Updates from Pat . . .
I fill each issue of this newsletter with many positives about the Julie’s House organization. I can also give many reasons that I should “throw in the towel”, “give up”, “quit”—I have already retired from one job, I do not have the proper formal education for the task, this ministry is too time consuming, we do not have enough financial support to accomplish our goals, some of our clients have disappointed me . . . This list can go on and on. I know that God “will be with me”, I will “not be discouraged”, and I will not quit. We have helped many children and many more need help. Please support our ministry!
June was a month that the temptation to “quit” was almost overwhelming. After we paid the bills, we had no financial “cushion” and many of our volunteers were on vacation. As He always does and always will, God came through for us. We received the usual monthly contributions from our faithful supporters and some unexpected contributions. Sales at our thrift store are good and we are managing to keep it “up and running” with a smaller staff. To God be the glory!
This month we received a check for $3,500.00 from the Augusta National Golf Club Employee Giving Program. Five employees selected Julie’s House to be the recipient of this wonderful gift. Thank you, Augusta National Golf Club and employees!
The Children’s Ministry at Abilene Baptist Church collected $2,184.00 for our ministry at their Vacation Bible School. Ginger Custer is Director of The Children’s Ministry for the church. Thank you, Ginger, children, and Abilene Baptist Church, for this awesome gesture!
Barry Paschal, Publisher of The Columbia County News-Times, wrote a beautiful column in his newspaper about our ministry. The title is “Mission of Julie’s House is a lot to talk about” and it appeared in the June 10, 2012, edition. Barry’s wife, Michelle, is the principal at Stevens Creek Elementary School and several of the children at Julie’s House have attended her school. That is how they became acquainted with our ministry. They brought us truckloads of donations and many toiletry items collected by the Hope Soap organization. Thank you so very much, Barry and Michelle, for your support! The donations and sales at our thrift store have increased because of the article in your newspaper and the donations are fabulous. It will be a very long time before the ladies and children at Julie’s House are out of shampoo, toothpaste, and soap!
One of the residents at Julie’s House needs a vehicle. Her SUV needs repairs and the estimated cost far exceeds its value. She depends on a co-worker for transportation to and from work and to run errands. Can you imagine depending on public transportation or friends to get to work and the grocery store? If you have a vehicle that you would like to donate, please call me at 706-836-2781. The fair market value is tax deductible.
At this time, our income is not sufficient to provide our ladies with legal counsel for divorces and child custody. Please help me to “spread the word” that this is a huge need and pray that attorneys in our community will step forward and donate their services for a very good cause. Each one giving a little will not be a big burden on anyone.
Thank you, volunteers and churches that have held work parties at our thrift store. We always need more help. Just drop by the store and sign up to volunteer.
“God will be with you wherever you go”.
Cookbook for Sale
400 Delicious recipes! Great gift idea!
August 1, 2, 3, & 4 and August 29, 30 & 31 and September 1
$5.00 for a bag of clothes, shoes, purses, stuffed animals, and/or books
Making Ends Meet Bargain Center located in La Petite Plaza – Suites 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, & 1F
Off of Washington Road between CSRA Camperland and Bojangle’s
Upcoming events . . .
Support group meetings – We will not hold support group meetings in July and August but they will resume September 27.