Updates from Pat . . .
I have “wept” for innocent children who are homeless and I have “wept” when I have had to say “we have no room”. I receive several calls every day from hospital emergency room social workers, school social workers, church pastors, and/or DFCS social workers seeking shelter for their clients. Case workers from other shelters call when their facilities are at capacity or their clients have reached their thirty-day limit. Julie’s House is able to offer shelter to only ten individuals at one time - usually two or three families.
My dream is to build a complex with small efficiency apartments, an on-site childcare facility, administrative offices, a playground, and a room for GED classes. A town, much smaller than our own and less than one-hundred miles away, has such a complex with sixteen efficiency apartments. I have visited this facility and have sent several clients there. The ladies and their children are allowed to remain in the facility for up to twenty-four months and they go to school, acquire job skills, and find employment.
This project would require four acres of land and cost several million dollars to build and staff. Our income in 2012 was less than $75,000.00. Many dollars are spent for motel rooms, food stamps, public housing, and welfare. These dollars do not help or teach the recipients to become self-sufficient and poverty and homelessness go on-and-on from generation-to-generation. I believe that I have proven the need and that this community is “up to the task” and able to provide the funds to make my dream a reality.
Making Ends Meet Bargain Center had a “July 4th Celebration and Sale”. We had lots of customers, sold lots of merchandise, and enjoyed wonderful fellowship. Thank you, Brenda Smith and Emily and Mike Askew, for your help! Paula Blalock and Helen Uzarski, faithful volunteers, worked extra hours to assist our customers and operate our cash register. Thank you, Paula and Helen! Fresh Market gave us cakes, pastries, and pies for our concession and we sold hot dogs with the trimmings. Thank you, Fresh Market! Thank you, Stevi B’s Pizza, Red Lobster, Krispy Kreme, and Little Big Town Barbershop & Salon for donating door prices. Also, thank you, Honey Baked Ham, for donating a ham for a raffle!
Mr. Larry Flanagan donated a ceiling fan and installed it at Julie’s House. Mr. Flanagan is a member of John S. Davidson Masonic Lodge #677. Thank you, Mr. Flanagan!
June 3rd, 4th, and 5th three groups of young people from Warren Baptist Church held work parties at our thrift store. They did an excellent job sorting donations and making our store look wonderful. Grant Janik is student pastor for the church. Thank you, Warren Baptist Church young people and Grant, for your help and support!
We now have two ladies and eight children at Julie’s House. Seven of our children are looking forward to beginning a new school year very soon and our two year-old baby girl goes to daycare while her mommy works. One of our ladies desperately needs a minivan or SUV for her family. She has a valid driver’s license. If you have a vehicle that you would like to donate or can help us to acquire one, please call me at 706-836-2781. The fair market value of the vehicle is tax deductible.
We need household supplies and would appreciate donations of paper products, laundry detergent, automatic dishwashing detergent, hand dishwashing detergent, 13 gallon garbage bags, and size 3T pull-up diapers. You may bring these items to Making Ends Meet Bargain Center during our business hours.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS
BAG DAY SALES at Making Ends Meet Bargain Center
- $6.00 per bag. Includes clothes, books, and stuffed animals only.
- 3850 Washington Road – Martinez, Georgia – La Petite Plaza
- Every business day in July, August, and September
Regular Making Ends Meet Bargain Center Hours
- Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday – 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
- Saturday – 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M .
COOKBOOK FOR SALE
- PRICE: $15.00
- 400 Delicious recipes! Great gift idea!
- Purchase at Making Ends Meet Bargain Center
Julie’s House, Inc., is incorporated as a nonprofit organization, is registered with the Georgia Secretary of State, and has 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. All contributions are tax deductible.