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
PROJECT WARM HAS STARTED
IN KIND DONATIONS
we love our caring police officers
We have the most utmost respect for our Columbus police officers, especially our liaison Officer Alesia Zacher. Late one afternoon Tammy received a phone call from the officer. "Come with me. A "John" has just dumped a "working girl" out of his car on Hudson. She is dying in the arms of her friend.
Tammy remembered the abuse and pain of her former life and reached out to "Sarah" age 42 to share her testimony, counsel her and try to convince her that she too can get a better life.
Book bags were given to the kids who saw a shooting from their home while they were doing homework. The young person ran, while shot, through their yard and died across the street from their home. The kids saw all of the turmoil, and yelling and screaming, the police outside, taping off the scene, guarding their back yard. Officer Alesia as able to return to the neighborhood to show love and caring to the kids and mother.
From donations of Carol Thacker, GHHC also has been able to give to Officer Zacher and Officer Jim Poole: 2 cases of adult diapers, 200 Blessing Bags for the streets, 10 blankets, 20 pairs of gloves, few hats, scarves, some socks, school supplies of 4 backpacks and 8 notebooks.
One of our men helping with remodeling upstairs shared today how much it meant to him when an officer helped his son and gave these items to his grandkids.
We just wish everyone in Columbus could hear about the caring that our police officers show to members of the community.
kits of kindness
ODW Logisticswww.odwlogistics.com held a hygiene drive supporting local charities. There is a great need for personal hygiene products in pantries and programs within our communities. Hygiene products are among the most requested items, but are not donated as often as food or household goods.
In concert with their customer partners, ODW Logistics; philanthropy team, the Reach Out Rangers, launched an initiative: "Kits of Kindness." They assembled "kits" where several personal hygiene items are placed in a bag, then boxed and delivered to local charitable organizations for individuals and families in need. Their goal was to build at least 2,000 kits, which will be distributed in Central Ohio and Southern California. God's Hygiene was blessed to receive 500 of those Kits of Kindness.
Officer Alesia Zacher was the first to receive 20 Kits of Kindness for her wellness checks. Evangelist Priscilla McCullough picked up 20 Kits of Kindness for members of New Hope Global Community Church in Linden. The managers of the community centers which we partner with each picked up 100 Kits of Kindness: Barack, Douglas and Far East Side to distribute to their families during October for Halloween and November for Thanksgiving. The rest of the kits will be distributed from God's Hygiene Help Center on Oakland Park.
embark and kindway
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 NIV
insulating our warehouse
“Through Christ, God made peace between us and himself, and God gave us the work of telling everyone about the peace we can have with him.”2 Corinthians 5:18 (NCV)
BLESSING BOX SANDWICHES
watch and pray by Bob Apel
Thank you Bob Apel for creating this pencil on mylar artwork for the 7 Day Bible Art Challenge on display at UALC at Mill Run. Sales of prints will benefit God's Hygiene Help Center. Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org to order your desired size of print.
tammy hears from the Holy Spirit
"Stay in and be at peace. It's ok not to understand everything. Calm down. Don't try to work everything out. I will make the right things happen. Tammy, don't worry, you will get heat for the upstairs at the warehouse." That day we got heat!
A woman had reached out crying to Tammy 4 times. She lived in a domestic abuse situation and appealed to Tammy to call the police. Instead Tammy called CHOICES and just handed the phone to the woman. That's another reason Tammy opened up God's Hygiene Help Center--to share resources and hope with others.
"I long for you to trust Me enough to be fully yourself with Me. When you are real with Me, I am able to bring out the best in you: the very gifts I have planted in your soul." from Dear Jesus page 60
But the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1 John 4:4
serving at new warehouse and help center
Thanks to Redi Quick Signs, a family owned and operated small business, we now have signs out front on Oakland Park and beside our Help Center door. Now it will be easier for people to find our new Help Center and Warehouse to leave donations or pick up needed hygiene and cleaning items.
God's Hygiene is filling a real need in the Linden community. The first week our new help center was open we served 50 clients. Nearly every person is a new client. Because of COVID-19, we set up card tables outside so they can complete their order form to choose 6 hygiene or cleaning items. Then a volunteer goes inside the warehouse to fill the order into a new pink GHHC giveaway bag. Clients can also choose a free Christian book and any free community resources including Our Daily Bread. Notice the newly painted white area in the middle photo below. Our fabulous mural artist Debby Campbell is adding another mural of a young boy and girl with soap bubbles.
Minerva Behavioral Health is a drug rehab facility on Medina Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. It is a Substance Abuse Residential Rehab Facility and provides treatment to people with drug addiction and other substance abuse problems. They have a 30 day residential program after devoting at Maryhaven, Talbot Hall, etc. The residents of this sober living program discovered GHHC is within walking distance so each day some of their new clients visit us. Two of the ladies and one man have volunteered at the Help Center. Andrea continues as a regular volunteer and Tammy has taken her under her wing to get boxes of food and clothes. On September 27 she was very happy to attend our modern worship service at Mill Run.
It's all about Tammy sharing free community resources with the clients so she has driven clients to Salvation Army on Karl Road for their drive through food pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am until noon. Tammy has stood near the Salvation Army to refer some of their clients to God's Hygiene for hygiene and we are telling our clients about the free food box drive through.
God's Hygiene is blessed that we have Evangelist Priscilla "Prays on Purpose" McCullough coming to pray with our clients. Some of us cleaned out our bookshelves and now everyone picking up hygiene may choose their own Christian book. We are glad to accept any inkind donations from your home collection. Priscilla now wants to start up our Prayer Gathering/Bible Study on Thursdays 12 - 12:45 pm.
We are in need of volunteers to serve once or twice a month either helping stock hygiene or filling client orders. We have a lot of fun serving together. This week we had a new volunteer who wanted to get out of his house. John, who happens to be in a wheelchair scooter, helps set up, waters the flowers and greets the clients. Please let Terry, Lesley Tate or Diane know if you are interested. You may also complete a simple application at https://www.godshygiene.org/volunteer.html
God will use His wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need. Philippians 4:19
Help me, Lord, to wait for Your perfect timing. And while I wait, teach me to live the way You want me to. I will follow You!
another WAREHOUSE mural
taking care of our community
a There was an extra shelf upstairs at our warehouse so we let our wonderful police liaison Officer Alesia Zacher take it. She placed it in police substation #5 at 11th and Cleveland Avenues. Tammy stocked it with adult Depends and other basic hygiene items she had at her Howey Road Help Center. Our Officer uses the items when making wellness checks in the community.
Would you believe that GHHC helped clothe over 7 children this month--two sets of twins, a newborn and a 2 year old? Tammy's friend Melissa agreed to watch a baby for a short time. Several weeks have now passed and the baby is still with Melissa and then she found out it is her boyfriend's child. Tammy talked to a foster mother who had just received a set of twins and needed clothes. The very next day Sue Zerman came to Tammy's house with lots of donated little mostly new baby outfits. Thanks for listening to God to shop those garage sales.
Kids in need seem to flock to Tammy and it hurts her heart to see children barefoot and without clothes. She has given out 25 pairs of flip-flops plus name brand tennis shoes--one pair to a man in exchange for helping in the upstairs at the warehouse and the other pair to a homeless man.
Neighbors are falling in love with Tammy and our Blessing Box. Now they are donating boxes of food including fresh produce so on some days, the Blessing Box is overflowing.
Paul Nordman wrote about Tammy and God's Hygiene Help Center through his daily blog 3 years ago. A woman just read it and reached out to Paul how to connect with God's Hygiene. Even though the new Help Center was closed for the week, Tammy served the young woman from her Howey Center and also requested a box of food be delivered to her. A couch or dressers are also needed. God is so good!
Below are pics of another angel who helps serve at God's Hygiene--Sue Zerman.
upstairs at warehouse
Before winter comes, we still need to add insulation in the upstairs "office" at our warehouse. Tammy's only brother Ross had offered to provide the materials and labor to remodel the upstairs. But as a number of you are aware, Ross recently has had 2 surgeries for his heart and repair the mesh in his intestines. Because of COVID our donations have decreased so we need to wait a few months to pay for needed insulation.
News Flash! James, who has worked with Ross for years, has offered to remodel the upstairs for free! He began work on September 18. Thank you James! Others have helped put insulation in, hauled stuff away and we are hoping some UALC members may help add the finishing touches.
Far East community center
Dr. Ce Ce Harris of Columbus Recreation and Parks came to our Because School Matters event and then stayed and volunteered with her children. She saw how the parents appreciated the giveaway, so she decided to plan one for the Far East Community Center. Since the community centers support God's Hygiene where we hope to open up future help centers, GHHC donated some funds for hygiene for their giveaway as well as loaning safety cones and clipboards.
On September 22 Terry, Lesley and Diane met with Roger Harper, Manager of the Far East Community Center to discuss opening a new God's Hygiene Help Center in their building located near Walnut Ridge High School. They have a secure closet with shelves behind their front counter where staff will serve clients. Now we need to contact their neighborhood churches and service organizations to see if they can help support a new GHHC.
Since we will be serving so many more clients in the near future, our operating budget has also increased even though we buy hygiene at discount prices. It would be such a blessing if you would consider becoming a monthly dignity donor. Please click here www.godshygiene.org/donate.html to set up your automatic donations. Thank you!
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7 NIV
Cold weather is on the way. We will be starting our annual Project Warm. Thank you that the UALC knitting group already plans to use donated yarn to create scarves and hats. You may bring your donations to the Mill Run worship service on Sunday mornings and give to either Diane, Terry or Lesley Tate. During the week you may bring to our new Help Center/Warehouse located at 1402 Oakland Park Avenue on Tuesday and Thursdays 9:30am - 1pm. We have given out all our regular size Bibles and pocket New Testaments. Clients are so appreciative to receive their own Bible and a Christian book to read. Thank you.
SUPER special VOLUNTEERS
We want to recognize 3 of our amazing new volunteers: Terry Trubiano accepted the position as our Gift Card Coordinator. Target and WalMart stores will donate $25-$100 gift cards to God's Hygiene once a month if we send a letter and a volunteer offers to pick it up. If you live close to one of those stores and want to help, please contact her at Ttrubiano@gmail.com
John Willis is our very dependable volunteer at our new Oakland Park Help Center. He arrives at 9:30 am every Tuesday and Thursday to set up the tables, chairs, resource sheets and free Christian books. John retired from the business he started--I Am Good Peanuts. Tammy met him at Dollar General the first week we were open and after he visited as a client, asked if he could volunteer. We so appreciate his dedication and he can really deliver the client orders quickly on his electric scooter.
Andrea Yantone was thinking about a young woman named "Rabbit" who once lived in her same apartment building 20-30 years ago. She was walking on Oakland Park and saw that our new God's Hygiene Help Center was open. Andrea and Tammy couldn't believe their eyes when they recognized each other! She also has become a dependable volunteer and helps fill client orders in our warehouse. Andrea previously worked as a cosmetologist which will be great when we offer free haircuts for kids at a future event.
We invite you to become one of our super special volunteers. Please complete the simple online application at https://www.godshygiene.org/volunteer.html or ask Terry Starr or Diane. There are positions available with no contact with clients as well as being a welcoming greeter.
because school matters giveaway
ribbon cutting and grand opening of new help center
THE BLESSING BOX WHICH KEEPS ON BLESSING
Tammy shared this message, "My neighbor has received many people 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. 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." Thank you Judy Shuff, Sue Zerman and The Food Soldier for helping stock our Blessing Box at 3022 Howey Road.
A mother of 5 visited the Blessing Box. We were able to have ICC deliver a box of food to the family. The next day Debby returned "to pay it forward." She is a super couponer; she then shopped and donated 20 tubes of toothpaste, and more!
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentation 3:22-23
god's hygiene new warehouse
CLEAN START BASKETS
After Paul Sparks installed the new floor, he called GHHC that 2 men in the Embark program were being released. So Tammy got busy packing two huge Clean Start Basket. Our donors make it possible for us to show others "where love wins." The recipients in these programs are ever so grateful to have cleaning items and basic hygiene all because they are children of God.
Romans 8:28 God causes ALL things to work together for good to those who love him and are called according to his purposes.
BECAUSE SCHOOL MATTERS