People often ask me, “what do the ladies and children at Julie’s House need?” The answer is always the same. They need a roof over their heads, a bed to sleep in, a place where they feel safe and secure, food, clothing, and transportation. The Julie’s House organization needs money to pay the mortgage, utilities, insurance, garbage disposal, and pest control; to purchase vehicles; and to hire staff so that we are able to provide these necessities. We especially need additional staff. I “wear many hats” and the burden is becoming too heavy.
We do not solicit or accept government funding. It is my opinion that it is not the responsibility of our government to provide for the poor. I believe that it is the responsibility of Christians. It seems that when the government is involved, there are layers of bureaucracy, waste, and fraud and not enough accountability on the part of the recipients. The goal of Julie’s House is to provide the opportunity and tools for our clients to become productive, tax-paying citizens, to rescue the children from the cycle of poverty, and to teach and show them the love of Jesus Christ. We expect and require their cooperation. We need money to accomplish this!
With our country’s economy as it is, homelessness is epidemic - especially among single women with children. Many homeless children and their mothers in the CSRA are living with friends or relatives, moving from house-to-house, living crowded together in motel rooms, and, worst yet, sleeping in their cars (if they are fortunate enough to have a car). I had a call from a church this week. A lady and her child came to the church for help. They had slept in their car for three nights. As a matter of fact, I was just interrupted by a phone call. A lady and her two children, ages 11 years and 8 years, slept in their car last night. Julie’s House is full as well as all of the other shelters in our area. This is real, this is local, and this is serious!
We are at the crossroads. We need the financial support of those that believe in our mission or it will be difficult to continue. The proceeds from our thrift store, contributions, and grants are not meeting our financial needs. I am asking that you join our “Power of Ten Campaign” - make a commitment of $10.00 a month - or as much as you are able to give - and ask ten friends, family members, or co-workers to do the same. We need churches to include Julie’s House in their annual budgets, Sunday school classes to give love offerings, help to sell our cookbook, advocates with civic organization, and groups to sponsor fundraisers on our behalf. We need many, many Christians sharing this tremendous task. “A generous man will himself be blessed . . .”
George Champion, our delivery driver, had an accident in our pick-up truck and at this writing is in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Mark Thompson was a passenger in the vehicle and he is recuperating at home. He was hospitalized for a short time for tests. Please pray with me for George, Mark, and their families during this difficult time.
We are now without a vehicle to pick up and deliver donated items for our thrift store. We are depending on donors to bring them to us during our business hours.
A ladies prayer group at Warren Baptist Church provided backpacks and school supplies for all of the school-aged children at Julie’s House. LeeAnne Redfern coordinated the effort, collected the supplies, and delivered them to our children. Thank you, LeeAnne and ladies! We appreciate your kindness and generosity!
The drama club at Grovetown High School held a work party at our thrift store August 18. Rashad Dunn is their teacher and Bailey Hammett, a member of the club, recommended Julie’s House as a worthy project. Thank you, Rashad, Bailey, and drama club members, for doing a great job for us!
VOTE NOVEMBER 6TH!!
COOKBOOK FOR SALE
- PRICE: $15.00
- 400 Delicious recipes!
- Great gift idea!
- Purchase at Making Ends Meet Bargain Center - 3850 Washington Road – Martinez, Georgia – La Petite Plaza
Making Ends Meet Bargain Center Bag Days
- October 3, 4, 5, & 6
- October 31 & November 1, 2, & 3
- $6.00 for a bag of clothes, shoes, purses, and/or stuffed animals
- La Petite Plaza – Suites 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, & 1F - Off of Washington Road between CSRA Camperland and Bojangle’s
- Hours – Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday – 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. – Saturday – 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Support Group Meetings
- September 20
- October 18
- Fun and fellowship for ladies who are survivors of domestic violence and Julie’s House supporters.
- Please call 706-836-2781 for reservations.
- We serve dinner.