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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
divine dignity fundraiser
On September 16, God’s Hygiene Help Center will host our first-ever fundraising event. “Divine Dignity” is our goal: to provide hope and dignity to our neighbors in need.
We are now serving hundreds of people every month. Our hygiene help centers are located in 3 Columbus community centers and we have an enormous opportunity to grow and expand into the many additional communities in need. We are partnering with churches and organizations across Columbus, including Helping Hands, Lower Lights Christian Health Center, Phoenix Integrated Health Services, and the Kindway re-entry organization.
We are asking you to prayerfully consider attending for our inaugural fundraiser. Each table seats 8 people so we are hopeful that you will invite people to sit with you who would have a heart to support the mission of God's Hygiene Help Center. Guests are welcome free of charge due to our wonderful event and table sponsors. Please keep in mind that this is a fundraiser so inviting people with a heart to support our mission and vision is key.
God’s Hygiene Help Center has grown tremendously since it was founded, and we have many opportunities for growth and expansion. We can’t do it without your support. Please consider making a generous gift. If you have questions, please contact Elaine Pierce at email@example.com or Terry Starr at firstname.lastname@example.org. They would be happy to talk to you.
No one should have to be without hygiene products. We are providing a resource that few organizations offer to those in poverty. Please help us help people find dignity and hope, sharing God’s love and the hope of Jesus, through God’s Hygiene Help Center.
welcome to officer lisa
Officer Alesia Zacher wanted the new North Linden liaison to know about God's Hygiene Help Center. We were so happy to meet Officer Lisa Barbeau this month. Officer Alesia knew her mother when she was an officer! Officer Lisa will also be working at Because School Matters.
I’ve been a Columbus Police officer for 23 years. I was a patrol officer on the northeast side of Columbus for 10 years. I’ve spent time in our Accident Investigation Unit and worked at our central Headquarters downtown. My grandmother lived at 3015 Oaklawn St. and I grew up there. My great grandmother lived on Howey Rd. for years. I am very familiar with 2 precinct and look forward to working with you and others in the community.
My responsibly as the North Linden Liaison officer is to educate the community on safety as it pertains to the crime issues in that area. I will be patrolling the precinct and attending block watch meetings. I will be conducting presentations and demonstrations to community groups, businesses and schools regarding safety. Also getting involved in some of the FUN stuff like attending some of the community social events like block parties. Officer Lisa Barbeau #2149
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ISAIAH 41:10
awesome ualc middle schoolers
because school matters
A HUGE "THANK YOU" TO OUR DONORS AND SUPPORTERS
A huge THANK YOU to Upper Arlington Lutheran Church and all of our wonderful supporters for the amazing school supplies and monetary donations for our "Because School Matters" event on Saturday August 14. We collected all of the school supplies needed for the backpacks.
The 460 backpacks are packed and ready to be given to the students in the North Linden, South Linden, and Far East communities. These students and their families will be so excited to receive backpacks and school supplies. We hope that they are excited about going back to school and that having school supplies will encourage them to do their best and stay in school.
And thank you to the wonderful people who have signed up to be volunteers for this event. In keeping with recommendations from the City of Columbus and The Columbus Police, we have determined that it will be a DRIVE THROUGH ONLY event again this year. Volunteer training will be held at Huy Road Park on Saturday, August 7 at 10:00 AM.
God bless everyone who has contributed to this awesome event!! We are "SERVING WITH LOVE" as we share God's love with the students and their families.
And a huge THANK YOU to our School Supplies Coordinators Sue Bauchmoyer and Terry Trubiano for coordinating the counting and ordering of school supplies. And along with our Resources Manager, Chris Bumpass, coordinated and helped pack the 450 backpacks!! God bless you!
Our team of volunteers have been busy making the final plans for our 7th annual event--Because School Matters. We feel so blessed because we now have about 60 volunteers, many are new ones from UALC. All our volunteers will receive a complimentary "where love wins) T-shirt, GHHC lanyard, and name badge. Columbus Recreation and Parks is now a co-sponsor since they are providing at no charge the city park, permission of the school to use their parking lots, and providing extra needed tables. With a Thrivent Action Team project, we ordered Bible scripture bookmarks and a 12 foot Because School Matters banner. Activities and organizations invited are:
104.9 The River
Columbus Police: K-9 Unit, Safe Streets and North Linden Liaison Lisa Barbeau and South Linden Liaison Officer Alesia Zacher
Columbus Division of Fire
Columbus Blue Jackets
Helping Hands Free Clinic
Lower Lights Christian Health Center
Columbus Metropolitan Library
KidSMILES (all children will receive a kit of toothbrush, paste and timer)
lunch bag with washcloth and soap
prayer, Bible scripture bookmarks and resources
welcome new donor and volunteer
thank you from kindway/embark
Dear God's Hygiene Help Center,
I felt so much joy, and a sense of relief when I was greeted with your Clean Start Basket. It brought a smile to my face and warmth in my heart to know that after spending 15 years in prison, someone cared enough to make sure I had hygiene. Each and every item is perfect! and will be put to great use.
God bless you and whomever chose the things to put inside. I cried as I pulled each item and out and thanked the Lord for providing for me. I also thanked Him for you and your kind heart. May God continue to bless you and your ministry.
Your Sister in Christ,
helping a family in need
Michelle, a grandmother wanting to help her son and her five grandchildren, came to God's Hygiene at the referral of Dale Cory. Thomas had custody of four of his children ranging in age from 2 to 11 years old through Franklin County Courts. When the estranged mother passed unexpectedly, Children's Services and the Courts gave temporary custody of the youngest to the father. So now he is a single of five, Thomas sets out to be the best father he can. But he knows without God and His helpers he can't make it alone.
Thank God for Dale Cory from the Bed Brigade heard of the situation and provided resources to the family--beds, blankets and Bibles, And from there the story continues to bring together a community to help a hurting family in need. God's Hygiene was able to provide needed hygiene to Michelle. Since an anonymous donor had given us 1400 pairs of shoes--more than enough for our Because School Matters event, GHHC was able to give new pairs shoes to the whole family.
Today we are here by God's grace had the privilege to serve our Lord and Savior by helping this family. Michelle asks for continued prayer for Thomas and her grandchildren. There are still many needs this family has.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
blessing box blesses others
Tammy's nickname is "Rabbit" because she doesn't like to eat much meat and also because she is like an Energizer Bunny. Although the Blessing Box next to her home is not an official project of GHHC, it still means a lot whenever she gets a simple thank you.
All of our supporters of God's Hygiene are a real blessing, too. We are now serving up to 50 clients a day when the Help Center is open. More caseworkers are registering to pick up needed hygiene items for their clients. Linden residents walking by see our "Free Hygiene" sign and are so grateful to walk up and able to pick up 6 items.
So thank you for being there!
Dear Father, given us a heart for "the least of these." You reached out to us in our need and despair, and words cannot convey our gratitude. May we, then, reach out to others with the same comfort with which You have comforted us. Lead me clearly to someone this week--even today--to help, and make me a channel of hope to that person's soul. In Jesus' Name. Amen. Dr. David Jeremiah, Hope. An Anchor for Life p. 66
BECAUSE SCHOOL MATTERS 2021
SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED BY JULY 17, 2021
Because School Matters 2021 is our 7th annual backpack and school supply giveaway which is held in the North and South Linden communities. This event is sponsored by God’s Hygiene Help Center which promotes education by encouraging students to stay in school. We are receiving 450 backpacks through the UALC Mission Committee and some funds for school supplies. THANK YOU UALC!
WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are collecting extra school supplies to put into the backpacks. We have a list of the supplies we are collecting listed above and on our godshygiene.org website. You can buy school supplies from the list and deliver them to us. Or shop on Amazon at the GHHC 2021 Because School Matters Wish List. You can order any of the items listed and they will be delivered directly to us. Please join Amazon Smile and select Gods Hygiene Help Center (choose it as your nonprofit). School supplies are needed by SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2021.
WE ALSO NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 14. If you can help, please sign up on our website at "Because School Matters" and click on Volunteer. There are many opportunities to serve with us.
The Because School Matters 2021 event is one focus project of God’s Hygiene Help Center whose mission is “providing dignity and hope through hygiene to those in need with the compassion of Jesus.” We offer Christian literature, pastoral care and prayer to all people who come to our event. We care about our neighbors and want them to know that someone cares. Won’t you join us in helping our neighbors feel loved and our students stay in school?
We are also collecting monetary donations. Thank you for your heart to help our students stay in school.
Your donations will truly make a difference. Please donate online at godshygiene.org or mail your donation to:
GOD’S HYGIENE HELP CENTER
P O BOX 20081
COLUMBUS OH 43220
Questions: Email Terry Starr: email@example.com or Diane Hendrickson: firstname.lastname@example.org
thank you volunteers
Thank you to the amazing team of volunteers who have been meeting to organize this 7th annual event: Committee Chairpersons Diane Hendrickson, 7th year with Tammy and this event; Elizabeth Adams, volunteer positions: and Chris Bumpass, shoes giveaway and activities. Wow! 1200 pairs of children's and adult shoes were donated to give away at our event. A huge thank you to Kelsey Bacon who has recruited the amazing UALC Middle Schoolers to inventory the shoes for our event.
Thank you to Kristi Haugland who is creating the flyer with shoe size and information. Kristi will get signs made to put around the Linden community to publicize our backpack giveaway. She is also asking if the Blue Jackets can attend and do activities with the student participants.
Thank you to our two teacher volunteers Sue Bauchmoyer and Terry Trubiano who figured out the needed school supplies. Sue also is contacting the Safe Streets police officers on bikes and picked up 200 toothbrush kits from KidSmiles. Dr. CeCe Harris arranged for 200 boxes of food to be given away. Bonnie Johnston and Officer Alesia Zacher contacted #16 Fire Station to hopefully have a fire truck on display. Officer Alesia will coordinate traffic and parking. She also has arranged for the K9 dogs to come. Diane has asked the North Civitan if they can make snow cones for the participants which was always a welcome treat in previous years. Music and hopefully frisbees will be provided by 104.9 The River thanks to contact by Terry Starr. Anne Dukat and Christie Masheter are other members of the Because School Matters 2021 team.
Hope you can sign up to join the fun! Volunteers will receive free lunch, name badge lanyard and T-shirt. You may apply to volunteer on our website or on paper. Please let us know your (men's) T-shirt size. Email email@example.com to request the printed application. There will be a volunteer training session to review your job position and expectations on Saturday, August 7 at Huy Road Park.
Thank you Carol T. for donating these amazing school supplies for our annual Because School Matters event. We will need about $5,000 worth of school supplies to put into the 450 backpacks we will give away. We need these donations by July 17 so that we can determine what items need to be purchased. Donations may be delivered to 1402 Oakland Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays or to Upper Arlington Lutheran Church or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
God's Hygiene was so grateful to receive a trunkload of like new teacher supplies which we will donate to the staff of Huy Elementary in appreciation for letting us use their parking lot.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3
new resources manager
clean start baskets
Dari was so appreciative to receive this Clean Start Basket. When Tammy was first starting God's Hygiene Help Center, Dari and her mother would send hygiene from Pennsylvania with her sister Dana. Tammy was grateful to receive shampoo, combs and more items. Years later Dana Parr now serves on our GHHC Board.
Kathryn is teaching her granddaughter about paying it forward and helping those in need. Together they go shopping for items to place in a Clean Start Basket. They love spending time and serving together.
We are grateful to support Kindway/Embark by providing Clean Start Baskets for residents starting their new lives over. Pictured above is Terry Starr; Jan Roberts, Women Transition Manager; and Tammy Jewell. Jan came to pick up 3 baskets and also got a tour of our Help Center.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
purses of love from ladies at friendship village
Thank you to UALC member Donna Biehn for again having their Spiritual Care Committee organize a purse and donations drive this month. Wow! Chris, our new Resources Manager picked up 120 purses and $525. Our staff is so grateful to the residents of Friendship Village Dublin.
Bonnie Johnston has been such a dependable volunteer on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We appreciate that as an associate of Gideons, she has been offering free Bibles to all the clients. Bonnie will return to us in September after spending the summer with her husband in their Michigan home.
Welcome to 2 new volunteers this month: Simon Estifanos who is the son of Pedros and Ruth, owners of the property we lease. He will be a senior at St. Francis DeSales High School this year. Chris Bumpass shared with her neighbor about serving at God's Hygiene, so Jan came to try out being a volunteer in our warehouse helping with filling orders. Thank you for helping to pack hygiene items into the purses. Some of those purses will be given away to 10 selected women from Medina Recovery at an outreach luncheon to be held on August 25 at the Oakland Event Center next door to the Help Center..
partnership with helping hands
GIVING BACK TO GHHC
A huge THANK YOU to 2 men who live at the Medina Sober House. They didn't ask for anything, but they did ask if they could help clean up the parking lot. They had extra time on Saturday, June 12, so they weeded and swept for two hours. Thank you so much! Pictured is Travis one of the cleanup men.
During the month of June, we served 276 clients at our Oakland Park Help Center. Thank you to our supporters who make it possible for us to share hygiene and dignity with those in need.
Now glory be to God, who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of--infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes. Ephesians 3:20 TLB
WELCOME TO THE GHHC BOARD DR. CECE HARRIS
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. CeCe Harris has joined the board of God's Hygiene Help Center. She will be a tremendous contributor to our board.
Dr. CeCe Harris is the Community Resource Specialist for the Youth and Family Development Division of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. CeCe works diligently with local organizations and businesses and the Columbus City Schools to assist in improving the lives of children and families in the city of Columbus. CeCe met with Diane and Terry in the summer of 2018. We discussed the concept of having hygiene help centers in the Columbus community centers. CeCe immediately connected with GHHC and became passionate about helping us set up hygiene help centers in local community centers located in low-income communities.
Dr. Harris is heavily involved in her community and has been awarded the “Everyday HERO” award with NBC 4 and the “Woman of Power” award for 2021. She truly has a passion for helping others in need and servicing the entire city of Columbus. Welcome CeCe!
SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR "DIVINE DIGNITY" FUNDRAISER
GHHC is excited to announce our first fundraising event
Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 5:30 PM
The Reception House at Raymond Memorial
on Trabue Road.
Please mark your calendar for this exciting evening of great food, music, stories and to learn more about the future of God's Hygiene Help Center.
More information coming soon!!!
Far East side community center
helping community members
A lady who had lost her husband and has a heart condition called Tammy Tammy usually will not deliver items to people because of high risk, but she made an exception for this senior citizen who was so grateful to receive needed hygiene items.
Another day Tammy was shopping at Aldi's and noticed a pregnant young mom. "Do you need help or hygiene or resources?" Yes! she said. The next day she was our first client of the day who visited our Oakland Park Help Center.
Thank you to Carol T. for donating 2 dozen Disney comforters and curtains. You know how to bless the children and families in our community.
More handbags were donated to GHHC so our great volunteers again filled them up with some hygiene items and Teresa Lauderdale came to pick them up for her outreach. This visit she and Tammy had a chance to meet and visit. So ladies, please contact Terry Starr when you clean out your closet of discarded purses.
Thank you to our super volunteer Bonnie Johnston. As an auxiliary member of The Gideons, she is able to give out Bibles. We will gladly accept any Christian books you have finished reading.
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
phoenix integrated health
Staff from Phoenix Integrated Health came to meet with Terry Starr and Andrea. They plan to partner with GHHC and open up an office in the house located in front of our warehouse. Currently Phoenix has locations in Dublin, Grove City, Ashville, Carroll and Washington Court House. It will be a blessing to the Linden community. Their services cater to the adolescent and adult population including assessment, screening and treatment for Mental Health, Substance Abuse Disorders, and Co-occuring Disorders. For further information check out their website or email them.
MAY THE GOD WHO GIVES ENDURANCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT GIVE YOU THE SAME ATTITUDE OF MIND TOWARD EACH OTHER THAT CHRIST JESUS HAD, 6 SO THAT WITH ONE MIND AND ONE VOICE YOU MAY GLORIFY THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. ROMANS 15:5-6
EMBARK clean start basket
PINWHEELS AND SIGN
BECAUSE SCHOOL MATTERS -- SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2021
Planning has begun for our annual free backpack giveaway! This year we will give 456 backpacks filled with school supplies to students who live in the North and South Linden communities. We have been given 1200 pairs of shoes to give to the students and parents. And we will have 200 food boxes to give to families who come to our event.
Please help us bless our students and parents in our low-income communities by supporting "Because School Matters 2021."
How can you help?
1. Buy school supplies from our supply list which will be posted by June 6 on our website: godshygiene.org
2. Make monetary donations on our website or mail a check to:
PO Box 20081
Columbus, OH 43220
Be sure to mark the donation for "Because School Matters"
3. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR AMAZON SMILE! You can choose Gods Hygiene Help Center as your non-profit which will enable a donation from all your Amazon Smile sales.
4. Buy school supplies on our Amazon Wish List: GHHC 2021 Because School Matters The items listed can ship directly to us.
Click here to view the list.
Thank you to Because School Matters volunteers Anne Dukat and her daughter for bringing unwanted donations of teacher school supplies to God's Hygiene Help Center last week. Yes we will be collecting extra school supplies to add to the basic backpacks. The desired list will be posted on our website soon and on Amazon Smile Wish List. Thank you!
diane's birthday celebration
We have the best team of volunteers and staff at God's Hygiene. Thank you for making me feel so special by surprising me with an early birthday celebration.
executive director update
God's Hygiene Help Center is seeking 2 board members to serve with us! We are asking people with a heart for "providing dignity and hope through hygiene to those in need with the compassion of Jesus" to consider joining our board. Our Board Chairman Tim Robison has resigned due to his health. Robin Lorms has graciously accepted the interim position of Board Chairman through September 2021.
God is opening the flood gates and providing GHHC with a path for enormous growth and opportunity! We are developing partnerships with many local organizations to reach more people in need with hygiene, personal care and cleaning products. The need in Columbus is enormous as the COVID pandemic has affected the low-income communities in a huge way. Please pray for God's guidance as we grow and partner with these organizations. We pray for blessings to increase our donations and volunteers so that we can move forward with all that God is calling us to do.
We are seeking volunteers who want to serve with us!!
We are growing and need your help! If you are able to give a couple of hours a week or month, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Adams at email@example.com
We want to recognize our outstanding Operations Manager, Lesley Tate. Lesley has done a phenomenal job in managing the warehouse, help center and ordering and distributing all of the products given out at our hygiene help centers. She manages the ordering and distribution processes and guides our wonderful volunteers to help to make our help center run efficiently and smoothly.
GHHC has an open position: Resources Manager
This position works with our Operations Manager to coordinate the ordering and purchasing of our hygiene and cleaning products as well as products for our other projects. We are looking for someone who will identify product sources and manage the ordering of the products we provide.
GHHC Hygiene Help Centers at the Douglas and Far East Community Centers are reopening as the community centers once again open to serving their communities. We are restocking the hygiene help centers with hygiene, personal care and cleaning products. The community center managers are wonderful men who want to help give their families dignity and hope. They are great partners with us in serving!
SAVE THE DATE:
GHHC FIRST FUNDRAISER
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 at 5:30 PM
The Reception House
MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!
EXCITING FUTURE EVENTS: Mark your calendars! More Info soon!
THE BIG GIVE: Columbus Foundation in June 2021
“BECAUSE SCHOOL MATTERS” Saturday, August 14
Opening of the GHHC Resource Center to provide resources to people in need.
God bless you!! Please continue praying for GHHC, our staff, volunteers and board. And thank you for your donations as we cannot serve others in need without your support!
If you have any questions or want more information, please contact me at:
ghhc welcomes tim robison
Thank You VFW Post 4044 for your donation of hygiene products to God's Hygiene Help Center. As a proud member of the post and volunteer at the center, I am inspired by, and appreciative of, your like minded goal of serving our community. Julia Jewell
purses of love
Teresa Lauderdale contacted God's Hygiene Help Center because she learned that we give out purses packed with hygiene items. Tammy had referred Virginia to Choices and Teresa is her caseworker! She has been doing outreaches for nine years and planning one for women on the streets. Our GHHC volunteers were so glad to meet and help Teresa by giving her all 18 Purses of Love we had available.
Pastor Teresa Lauderdale shared "Fruit of the Spirit Ministries' outreach is unlike any other ministry as we go out into the community to provide a helping hand to people who need it most. I cannot tell you how many times I have been surprised, even to tears, by the love and support that comes from the community, but the help we received from GHHC was provided in an astonishing manner. They took their time to consider the needs of every woman and their desire to feel like a woman despite the hard times they are experiencing. GHHC provided Purses of Love and hygiene items for our ministry's outreach. Their donation enabled us to provide a purse filled with hygiene to women who are in need. Their faces showed great gratitude as many of them were filled with tears as they received their Purses of Love. Thank you GHHC for your donation and partnership with Fruit of The Spirit Ministries."
Teresa is not only the Founder, she is also a licensed and ordained Pastor of Fruit of the Spirit Ministries and has these other credentials: Masters of Arts Degree in Alcohol Drug Counseling, Bachelors in Business Administration, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Supportive Housing and Peer Support Specialist Supervisor for National Church Residences.
On the ministry website it states Evangelism/Outreach Team - Our Evangelism/Outreach Team carries the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the streets and homeless shelters. They aim to reach those who have fallen on hard times and those who are less likely to come to the church building. They operate a food pantry during select hours. They are dedicated to the words:
He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15 and
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Attention to our women supporters, as you clean out your closets, we will gladly accept your donation of discarded purses. Just contact Terry Starr at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange drop off or pick up.
clean start baskets for embark
helping a vet clinic
helping set up household
Pam Johnston, Director, RESET INC. shares their mission on their website: Resetting today's youth with hope and trust in Jesus! Introduce a Biblical-based curriculum for public school students at the elementary, middle and high school levels in Franklin and Delaware counties of Ohio. Change the culture in the public schools in order to build trust in the community, impact student character and develop students' moral compass. Restore Biblical truth and instill hope for the children who are our future. Implement a pilot program of RESET in at least one school by the Fall of 2018.
Thank you to Stephanie Jackson who brought in kind donations to our Help Center on Tuesday. Tammy has worked with Stephanie for several years in the Linden community. We then learned about RESET, Inc. With parent permission they can take students out of school to educate them about the Bible. RESET works with students at Como, East Linden, Linden K-6 STEM, and Linden McKinley STEM 7-12.
By Susie Larson on Apr 22, 2021
May the Lord pour out a fresh anointing on your life today! May He revive your heart, refresh your soul, and replenish your storehouses. May He fill you to overflowing until you spill over and bless those around you. May He heal the deep places in your soul. May He reveal where you’re vulnerable to the enemy’s schemes. And may He help you shore up your life so that you can stand strong in the stormy seasons. He is with you. He is for you. Open your hands and receive what He has for to you today. And may His joy put a spring in your step!
Exodus 33:14 ESV ~ And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
WELCOME TO OUR NEW VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
highlight on a volunteer
I came to God's Hygiene Help Center in the summer of 2020 in need of help. After seeing what the ladies there were doing to help others in need, I soon asked to become a volunteer. I was once that person in need since I am in a recovery program. I am still in need, but in a different way. Now it is to help our community. Becoming a volunteer has kept me on the right path, and it feels good to give back what was so freely given to me. I love volunteering at God's Hygiene Help Center because they love serving the community as well as God. It makes me feel great about what I am doing. It all serves a purpose in life. Thank you to all of the ladies at God's Hygiene Help Center. You all have given me a new mission in life. I love you all and love working with you. Thank you Tammy, Diane, Terry and Lesley and all of the other volunteers: Maggie, Chris, Bonnie, Elizabeth and Reagan.
Andrea is our Operations Manager Lesley's right hand helper in the warehouse, recording inkind donations, organizing stock, as well as greeting clients and filling their orders.
Love, Andrea Y.
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. JAMES 1:12
10TV NEWS GRATITUDE PROJECT
God's Hygiene Help Center was featured on March 24 on WBNS10TV News! Thank you Yolanda Harris! A friend called Tammy at 6 pm to turn to Ch. 10, but unfortunately, she did not get to see "us" on the news.
At God's Hygiene Help Center we are so grateful for our amazing dedicated volunteers. They love serving those in need in our community with dignity by giving out free hygiene and cleaning items. We are open Tuesday and Thursday 10:30am to 1pm at 1402 Oakland Park in North Linden.
GHHC where love wins
Submitted with this photo by your Communications Coordinator, Diane Hendrickson
BROWNIES MAKES BLESSING BAGS
tammy's blessing box
Tammy saw a man at the Blessing Box and his vehicle was actually blocking part of her driveway. "Hi. I'm Tammy. Excuse me, could you move your car up a little?"
"Are you Tammy with God's Hygiene? I helped put the electric in the Help Center. My 3 children are hungry and I'm only taking enough food for me, my wife and family."
Tim then shared that he had been in the wrong place at the wrong time at a gas station. He got shot in his arm and went into his stomach. It caused an infection and he had surgery to open his whole chest up. He ended up in intensive care for two months. Tim further said he had never been without work in his life. Tammy encouraged him to come to the Help Center to get hygiene. She also referred him to the Salvation Army to get a food box.
donatos and ghhc working together
Donato's on Oakland Park donated over a dozen pizzas for God's Hygiene project Because School Matters. We have met several of their employees and offered them hygiene in return. Tyrone as the manager has been able to bless us with pizza and we in turn bless him with dignity and hygiene items. Tyrone served two tours in Iraq for a total of six years and got PTSD and addicted. He became clean and now has a second chance job at Donato's. Thank you!
tammy in her new office space
Thank you to so many amazing volunteers who helped renovate the upstairs of GHHC warehouse to create office space for Tammy. We are so grateful for God providing the donations of a new printer, almost new desktop computer, desk, and miscellaneous office supplies. Now Tammy can go upstairs where it is quiet to write her many thank you notes.
My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:19
May the miracle of Easter bring you peace and hope. Happy Easter from your friends at God's Hygiene Help Center.
tammy's blessing box helps the hungry
Thank you to 2 wonderful sisters and Tammy who restock the Blessing Box several times a day. In upper left photo, a neighbor is paying it forward and taking a turn bringing donations for the box. The center photo shows how well stocked they keep it with tuna, pop up cans of soup, cookies, sandwiches and more.
The Blessing Box is located at 3022 Howey Road, next to Tammy's home, so she is able to watch who visits it. One man was standing outside the box in the snow for an hour. She walked out and asked if he needed any help. He was a special needs man we had served at Oakland Park Help Center who walked from McGuffey to get help. He complained about his feet and shoes. Tammy was able to give him new thick socks we had just bought, hand warmers for his feet and hands, hat, gloves and scarf as well as some snacks.
Thank you to Tony Thomas for your faithfulness delivering loaves of bread for sandwiches from the bakery where you work. Klosterman Baking Company has offered to supply us with unlimited bread each week to make more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as well as bologna and cheese sandwiches. We so appreciate their willingness to help feed our hungry neighbors.
Katrina McDonald 2 Corinthians 9:7 For God loves a cheerful giver and that you are!!!
serving our community
Philippians 4:6-7, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Thank you to our wonderful donors that we can serve those most in need in our neighborhood. A generous volunteer not only stocks our Blessing Box several times a week, but she also delivers pizza to Tammy's house. Tammy then just posts on Facebook and hands them out the door.
Yes, we can always give away any gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves and baby clothes which are donated. A young mother who did not speak English and no car sent an email message to email@example.com that she was in need of hygiene. We answered her email that our Oakland Park Help Center was not open due to the frigid cold. But if she would send a list of 6 items needed, she could send her husband to pick up the bag. Tammy blessed her with these wonderful baby items which God led a wonderful volunteer to donate plus new hats, gloves, and scarves just bought. Thank you for sharing with us so we can share some love with others.
Julia Jewell posted on her Facebook page: These amazing ladies of Gods Hygiene Help Center give their all to the community on a daily basis. It's just who they are and what they do So I wasn't one bit surprised when Tammy Jewell reached out to me when she heard there was a family in need. Thank you for your hygiene products donation to our veteran in need at our local VFW #YouAreYourBrothersKeeper.
clean start for embark
Where love wins!!!!! Clean Start Basket filled with love, God’s words and dignity.
Because of the generous donations of our loving supporters, God's Hygiene could provide items so that Tammy could pack this basket for a man starting his life over through the Embark program. Thank you to long time donor Pam for purchasing the towels set to include.
EMBARK, Kindway’s flagship reentry program prepares and supports select participants to navigate their journey from incarceration to independence. EMBARK’S unique approach provides evidence-based programming prior to their release and critical support as they transition to the Central Ohio community.
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. Romans 8:28
in memory of cathy jewell
CELEBRATING TERRY'S BIRTHDAY
Terry exclaimed, "Feeling so loved and blessed today!! That you for your love and wonderful birthday celebration!"
Most of our neighbors in need that we serve have experienced difficult and challenging circumstances in their lives. Their hardships can impact their attitude although most of ourclients are very grateful to receive hygiene and cleaning products and God’s love. On Thursday, there was an incident that upset Tammy. She was offering hats and scarves to people who came to our help center and gave one to a woman in a car. There was also a man in the car who had a hat on so Tammy had not given him one. He became agitated and began screaming at Tammy and was abusive. Tammy came into the help center very upset and said that she did not think we should serve this man. So Tammy and I went out to the car. I spoke with the man and told him: “We serve you out of love and to share God’s love. We want to help you but we will not allow our people to be yelled at or abused. You made Tammy very upset. We love you and want to serve you. If you will apologize to Tammy, we will be glad to serve you. God’s love is shared here and we treat our clients with love and respect. We hope that you can treat us with respect too.”
The man, who obviously had not often heard God’s Word of love and compassion, quickly spoke: “I am so sorry Tammy.” The woman in the car also said: “I am so sorry. He didn’t mean to hurt Tammy. Please forgive him.” I said: “Of course we forgive him because God first forgave us! May God’s love and peace be with you both.” And we handed him his hygiene bag filled with hygiene products along with a Our Daily Bread. Sharing God’s love is the heart of God’s Hygiene Help Center. Praise God!
Evening Blessing: May you dare to keep walking even though quitting feels like the easier thing to do. May you dare to look up even though the weight of your burden compels you to look down. May you dare to dream about the future even though the enemy would love for your past to have the last say. Keep walking, look up, and dare to dream. Jesus invites you forward. Don't give up. And sleep well tonight. #SusieLarsonBlessings
Psalm 123:1 ~I lift my eyes to you, O God, enthroned in heaven.
Pastor dave prays over god's hygiene
in honor of Tim Robison
It is with deep sadness that we announce the resignation of our great leader and long-time supporter, Tim Robison, as Chairman of Board of Directors of God’s Hygiene Help Center.
Tim Robison and his beautiful wife Tara have supported God’s Hygiene Help Center for many years. Their dedication, support and investment in GHHC truly helped us to grow over the past years.
Last January, when the new board was established and the business organization plan was implemented, Tim took the leadership position as Chairman. He worked diligently throughout the year, helping us to develop and follow our business plan.
Last spring, Tim was diagnosed with stomach cancer and underwent surgery and chemo treatments. His health seemed to be much improved until late December when he began to not feel well again. The doctors once again performed surgery last week but this time they were not able to remove all of the cancer.
Please pray for Tim, Tara and their family and friends as they grieve this tragic news. We ask for God’s love and mercy on Tim and his family and pray that they are comforted by the assurance that our true home is with the Lord for eternity. If you would like to send Tim and Tara a card, their address is: 5820 Settlers Place, Dublin, OH 43017
We will honor Tim with the dedication of our hygiene help center on Oakland Park Avenue when the center will be named “The Tim Robison Help Center.”
Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation go to Tim for his passionate dedication and leadership of our organization. His legacy of support and dedication will be reflected to everyone who visits “The Tim Robison Help Center.”
Terry Starr, Executive Director
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (Tim's favorite Scripture verse)
help after a fire
virginia and choices
At Tammy’s referral Virginia escaped to Choices with her dog for the past three months. When her mom found out that her daughter had been completely off drugs and seeing a doctor, psychologist and attending AA meetings, she said “Come home, child!”
Four months later Virginia pulled up in front of Tammy’s house driving a new car wearing a new coat, new shoes, and had gained weight. Tammy didn’t even recognize her and her healthy dog named Mama. Seeing these positive results reassures Tammy that it is all worth it.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 2:2
we now have our office at the warehouse
On January 11, Diane and Tammy presented an update presentation on God's Hygiene Help Center to the Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma in a Zoom meeting. Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
Diane and Tammy had first spoken to this group back in 2018 sharing Tammy's story and why she opened up a Help Center. This time Diane shared the different pages of our new website and especially the blog which included all the advancements as well as photos made in 2020. The members were impressed hearing about these highlights: Board was created with Terry Starr serving as Executive Director, moving into a warehouse, having help centers in 5 locations including Columbus community centers, serving the community doing giveaways even during the pandemic shutdown, holding a successful Because School Matters event and being on NBCi4 News, community partnerships with Columbus Police, Columbus Dream Center, Immaculate Conception, Linden Life Fellowship, SON Ministries, and H.A.R.P.
If you belong to a group or organization which would like to hear about God is on the move with God's Hygiene, please contact either Diane or Terry to arrange a convenient date and time.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
new staff positions
We appreciate whoever left the boxes of SkinMedica skin care products this past week. Our clients are going to love receiving the facial cleanser and other items. Could you please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 614-601-8122 when you want to leave an inkind donation so we can arrange to meet you at our warehouse. Some products should not be left out in the cold or up for grabs from others.
happy 60th birthday tammy
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. Romans 8:28
helping families with project warm
This month we have been helping at least one family each day. On December 1 with the snow travel advisory, the Oakland Park Help Center did not open. But Officer Zacher introduced Tammy to a new female officer in our neighborhood who will be working with us. Alesia brought Officer Poehler to Tammy. The family's mother went to Netcare that day for 24 hours. She was having a mental meltdown with no food, unpaid rent and no Secret Santa for her children. We were glad to help this family with 4 children with 4 blankets, hats, gloves, basic hygiene. She gave Officer Poehler 7 Kits of Kindness to share with others in need. Both officers received diapers. Tammy remembers her own family having no money and no resources and that her mother would cry every holiday. Terry said, "Wonderful that God connected them to you!"
Then the next morning Diane went shopping at Infinity for 50 more hats and 50 pairs of gloves. When she went to deliver them to Tammy, she received an urgent call instead: "Officer Zacher needs you. She is helping a homeless family on 670 at Leonard. They need coats, blankets and more." So Tammy packed up a Kit of Kindness with extra toothbrushes, a lunchbag with juice, snacks, and suckers. Diane grabbed the 3 remaining blankets and 2 coats, then called Sarah with the Community Clothing Outreach. Luckily she found 2 large coats and 3 sweatshirts Diane could take to them. On the way there she also stopped to pick up a foot long Italian sub to go.
Clarity, the mother, her daughter and son were so grateful to choose their color for hats and gloves. Then we noticed their shoes. Yes Sarah had shoes but it would take too long to drive back to Linden, so to the Dollar Store we headed. We found a pair of sturdy shoes that fit the girl and slip on shoes for the preteen boy. The officer also found some much needed thick black socks. So grateful that our Lord leads us to people so we can be the hands and feet of Christ. So grateful for the ministry of God's Hygiene Help Center to provide that help.
Thank you to the UALC members who have delivered much needed hats, gloves, scarves, coats and other in kind donations to our Oakland Park Warehouse and Help Center and to Terry Starr's house in Arlington.
On December 28 a message: "It's with a heavy heart I am posting this from another group. These children just lost their mom before Christmas and the family of eight now is struggling for food. They are in desperate need of food and cleaning supplies." God's Hygiene jumps into action to build a couple hygiene bags, adding some hats, gloves and donated gift cards. Thanks to Terry's niece for coordinating this help.
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:16-18
“Father, in the middle of a strange Christmas season at the end of a long, difficult year, I thank you for the greatest gift of all, your son Jesus Christ. Thank you for sending him to pay for my sins. Thank you for your promise of eternal life to those who accept this gift. Holy Spirit, fill my heart with faith to trust in your promises like the three wise women of Christmas—Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna—have taught me. Help me to choose to trust your plan instead of being bitter. Help me to believe your Word instead of my fears. Help me to focus on your presence, not my disappointment, and talk to everyone about Jesus. Amen.” from Daily Hope by Rick Warren
This holiday season Moo Moo Car Wash been selling peppermint air fresheners for $1, with all proceeds donated back to some pretty amazing local charities. Hurrah! Moo Moo has sent a check for $420 to God's Hygiene Help Center. They will continue selling these air fresheners throughout the month of January.
So please visit the Clintonville Moo Moo on North High Street just north of Graceland or see Tammy to buy a few!
grateful for our volunteers
Have you trusted Jesus for your salvation?
The Bible says we can only get to heaven by trusting in God through his Son, Jesus Christ. And we don’t have to earn God’s love or work our way into heaven. The Bible says, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast”(Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV).
If you haven’t trusted in Jesus and committed to following him, why wait any longer? If you’re ready to step across that line and make a decision to believe in Jesus Christ and follow him, pray this prayer:
“Dear Jesus, you have promised that if I believe in you, everything I’ve ever done wrong will be forgiven, I will learn the purpose of my life, and you will accept me into your eternal home in heaven one day.
“I confess my sin, and I believe that you are my Savior. You have promised that if I confess my sin and trust you, I will be saved. I trust you when you say salvation comes by grace, through faith, and not by anything I do. I receive you into my life as my Lord. Today I’m turning over every part of my life to your management. You have the right to call the shots in my life.
“Jesus, I want to relax in your love. Thank you that I don’t have to earn it or work for it. I want to use the rest of my life to serve you instead of serving myself. I humbly commit my life to you and ask you to save me and accept me into your family. In your name I pray. Amen.” from Daily Hope by Rick Warren.
easy no $ ways to donate
A Target gift card is the 4th easy way. Thank you to 2 of our newest volunteers, Terry Trubiano and Maggie Travers who have offered to send gift card request letters to area Target stores and pick up the gift cards. If you would like to pick up a card once a month at a store near you, please email Terry at email@example.com
Thank you for your support, which helps us reach out to needy people in Central Ohio in Jesus' Name, following His command, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:18 ESV
Community Involvement --moo moo cares!
Kalynn, Tammy's daughter, and Andrew work at the Clintonville Moo Moo Car Wash located at 5160 North High Street just north of Graceland Shopping Center. When Kalynn learned that Moo Moo has a program to donate funds a local nonprofit, she requested that it would be God's Hygiene. Corporate approved! Now through New Year's Eve, the employees will sell air fresheners for just $1 to their customers. Up to $1,000 will be donated to God's Hygiene Help Center. We feel so blessed. So when you get your car washed, think about supporting our ministry.
redi quik installs our new sign and mailbox!
God...will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10
POLICE AND TAMMY REACH OUT TO HOMELESS
In fact, helping and encouraging others is a way to show love for Him. Hebrews 6:10 says, “[God] will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people.” And no gift from His hand is unimportant: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace” (1 Peter 4:10). from Our Daily Bread, November 9, 2020
pact - operation autumn hope
A large group of Columbus Police officers, along with all of the Community Liaison officers recently participated in a program for a week called Operation Autumn Hope. It was held the end of October 2020 and involved over 60 agencies statewide--the largest operation on trafficking in Ohio. On Zoom on Veterans' Day we joined Deputy Chief Knight along with Officer Zacher and other officers to cover the work recently done and how this will help our area!
Community Response Bureau - Community Impact Section
The PACT Unit, through the use of team enforcement action, community engagement, coordination with social services, and other elements of the criminal justice system, will respond to complaints and concerns related to prostitution, liquor, tobacco, gambling and nuisance activities. The PACT Unit focuses on reducing the recruitment of women into prostitution and assist those women already involved in prostitution into leaving. You can contact the PACT unit at PACT@columbuspolice.org or 614-645-8678.
Police and Community Together (PACT) is trying to break the cycle of prostitution and addiction so the victim is not back out there the next day. Deputy Chief Jennifer Knight leads the PACT team. Arrest is the 1st step to provide services to the victims to separate them from the traffickers and provide a safe place. Survivors often relate, "The officers saved my life when they took me to jail."
The Task Force provided resources, medical triage, debriefed them, helped solve local crime and homicides. The victims talk to counselors in a secure area and show them kindness by providing them with a meal. The victims respond, "This is the nicest thing I have received in months!"
Statistics: 177 arrests statewide. Columbus had 80 of them. 100 were rescued. Recovered 77 missing children! In Columbus it involved 3 areas: North and South Linden, West side Sullivant Avenue, and the South Side.
Judge Jodi Thomas is excited to take over CATCH Court from Judge Herbert. She heard a survivor share her story with 7 other female victims. The judge was impressed with the care given to the women, even if arrested, on her ride along with an officer. Some of the women make their way to CATCH (Changing Actions to Change Habits) Court, a specialized docket for human trafficking victims. where they can be sent to treatment. Community partners like the Salvation Army are needed and important.
A question was asked if they still had John School. Yes, and they learn the impact of their behavior on the community. But they need real penalties. 1st time offense the fine is $74; it is the same fine for the John's 10th offense! A traffic ticket fine is $150!
dignity donor COORDINATORs
Welcome to Paul and Peggy Nordman as our new Dignity Donor Coordinators!
We have launched our annual monthly partnership program, DIGNITY DONORS. We are inviting you to become a supporting member of DIGNITY DONORS. Your monthly donation will ensure families receive essential hygiene products, e.g., for just $40 a month, you can provide FIVE families with vital hygiene products for an entire month, giving them dignity and hope.
For every new DIGNITY DONOR we receive, an anonymous donor has offered to match pledges received through the end of 2020 with a one-time gift of up to $5,000!! We are humbled by this generous gift and we hope that it inspires you to prayerfully consider joining us and even increasing your impact.
It is easy to become a DIGNITY DONOR. You can sign up on our website in a few simple steps:
1. Go to our website: www.godshygiene.org
2. Click on “Become a Monthly Dignity Donor”
3. You will see a brief description of the program – click on the link “Become a Monthly Dignity Donor”
4. Complete the personal and financial information and you are all signed up!
it is finished!
hygiene help for community centers
You should meet our amazing Inventory Coordinator, Lesley Tate. God's Hygiene is so blessed to have her experience volunteering at our new warehouse. Lesley counts the inventory, orders new stock, picks up boxes of bleach and more at several stores and then delivers to the Oakland Park warehouse. Anybody looking for a flexible volunteer position? Please contact Terry or Lesley to see how you can help pick up ordered products at a store.
Most of November Lesley has been busy ordering enough products to stock God's Hygiene at 3 Columbus Community Centers:
DOUGLAS COMMUNITY CENTER Center Manager - Manney Clarke, 1250 Windsor Ave. Columbus, OH 43211 (614) 645-7407.
BARACK COMMUNITY CENTER Center Manager - Mark Stansbery, 580 Woodrow Ave., Columbus, OH 43207 (614) 645-3610
FAR EAST COMMUNITY CENTER Center Manager - Roger Harper, 1826 Lattimer Dr., Columbus, OH 43227 (614) 645-3159.
The need for dignity and basic hygiene is so great and hoping we can continue to help them during this pandemic. If clients or their children are registered for activities at the Center, they may be able to pick up a bag of 4 hygiene items once a month from the Center Manager or his staff. Contact each Center for hours.
Thank you to those thoughtful donors who have donated $ or turkeys to GHHC for Thanksgiving. Of course, Tammy always knows the families in need. She was so excited to have won the turkey given away by Cook's IGA on Oakland Park. But right away she gave it to her neighbor Freddie Adkins who has a wife and two young children. When he came to Tammy's door asking for something to eat, she had given them a big jar of peanut butter donated to GHHC, along with a loaf of bread, hot dogs and buns.
As we all know, Tammy has such a huge heart and has never learned the word no. Even though 6 different resources were posted on our Facebook page where to pick up a free turkey, Tammy still bought and gave away turkeys to at least 3 families.
Surprise visit!! Haugland Learning Center gave turkeys to staff on Friday, November 20. With a few extra and some people choosing to donate, the kids and Kristi got to take 12 turkeys down to God's Hygiene Help Center for them to feed hungry families. Bonus that they got to see one of their favorite people. We love you Miss Tammy!
In less than an hour, the turkeys were given away to 3 veterans and families in need in the Linden neighborhood. Tammy sent them to St. Stephen's turkey drive through to get the "fixings".
“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