meals and Assistance Programs: Hot meals............................ 1,908 Grocery boxes........................ 105 households Pop-top groceries................... 81 individuals Laundry loads......................... 107 Emergency clothes/blankets/kits.. . 81 Bikes ......................................... 4 Fans ..................................... 3 People placed in rehab or safe housing from sexual exploitation ... 14 Social worker consultations.... 160, including 39 Round Table participants Blood pressures taken............. 50 Vision screenings .....................18 Prescriptions filled ................. 19 Volunteer hours................ . 1,230
Worship with us at Triune Chapel:
August 7, 11 AM -- On his last Sunday in town, guitarist/singer Taylor Moore will assist with Deb's sermon "The Sung Parable" during this communion service. . 6 PM --Recent seminary graduate Becky Grisell will preach.
August 14, 11 AM -- Various soloists and trios will lead worship, and Deb will preach on "Roll Call.". 6 PM -- Rev. Jerry Hill will preach, and the Son Rise Praise Band will play.
August 21, 11 AM -- Mechelle Lewis will lead our worship music with performances by Carrie Howard, Judi Barefoot, David Raulston and Tim Turner. 6 PM -- Elaine Nocks will preach.
August 28, 11 AM - The Voices of Mercy will lead worship. 6 PM -- Rev. Susie Smith will preach.
Sunday School - Each Sunday at 10 AM. Bible Study at 4 PM Sunday and 7 PM Thursday.
Wish List: Men's underwear, sizes 32 and 34 Women's bikini underwear, sizes 6 and 7 Bras, sizes 36 and 38, B through D cup Journals and pens Copy paper Art canvasses
Bethel Breakfast Ministry Klugh Family Brookwood Church Mauldin UMC Buncombe Street UMC Pelham Road Baptist First Baptist of Mauldin Prince of Peace Catholic Grace Covenant Presbyterian St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Heart for the Homeless Triune Mercy Center Valley Brook Outreach Baptist
In memory of Blackwell Brogden - Karen & John Humeniuk In memory of Shirley Campbell - Sallie Eskew In memory of Boyce Clardy, Judith Wrenn Fair, Inez Fowler, Virginia T. Minford, Betty Prescott, and Mike Woods - Alvin & Sarah Drake In memory of Brent Norwood - Wanda Meade In memory of John Parfitt - Ken Christy, Daniel & Betty Shearer, and Judith Ziemer
In honor of Mary Jane Gorman's birthday - W. Duncan McArthur In honor of Mary Frances & Dennis Greene - Covenant UMC
Admissions Office, Furman University Aldersgate UMC Joyce Barton Jack Bertram Johnsye Boling Robbie Boman Miranda Brakefield Bridges to a Brighter Future, Furman University Thomas & Julie Buchanan Mack & Sherie Burdette Capital Health Service, LLC Sarah Craig Bobby and Beth Dobson Susan Fender Chadmichael Ferber First Presbyterian Church - Greer Thayer Fleming The Fluor Foundation Jim Freeman Paul & Jennifer Gasque Gleaners SS Class - Covenant UMC Bonita Gossett Angela Grell James E. Griffeth Rob Haney Robert & Ann Haney Mike & Trish Harrison Margaret Heatherly Connnie Jean Herrell Betty Herrin Neil Jamerson Katherine Johnson Pamela Kenny Sherry Lawson Jake & Lauren Lunsford Richard Maris Sam McGee Cheryl & Don McMahan J. David Nelson, Jr. Alexander Nevels Phillip S. Roe Jacqueline Rudder Donna Rycroft Carole Scott Bernard & Cynthia Showman Sisk Foundation of Buncombe Street UMC Dwight Smith Peter & Mary Stangel Kirk Stotzer Rita Szeto Trinity Presbyterian Church Valerie Weatherly Hans Wiegert Susan Willingham Jane & Michael Wilson
Plus, thanks to all our faithful worshipers!
And thanks to: Cathy Avery, Brookwood Church VBS, Gower Swim Team, International Custom Solutions, Joanna Donegan, Nancye & Spencer Rush, S&K Healthy Vending, Thai Kitchen, Vedic Center, and Zoe's Kitchen for bikes, food, toiletries, gift cards, and other non-cash donations.
Our Mission Statement:
To share Christ's love while meeting physical needs and providing life-changing opportunities to the disadvantaged.