John was recently laid off from work due to cutbacks. He and his wife Jessica have 2 young kids. Although John was blessed to find another job, the new job does not pay as much as the former. Add to that some recent car problems, and John found himself behind on rent and facing eviction.
Along with the Real Life Center we were able to pay off the balance of John’s overdue rent.
Kimberly is undergoing her second round of chemotherapy for cancer. Although she has health insurance with her job, the deductible and co-pays for her doctor’s appointments and treatments have caused her to fall behind on her rent. She is taking steps to modify her rental agreement to make it more affordable, but could not proceed until she made up at least one month’s rent.
We were able to take care of a month’s rent for Kimberly to lessen her debt, and allow her to proceed with her rental modification.
Thanks to the Mercer and Camp small groups, who partnered with the Pregnancy Resource Center to provide some Christmas cheer for a family as part of the PRC’s “Gift for Babies” program.
The two small groups got together to provide several Christmas gifts for Maurice as well as some much needed supplies for Mom.
Betty is a single Mom with 2 kids. The family found themselves homeless this summer after the father left. She was able to find a job, but wasn’t getting many hours. After they finally found a rental home to live in, her hours were cut even more, causing her to fell behind on rent.
Along with the Real Life Center, Fayette Samaritans, and Betty herself, we were able to pay off the balance of Betty’s overdue rent.
Our Operation Christmas Child gift collection was a great success! We collected 37 gift boxes that will be shipped to needy children worldwide.
Operation Christmas Child is a ‘global Christmas gift exchange’ project operated by Samaritan’s Purse. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world by collecting and distributing shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other gifts as Christmas gifts to millions of children each year.
Nokwe is a single mom of 1 (a boy, age 9). Most of her income goes toward rent and bills as she is not currently receiving child support from the father. Although she is working hard to make ends meet, she fell behind on her rent.
Together with the Real Life Center and Fayette Samaritans we were able to pay off the balance of her due rent.
Christa is a single mother of 5 young kids who came out of a very abusive situation. She was recently laid off from her job, and although she has been working hard to find new employment and make ends meet, she has been unable to do so.
Along with the Real Life Center and a couple other area churches, we were able to pay off the full amount that Christa’s owes for back rent.
The House of Hope is a homeless shelter located in Griffin. It is a small shelter run by the Salvation Army that averages between 25-30 residents per night (men, women, and children). Our point of contact at the shelter asked us if we would be willing to help them with new dinnerware to replace what they have, which is old and in bad condition.
The shelter has a very small budget, but does their best to support the growing homeless population in Griffin. So we purchased 8 new sets of Corelle dinnerware for them, which they said would be sufficient for their daily population.
Several RHBC youth, college kids, and adults spent the afternoon with the kids at the GA Baptist Children’s Home, playing ultimate football, kickball, and just plain hanging out. It’s always a lot of fun seeing and spending time with the kids, and we pray that they get as much love and enjoyment from us as we do from them.
If you haven’t visited the GA Baptist Children’s Home yet, join us on our next trip – you won’t regret it!
Thanks to those who came out Monday night to hand out candy to the kids trick-or-treating in Marnelle Mobile Home Park. Along with the candy, we handed out some toys and business cards with church information. Overall the effort was very successful. We made some great contacts with residents, and had fun interacting with approximately 55 kids.