Updates from Pat . . .
The last chapter of 2012 has been written. It was a challenging year but it “was written to teach us”.
Christmas at Julie’s House was great in every way. The Woodmen of the World Lodge #1571 hosted their annual Christmas party for our Julie’s House residents. Santa Claus gave gifts to everyone and the pizza and desserts were delicious. Thank you, Peggy and John Ryder and Woodmen of the World Lodge #1571! We had a wonderful time as we do every year! Thank you, youth of Old Union Baptist Church, for the cookies, hand-made blankets, and other gifts that you brought to our children. Also, thank you, Donna Lee, for being Santa’s helper! The children loved the many presents that Santa left under our tree. Donna is director of the Columbia County Foundation for Children. The ladies at Julie’s House prepared Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Thank you, Broad Street Ministry Center, for the Thanksgiving food and, Jimmy and Linda Allen, for the gift of a turkey for our Christmas dinner.
I am so pleased to announce that Julie’s House received a $12,000.00 grant from The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area. The Master’s Golf Tournament is the primary benefactor of this grant. Mr. R. Lee Smith, Jr., is President/CEO of The Community Foundation. Thank you, Master’s Golf Tournament and Mr. Smith, for so generously supporting our community. Tom Sorrells made a presentation for us at the press conference at the Enterprise Mill Events Center December 7th. Thank you, Tom, for your continuous encouragement and help.
There is more fabulous news. We received a $3,000.00 grant from the Border Bash Foundation. Mike Armstrong, our board president, accepted the check and made a presentation at the press conference at the offices of Beasley Broadcasting Group December 14th. Mike is a UGA alumni and member of the Georgia Bulldogs Club. Mike has served on our board since 2005. Tommy Rogers is a member of the Border Bash Foundation Committee and we can always count on his support for our cause. Thank you Mike, Tommy, and Border Bash Foundation!
Our 4th Anniversary Yard Sale was a huge success. We had record sales at Making Ends Meet Bargain Center. Thank you, Mott’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant, for donating the bar-b-que for our concession.
We appreciate so very much all of the wonderful publicity that WRDW-TV Channel 12 has given us. Their “Time to Care” promotions and public service announcements have brought us many donations for our thrift store and lots of new customers and supporters. Thank you: WRDW-TV; Fran Lane, Account Executive; Mark Hodges, Marketing/Promotions Manager; Bryce Craps, Station & Community Events Manager; and citizens of the CSRA; for taking the “Time to Care”. Also, a huge thanks to Jim Wiggins, property manager at La Petite Plaza, for helping us to accept and store the donations.
The Devore and Hale Sunday school classes at West Acres Baptist Church have adopted our ministry as their mission project for 2013. Jeff Kertscher is Community and Missions Pastor for the church. Thank you, Jeff, West Acres Baptist Church, and Sunday school classes.
The baby boy at Julie’s House is now four months old and his mommy is ready to go to work. She desperately needs transportation to make this possible. In fact, we have another lady that also needs transportation. If you have a vehicle that you would like to donate, please call me at 706-836-2781. Fair market value of the donation is tax deductible.
I have said “thank you” many times in this newsletter. Thank you, Jesus, for all of the devoted Christians that lovingly help our homeless families. Happy New Year! We “have hope”!
- Vehicles for two of the residents at Julie’s House
- Volunteers at our thrift store
- “Power of Ten” commitments – give $10.00 a month and ask ten others to do the same
- Household paper products and sizes 2 and 3 baby diapers
- Kitchen stove – freestanding – 30 in. wide
- Two double-pane windows – openings 31-1/2 x 51 and 32 x 52-1/2
- Churches to include Julie’s House in their annual budgets
Making Ends Meet Bargain Center
- Weekday Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday – 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
- Saturday Hours: 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
- La Petite Plaza – Suites 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, & 1F
- Off of Washington Road between CSRA Camperland and Bojangle’s
- $6.00 bag sale every business day in January and February
- Bags can include clothes, shoes, handbags, and stuffed animals
Upcoming Events: Support Group Meeting
- February 28th – 5:30 P.M.
- Support for victims of domestic violence and survivors, single women raising children alone, and ladies who support our ministry.
- RSVP 706-836-2781
- We serve dinner