staff meeting at warehouse
Terry Starr called a staff meeting at the beautiful new warehouse where GHHC staff are serving the community centers and Dignity Hygiene Closets. At the end of the meeting we had an early celebration for Andrea Yantone's birthday.
Posted on Facebook: Terry Starr: "God’s power team!! So much work to do!"
Together we can do God’s work!
Comment: Who is the mascot in the foreground?
Layla is Tammy's dog and our GHHC mascot. Notice how Lesley got him to look up and smile!
Comment: My prayers and love I send to all of you, you are angels at work on this earth. ￼
Tammy: "At the new location growing so fast. I love working for God!!! Amazing! So grateful!"
Comment: "You all do a fabulous job through our Lord Jesus Christ."
When Tammy started God's Hygiene Help Center, she would serve about 20 clients a month from her house. During the month of April we served 460 families including 1 school and 3 Clean Start Baskets. Tammy and Diane have to keep shopping for the most popular items: laundry detergent, Pine Glo cleaning liquid, toilet paper, paper towels, dishwashing liquid, body wash and trash bags. Thank you that Lesley, our Inventory Coordinator, will start ordering items in bulk used by both the Help Center and the warehouse.
Of course, we always appreciate in kind donations of the hygiene items we distribute to clients. Donations may be left in the Exchange Center at either Upper Arlington Lutheran Church at Mill Run or The Church on Lytham Road. For large quantities, please contact us to arrange delivery to either our warehouse or the Oakland Park Help Center. Thank you!
clean start baskets for phoenix
Thank you to Kathryn Farrar who has volunteered to pack Clean Start Baskets. GHHC partners with Phoenix Integrated Services to give them Clean Start Baskets when clients have moved on with their lives.
I just want to tell a short story of going to God's Hygiene Help Center. Be known how it has helped me along in my recovery. GHHC has blessed me with clothes, hygiene, and necessities that I'm truly blessed to receive. It's truly amazing how God works in mysterious ways through people, especially God's Hygiene Help Center. I've been truly blessed to have the Center be a part of my recovery. I feel valued, loved, and cared for. Most important I'm able to stay physically clean with the help of the Center, and I feel better about myself and my appearance. I'm truly blessed to have this Center be a part of my life. GHHC has helped me in more ways than I can explain. Stephanie
God's Hygiene has made a huge difference in not only my and my children's life, but many other lives around me. It has provided me with necessities that I can't afford on a monthly basis. It's made my self esteem and my self value, as well as self worth increase because I can live my life feeling clean and refreshed daily, due to the shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste I have received. It's also provided a way for my family to stop the spread of germs and illnesses during the outbreak Covid 19 because it's provided me with sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. God's Hygiene has impacted my familys life because its a place my children and I have grown to depend on, on a monthly basis by giving us hygiene items, free of charge, which in turn has allowed myself and my children the ability to take baths and / or showers and brush our teeth, daily. God's Hygiene is such a blessing to the less fortunate because it provides multiple hygiene resources such as shower hygiene, toilet hygiene, hand hygiene, teeth hygiene, and sickness hygiene. Jodi Kail
Thank you for the partnership with Bottoms Up Diaper Drive so that we can provide needed diapers to our clients. Their mission is "Helping single mothers provide diapers for their children." God's Hygiene Help Center is now well stocked in diapers from newborn size to size 5. Clients will be given a package of 25 diapers instead of only 12.
Bottoms Up Diaper Drive was founded in August, 2018 by Tim and Jo Welsh as an outgrowth of their love for one another, their faith, and their desire to help meet the needs of families who can’t afford enough diapers to keep their children clean, dry, and healthy.
Since then, Bottoms Up has delivered more than 560,000 diapers to over 70 food pantries and child care facilities in central Ohio for distribution to those in need.
Bottoms Up continues to grow with very little promotion and a lot of dedication to principled charity. Diapers are collected through drives at churches, schools, and businesses or purchased through the generosity of others. Tim and Jo are grateful for the opportunity to make even a small difference in the lives of those in need.
Thank you Tim and Jo for this wonderful and much needed service to our young parents!
4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Tammy's nephew, Cody Jewell, is going to become a "movie star" for a short term. A company wanted to create a video of a single parent benefitting from Bottoms Up diapers. Cody is a single parent raising his darling little girl. Tammy created a very short video which we then shared with Jo Welsh and the company. So they contacted him to create a longer professionally made video. Good luck filming Cody. We are anxious to see the finished product!
pillows and more pillows
Thank you to Dale Cory of The Bed Brigade. A local partner to the Bed Brigade donated 3,000 new/laundered pillows to the central ohio community service groups, including the Bed Brigade, God's Hygiene, Joseph’s Coats, HARP, Womens Recovery Center, and The Refuge. A great blessing to all.
Dale called Tammy to ask if God's Hygiene could use any pillows. He invited her to come along with him OSU to pick up 300 of his 3,000 pillows! Wow! And they were new pillows. She then donated 150 to Phoenix Integrated Services, 50 to the Medina Recovery program and the last 100 to the GHHC clients. You should have seen the joy on their faces when asked, "Would you like a new pillow?"
"Oh yes, I have needed a new pillow. Thank you!"
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
donato's and GHHC
God's Hygiene Help Center is so grateful to the Donato's on Oakland Park. Several times a month they deliver just baked pizzas to us for our volunteers. GHHC in turn provides hygiene and cleaning items to several of their employees. This month Tammy presented an appreciation certificate to their Donato's manager.
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
welcome to our new volunteer
Tuesday we were working at GHHC a man asked Tammy, "Have you ever been robbed here?" "No, she replied. Don’t you see the angels all around the building?"
The man looked up and said, "Yes I do see them! 40 feet tall!
Tammy then replied, "We work for the Lord!"
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5
dignity hygiene closet
BLESSING BOX KEEPS BLESSING OTHERS
Tammy shared with us, "My neighbor has received many people who are thanking her for the food. The Blessing Box is truly a blessing. She tells them thank the lady next door and thank Jesus.
She has received many notes and knocks on her door just saying thank you this is sent from God. People in the community need it so desperately. So many grandmothers are falling into my arms crying out for help thanking the Lord for this Blessing Box, the hygiene and the resources plus all important, the prayers."
serving the community
March has been an exceptionally busy month--Terry and Lesley opened up the new warehouse and are running its operation. Tammy and Diane plus our dedicated volunteers have kept things going at God's Hygiene Help Center. Tammy recruited new volunteers for our Help Center who got quick on the job training. We all had to learn how to order, shop and stock the shelves while serving our clients. One Tuesday the cars were all lined up in the parking lot patiently waiting their turn to show their ID and fill out an order form.
We also regularly serve the clients receiving treatment next door at Phoenix Integrated Services and those residing in the Medina Recovery apartments on Medina Avenue, as well as a few homeless all who walk to our Help Center.
Our Help Center located at 1402 Oakland Park has been serving between 31 and 66 clients each Tuesday and Thursday between 10:30am and 1:00pm. That added up to 433 clients this month. Each client receives a bag with 6 hygiene or cleaning items. So thank you to our faithful donors for your support because we all know how prices have gone up!
Are you interested in volunteering at God's Hygiene Help Center on Oakland Park? We could use your help either greeting, shopping for products, stocking shelves, filling orders, or checking in clients on an iPad. Contact Tammy and also send a message with your information and hours available to serve to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
welcome new volunteers
Ellena Yohannes. I had the pleasure of hearing about GHHC through Pedros, a family friend of mine, and was drawn to the organization by its mission and Tammy’s story. Cleaning products, hygiene products, and toiletries are basic necessities and so being able to play a role in increasing accessibility to those items has been incredibly rewarding. Outside of GHHC, I’m a recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in psychology. Currently, I’m a research assistant and plan to go to a graduate school program related to behavioral health. In my spare time, I like to play the piano, cook, and take walks.
Ellena is a very dependable volunteer who serves every Tuesday and Thursday checking in clients on the Knack database system. She is so efficient and pleasant to work with. We are blessed that the owner of our building referred her to GHHC. Welcome Ellena!
Brenda Andracki had previously volunteered at Because School Matters. We were so happy that she is able to help us every Thursday recording incoming products and organizing stock. She brings great ideas for keeping track of inventory. Brenda and her husband Jim are active members at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on North Broadway.
PROVIDING needed HYGIENE FOR SCHOOLS
HAMILTON STEM ACADEMY
It's always amazing how the community networks and communicates their needs. Officer Alesia Zacher received an email request to set up a Hygiene Closet for needed dignity items at Hamilton STEM Academy, 2047 Hamilton Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211. Since it is located in the South Linden community of Officer Alesia's precinct, she went for founder Tammy Jewell. The officer met with their staff because she is familiar with them, surveyed the space to see what kind of storage space they had.
Because Tammy has so many responsibilities on her plate, several weeks passed. When Diane Hendrickson, Communications Coordinator, heard about the request, she called the school to speak to the school nurse. One of our new volunteers started counting out and packing 25 items each into a box: toothbrush and toothpaste, boys' and girls' deodorant, bar of soap, pocket tissues and small hand sanitizer.
Officer Patty Meyers came right over to GHHC to pick up the box and she and Officer Zacher delivered to the Hamilton STEM. God's Hygiene then received this note:
Diane, thank you so much for connecting with our team this week to coordinate the drop-off of donations today! These donations go a long way for our students and we sincerely appreciate you thinking of our students and families.
Please feel free to connect with me as well if you have further questions. My role at Hamilton falls under One Linden Community Plan under the Support Student Success bucket. I engage the community, school, and families in an effort of refocusing public schools as the center of the Linden community. I also manage the resource room inside the school building and receive donations. I am happy to work with you again!
Javier Negrete Jr
School-Family-Community Coordinator, Hamilton STEM
One Linden Schools Student Success Initiative
College of Social Work | Community and Youth Collaborative Institute
216 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210
What a blessed team! Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. John 14:1
Linden McKinley stem academy
When Kathryn Farrar heard from Tammy about the need for feminine hygiene at Linden McKinley STEM Academy, she stepped up to help. Thank you to Kathryn and her granddaughters for shopping. They bought 30 sets of feminine pads, 30 bars of lavender soap for the young ladies, 30 women's deodorants, 60 toothbrushes, 30 bars of soap for the young men, and 30 men's deodorants. Kathryn delivered them to God's Hygiene and volunteers loaded them into Tammy's SUV named "Mercy". GHHC also donated 60 toothpastes to these items.
Kathryn has also offered to shop for and build all of our Clean Start Baskets! Paul Sparks and Jan Roberts of Kindway/Embark along with all of us at God's Hygiene Help Center are so grateful for wonderful volunteers such as Kathryn and her granddaughters. What a blessing to teach at a young age about paying it forward!
"Linden McKinley has a large population of female students. As the school nurse I struggle to keep the supplies they need to meet their personal needs. I was excited to hear about God's Hygiene and reached out immediately. All the supplies provided will be put to good use and greatly appreciated. " Sarah Moore RN, BSN, School Nurse
the shepard school
Officer Alesia Zacher emailed us this message: The other school in Linden that I mentioned that really needs help desperately is The Shepard School. I had previously spoken to Tammy about this school. The school is located in Linden, 51’s cruiser district and the address is 873 Walcutt. My Chief and I along with several supervisors met with them Monday evening at 5:30pm. Please reach out to them, since I have previously committed GHHC’s support based on my discussions with Tammy.
The Shepard School by Eagle Community Schools of Ohio is a technology based high performing charter school that opened in Fall 2021. The Shepard School by ECS will replicate the model created by Eagle Academy Public Charter Schools in Washington, DC
The Shepard School by ECS offers a FREE technology based educational program that serves 325 students in grades K-6. The Shepard School by ECS’s mission is to build the foundation for a promising future for all students in a rich, robust learning environment that fosters creativity and problem solving abilities. We emphasize cognitive, social and emotional growth by engaging children as active learners in an inclusive learning environment. Shepard’s mission is rooted in the unwavering belief that all students regardless of zip code or ethnicity deserve high quality educational choice. Meet Amber Estis, founding principal.
So as Communications Coordinator, Diane called the school and connected with their Administrative Assistant, LeMoyne Jackson. When told we could donate a box of hygiene to the school, he replied, "That would be great, thank you for the box of supplies. We appreciate it and it will definitely be put to good use."
GHHC volunteers got busy counting out and packing a box with 25 toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, sample lotions and sample body wash. Thank you to Officer Alesia and Officer Patty Meyer for picking up the box and delivering to the school.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
windsor stem academy
Windsor STEM Academy is located in South Linden at 1219 E. 12th Avenue, across the street from the Douglas Community Center. Diane heard they also needed hygiene since a number of their students are homeless. So Diane searched on the school website and connected with Jayla Richardson their new Family Ambassador. She came to our Help Center to meet Tammy and pick up their box of hygiene. Windsor also received bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and hand cream. After the other boxes of hygiene had already been delivered to the schools, a volunteer saw on the shelf sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer gel which had been donated to GHHC. We knew the school would definitely benefit from these added items.
in kind donations
Thank you to the generous members of UALC at Mill Run and Lytham Road who make in kind donations at the Exchange Center for God's Hygiene. The items most needed are small laundry detergents, body wash, deodorant, toilet paper and paper towels. We also appreciate receiving devotionals. This month we received boxes of hygiene wipes, new socks, kids' gloves, some jackets, and blankets. We usually are not able to accept used blankets, but this month we had clients who needed them.
Another Sunday we were blessed with all the items placed in a Clean Start Basket: laundry detergent, toilet cleaner, all purpose cleaner, paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, body wash, and more. Thank you!!
We do not accept half full bottles of lotion or shampoo.
If you have a large quantity of items to donate, please let Tammy or Diane know or email Diane at email@example.com We accept deliveries at 1402 Oakland Park Avenue (parking lot next to Donato's) on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 am - 1 pm.
You have filled my heart with great joy. Psalm 4:7
phoenix and god's hygiene
When Tammy greets our clients, she talks to them about their needs and if they need any resources. She then discovers who needs further help to treat an addiction. It is such a blessing that she can refer them right next door to Phoenix Integrated Health Services. Burt Dhira, CEO of Phoenix in Linden, is so grateful to receive new clients to help find recovery.
This month Tammy was pleased to see again a woman she worked with from 30 years ago. They hugged and cried. She was delighted to share her testimony with Angelique how she escaped that lifestyle through the mercy of Jesus Christ and constant invitations of Diane to attend church. Her friend had been in 6 different rehab programs. Finally the Phoenix is the first to really help her. Burt is encouraging her to volunteer with GHHC and she is very excited about that. GHHC volunteers will surround her with love and prayer as we do our other volunteers.
I want to personally thank Tammy Jewell, President and Founder of God's Hygiene Help Center. Her generosity and loving spirit make me fell cared for and loved. Thank you for helping me in a time of need. Sincerely, Angelique Caldwell
On their website is the Phoenix Mission: To adapt treatment to the changing face of Addiction and Mental Health. Treating our patients with the highest respect and care to embody their ability to regain their body, life, community, family and soul. To give our patients a sense of direction, when they have been lost. Giving a “Light of Hope” , where darkness has embraced their life and mind. Their patients in turn regularly come to God's Hygiene as clients to get needed hygiene items.
5Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way. Proverbs 3:5-6
Compiled by Diane Hendrickson, Communications Coordinator
GHHC New Office and Warehouse Space
GHHC is growing and expanding very quickly, thanks to our friends and supporters!! We have outgrown our 600 square foot warehouse space on Oakland Park Avenue. After much prayer and board approval, we started looking for a larger warehouse space. God answered our prayers with an amazing space!!! We have signed the lease and will have our new office and small warehouse space on the Advanced Business Center on March 1, 2022. The space is 2400 square feet and exactly what we need currently. It is near Roberts Road and 270 and is about 20 minutes away from each of our help centers. God knew exactly what we needed, and He provided!
A huge THANK YOU to Robin Lorms for working to find our space and negotiating our lease and to Nancy Gillette, our board chairperson, for reviewing and signing the lease. This is truly a gift from God as it is the perfect size and location for our growth needs. PRAISE and THANKS to God for His continued mighty blessings on GHHC!
We are looking for gently used office furniture to set up our new office space. Can you help? Email Terry Starr at firstname.lastname@example.org THANK YOU!!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3
Getting our Office and Warehouse Space Ready
We are so grateful to Jim Gericke and Paul Sparks for helping us to have new carpeting for our office space. The old carpet was extremely dirty and worn and their kind, generous hearts provided exactly what we needed for our new space. We will begin moving into our space the week of March 1.
Please pray for GHHC as we grow and expand. God is blessing us with SO many opportunities to grow, serve more neighbors in need and partner with area churches who are interested in becoming donation sites and supporters.
Gospel of Mark Project: Jesus, God’s Servant
During the recent holiday season, Emerson Fleming, UALC member and 5th grader at Worthington Christian Elementary School, completed a service project for God’s Hygiene Help Center. Emerson’s class was studying the Gospel of Mark and learning about how Jesus came to earth to be a servant, showing us how to live a life that serves others. The students were tasked with completing a service project within the community and then presenting their project at school. Being familiar with GHHC and Tammy’s story through church, Emerson easily chose GHHC for her service project, specifically selecting Purses of Love. Emerson collected donated purses from friends and family members during the project and filled them with hygiene products to be donated for women in need. For her presentation in class, Emerson not only described her completed project for Purses of Love, she also introduced God’s Hygiene Help Center and its mission to her classmates by showing GHHC’s video in class. It was her wish that Tammy’s story about hygiene, dignity, and hope would especially hit home with her 5th grade classmates. Emerson and her family look forward to serving God’s Hygiene Help Center again in the future.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3, NIV).
ghhc and festa partner together
Erin Arnett, Donor Relations Coordinator of Festa, emailed us: Hi team! I have a family I am helping to assist through our work here at Festa. The school social worker reached out and connected us. The list of needs is high, but they mentioned that they do not have hygiene items or even bath towels. Could you assist this family with these items? It is a single mother with 7 dependents living with her. Ages 6-20. Boys and girls. Please let me know the best way to get the ball rolling and THANK you for all the love you pour into our community! Also, please note the family speaks Spanish (the older children are “okay” with English but not great.) Thank you!
Tammy and the volunteers thought yes we can help them. So right before closing the Help Center, we sprung into action and packed a bag of basic hygiene and Diane picked up a basket of towels from Tammy. We were able to deliver to the Festa office that afternoon so the family did not need to wait any longer for basic needs.
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
meet the linden angels
Our neighbors have nicknamed us "The Linden Angels" because we are able to help so many in our community receive dignity through hygiene and personal care products. We would love to add you as another angel. We have volunteer positions serving our clients at our hygiene help center located at 1402 Oakland Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We also have positions available for entering information into our database and for picking up products and delivering them to our warehouse and help centers. Just complete the simple volunteer application.
We have been serving many neighbors in need and actually served 100 clients in one day! We need your help to serve with us. You will also have lots of fun and be well fed!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
SPECIAL HELP FOR A SPECIAL LADY IN NEED
Charmaine Campbell is a Linden community member who is starting a new life and is working hard to provide a good home for her children.
She moved into a nice home with the help of the City of Columbus. She has received some help in setting up her home including beds for her children through the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church's "Bed Brigade."
One of our monthly donors asked if there was a special need as they were looking to help someone during the Christmas season. We asked Charmaine if there was something that she could use. She excitedly shared that she did not have a washer or dryer, so she had to go to the laundry mat with her 4 children.
Our donor was very excited to be able to help Charmaine. Tammy and Terry went to Lowe's and found a great deal on a very nice washer and dryer. We paid for them and for their delivery and installation. On the day that they were delivered, we greeted Charmaine with a Clean Start Basket filled with hygiene and cleaning products and a big bag of new towels.
Charmaine was overjoyed!!! She was praising God and giving thanks for this wonderful gift. And Tammy was filled with joy as she has memories of her life in dirty clothes as they lived without a washer and dryer.
GIVING DIGNITY AND HOPE THROUGH HYGIENE WITH THE COMPASSION OF JESUS!
2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers and sisters[a] loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5
new COMMUNITY CENTER
Dodge Recreation Center will be a Hygiene Help Center to be set up in February. We welcomed them to GHHC with 20 hygiene closet bags as an extra way for them to kick off opening the help center. Welcome to Center Manager: Nikki Van Dine. Hilltop neighbors in need can visit Dodge Community Center located at 667 Sullivant Ave. Columbus, OH 43215 during hours they are open Monday through Saturday to pick up a bag of hygiene every 30 days.
But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You. 1 Chronicles 29:14
We are excited to be implementing our new Hygiene Closets program. We are partnering with 5 local area organizations who serve our neighbors in need and giving them pre-filled hygiene bags to give out to their clients. January bags are filled with personal care items for men or for women. The February bags will be filled with hygiene and cleaning supplies.The Hygiene Closets program came about as we prayed how we could help more people have dignity and hope through hygiene despite the pandemic. During the challenging days when the community centers were closed and it was so difficult for our neighbors in need to get the hygiene and personal care products that they needed, we prayed for God's guidance in finding ways to get these products to the people who needed them.
We kept our Hygiene Help Center on Oakland Park open with our drive through only model. We do have some walk-up clients, but they are always very understanding of our safe and protective procedures for serving them.
We have been serving many clients and the number is growing every month! We are serving over 400 clients each month just at our Oakland Park Help Center.
You shall open your hand wide to your brother; to your poor and your needy, in your land. Deuteronomy 15:11
tammy changed a life
In 2018 an acquaintance brought his friend named Johnny to Tammy's door. He wore dirty clothes, terrible teeth and was on crack. Tammy invited them in anyways. Johnny said, "My life is over." But Tammy encouraged him to go to Faith Mission. She gave him hygiene, a rosary, a copy of Our Daily Bread and also shared her story. "This is how I changed my life and you can do it too!"
January 2022 this same man drives up in a new white Cadillac. Johnny is now a productive citizen with a job, attends church, has new teeth, volunteers, and is no longer "high." Tammy cried hearing how his life had turned around. He didn't need to come back to see Tammy to share but he wanted to tell her how her testimony changed his life. God took over from there.
One person can make a difference in someone else's life.
Virginia had been estranged from her family for 7 years because she was strung out on drugs. She had never lived alone since she had "special needs." Two years ago Tammy had met Virginia when she was getting food out of the Blessing Box. She shared how her "boyfriend" had been abusing her, got her addicted to drugs and spending all of her social security check for two years. Tammy referred her to Choices and Virginia turned her life around. Her caseworker helped her obtain a good job and get her moved into her own apartment. At last she was comfortable living alone on her own God's Hygiene was so glad to help Virginia with hygiene and some other items. God gave her a new toaster to enjoy in her new apartment. Congratulations Virginia!
When you are suffering, your need for Me is greater than ever. The more you choose to come near Me, affirming your trust in Me, the more you can find hope in My unfailing Love. from Jesus Today page 6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.—1 Peter 5:6-7
5th grader donates
Thank you to this amazing young lady who shared about God's Hygiene Help Center with her 5th grade class. She collected 10 Purses of Love stuffed full of hygiene and donated them to Tammy on Sunday. One can never be too young (or old for that matter) to share our mission to provide hope and dignity to those in need with the compassion of Jesus. Thank you!
welcome new volunteers
This month we were so glad to welcome Kathy Bullock and she shared this message.
I really enjoyed working along side so many Christian ladies a couple days ago! Such a worthwhile organization! Tammy has an unbelievable story that pulls at my heart strings. God has gotten hold of her in a mighty way, for sure.
I first found out about this outreach through Terry. She and I belong to something called CCL that meets once a month. Terry has talked about GHHC and its mission and our CCL group has done year-end contributions several times. I have been an after school caretaker to my 2 grandkids until they moved to Worthington, so now I have more time to volunteer at this very important place. As for my background, I was a nurse for 45 years, 29 of those in the ER at OSU. I met my husband at OSU in 1970. We had 3 sons together, all live locally. A step son lives near Philadelphia. My home church is Grace Polaris, but I monitor a WOW Bible Study at UALC. I love to cook, garden, walk, attend OSU football games and spoil my grandkids.
Scott Milliken moved into the home of his aunt, Diane Hendrickson, this month. He has previously received hygiene and knew Tammy. So Diane brought Scott along with her when she volunteered at God's Hygiene Help Center. He even helped prepare the chicken and noodles to be served to the volunteers for lunch.
Lesley made Scott feel welcome by putting him right to work helping to unload detergent and bleach from her vehicle into our temporary warehouse. All the volunteers appreciated his being there and helping out wherever needed--greeting the clients and getting their ID's or helping to move products.
Tammy said, "We have been praying for a man to come volunteer. We are so thankful for Scott. He is such a big help. When Diane is away to Florida, I will gladly pick him up to work at the Help Center."
Scott says, "It's good to give back to the loved ones who God has placed in my life. God bless all of you women volunteers. I can feel for you now that I see all that you do when volunteering. Love, Scott"
happy birthday Tammy!
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Merry Christmas Friends of God's Hygiene Help Center
Despite COVID impacting our world in a huge way, God's Hygiene Help Center hasn’t changed its mission of serving our neighbors in need. More and more people are coming to us for personal hygiene and cleaning needs. We offer that – and SO much more. In fact, last week, our Oakland Park Help Center provided hygiene for 92 clients in a 3-hour period, a new record for one day. And we continue to serve over 400 clients each month. The needs are great, and we are here to help, thanks to generous supporters like you.
I wish you could have seen the joy and appreciation on the faces of the people we help. Our volunteers provide compassion and care along with household cleaning, hygiene, and personal care products, as well as warm hats, gloves, and scarves (“Project Warm”), school supplies (“Because School Matters”), and Clean Start Baskets for people making a new start in life. We serve clients where they live, and we offer them dignity and hope.
As you prepare for the holiday season, we are asking you to consider a gift to God’s Hygiene Help Center. It is safe and secure to make an online gift on our website: godshygiene.org/donate.
You can read more about our mission and be sure to watch our newest video and learn more about our founder, Tammy, and our story.
If you prefer to mail your donation, please mail it to:
GOD'S HYGIENE HELP CENTER
PO BOX 20081
COLUMBUS OH 43220
We are preparing to open 2 new God’s Hygiene Help Centers in underserved areas, partnering with Columbus Recreation Centers. And we are implementing our new Hygiene Closet model with local churches in impoverished areas who can serve their members in need.
We cannot do this work without supporters like you. Thank you for considering a generous gift. On behalf of all those we serve, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Merry Christmas and Blessings for a Wonderful New Year!
Tammy Jewell and Terry Starr
IN MEMORY OF TIM ROBISON
Our hearts are heavy and our tears are flowing as we mourn the loss of our dear sweet friend and supporter Tim Robison. We celebrate his life as a man who truly made a difference and changed the world for the better.
In lieu of flowers Tim’s family has asked that their friends consider a gift to GHHC. Donations can be made online with the “In Memory of Tim Robison” button or by mailing a check to:
God's Hygiene Help Center
PO Box 20081
Columbus, OH 43220
Tim and his beautiful wife Tara have been longtime supporters of God’s Hygiene Help Center.
Their love, prayers and donations helped GHHC grow from a small hygiene closet to a larger and expanding nonprofit which now helps several communities with hygiene help centers and hygiene closets in the Columbus area and is growing to serve the needs of hundreds more. We will be opening 2 new hygiene help centers next year and creating hygiene closets, partnering with local churches and organizations, so we can reach more neighbors in need in our communities. We were so blessed by and loved Tim and we will miss him greatly.
May God’s love give us comfort and peace during this sad time. Thank you!
Church Donation Coordinators
GHHC welcomes our new Church Donation Coordinators, Steve and Cheryl Heavilin, to our team! Beginning in January 2022, they will be contacting area churches about becoming local donation sites for collecting hygiene, personal care, and cleaning products for GHHC. The coordinators will be responsible for setting up and managing the church collection sites as well as coordinating volunteers who will be picking up the donations and bringing them to our warehouse.
We are excited to have Steve and Cheryl on our team! They will a great asset as we work to improve and expand our collection of hygiene, personal care and cleaning products from area churches and organizations. Thank you Steve and Cheryl for joining our team!
welcome to families from Afghanistan
Dave Mann, Pastor for Internationals and Mission sent this message: We have a significant opportunity before us with the arrival in central Ohio of hundreds of Afghan refugees. They will come with virtual nothing. So CRIS (Community Refugee and Immigration Services) is imploring churches to step up and form “Welcome Teams” of 5-10 people each to befriend soon-to-arrive Afghan families. I am hoping that UALC can form several such teams.
Members of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church responded and have formed 4 teams of volunteers to assist families arriving in the Columbus area from Afghanistan. GHHC staff were happy to pack 4 bags of hygiene and cleaning items which Diane delivered to the team leaders at The Church on Lytham and The Church at Mill Run.
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sharing the christmas spirit
Tammy's sister lives at Whetstone Care Center. A case manager shared with her about a dedicated employee who needed a little assistance. So together several other people helped provide: a Christmas tree, $20 for ornaments, a food box, bag of hygiene from GHHC, and $100 for Christmas presents. Thank you to the Bed Brigade she now has 4 beds with pillows. sheets, blankets, and a Bible. It usually takes 3-4 months to get a bed. Tammy pleaded with Dale Cory that all the children were sleeping on the floor. Dale said, "Oh, Tammy you really put me in a position. I have to help you."
Tammy was also able to provide her with a lamp, dishes, and silverware.
Another woman named C. Campbell was also helped. She moved from California to Columbus with her five children. They did not have enough money to bring her furniture with her. Tammy's friend Ann Glove, who is a case worker for HIV/AIDS clients, told Tammy about her. GHHC gave her 5 sets of hats, gloves, Christmas stockings and 5 bags of hygiene. Then Dr. CeCe Harris got her a housing voucher, food, shoes and coats for her children.
Using our resources, help of others and most importantly Christ, we were able to provide Christmas for these two families.
I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak His praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord's greatness; let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:1-3
kits of kindness from odw
Thank you to the generosity of employees of ODW Logistics who packed 450 Kits of Kindness filled with shampoo, body wash, and more. GHHC staff got busy sorting them into large trash bags. We distributed them to our Columbus Police Linden liaisons, Douglas Community Center, Far East Community Center, Dr. CeCe Harris and Helping Hands Free Clinic. Columbus Parks and Recreation is having a community giveaway on December 22 where these Kits of Kindness will be distributed along with food and Christmas gifts. Manney Clark, Douglas Center Manager replied, "We have been giving out the hygiene items that you blessed us with. We had a grab and go Christmas walk through. We gave all of the participants hygiene with their presents. Thank you so much from the South Linden community."
Girl Scouts share hygiene
Instead of asking for help, email@example.com received this message:
Hi, My name is Kanai Robinson I am a Senior in Girl Scouts of Ohio Heartland Troop #2462 in Columbus, Ohio. My troop has collected toiletries to donate to your help center. These items have been collected and we would like to drop them off at your organization. What are the days and times that we can drop these items off?
Diane met Kanai and her mother at our Oakland Park Help Center and shared she was also in Brownies and the Girl Scouts. We are proud that Kanai as a high schooler is still active in Scouts. GHHC was so happy to accept her donations of dignity. Thank you Kanai and your Girl Scout Troop #2462 for supporting GHHC.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
other IN KIND DONATIONS
Thank you to our loyal supporters who donate hygiene items to us. Always needed are Bibles, Christian and devotional books (not fiction). During the winter months we continue Project Warm and appreciate receiving adult and children's hats, gloves, and scarves.
A few years ago Tammy did a presentation at Linworth United Methodist Church and the ladies are still collecting and bringing donations: including gently used coats which were immediately given away. Julia Jewell brought cases of adult diapers which we were able to donate to an assisted living facility. Baby diapers are provided by a partner organization. Hygiene items most needed: cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, bleach, toilet paper, and paper towels. These donations may be left in the Exchange Center at either Mill Run or Lytham Road Churches. If large donations, please deliver to GHHC Help Center Warehouse at 1402 Oakland Park Avenue (next to Donato's) on a Tuesday or Thursday between 10 am - 1 pm.
Thank you to Holly Wilson who donated a large bag of scarves and hats sets for children that she knitted herself. They are super soft and made with love. Tammy immediately shared with people in her neighborhood.
Sue Zerman stopped by to replenish the Blessing Box. Tammy was able to give her 2 pairs of boots, 30 pairs of socks, pair of tennis shoes, and 3 sets of soft scarves and matching hats to take to Van Buren Center and the homeless. Earlier Officer Zacher had given Tammy 20 thermal shirts which she passed on to Sue to distribute. Sue has met several families just only affording the rent to stay in their homes. She and her sister are able to cook and deliver hot meals to them twice a week and bring them clothing.
Elizabeth Adams, our Volunteer Coordinator, happened to share with her neighbor about serving with God's Hygiene. This morning that neighbor delivered all of these hygiene items including toothpaste, deodorant, all sizes of diapers and more donated by her small group! Thank you for sharing the Christmas spirit with us!
purses of love
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Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95
Praising God! Giving Thanks!
Dear Friends and Supporters of God's Hygiene Help Center,
What an incredible year!! Despite COVID, we were able to continue serving our neighbors in need through the pandemic. And the number of people and families that we are serving is growing every month! We are serving around 400 people at our Oakland Park Help Center and another 100 at our other help centers.
Our first-ever fundraising event, Divine Dignity, was a HUGE success, thanks to generous supporters like you. More than 200 people have responded, and together we raised more than $90,000. These funds are already being used. We are opening 2 more God’s Hygiene Help Centers in Columbus Recreation Centers, and we are implementing our new model of opening hygiene closets in local area churches and non-profit organizations who are also serving our neighbors in need.
When Tammy Jewell, our founder, answered God’s call to start God’s Hygiene Help Center, she knew firsthand what it felt like to be ashamed and humiliated. Please take 3 minutes to watch this video "GHHC'S STORY" that shares Tammy’s story and how God’s Hygiene has transformed countless lives in the past ten years.
During this Season of Giving, would you consider giving a gift to GHHC? It is safe and secure to make an online donation. A one time or monthly Dignity Donor gift is easy to do with your credit card or bank transfer at our website: God's Hygiene Help Center
Or send a check to: GHHC PO Box 20081 Columbus, OH 43220
We are deeply grateful that you have chosen to support God’s Hygiene Help Center. There are many organizations that are worthy of your investment, and we are humbled that you are joining us to offer hope and dignity to our neighbors who lack the ability to get hygiene products.
Tammy never says no to a person in need, and God’s Hygiene Help Center was born from that dream. In fact, she has seen a future that includes a warehouse as long as a city block! We are indeed making plans to expand, thanks to your support.
As we celebrated Thanksgiving, we gave thanks for our supporters for making a gift to God’s Hygiene Help Center. We praise God and give thanks for you, our friends, and supporters! We are so blessed by your love, support, and donations.
Tammy Jewell Terry Starr
President and Founder Executive Director
GHHC WALL OF HONOR ceremony
We want to honor and give recognition to special people who have been an incredible blessing to GHHC. There are two men who were honored at our Wall of Honor ceremony on November 16, 2021.
Harley Bratton moved back home to Ohio from Largo, Florida in 2015 to Iive with his daughter Diane Hendrickson. Diane become a widow in 2014 and Harley's sweetheart of 32 years had passed away. Tammy came to the house to visit Diane and play games. When Harley learned how she was serving her neighbors out of her home in the Linden community and her story, he became an avid supporter of Tammy. Harley was an integral part of the growth of GHHC in the early years. Tammy says, "He was God send to me and this ministry." Harley became her mentor and advisor--shorten your story, shorten your thank you notes, keep the peoples' attention and lighten up. When he read the Columbus Dispatch article that Columbus Parks and Recreation planned to build a new community center in the Linden area, Harley said, Tammy that is where GHHC needs to be. Diane get on the computer and find out who to contact." Terry and Diane made an appointment with Dr. CeCe Harris and that is how GHHC began having hygiene at the Douglas Community Center in south Linden.
Tim Robison has been a supporter of Tammy and GHHC for many years with his wife Tara. Tim and Tara became involved as board members in 2018. In January 2020, as GHHC reorganized with a new business model and new board, Tim agreed to be our Board Chairman. He was dedicated to serving and supporting GHHC and worked diligently with Terry, the Executive Director, to establish and grow our organization. Tim retired as the Board Chairman due to health issues in February 2021. He and Tara continue to love, support and encourage Tammy and our staff.
We look forward to adding more honorees in the future as special people make a difference in our organization.
Terry Starr has asked our Resources Manager Chris Bumpass to be the coordinator for the hygiene closets. She has graciously accepted this position. She is an amazing lady with great skills and experience in retail and product management. She will do a wonderful job! GHHC has received 20 requests to open up Hygiene Closets in some churches and health clinics. We plan to start with opening 6 Closets hopefully in December or January.
serving the homeless with your samples
Thank you to all of you who regularly collect and donate hotel or sample sizes of hygiene items. Each month Sue and Dick Zerman come to the Help Center to pick up 50 Blessing Bags. They hand deliver these bags along with sandwiches to the homeless living under the bridges in The Bottoms on the west side of Columbus. Included in these bags are shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant and razor. Because of Project Warm, this month we were able to also give them 2 dozen hats, gloves and socks.
We have a request as we enter the winter season, we need unused travel size items. Also please consider donating tubes of chapstick and lip balm which is frequently requested by our clients. Thanks to the great job Bonnie Johnston has done organizing our books, we are also giving out Christian books and Bibles. We will gladly accept any of your Christian books you have already read. Please no fiction books. Thank you.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
warm the hearts to reach the homeless
NBBA Street Ministries www.facebook.com/Notbybreadalonestreetministries <firstname.lastname@example.org> recently messaged us about their Outreach Event on Saturday, November 13 at Jericho’s Light Club. For the last four years NBBA Street Ministries has done Warm The Hearts to provide hats, mittens and scarves as well as personal hygiene products for the homeless and less fortunate on the West Side of Columbus. This year they did this at their monthly night we volunteer at Jericho’s. They requested they could use any donations we may have towards this. If you need personal references Royal and or Monica at Jericho’s will happily give my husband Steve Herrada and myself a reference if you need it. Attached is a link to the Facebook post for this event. https://www.facebook.com/1658502997754923/posts/3237758236496050/?d=n
Helping Appalachian Rural People (H.A.R.P.) located in Caldwell, Ohio, is another mission for Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) HARP helps the local folks in Southeast Ohio and one of their projects is to give out Christmas Stocking to children 12 years old and younger. Each stocking contains a hat, a pair of gloves, Christmas pencils, as well as several toys and small books. Filling the stockings is always a fun project for a variety of volunteers. Becky Harrass of UALC has organized this project for a number of years and starts shopping for bargains right after Christmas each year. Diane joined Becky's family and friends helped with the packing on Sunday, November 7. Thank you Becky for donating extra items such as women's, men's and kids' socks and girls' hand cream to God's Hygiene to bless our clients this holiday season. We are blessed to partner together.
One of our volunteers Elizabeth visited St. Brenden's Craft Show. She came across the booth for Kindware. Kindware is a collection of hand-crafted one-of-a-kind pieces made by the incarcerated men and women at The Ohio Reformatory for Women at Marysville, Ohio and the Marion Correctional Institution at Marion, Ohio. Proceeds from donations of these items provide resources to support our men and women of Kindway’s Embark Program on their journey from incarceration to independence. Watch short video how this jewelry is created.
Elizabeth started to admire the beautifully created pieces and selected ornaments and jewelry. Tina, the woman managing the booth, asked her if she knew about Kindway. Elizabeth replied, "Yes, I volunteer with God's Hygiene Help Center and we pack Clean Start Basket for newly released women and men through Kindway/Embark." Tina shared, "I received a basket and it really had blessed me." Hearing this really made Elizabeth's week knowing she was serving with such a worthwhile organization as God's Hygiene Help Center.
tammy listens to Holy Spirit
On Sunday morning I woke up excited. Jesus told me, "Come on. You have a new sweater to wear to church." That wasn't the reason at all that I was woken. But I was tired and didn't want to get up. But Jesus knows me, "Get up! You have a new sweater." So I got up started to get dressed but not wearing the new sweater. The Holy Spirit nudged me about the lady named Lisa in the Flower Department at Krogers North Broadway. She needs a coat, hat and gloves. So I listened but I didn't want to embarrass her since she had not asked me for the coat. So I put the heavy coat into "Mercy" and drove to Krogers. I walked into the store and talked to Lisa. "Oh yes! I really could use a heavy coat. I have to work outside with the flowers and have nothing."
Tammy walked back to her car to retrieve the heavy coat to give to her. Lisa was freezing so Tammy also ordered her a Starbucks coffee. The Starbucks associate asked if Tammy was on her way to church. "Oh yes!" She started to cry and said, "I want to go to church, too but I have sinned too much. I feel dirty and unworthy because I have sinned so much. I have already been baptized but have to work every Sunday."
Tammy hugged her and said, "Your Father is waiting on you. He loves you. Come home. Come to church."
Out of no where, an UALC member called and asked "Could you use 5 new coats?" Tammy replied, "Oh my yes, the need is so huge." So Tammy was so glad that again she had listened to the Holy Spirit. She planned to deliver one of those coats and a Bible the next week to the Starbucks lady at Krogers.
We feel so blessed that several people have contacted Terry Starr, our Executive Director, about wanting to volunteer. They will start after the holidays in January 2022. If you ask any of our current volunteers, we have so much fun serving. There are a variety of tasks you may choose: greeting the clients, checking client into the database system, filling the client's order, restocking shelves, entering client into database, picking up inventory, handing out hats, gloves, scarves, or socks, offering prayer or resource sheets.
If you are interested, please complete the simple online volunteer application.
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4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Deuteronomy 6:4-6
phoenix integrated health
Listening When God Speaks
"Long time, no see! Wow! It's great to see you. What brings you here to see us?"
Burt Dhira came to God's Hygiene Help Center shortly after we opened our new hygiene help center on Oakland Park Avenue in August 2020. I had known Burt from his younger years as he had been friends with my daughter throughout elementary, middle, and high school.
Burt shared his story: He is the President and CEO of Phoenix Integrated Health, an organization that helps people who are recovering from addiction or mental health issues. He was driving one day in early August and he saw a police officer stopped on the side of the road. He immediately thought: "I need to stop and talk to her." He tried to dismiss the thought as he had a van full of furniture and stuff that he was taking to one of his recovery houses. But the message persisted: "Stop and talk to her." So he did.
That police officer was Officer Alesia Zacher who is the liaison for the North Linden community and a partner with GHHC. She talked to Burt as he shared what his organization did. She told him about our organization and that we were opening a hygiene help center on Oakland Park Avenue. She gave him Tammy's card. He called Tammy and asked if he could come over to talk about becoming partners for helping and serving his recovery clients.
We met and discussed becoming partners for supporting his clients. Our mission: "Providing dignity and hope through hygiene with the compassion of Jesus" worked well with his mission. We developed a partnership which has grown and developed over the past year. We are excited to have Phoenix Integrated Health as our new neighbor on Oakland Park Avenue. Together we can help and serve our neighbors in need!
All because God spoke to Burt..... and he listened. We thank you that he did.
God's Hygiene is so happy to welcome our new neighbor. Phoenix Integrated Health Services moved into the Health Center next door on October 21. GHHC has been partnering with Phoenix by providing hygiene to clients served by their caseworkers. Now we can refer any of our clients needing their assistance.
Donate to Project Warm: New hats, gloves, scarves, socks and blankets for the cold months for our neighbors in need. We always collect Bibles, Christian books, hygiene and personal care items for our clients living in low income communities. Please go to our website: godshygiene.org for a list of the products we serve to our clients. HELP US GIVE DIGNITY AND HOPE TO OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED.
Thank you to Northwest Columbus Christian Women's Club who collected donations for PROJECT WARM during the month of October for GHHC.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17
from community center managers
First I would like to say Keep up The God work. I was truly amazed at the event hearing all the good you’ve done and what you are continuing to do.
I was introduced to you through Manney Clarke; instantly I was greeted with a smile and a genuine sweet Spirit, I believe I spoke to you young ladies for approximately 5 minutes before you looked at me and said “how would you like some book bags to give away to the people in your community?” I was given 100 bags filled with supplies, i had witnessed authentic generosity and for that I thank you.
We had a book bag giveaway on August 15, 2021 here at the William H Adams Community Center. The highlight was a kid jumping out the car yelling “ look mom book bags” 15 minutes later that same youngin ran up to me and said “ look Mr. Gp I got me a new book bag and I’m ready for school” actually he had two so I asked him “ why do you have two book bags”; he replied “ I have one for my sister.” The look on that youngsters face brought tears to my eyes. I am here to thank you for making that young man happy, what you are doing is truly making a difference.
I have attached a photo of the young man who I had the conversation with.
Thank you kindly: Terry Starr, Tammy Jewell, Lesley Tate
SirGregory Powell, Center Manager
William H. Adams Community Center At Krumm Park
854 Alton Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
The small Center that leaves a BIG footprint in OUR Community.
OUR MISSION: We connect the people of our community through the power of nature, wellness, and creativity.
It is amazing how GHHC is able to help people to meet some of their daily needs. People have so many needs to meet in their daily lives and being able to take one thing off of that list can change lives. I believe Choices and Opportunities are our only true freedoms. We need to reach out to these young people and help them recognize opportunities so we can help them build a future.
Manney Clarke, Recreation Center Manager
Douglas Community Center
1250 Windsor Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43211
Milo-Grogan Community Center
862 E. 2nd Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Direct: 614-645-7407. 614-645-7376
helping our neighbors
Left: Resources Manager Chris Bumpass helped John load up 20 Purses of Love for Teresa Lauderdale, Pastor for Fruit of the Spirit Ministries. The women she meets in her ministry really appreciate the hygiene received in their "new" purse.
Right: Clean Start Basket made with love for a young lady for her newborn baby boy.
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:11
CELEBRATING OUR VOLUNTEERS
We are so blessed that Lisa Ryan has joined our team of volunteers helping to fill client orders, organizing inventory, and adding a cheerful smile. This month we celebrated Lisa's birthday.
Then later in October we celebrated the birthday of our Volunteer Coordinator, Elizabeth Adams. In center photo: Lesley Tate, Elizabeth Adams, Tammy Jewell, Andrea Yantone, Bonnie Johnston, Diane Hendrickson, Chris Bumpass and Lisa Ryan.
Welcome to new volunteers Kalynn Lyles and Andrew Mendoza. They will do product pickup, delivery to the warehouse and delivery to our help centers.
Thank you for helping us and being part of our amazing team!
Thank you to Terry Starr, our wonderful Executive Director, for organizing an appreciation luncheon for our wonderful volunteers on October 26 at an area restaurant. We loved the goodie bag and your thank you note. We all felt so special! We also love our new long sleeve GHHC shirts you ordered.
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NIV
thank you for our first divine dignity fundraiser
Divine Dignity, our first fundraising event, was held on Thursday September 16 at The Reception House. The evening was an enormous success and was truly enjoyed by everyone who attended.
We were blessed with beautiful weather, delicious food, 145 guests, and a wonderful program of shared stories and testimonials. An enormous Thank You to The Hadler Companies and George Hadler for donating to cover the cost of the evening. We appreciate all the event and table sponsors who made the evening a success. We raised the funds needed to grow and expand with more hygiene help centers and hygiene closets. The venue was the perfect setting for our guests to enjoy fellowship while enjoying the delicious food provided by Schmidt's. The flower arrangements, donated by Justin Kingry and Mike Starr of Fourth Home, were beautiful. The music provided by Knisley added more enjoyment to the evening. Gift bags donated by Chris Bumpass were at each table as a Thank You for our table sponsors. And our joyful thanks to UALC and The Mission Committee for their continued support.
We have "hearts of gratitude" to everyone who attended, donated, and has supported God's Hygiene Help Center. We are serving 400 to 500 people and families each month. The need is huge and being able to open new hygiene help centers and hygiene closets will help more people in need in our communities.
Terry Starr, Executive Director
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We want to thank Robin Lorms who did an outstanding job as our MC. Huge appreciation to Shine Robison and her quartet for providing modern classical music during the cocktail hour and dinner for the 145 attendees. One of the highlights of the evening was when our Columbus Police officers went to the podium, they received a long standing ovation from everyone in the room!
We loved the personal sharing from the community center managers: Manney Clarke, Douglas Center; Roger Harper, Far East Side Center; and Sir Gregory Powell, William H. Adams Center. "Those school backpacks changed our community. From a 7 year old, I got me a backpack. Yes, I am going to do well in school. The 2nd backpack is for my sister."
GHHC has been a blessing to the Columbus Recreation and Parks and the Far East community. This AWESOME program GHHC has ability to offer free hygiene supply to a family that can’t afford to wash clothes can now wash clothes and better yet to provide body wash and deodorant for a bath or shower builds self esteem and confidence. Thank you for the vision in creating GODS HYGIENE HELP CENTER!!! Roger Harper
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
UALC SANDWICHES AND CHIPS
On Sunday, September 26 Upper Arlington Lutheran Church held a congregational meeting with complimentary lunch. There were about 40-50 ham and turkey sandwiches and potato chips left over. What to do with them? Nichole Bellair, UALC new special events coordinator, asked if perhaps God's Hygiene Help Center could use them. Cheryl Hall tried calling Tammy Jewell but could not reach her. So Cheryl called Diane Hendrickson next who was returning on a bus trip to Lake George, New York. Diane said yes, she would ask Tammy and contacted Officer Alesia Zacher. Officer Zacher said Yes! she knew people in the Linden community who would so appreciate having a sandwich.
Monday morning Diane and Officer Alesia drove to UALC to pick up the sandwiches and chips. Then began a new "educational experience" for Diane as a ride along with a police officer checking on people in the South Linden community. We first saw Don, a homeless panhandler at the corner of 11th Ave. and I-71. Officer called him over and offered him a sandwich and chips but also told him, "Get off my corner. This is Linden. I have spent years cleaning up the corner."
We next drove past the NNEMAP Food Pantry which Diane had posted on God's Hygiene Facebook page. We offered those workers a sandwich. Then we drove through alleys along the railroad tracks where the homeless live and hang out. Officer said, It was too early. So we drove to where the homeless are served and a number of men walked up to get a sandwich. The Officer shared that a number of people may be hesitant to take food from a police officer, but will accept the handout from a lady from Upper Arlington Lutheran Church. Diane always asked if she could take a photo. If the person declined, it may be because he has an outstanding warrant.
We drove to see Miss Lola, 94 years old and lives alone. But her neighbor came out and said they took her to the hospital. We stopped anyone walking on the street or sitting on their porch. "How are you doing? Would you like a free ham sandwich and some chips. This lady from Upper Arlington Lutheran Church is giving them out." Officer Alesia believes in supporting the working people so men remodeling a house and City of Columbus workers enjoyed sandwiches.
We talked to a wonderful caring landlord in the bright yellow shirt. He knew UALC and was there on Reformation Sunday when our church left the Evangelical Lutherans and started North American Lutheran organization. We drove to Maloney Park behind St. Stephens' Community Center where a dozen cars were parked in the shade and offered sandwiches to three men. A man sitting outside the gas station store obviously had uncomfortable shoes. Officer Alesia asked him, "What size do you wear? 12's. I'll go get a pair and be back." Meanwhile Diane is asking about what the Dispatcher is reporting. A man on Cleveland Avenue and 24th wearing a white T-shirt and blue pants. He had stolen a car! Since Diane was riding in the car, Officer Zacher could not go help the other officer wanting to go after him.
Our final stop was driving back to Police Substation 5 at the corner of Cleveland and 11th Avenues to get a pair of size 12 shoes. You should have seen the look on his face that we actually returned!
It was such a pleasure to finally meet you. I enjoy speaking with mother and knowing she is okay. I know it gives her comfort to know I look out for her but I also enjoy listening to her speak and tell me stories, her laugh is contagious! I know with certainty she is well taken care of by her son, just as I did with my mother, but sometimes it’s nice to know there is someone else out there looking out for her.
I am not allowed to recommend any organizations, however, the items that I sometimes bring her come from a program getting strong in Columbus called Godshygiene.org. Tammy Jewell, the founder is a human trafficking survivor who beat the odds. I met her years ago at a Linden event and recognized right away what a caring and community driven person and her goal is to help others and she can honestly relate to people who have been struggling on the streets. I, as a police officer, sometimes need immediate help for the citizens I come across. I have called her at 10pm at night and 10am in the morning and she pulls things she has stored in her home on Howey Rd and given me everything from blankets to Lasagna.
Please do not feel obligated to do anything at all, I will continue to check on her regardless, her spirit is wonderful.
Officer Alesia Zacher #1715
Community Response Bureau
South Linden Liaison Officer
Columbus Division of Police
Jesus, thank You for calling and enabling me to serve You. Help me to see this as a privilege and to serve You willingly. Our Daily Bread, September 8, 2021
CLEAN START bags
God’s Hygiene Help Center has been a big help for our Covenant House Prison Ministry. Over the past 9+ years we have welcomed 140 men into our transition houses. Men come out of prison with nothing and hygiene/toiletry items are much needed. We typically would provide just enough to keep them going, but your generous gift is a better way of showing them love. Below are the stories of two men that came to us recently and gratefully received hygiene bags.
Henry Wilson came to Fort Jackson on August 23 from Chillicothe Correctional Institution. He had been in prison for 13 years. It was before that in jail that he realized there was no one but God who could help him. He prayed for God to come into his life. As with many men who have come to us, it was during incarceration in which they called out to God. Henry practiced and grew in his faith in prison, attending Bible studies and Bible college, earning a four-year theology degree. Henry has family in Columbus and is beginning to reconnect with them. The changed lives and strong faith that families and friends see in our men is a powerful testimony and we often see them ministering to others. Henry is originally from Liberia and has a beautiful voice that he uses to praise God. In addition to getting settled into life (especially spiritually which we recommend that the men taker some time for), he is seeking employment – a difficult task for all of our men. This is one of the biggest discouragements they face, being ready to hit the ground running when they are released only to find much rejection. The welcome that they receive on arrival at Fort Jackson, including God’s Hygiene bags, is the start of their journey of experiencing God’s loving kindness.
A different kind of story of how men come to us can be seen in Jason Clevenger. Jason was in prison multiple times between 2000 and 2018. After that he found himself in various recovery programs and houses, but none were actually safe places in order to heal mentally, emotionally or spiritually. We thank God that he had met a man in prison that had been a Covenant House/Fort Jackson guest several years ago. That man referred our ministry to him as a truly faith-based and safe transition house. Jason came to us after 30 days in jail in the Toledo area with no other family or friends. As with all of our men, we have become his new family – this is one of the most important gifts that we provide. When he arrived from jail, he did not have anything and God’s Hygiene bag was a much appreciated. Hope and dignity are two things that are typically not part of a post-incarceration journey – thank you for your help in providing this for our men!
WELCOME TO OUR NEW STAFF
Andrea Yantone has been a volunteer for over a year. She has been an incredible volunteer and is at our help center almost every day that we are open. She has been part of GHHC for a year and we have offered her the volunteer staff position as "Help Center Training Coordinator." We are excited that Andrea will officially be part of our staff!
Bonnie Johnston has accepted the volunteer position of "Bible and Book Coordinator." Bonnie has volunteered with us for over a year and has brought Bibles through the Gideons to be given out at the hygiene help center. We offer Bibles and Christian books to our clients. Bonnie will work to find free Bibles and donated Christian books. We welcome Bonnie as a member of our staff.
happy birthday bonnie and chris
A Prayer for the Helpless
by Helen Inwood
Let me be a voice for the speechless,
Those. who are small and weak;
Let me speak for all helpless creatures
who have no power to speak.
I have lifted my heart to heaven
on behalf of the least of these--
the frightened, the homeless,
the hungry. I am voicing their pleas
If I can help any creature, respond to
a desperate call, I will know that
my prayer has been answered
by the God who created them all
PLUS The Power of Faith, A Guideposts Publication
Volume 72 No. 5 (Part 1) p. 1
GHHC is hosting our first fundraising event "Divine Dignity" on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at The Reception House on Trabue Road. Please join us to learn about our mission and vision.
We will host a wonderful evening of great food catered by Schmidt's, music, fellowship, and testimonials. We will share our mission, how we are serving our neighbors in need and our vision to grow and expand to help more in our Columbus communities.
Interested in attending? Please email Terry Starr at email@example.com
Reservations are due by SEPTEMBER 10, 2021.
SERVING WITH LOVE
Opportunities for Growth and Expansion
We have been working to develop partnerships with local area churches and organizations so that we can expand to help more people in need in our communities. There is a HUGE need in many communities, and we are being called to serve!
We are being asked constantly to open more hygiene help centers and to partner with organizations like Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center and Lower Lights Christian Health Center to help to give hygiene to their clients. There is a list of community centers which have requested opening a hygiene help center at their buildings. God is calling us to grow and expand so we are making plans to do just that!
As you lie down to sleep, may the Lord Himself rise up and fight for you! May He draw by His Spirit your loved ones who do not love Him. May He bring the breakthrough where there's only been a roadblock. May you remember this day and everyday that the battle is the Lord's! Sleep well tonight knowing God fights for you! #SusieLarsonBlessings
Matthew 9:38 ~ So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.
because school matters is a success
Wow! We are beyond grateful for your love and support in helping to make “Because School Matters 2021” a HUGE success! We served hundreds of students and families with backpacks, school supplies, hygiene bags, shoes, toothbrushes and toothpaste, pizza and Cheryl’s Cookies. So many smiling faces, grateful hearts and shouts of “Thank you” and “God bless you!”
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the 45 volunteers serving with love with us! 134 parents registered. Gave out all 250 backpacks and needed more. Over 300 pairs of shoes were given away. 60 pizzas were donated and eaten! Over a dozen police officers attended including the K-9 dog and therapy dog. #16 Fire Engine with firefighters attended.
Thanks to a Thrivent Action Team project, Diane was able to order a banner for our Because School Matters project which we can hang up each year. We also were able to order Bible scripture bookmarks to hand out at our Prayer and Resource Table. Thank you Thrivent! We could not have done it without you!
God bless you, Tammy, Terry, Elizabeth, Diane, Chris, and Lesley
Volunteers: "it was so well organized"
Columbus Police officer: "it was perfect"
Officer Alesia Zacher: "I attended a lot of events this year and GHHC was the nicest."
Christy Meister, Youth Services Supervisor, MLIS, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Linden Branch:
Also, later in the day last Saturday, I met two students who were here at the branch that had been at Huy Elementary for the backpack giveaway. They both shared their excitement with me about their new backpacks and supplies. They had visited the library to use the computers and check out some more books. It was nice connection for me to share in their excitement for school and how they both felt prepared. Thank you for the work you do in the Linden community!
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. EPHESIANS 2:10
GHHC gives away shoes on national night out
14,000 pairs of shoes were anonymously donated to God's Hygiene Help Center. That is a lot of shoes to be given away at just one event. So Tammy Jewell, her friend Crystal Anderson, and Diane Hendrickson decided to give away pairs of shoes on Tuesday, August 3 at National Night Out. We had planned to attend the event at the new Linden Community Center. Instead God told Tammy there was a greater need at the Milo Grogan Community Center. The highlight of Tammy's evening was meeting our. new City of Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant. Chief Elaine of course fell in love with our founder and our GHHC mission to provide hope and dignity through hygiene to those in need with the compassion of Jesus. She then offered to take a selfie with Tammy. Welcome Chief Elaine Bryant to Columbus and as head of our wonderful police force!
more shoes given away
More shoes were donated to VFW Post 4044. Our veterans and members truly appreciate God's Hygiene sharing with them.
Then even more shoes were picked up to be given away. Dr. CeCe Harris came to get boxes and boxes of shoes for the Far East Community Center giveaway on Saturday, August 21. Our South Linden Police Liaison Alesia Zacher picked up a police car full of shoes for the Police Substation at 11th and Cleveland Avenue. Police officers always meet neighbors in need of shoes. So glad we can help pass them on to those in need. It takes more than a village to give away 1400 pairs of shoes! Thank you to our anonymous donor!
community centers and backpacks
tGHHC is blessed to partner with Columbus Recreation and Parks. Hygiene is available for the Center Managers to distribute each month to their clients at the following Community Centers: Douglas in South Linden, Far East next to Walnut Ridge High School, and Barack in South Columbus. We plan to also put a HelpUu Center in the William H. Adams Center near East Elementary as soon as we get additional funding. Because of the generosity of UALC donating backpacks and of various donors of school supplies, we were able to partner with the Community Centers to provide backpacks for their students. So instead of one, there will be four giveaways of GHHC backpacks: Saturday, August 14 at Huy Elementary parking lot hosted by GHHC; Sunday, August 15 at William H. Adams Center; Saturday, August 21 at the Far East Center and in September at the Douglas Center. The Center Managers and their communities are so appreciative.
American Heritage Girls
A wonderful group of young ladies from one American Heritage Girls group led by our friend Karen Schneiderhas been helping to collect and donate hygiene, personal care and cleaning products for GHHC. They donated a Clean Start Basket, school supplies and held a "Hygiene Collection" drive by giving out flyers and bags to their neighbors. They collected the hygiene donations and brought them to us to be given out at our hygiene help centers. THANK YOU for your heart to serve and help our neighbors in need!
columbus police help others
At 8:45 am on Sunday, August 15, South Linden Liaison Officer Alesia Zacher, called Tammy for help. Other officers had seen panhandlers on the street corner and they wanted to get a young mother and her baby help and off the streets. The baby had a terrible rash because of dirty diapers.
She was begging on the corner for money to buy diapers and crying about wanting to kill herself. Officer Zacher knew where to find that help--God's Hygiene Help Center. So Tammy went to the Help Center and packed up needed dignity items. Diapers, hygiene, cleaning items and shoes were then delivered by Officer Zacher to the young mother.
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
kindway recipients of clean start basket
celebration of andrea
Congratulations to Andrea Yantone! We are so happy and proud of Andrea in her new life! Andrea has been a regular volunteer at God's Hygiene this past year helping stock inventory, greet and fill client orders. Our GHHC staff is excited that she will also share what a difference God's Hygiene has made in her life at our upcoming Divine Dignity fundraiser in September.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11