Updates from Pat . . .
“In April 2009, the National Center for Health Statistics announced that nearly 40 percent of babies born in the
United States in 2007 were delivered by unwed mothers.” They also found that “children are at greater risk for
adverse consequences when born to a single mother because the social, emotional, and financial resources
available to the family may be limited.” “Fifty percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce.” (Jennifer
Baker, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology).
As of noon today, I had calls from three single mothers with minor children that are homeless and desperate.
One mother has lost her job and the other two are victims of domestic violence. This has been a typical day.
Tonight there is not one bed available in our town for these mothers and their children. I referred them to
shelters outside of our area. I can give you pages and pages of statistics on homeless children but, Christian
friends, these are the only statistics that I need to convince me that our community needs to support the
efforts of Julie’s House to “defend the cause of the fatherless”. We are doing the best that we can with our
resources but this need is enormous. Please support our ministry by making a personal financial commitment,
volunteering your time, and asking your family members, friends, and co-workers for their help and financial
On June 4th, Priscilla Davis, owner of Davis Antiques & Collectibles, sponsored a fundraiser/print signing with
Jim Harrison, artist and author from Denmark, South Carolina. Mr. Harrison is world famous for his Coca-
Cola paintings of rural America. Thank you, Mr. Harrison! The Church of our Savior hosted the event and
Marianne Simeneta, a volunteer at our thrift store and a member of the church, made all of the arrangements
for the venue. Priscilla also donated a matted and framed print by Mr. Harrison that we will use for an additional
fundraiser. Thank you, Priscilla and Marianne!
The “Independence Day Celebration Sale” at Making Ends Meet Bargain Center was a huge success. A special
thank you to Andrea Key and Lindsey Key for so diligently helping me to solicit donations and Very Vera, Kroger
on Columbia Road, Jerry Stone, Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant, Fresh Market, Pepsi Cola, Sean and Robin
Allen, Call Me Cupcakes, and Piccadilly Cafeteria for donating the food for our concession! Also, thank you, to
the person who anonymously donated the Moon Walk and Broad Street Ministry for your help and support.
Julie’s House is the recipient of a check from the Augusta National Golf Club’s Employee Giving Program. Each
employee selects a charity to receive $500.00. The check to our organization was $3,000.00. Thank you,
Augusta National Golf Club employees.
We will not have support group meeting in July or August and our next meeting will be the September 23rd.
A youth group from The Sanctuary Church held a work party at our thrift store July 9th. Fifteen young people
and their leaders did a great job straightening the store and making it look “pretty”. Marc Smith is Associate
Pastor to Youth and Missions for the church.
Thank you, Trevor and Barry Wheeler, for helping us to get our pick-up truck repaired!
One of our residents at Julie’s House has passed the state board exam for certified nursing assistant and, not
only that, she has a job at the Veterans Nursing Home. She and her two-year-old child have been at Julie’s
House for one year. What a difference twelve months and “a hand-up” can make in a person’s life. I am so very
proud of her. We give God the praise and glory!