Mike Stout’s small group spent Friday evening in Griffin cooking and serving approximately 28 homeless men, women, and children staying at the House of Hope homeless shelter. The House of Hope is a Salvation Army homeless shelter that provides emergency housing for men, women, and families. They are open 7 days/wk from 4:30pm-8:00am, and serve breakfast and dinner.
This is a great opportunity for small groups who want to engage in an important ministry that is relatively close to home. The shelter is always in need of help, particularly with feeding. If this is a ministry that interests you, contact the Missions Coordinator for more information.
D and W have been struggling financially since a death in the family late last year. The incident occurred out of state, and as a result of going back and forth to help with the situation, W was out of work for a significant amount of time. The loss of income put them behind, and they were facing eviction. They have 4 children in the home. We were able to prevent the eviction by helping them pay the balance of their rent this month.
B and D are a young couple with a 6 year old daughter. They are both currently working, and were making ends meet until B was laid off for 3 months from his previous employer, putting them way behind on their rent. This week they were served with an eviction notice. We partnered with the Real Life Center and United Way to pay off their overdue rent.
D is a single Mom who lives with her two children. She was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year. She is now recovering from surgery and undergoing chemotherapy. She is unable to work because the chemo makes her very sick and largely unable to function. The lack of pay put her behind on her bills, and found herself unable to pay her February rent. We were able to pay her rent for her.
D and her husband have 2 sons, age 9 and 18. She is disabled with severe COPD and requires constant oxygen. Her husband was recently injured on his job and was let go as a result. He is a carpenter by trade but has been unable to find work. They were not going to be able to pay their rent this month and were facing eviction. We were able to partner with the Real Life Center to pay their rent.
S and L are a young couple with two children. He is an Iraq War veteran who has had several health issues since returning from deployment. He is approved for disability through the VA, but the checks have stopped for some reason they are still trying to figure out. He was ready to start a new job, but due to health issues was temporarily turned away. He is now without work. As a result, they fell behind on bills and were due to have their power turned off this week. We were able to pay their past due bill for them.
Thanks to everyone who came out to Marnelle this weekend to help build a wheel chair ramp for Linda, a sweet elderly lady with very limited mobility. She was absolutely thrilled with the ramp, and is already looking forward to getting out and about more often.
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E is a single mom with a teenage son. She works full time, but recently had to undergo 2 surgeries, which exhausted all of her authorized sick pay. As a result, she fell behind on her rent. She has a church home, but they are unable to help her financially, as were several other county agencies she sought help from. Along with the Real Life Center, we helped pay her rent.
G and B are a young couple with two young children. He is a student, and she was working full-time until she had to have 2 surgeries unexpectedly. When she returned to work after the second surgery, she was laid off. As a result they fell two months behind on their rent and were facing eviction. Along with the Real Life Center, we helped pay off their owed rent and keep them in their home.
D lives alone and is on disability for some physical issues. She works part-time, but fell behind on her rent due to an unexpected engine repair on her car. She is confident that she will be back on track if she can get her over this current hurdle. Along with the Real Life Center and a local Methodist church, we helped take care of her rent for her.