divine dignity 2022
Praise God! Thank you to all who attended and especially to our new volunteer, Betsy Moore, who applied to help at our Oakland Park Help Center beginning September 27. God must have nudged her how much we needed more volunteers! Welcome to Betsy!
Terry Starr will be sharing a report and additional photos in October.
Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.
Psalms 27:14 AMP
gratitude from angelique caldwell
I would like to express my gratitude to God’s Hygiene Help Center. I am so thankful for my longtime friend Tammy Jewel without her God’s Hygiene would not exist. It is her vision and passion to help everyday people like myself. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic. I am in a rehabilitation program at Phoenix Integrated Behavioral Health Center. I am eternally grateful for the women and men at GHHC. The staff and volunteers have inspired me by their generous gifts each and every month. There are so many times that Tammy has touched my heart, mostly by being the person that she is. As I recall one day she gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and she gracefully smiled and said “These are for you because you're so beautiful.” Tears came to my eyes as we hugged. “ I never thought I would receive a bouquet of flowers and 2 rolls of toilet paper in one day! “
I always look forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays at Oakland Park Help Center location. I not only get to see my longtime friend’s gorgeous face but I get to experience the loving kindness of the ladies who work for her at GHHC. There have been days when we all felt led to pray. So we circled up and prayed to the LORD. These ladies have become my family.
I am amazed and reminded everyday of just how good God is. His beautiful reflection shines so brightly on each and every person involved in this ministry. God’s Hygiene Help Center’s mission is to see people's lives changed. I am living proof!
I have been a client at Phoenix Integrated Behavioral Health for over 6 months now. I came in their doors a very broken person. I was in and out of rehabs. Seven to be exact. I knew I had to get sober. I had hit rock bottom. I was homeless and I had nowhere to go. I had exhausted all of my resources. I wanted so desperately to rebuild my life. A friend told me about a place called Phoenix. It was then that I began to feel a glimmer of hope. Phoenix has given me a place to live and I participate in Intensive Outpatient Treatment 5 times a week and two counseling sessions a week. I love Phoenix. Since I have been sober I am establishing life goals. One of them is to go back to Columbus College of Art and Design and pursue my love for painting. I am especially thankful for the love and support of my family. My Mom is my Hero. I would like to personally thank God’s Hygiene Help Center for restoring hope and dignity into my life. Thank You.
Psalm 18. 1 I love you, Lord, my strength.2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.
16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
school dignity boxes
Volunteers at our Oakland Park Help Center are now packing School Dignity Boxes for 6 schools: Hamilton STEM, Duxberry Alternative, Como Elementary, Linden McKinley STEM, Windsor Academy and The Shepard School. Items included are 25 bars of soap, 25 toothbrushes and toothpaste, 25 deodorants, feminine products, hand sanitizer and wipes. Since they are also being requested, we bought boys' and girls' underpants in various sizes and also added small adult pull-ups. The schools are so appreciative. When Javier Negrete Jr, School-Family-Community Coordinator, came to pick up their boxes, he surprised us with this huge thank you poster signed by the elementary students. Since Hamilton has a washing machine for students in need to use, we also gave them laundry detergent.
Education is so important. Tammy remembers growing up the embarrassment and bullying from not having basic dignity items like soap.
thank you from a client
My name is Stephanie. I am a client in Phoenix Integrated Health, Rehab Treatment Program. I wanted to let it be known that GHHC, Tammy and their staff have been a big part of my recovery. They've helped with hygiene and clothes when I needed them, and also they have shown me support and love. That helped me get back my self respect to show myself and to others. They are truly a blessing from God. They are my angels.
Tammy has given me and other clients when needed whatever help she can, and if she can't, she points us in the right direction to get the help. Thank you GHHC for being a big part of my life and the community. I now have my self esteem, self respect, self worth which was a part of my life that I'd lost a long time ago. Thank you Tammy and GHHC staff!
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm. Isaiah 25:4
medina recovery residential
Today a number of residents of Medina Recovery walked over to our Oakland Park Help Center to get needed hygiene items. When our volunteers found out they all wanted and needed Bibles, our Bible Coordinator, Bonnie Johnston, was happy to give them each their own Bible. Thank you for your continued donations of Bibles and Christian books.
We also got to meet and talk with Donna, the counselor of Malik, our super volunteer greeter.
Please let say thank you for welcoming me and showing the wonderful work you are doing across the street from us. I was so moved by the love felt just coming through those doors. I wanted to share some notes when asked from some of our clients.
Not only did they help me with my own personal hygiene needs, but they also helped me get diapers for my youngest child. Russ
GHHC has helped supplied each and all of us in our house here at Medina with vital hygiene and cleaning needs. They are loving and supportive. Jimmy
GHHC has helped me by giving the necessities I would have gone without had it not been for them. I am so grateful for the love the showed me. Jennifer
The Help Center across the street has helped me when I had nothing in the way of hygiene. I was so afraid of what I was going to do when I got here. They offered me what I needed in addition to supportive smiling faces. Dodee
The thing that strikes me about GHHC across the street, they not only give out hygiene products to those in need, but they are people that make you feel good about who you are. Dawn
I believe it is helpful for those like myself who don’t have much to have these wonderful people across the street who give from the heart and really care. Donnie
The way GHHC across the street has touched me is the gift of free hygiene and cleaning needs. This is a must for me! They helped me realize, I am not alone, help is out there. Ken
The Help Center across the street is a good thing for people who need their hygiene needs met. And they not only do that, but they also really care. They are great people for those of us in need. Grady
Thank you again, you have helped our community in more ways with your kind giving hearts to those in need. It was so nice to meet all of you. Thank you again and let me know if I can be of help.
Donna Chapman, Clinical Supervisor, Medina Residential
Today at our Oakland Park Help Center (OPHC) we served 91 clients for a total of 582 clients this month! That is a new high total. OPHC needs an increase in their monthly budget. Thank you for your continued prayers and support so we can offer dignity to so many in need.
MEDINA SUCCESS STORY
ICC BLESSING BAGS
GHHC WAREHOUSE VAN
A huge thank you to Upper Arlington Lutheran Church for donating a cargo van to God's Hygiene Help Center. As founder and president, Tammy Jewell signed the papers for this beautiful vehicle this month.
Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
support for a single mom
helping a family in need
Tammy's brother Ross had been working in the same neighborhood for several weeks. He noticed a family of 5 children living with their 75 year old grandma, "Mrs. Pat." He found out that the mother was in prison and the father was a drug addict. Ross shared with Tammy that the kids wore the same dirty clothes every time he saw them. He also saw they were sleeping in the living room with just blankets. Unfortunately they did not want to involve the Bed Brigade.
Tammy's big heart and her spirit went into action. She packed up a Clean Start Basket with sets of towels, cleaning and basic hygiene items. Then Ross and Julia Ross went clothes shopping for the children ages 3, 4, 5, 11 and 14. They bought each one several outfits including 4 pairs of gloves, 2 hats, 3 pairs of socks for 3 year old. They also gave them 2 air mattresses so they would not need to sleep on the floor.The grandma didn't know what to say and just cried. The kids were laughing and happy about their new clothes. There are so many families living like this with grandma trying to keep the children together. Now they have hygiene besides food.
“It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others." Ephesians 2:10 (TLB)
because school matters
Thank you to the 60+ volunteers including about a dozen children for making our 8th annual event such a success. In just over an hour 375 backpacks were given away along with slices of pizza, Cheryl's Cookies, bottled water, fresh peaches and hand sanitizer. The morning drive through went so fast! The participants were so appreciative. We felt sorry we had to turn cars away with disappointed parents and students. Diane then posted on Facebook about the big 2022 Ready to Go Back to School Family Resource Fair with Columbus City Schools on August 20 plus printed copies to hand out to clients the next week.
Tammy: "Thank you to everyone. Everyone was absolutely wonderful and amazing. It was God's gift to the community. It was a blessing to be serving the Lord with our sisters and brothers in Christ. Thank you so much. Words cannot express by gratitude."
Comments from some of our volunteers:
Absolutely wonderful day! The preparation that went into the event must have been overwhelming at times, but our God saw it through and showed up in a mighty way!
To serve our brothers and sisters in need. So much need. We work together as a team. Thanks! (I need a nap. lol)
It is always a blessing to serve with you.
God is in control. We are His children.
So many smiles and happy faces today.
Great, great job BLUE SHIRTS! You made the plans and put your heart into the effort. God blessed it!
Great job Tammy and Diane!! Thank you to all who helped! It was great!
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. Ephesians 1:15-16
thank you therapy dog unit
linden mckinley golf classic
This summer we would like to express our sincere thanks for your generosity and continued support of our mission to improve the lives of people affected by poverty. We couldn't do our important work without the dedication of caring people like you. During the month of August we served 505 clients at our Oakland Park Help Center!
Your kindness is helping our clients remember God's faithful promise in Isaiah 41:10 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.
Thanks to you, so many who are dismayed and struggling with fear are finding courage--and hope in Christ. If it wasn't for generous supporters like you, this couldn't happen. Thank you for making so much possible. We're deeply grateful for you.
A CARGO VAN FOR GHHC!!
Imagine our delight when Karen Kemp of the UALC Mission Committee called last week to say that UALC and the Mission Committee had approved the purchase of a cargo van for GHHC! What an amazing answer to our prayers and a true blessing!! Tammy and I started talking and praying about the huge need for a cargo van 2 years ago!! And God has answered our prayers through UALC and the Mission Committee!
Bob Masheter, a friend and long-time supporter of GHHC, started looking for a cargo van for us. There was a very limited supply, but he found one that he thought would suit our needs! His company, Dick Masheter Ford, provided a service checkup and routine maintenance to be sure it was safe and ready for us! Our staff has had to use 2 to 3 of our personal SUVs every week to pick up and delivery hygiene products and bags! Often, we needed to make several trips to pick up all of the hygiene products from the stores. We just needed to borrow a van for Because School Matters from Dr. CeCe Harris and the City of Columbus. Tammy and I, our staff and board members give our heartfelt THANKS to UALC, Jonathan Nasby, Bob Masheter, Dave Mann, Karen Kemp, and the Mission Committee for this incredible gift!!
It will be put to good use! God is SO good all of the time!!
loofas! loofas! LOOFAS!
Our friend Dan Raver, who helped build our warehouse with equipment and shelving from ODW Logistics, called to say that one of their suppliers PPI had an excess amount of loofas and were looking for an organization which could use them. We said YES!! We give out hygiene products to our clients, but we love to add special items that our clients love!! So Dan and the driver Corey arranged to bring 8 pallets of loofas to the warehouse. Two pallets were dropped off at the Oakland Park Help Center and
six pallets were brought to the warehouse. We unloaded 130 boxes of loofas which is almost 5000!! What an amazing and special gift for us to add to each hygiene bag!! We love to give dignity and hope through hygiene and special gifts that our clients love. God bless Dan, Corey, ODW, and PPI for giving us the wonderful gift of loofas!!
partners with bed brigade
At 7:45 am on August 25 Dale Cory called Tammy. He had just delivered beds to a a family in Hilliard and they needed more help. The father had walked out with all the furniture. There was a mother, 6 month old twins, 14 year old and 17 year old sisters. Could God's Hygiene please help?
Thank you to Pam Diehl who had just donated sets of thick towels a few weeks ago. Our volunteers got busy packing up all the basic cleaning products, hygiene items, diapers, plus school supplies and any extra items we could find. The next day Tammy stopped at two food pantries on the way to deliver the Clean Start Basket to the family along with resources to get help.
Dale says they have no transportation and need local support in Hilliard as well as a mentor.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains--
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121
On Tuesday, August 16 we were happy to welcome Jonathan Nasby, Partnership and Mobilization Pastor at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church to volunteer at our Oakland Park Help Center. He posted on the Mill Run Community Facebook page: This morning I had the pleasure of visiting one of our primary local mission partners, God's Hygiene Help Center. While I was there I ran into a familiar face! Carolyne helps distribute hygiene products during the week and works to keep us safe during services on the Security Team at UALC! I love that I get to see people serving in and outside the church! Want to get involved? Find out more at www.ualc.org/serve
We invite you to come check us out any Tuesday or Thursday to see if you would like to join our other wonderful volunteers helping serve those in need. We are open 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and water, coffee and lunch are provided at 1402 Oakland Park in the parking lot next to Donato's Pizza.
Dedicated Senior Medical Center has partnered with God's Hygiene because of our aligned values of love, accountability and passion.
Dedicated provides high-quality care personalized for seniors. They coordinate your care while offering the convenience of services in one place.
Their centers offer:
serving the homeless
Proverbs 3:27 says, “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them”(NLT).
If, for example, you see someone who is experiencing homelessness, don’t say, “I’ve got to help the homeless someday.” Instead, help right then. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 11:4, “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done”(TLB).
There’s never a “perfect” time to do anything. Plus, you’re not even guaranteed tomorrow. In John 9:4 Jesus says, “All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, for there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end” (TLB).
Finally, the last time you should move quickly is the most important. You should move quickly when God offers salvation. God has offered you salvation, and today is the day to accept it.
When I was a teenager, I had a poster on my bedroom wall that said, “Not to decide is to decide.”
When you say, “Not yet,” you’re actually saying no to Christ. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “Right now God is ready to welcome you. Today he is ready to save you” (TLB).
Pastor Rick Warren's Daily Hope, August 15, 2022
Vacation bible school
Thank you to Upper Arlington Lutheran Church and Peace Church for making us their 2022 VBS Mission Partner. Through both of these programs, we collected over 3,000 items with an estimated value of over $8,000!
because school matters
A great deal of planning, shopping and work goes into having our annual backpack giveaway. Because of the wonderful donations from Upper Arlington Lutheran Church and our supporters, this year we are giving out 550 backpacks filled with school supplies. Thank you to Terry Trubiano and Sue Bauchmoyer for coordinating the school supplies for the backpacks. And thank you to Pat Cleary for helping us to buy the school supplies at a reduced cost.
GHHC is so grateful that we had wonderful volunteers who helped to pack the backpacks. The UALC staff used their Volunteer Day to stuff the backpacks with these extra supplies. And the Bible Study small group including Terry Trubiano, Sue Bauchmoyer, and Dawn Griebel packed the backpacks as well.
Thank you, thank you to all of you! We could not complete this project without your assistance!
We have asked Dr. CeCe Harris for Columbus Parks and Recreation's van to pick up 400 backpacks to deliver to Huy Elementary for the giveaway. Each hygiene help centers will receive 50 backpacks to given out in their communities: Douglas Community Center, Far East Community Center and the Dodge Community Center.
We have been recruiting volunteers for our event on Saturday, August 13. Tammy was able to solicit 1200 bottles of water, $80 worth of ice, 1000 Cheryl's Cookies, 75-100 pizzas, and 15 safety cones.
New this year: Community resources at Medina Middle School include 104.9 The River, Access One free phones, Action for Children, Care Source, Celebrate One, City of Columbus, Helping Hands Health & Wellness, Linden Market free apples, Medicaid, North Community Counseling, God's Hygiene and others.
Thank you to the wonderful businesses which are supporting our event:
Cheryl's Cookies, D & M Distributors (safety cones), Donato's, Eldorado’s (bottled water), Homegrown Smiles (free toothbrush kits), IGA Cook's Oakland Park, Kroger, Pizza Burg, Pizza Hut, #Thrivent and Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, and Zacks Corner Stop.
Psalm 84:11-12 ~ For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you.
thrivent packs bags for GHHC
Diane was so pleased to receive this email from an associate of her Thrivent financial and insurance agent. It was a great deja vu moment because Diane for years would apply for Thrivent Action Team projects to support activities and projects of God's Hygiene Help Center:
I work with Jeff Ritter in the Reynoldsburg Office and I had an idea that he thought you might be able to help with. I (Thrivent) is one of the sponsors at the Linden-McKinley Golf Classic held on Saturday, August 6 at New Albany Links Golf Club. The event raises money for the Linden-McKinley Football Program. I had the idea of also using a Thrivent Action Team at the event to buy supplies for the golfers to stuff Blessing Bags to support the community. Since God’s Hygiene Help Center is located in the Linden Community, I thought this activity would be a way to showcase the member benefits of Thrivent and also be added support for the Linden Community. Does this makes sense? Would you be able to put me in touch with the correct person at the Help Center to coordinate?
Joe Mulpas, CPA*, Financial Advisor, Northeast Advisor Group, Central Ohio Group
Our wonderful volunteer Brenda Andracki agreed to contact Joe. She shared with him the hygiene products most often requested by our clients according to Peggy who helps pack orders at our Oakland Park Help Center. Brenda also offered to attend the Linden McKinley Golf Classic to share with the 100+ golfers about our mission here at GHHC. We will provide the hygiene bags for them and also our promotional brochures to give to the golfers.
Thank you Thrivent, Joe and Brenda!
In late July, Erin Arnett contacted Terry to ask about getting hygiene bags for the FESTA teen helpers who helped with the Summer Lunch program. They discussed what hygiene items would best suit the teens' needs. The request was for 25 bags for teen girls and 25 bags for teen boys.
Terry, working with Chris Bumpass, Resources Manager, and Lesley Tate, Operations Manager, ordered and picked up hygiene products and bags for the teen helpers. Thank you to Brian and Luke Chandler for packing the teen hygiene bags.
Erin picked up the hygiene bags on Monday to give out to the teen helpers during the final week of the Summer Lunch program.
"I was thrilled to get hugs and see them there today! This last week at camp is very important as our teens can hopefully be there to get camp shirts, backpacks filled with school supplies, and hygiene bags from God’s Hygiene Help Center filled with personal care products."
Donor Relations Coordinator
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Dodge community hygiene help center
We truly just want to thank you for all your help and support in providing Dodge with the hygiene items we need to help serve and support our local community. We’ve heard countless people share their stories along with their gratitude for what we are currently doing and offering. Community members who are now able to purchase more food instead of spending massive amounts of money on hygiene products, some community members who are able to start saving for back to school items for their children since extra money is scarce, grandmothers who are taking care of their kid’s kids’ who need any type of support they can get, I could tell you the stories all day. We really are just truly grateful for the partnership that’s formed and are looking forward to helping that partnership flourish as much as possible in the future! THANK YOUUUUU!
All the best,
Nikki Van Dine, MBA, CPRP
Dodge Recreation Center
Helping hands health & wellness center
Helping Hands Health & Wellness Center is very thankful for the partnership we share with God’s Hygiene Help Center! As a Divine Dignity Hygiene Closet, we receive 25 hygiene bags each month to give to our patients that come to us for medical care. As a community, faith-based, free medical clinic we serve patients who are uninsured/underinsured and low income. These hygiene bags provide individuals with the hygiene, personal care, and cleaning supplies that they need. Our patients express how thankful they are to receive these bags! We wouldn’t be able to provide this wonderful gift without God’s Hygiene Help Center- thank you from all of us at Helping Hands!
Allison Smith, Operations Manage
Months ago one of our regular clients named Donna asked if we could collect and donate special items for Christmas bags for shut ins at their church. Thanks to HARP, we had some new Christmas stockings as well as some Bath and Body items. This month we met the President of the St. James the Less Women’s Club.
Lou Ann shared, "At Christmas we do between 20 and 25 Christmas bags for our shut ins at church. I think soaps, creams, tooth brushes and tooth paste, any thing along these lines would be so welcomed. I am not sure about the adult diapers but will check and let you know. Thank you so much for all of your help. It is greatly appreciated."
1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
volunteers at oakland park help center
Welcome to Carolyne Uhas Graff who talked to Tammy at UALC at Mill Run about wanting to help where most needed. Of course that is serving our clients at our Oakland Park Help Center. We are so grateful that Carolyne can help one day a week for a few hours
Thank you to the two sons of Pedros and Ruth Asgedom who came to volunteer one day. Tammy did not call anyone to ask for help. Only God could have led Pedros to call her to offer help if we needed it. The two young men Simon (older) and Lukas Estifanos were an answer to prayer since we were short handed that day. Bonnie spends the summer with her husband at their place in Michigan. Diane had taken her granddaughter on a trip to 5 central Europe countries and to see The Passion Play. Thank you to Peggy and Curtis who willingly help train our new volunteers on what to do at our Help Center.
We would love to have you join us. We don't want to be short staffed when another fabulous volunteer accepts an internship position at the end of August. Look at available shifts and tasks at Volunteer
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
oakland park help center
In July we served 400 clients who come to our Help Center every Tuesday and Thursday. We all heard about the terrible fire on the Hilltop on Wedgewood. One of the neighbors had everything destroyed because of smoke damage. She heard that God's Hygiene Help Center gives out free hygiene and cleaning products. When the woman shared her story with Tammy and our volunteers, our hearts were touched. Wo we packed up a Clean Start Basket for them.
Tammy also heard about a family who moved here from Guatemala. The woman is a home health aide helping Tammy's home bound mother.
Tammy is so proud of her great niece Mi'Yonni and also the daughter of a Linden community woman she's known. Miyonni Owensby graduated from Reynoldsburg Encore Academy and is going to West Virginia State University. Her major will be Business Administration and Management.
Thank you to Kathryn Farrar for shopping for and packing 2 College Bags for these students going away to college. She packed up a shower tote filled with shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, towel and more. Then she filled a mesh laundry bag with tissues, hangers, feminine products and most important snacks. We are sure these bags are going to be much appreciated. Thanks Kathryn for your thoughtfulness!
Thank you to Dr. Bill and Kathryn for delivering boxes of Christian books which were donated. Our clients enjoy looking through the books available to choose one. If you have extra Bibles around your home, would you consider donating them to GHHC on Oakland Park. Thank you.
GO AND REACH BY CHRISTINE CAINE
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19–20, ESV).
I love the passion with which Jesus lived His life on earth. His heart was always to seek and save those who were lost. It was so important to Him that after His crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection, He took a detour on His way to Heaven to, in effect, say in Matthew 28,
“Let me remind you why you’re here on this earth. I’m going to be seated at the right hand of the Father, and I’m going to come back and get you. But, in the meantime, this is what I need you to do. Here’s your job profile: There is a lost and broken world, and I am anointing you with the same Spirit that raised Me from the dead so you can be salt and light in the midst of it. You’re not supposed to run from the lost; you’re supposed to run to the lost. You’re not supposed to judge the lost; you’re supposed to love the lost. You’re not supposed to condemn the lost but go, reach, and help the lost.”
Friend, we are God’s search and rescue team for a lost and broken world! But if you look at people through the lens of your prejudices, fears, biases, or even the lens of social media, you’re going to run from the very people God has called you to go and reach.
Today, let’s be the people God has called us to be, ready to see others and reach out to them with His love, grace, and truth!
because school matters 2022
Now is the time to sign up to help on Saturday, August 13, 2022. We need your help in your choice of stations:
To volunteer for Because School Matters, you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or click on this link to Signup Genius.
Please email us any stations where you would like to help:
口 Put yard signs around Linden community and businesses (weeks before)
口 Bring extra 口 tables 口 tents
口 Load up tables (need truck or SUV).
口 Pick up cases of water (need truck or SUV)
口 Bring cooler with ice for volunteers cold water
口 Set up tables and tents
口 Decorations --put up pennant flags, create and put up posters
口 Pick up backpacks from GHHC warehouse (coordinate with Terry Starr for time)
口 Staff greeter/floater
口 Thank and take water, pizza to vendors and police officers
口 Traffic directing and parking (under Officer Zacher's supervision)
口 Greet and Registration cards
口 Backpack giveaway
口 Pizza server
口 Bottled water station
口 Cheryl’s Cookies station
口 Hand sanitizer and soap station
口 Take photos
口 Help tear down tables and clean up
As a volunteer of God’s Hygiene Help Center, I agree to abide by the policies and procedures. I understand that I will be volunteering at my own risk, and that the organization and its affiliates are not responsible for any liability for any accident, injury or health problem which may arise from my volunteer work I do for the organization. I agree that all the work I do is on a volunteer basis and I will smile and share the love of Jesus with others.
口 I agree with the mission of God’s Hygiene Help Center and wish to apply to help with the Backpack Giveaway event on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Huy Road Park, Columbus 43224.
口 As a volunteer I can serve from 9-10 am until 1 pm at Huy Road Park. I can bring my own chair if I want to sit down.
There are no restroom facilities at Huy Road Park. Approved volunteers may use the restrooms located at 1414 Oakland Park.
Do you have last year's T-shirt? 口 yes. 口 no
If not, what size shirt would you wear? (Men’s sizes) of GHHC T-shirt 口 small 口 medium 口 large 口 x-large 口 2X 口 3X 口 4X
email to email@example.com
Click on our Projects page for The BECAUSE SCHOOL MATTERS flyer and list of needed school supplies.
ghhc treasure hunt at vbs
Thank you UALC VBS families for the huge amount of hygiene donations to God’s Hygiene Help Center!!! Truly these will make an enormous impact on our ability to give dignity and hope through hygiene to our neighbors in need!! God bless UALC and YOU! Thank you for your amazing support. Over 2,250 items were donated with a value of over $4,200!
‘O Lord God, You have only begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth that can do such works and mighty acts (miracles) as Yours? Deuteronomy 3:24 Amplified Bible
new partner: the period pantry
On June 6, Tammy and Diane met with Jill Guinan of The Period Pantry. Tammy shared how embarrassed she felt as a a teen when she had no feminine products and had to use a washcloth. That of course only lasted a short time once she was at school and Tammy ended up cutting the rest of the day and rest of the week. Dignity and school are important. So We are glad to partner with The Period Pantry. Our Oakland Park Help Center will give Jill an estimate of how many and what products we need so we can hand out to our clients. Then we will give the above flyer to clients. The Period Pantry will deliver 30 products per person to the client's home. Isn't that a real blessing!
middle schoolers mission project
Thank you UALC Middle School students and Kelsey Bacon for volunteering with GHHC today!! Great job packing 220 hygiene closet bags, making faith cards, and helping with trash bags and backpacks. You did amazing work and we love your hearts to serve and help!! God bless you all!!
school supplies blessing
UALC volunteers made a trip to Caldwell in Southeast Ohio to aid HARP (Helping Appalachian Rural People) with two work projects.
#1 Team, 5 people, built and repaired the wall in Penny’s trailer (she had lost her home in a fire in May), prepared and painted two rooms, colors of her choice.
#2 Team, 6 people, worked on Melinda’s trailer which had been donated to HARP by a lady in a nursing home. This trailer was in need of a lot of TLC as it had been sitting ion a field for 2 years. It was moved to a new location and our team helped with electricity, tearing out carpet, cleaning out all rooms of rodent messes and what previous family had left behind. They also worked on a the trailer extension and built a deck on the back for Melinda.
#3 Team, 2 people, visited the local nursing home and delivered 45 Blessing Bags. Thankfully, these were filled with items that had been donated to God’s Hygiene Help Center who graciously shared the love with us. We also visited former clients and gave new and previous clients a Blessing Bag. We also helped Team 2 in emptying and cleaning Melinda’s trailer.
Penny and Melinda and the nursing home staff were so appreciative of the work they we did and we may go back to Caldwell in October for another mission project.
Your plenty will supply what they need. 2 Corinthians 8:14
Father, please awaken me to the needs of others so I might give of the resources You’ve given me. When I’m in need, help me to trust You to provide through those who also love You. Our Daily Bread, June 22, 2022
clean start baskets
In June we created 9 Clean Start Baskets for those starting over. Thank you to Kathryn Farrar and her granddaughters for packing 2 baskets for women in the Kindway program who will receive them in August. Men in the Embark program received 2 baskets in June. Then new clients in the Phoenix recovery program received 5 baskets with towels. We are fortunate to have another wonderful woman who shops for towels to donate for these baskets.
In a beautiful email message from Christine Money, Executive Director of Embark: "Celebrating Three EMBARK Graduations"
As is tradition, at the last EMBARK community gathering prior to the release of one of our graduates, volunteers, staff, and the inside EMBARK community form a circle and “pray out” the person being released. A staff member at the Marion Correctional Institution (MCI) perfectly captured the moment in the photo below on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at the end of the EMBARK Season #10 graduation at MCI.
This [day in which God has saved me] is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 Amplified Bible
tammy shares with another vbs
On June 27, Tammy and Terry visited with the VBS children at Peace. United Methodist Church in Pickerington. We are honored to have been selected as this year's VBS Mission Partner! Be on the lookout for our bins in the lobby during VBS.
On June 30 they returned to Peace Church and Tammy shared her story of growing up poor without needed hygiene items. Tammy would cherish a small bar of soap which could be used to wash her hair, brush her teeth and bathe. She encouraged the students if they see someone dirty, to not bully them or make fun of them, instead give them a hug. They may not have any parents as you do and so in need of basic dignity items. Thank you to Peace Church, Carolyn, Nancy, and all of the wonderful VBS staff for your heart to support GHHC! And a huge thanks to all of the families that donated to us this week!!
Sometimes someone donates us an item we don’t usually stock. This time it was a child’s bicycle and sat in the OPHC for several weeks. Tammy waited for the right little person who God would direct her to who needed that bike. Today was the day. Brooklyn was so happy to have Curtis load the bike into her grandma’s trunk.
Your plenty will supply what they need. 2 Corinthians 8:14
from homeless to volunteer
On September 12, 2021 Guann Gregory, Mechelle Howard's nephew, was murdered. She said, "Once murder visits, it never leaves. I ask the Almighty God to have mercy on my should and allow me to be His instrument." That led to other gun violence at their rental property, thus they were evicted. Mechelle was homeless for 8 months, living out of her car and couch hopping with her rescue dog Penelope. No shelters would accept owners with pets.
Mechelle went to IMPACT which helped her secure permanent housing. After she paid the deposit, first and last months' rent, she had nothing left for hygiene and household items. The resource specialist referred her to God's Hygiene Help Center. When Tammy heard her story, her heart melted and packed Mechelle a Clean Start Basket. Mechelle said, "I felt grateful for the help and thankful to have toiletries and household items to clean and move into a home. I'm humbled by the kind acts and forever changed. I simply want to help. I know how it feels to be judged and discriminated against, to have people laugh at you because they don't know my story or the stories of others seeking help. A kind word or a gentle soul that will help. God's mercy and grace delivered me and Penelope and the kind people that surrounds me are all God's gifts. I've been coming once a month and this help is greatly appreciated. If I can help anyone in their time of need, then I feel blessed to spread the word."
We were delightfully surprised when Mechelle arrived at our Oakland Park Help Center at 9:30 am on June 28 to ask to volunteer. Diane and Kathy were happy to give her an application and interview her. Then Peggy and Bonnie gladly trained her in packing orders into hygiene bags. Welcome home Mechelle!
The Lord will accomplish that which concerns me; Your [unwavering] lovingkindness, O Lord, endures forever— Do not abandon the works of Your own hands. Psalm 138:8 (Amplified Bible)
thank you donors
We could not serve those in need of dignity without your regular donations and prayers. This month because of the high temperatures and for the safety of our volunteers, our Oakland Park Help Center closed for 3 days. Still we served 373 clients in June. We reached a new record high of filling hygiene bags for 95 clients in 2 1/2 hours! That is a lot of entering into a computer, packing hygiene into bags and delivering to clients. All done where love wins!
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23
join our team of volunteer angels
We have such an awesome team of volunteers at our Oakland Park Help Center (OPHC)--we have fun serving our clients while we are working together as a team. Volunteers at the Help Center help with greeting, checking in clients, filling hygiene bags with products and Our Daily Bread, and giving hygiene bags to our clients. OPHC located at 1402 Oakland Park is open Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers usually arrive between 9:30 and 10 am so we have time to pray and be ready to serve our clients when we open at 10:30 am. We are open until 1 pm with coffee, bottled water, cookies and lunch provided. Please stop by to visit us to talk about volunteering and becoming one of the Linden Angels with us.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
in memory of john willis
John Willis was the friendly greeter at God's Hygiene Help Center. Andrea texted us these words: "John passed away last night (May 20) after I got home from work. Keep his wife Donna family and friends in your prayers 🙏 He is at peace and God rest his soul. His battle is over. I will keep you all updated and posted as much as I can I'm not going to work today and will be here for Donna. Reach out to Donna I'm sure she will appreciate the thoughts. I don't know to do except be here."
John was so special he was our Charlie to the Linden Angels we all love him and we will all help anyway we can sending love and prayers
Oh my, so very sad.
Hebrews 4:16, Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. I only met John once, but I could tell he was beloved by all of you! 💕🙏🏻
in kind donations to ghhc then to harp
Diane takes Aqua Fit classes at Esporta Graceland. One of the class members named Jan asked Diane if GHHC could use some baby items. Even though we don't carry those items, she knew that one of our clients could probably use them. Then Jan shared that they were cleaning out storage closets at CSCC. Would we like boxes body wash, shaving cream, baby powder, deodorant and other items? Yes, we wold be glad to accept those items. As soon as we unloaded her vehicle and placed the boxes in the Help Center,
Peggy Wolf walked into the Help Center to begin her volunteer shift and shared about the upcoming mission trip for Helping Appalachian Rural People (H.A.R.P.) Ministry in Caldwell, Ohio. H.A.R.P. is a Christian organization that works to serve people seeking self-sufficiency, leading to independence by providing spiritual, emotional and material support. Peggy and her husband Jim along with other volunteers with leave on this Southeast Ohio Mission Trip on June 8: at home construction projects, bed building, prayer, care and more.
So we then helped load the donated boxes into Peggy's car. She said, "Thanks to GHHC we are able to give wonderful full Blessing Bags to give to their nursing home ministry with HARP." All packed by our volunteers, Linden's Angels. God's Hygiene is always happy to partner with another great ministry such as HARP which is helping people in need.
vbs and ghhc
Thank you to the young people who will be collecting hygiene products as their mission project at Vacation Bible School. Upper Arlington Lutheran Church (UALC) VBS will be collecting hygiene during the week of June 13. Another church's VBS is considering adopting God's Hygiene for their mission project.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
2022 because school matters
We need your help to make this event successful again this year. To volunteer for Because School Matters, please click on this link to Signup Genius
extra school supplies needed
Thank you to Terry Trubiano and Sue Bouchmoyer who will coordinate shopping for extra school supplies again this year. Donations may be left in the Exchange Center at UALC Mill Run or Lytham Road. For large quantities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-541-9003 to arrange pickup or delivery to the GHHC Warehouse, 2384 Advanced Business Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43228 (off Roberts Road).
Terry Trubiano's Bible Study small group will be getting together in late July to help fill the backpacks with school supplies! The UALC staff will be taking time to pack the book bags as well! We are thrilled to have some assistance as we aim to pack 500 for the upcoming school year! We hope to show God’s love to the children and their parents through this initiative!
A list of recommended school supplies to add to the backpacks are: (printable list above can be downloaded)
24 box of crayons
2 wide ruled composition notebooks (instead of spiral notebooks)
4 pack glue sticks
12 pack #2 pencils
1 pack black dry erase markers
2 two-pocket folders
12 pack of colored pencils
college ruled paper
2 glue sticks
12 pack #2 pencils
4 two-pocket folders with prongs
2 spiral college ruled notebooks
If possible: basic calculators for grades 4-7. Scientific calculators for grades 8-12
school dignity boxes
GHHC is now partnering with 6 schools in the Linden area by providing School Dignity Boxes. The school nurse at Linden McKinley STEM Academy emailed us this message: "I am in need of tampons, pads and deodorant again. I still have plenty of toothbrushes and toothpaste. Is there any way to get another donation before the end of the school year? Thank you again!! It has all been put to good use!!!!"
Our super volunteer Brenda Andracki started packing a School Dignity Box this next morning and called the nurse to confirm if she needed extra items. As a student, Tammy remembers the embarrassing need for such basic dignity items.
Tammy attended a dance performance at Duxberry Alternative Elementary School and of course shared about our School Dignity Boxes. The next day Diane emailed the school principal: "I am a retired Columbus City Schools teacher who volunteers with God's Hygiene Help Center. We have been providing several Linden area schools with a Dignity School Box filled with 25 items of deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and feminine hygiene products. Would your school nurse want us to pack a box before school is released for the summer?"
"Hi Diane, wow, this is great! Is there a cost for this? I am very interested, please let me know .Thank you. Best, Mbb"
"All is a gift from God. We will pack a box on Tuesday for you."
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
GHHC WAREHOUSE OPEN HOUSE
We were excited to welcome donors and friends to our new warehouse on May 12, 2022 for our grand opening open house. In addition, we were able to honor 6 people who went above and beyond to make our space what it is today. Pictured in front of the Wall of Honor (left to right): Darla King, King Business Interiors and Connecting the Dot, with her husband Dave; Tammy Jewell, President and Founder; Terry Starr, Executive Director; Lynn and Bob Ness, ODW Logistics; Jim Gericke, Durable Floors with his wife Joyce.
Terry Starr: "So blessed and grateful to be able to celebrate great friends and supporters of God’s Hygiene Help Center at our Open House!! Their donations allowed us to use our new space to grow and serve many more of our neighbors in need!! Heartfelt Thank You to them and all of our amazing donors and supporters!"
CeCe Harris: "I am so honored to sit on the board for God’s Hygiene. We have come a long way and tonight was the open house to the new facility. Tammy Jewell Terry Starr Diane Hendrickson you ladies totally ROCK! God has truly blessed God’s hygiene". #sisters #GodsWork #blessed
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. – 2 Corinthians 9:8
DO YOU LOVE ME?
ART PRINT BY Bob Apel
You can purchase a framed print of this award-winning artwork by Bob Apel for $100. All proceeds go to GHHC.
ARTWORK INSPIRATION. Do you love me? (John 21:15) The eyes have it.
Jesus offers love and reconciliation to our dark rejection, just as the sun gives light to a dark moon. Therefore, the question becomes three:
PURCHASE YOUR PRINT. Purchase a framed print of this award-winning artwork for $100, with all proceeds benefitting GHHC. To purchase your copy, please email email@example.com.
3 ladies from faith mission
On May 23 Officer Alesia Zacher asked Tammy to ride along to the 5th Avenue School on Cassady and then to the Brighton Academy Day Care. Officer Zacher took Tammy to introduce her to a lady who runs the day care. When the lady saw Tammy, she exclaimed "Oh Tammy! Remember me? Remember you made me show you my lease?
God's Hygiene and resources through Immaculate Conception were able to help furnish her house with furniture, food and hygiene. She said she would never forget me. Tammy had told her that God provided. She says "He still does. Praise and glory to God!" Receiving a Clean Start Basket from Tammy, this woman's photo was included on the front of our first GHHC brochure.
Five years ago there were actually 3 homeless and hopeless women living at Faith Mission. They came to Tammy's door on Howey Road and said, "We heard about you. Please help us." So Tammy pulled all her resources and made a map what they should do. She referred them to Nancy's Place and they completed the 6 months program. They got their deposit and first month's rent paid. So they had their very own homes, three different apartments.
So it was a happy reunion!
1 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits--
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
CLEAN START BASKETS
Kathryn Farrar with help from her grandchildren packed and delivered two Clean Start Baskets to Paul Sparks for men in the Embark program. She also packed two Baskets for women in the Kindway program. GHHC so appreciates her volunteering to coordinate the Clean Start Baskets project.
Tammy met a family with a number of children. They had moved from Jordan and were starting over in America. She knew they needed a proper welcome with a Clean Start Basket full of hygiene and cleaning products.
curtis and his homeless friend
(Our super greeter and helper Curtis has made friends with "Kevin." Curtis bought his dark green (almost black) 1995 Cadillac. Kevin comes around the Help Center every few days and we offer him a cup of coffee, bottled water, share our lunch with him, donated clothes and, of course, needed hygiene..
"I am deeply grateful for this important moment in my life. I want to share with you about a man who has become an intricate part of my life at this time. A homeless man who is genuine in his compassion and filled with kindness. I originally met Larry in the Dollar Tree parking lot where he was sleeping in his car. He was selling his old school Cadillac which he was actually living in at the time. I liked the car and wanted to help him out. Since my purchase of the Cadillac in February 2022, we have become good friends. Every time I see him, I take the time to talk with him. I thank God and all the ladies (Linden Angels) at God's Hygiene Oakland Center for the care and concern that they show to Mr. Kevin." Curtis Delaney
10 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
tammy and terry talk to area churches
Thank you to the efforts of our new Church Donations Coordinators, Steve and Cheryl Heavilin. On Monday, May 9, Tammy and Terry talked to a group at Bethel Presbyterian Church. The church members were so impressed with the presentation that the next morning one of the ladies came to pick up a bin for a hygiene donation box at Bethel Presbyterian.
staff meeting at warehouse
Terry Starr called a staff meeting at the beautiful new warehouse where GHHC staff are serving the community centers and Dignity Hygiene Closets. At the end of the meeting we had an early celebration for Andrea Yantone's birthday.
Posted on Facebook: Terry Starr: "God’s power team!! So much work to do!"
Together we can do God’s work!
Comment: Who is the mascot in the foreground?
Layla is Tammy's dog and our GHHC mascot. Notice how Lesley got him to look up and smile!
Comment: My prayers and love I send to all of you, you are angels at work on this earth. ￼
Tammy: "At the new location growing so fast. I love working for God!!! Amazing! So grateful!"
Comment: "You all do a fabulous job through our Lord Jesus Christ."
When Tammy started God's Hygiene Help Center, she would serve about 20 clients a month from her house. During the month of April we served 460 families including 1 school and 3 Clean Start Baskets. Tammy and Diane have to keep shopping for the most popular items: laundry detergent, Pine Glo cleaning liquid, toilet paper, paper towels, dishwashing liquid, body wash and trash bags. Thank you that Lesley, our Inventory Coordinator, will start ordering items in bulk used by both the Help Center and the warehouse.
Of course, we always appreciate in kind donations of the hygiene items we distribute to clients. Donations may be left in the Exchange Center at either Upper Arlington Lutheran Church at Mill Run or The Church on Lytham Road. For large quantities, please contact us to arrange delivery to either our warehouse or the Oakland Park Help Center. Thank you!
clean start baskets for phoenix
Thank you to Kathryn Farrar who has volunteered to pack Clean Start Baskets. GHHC partners with Phoenix Integrated Services to give them Clean Start Baskets when clients have moved on with their lives.
I just want to tell a short story of going to God's Hygiene Help Center. Be known how it has helped me along in my recovery. GHHC has blessed me with clothes, hygiene, and necessities that I'm truly blessed to receive. It's truly amazing how God works in mysterious ways through people, especially God's Hygiene Help Center. I've been truly blessed to have the Center be a part of my recovery. I feel valued, loved, and cared for. Most important I'm able to stay physically clean with the help of the Center, and I feel better about myself and my appearance. I'm truly blessed to have this Center be a part of my life. GHHC has helped me in more ways than I can explain. Stephanie
God's Hygiene has made a huge difference in not only my and my children's life, but many other lives around me. It has provided me with necessities that I can't afford on a monthly basis. It's made my self esteem and my self value, as well as self worth increase because I can live my life feeling clean and refreshed daily, due to the shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste I have received. It's also provided a way for my family to stop the spread of germs and illnesses during the outbreak Covid 19 because it's provided me with sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. God's Hygiene has impacted my familys life because its a place my children and I have grown to depend on, on a monthly basis by giving us hygiene items, free of charge, which in turn has allowed myself and my children the ability to take baths and / or showers and brush our teeth, daily. God's Hygiene is such a blessing to the less fortunate because it provides multiple hygiene resources such as shower hygiene, toilet hygiene, hand hygiene, teeth hygiene, and sickness hygiene. Jodi Kail
Thank you for the partnership with Bottoms Up Diaper Drive so that we can provide needed diapers to our clients. Their mission is "Helping single mothers provide diapers for their children." God's Hygiene Help Center is now well stocked in diapers from newborn size to size 5. Clients will be given a package of 25 diapers instead of only 12.
Bottoms Up Diaper Drive was founded in August, 2018 by Tim and Jo Welsh as an outgrowth of their love for one another, their faith, and their desire to help meet the needs of families who can’t afford enough diapers to keep their children clean, dry, and healthy.
Since then, Bottoms Up has delivered more than 560,000 diapers to over 70 food pantries and child care facilities in central Ohio for distribution to those in need.
Bottoms Up continues to grow with very little promotion and a lot of dedication to principled charity. Diapers are collected through drives at churches, schools, and businesses or purchased through the generosity of others. Tim and Jo are grateful for the opportunity to make even a small difference in the lives of those in need.
Thank you Tim and Jo for this wonderful and much needed service to our young parents!
4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Tammy's nephew, Cody Jewell, is going to become a "movie star" for a short term. A company wanted to create a video of a single parent benefitting from Bottoms Up diapers. Cody is a single parent raising his darling little girl. Tammy created a very short video which we then shared with Jo Welsh and the company. So they contacted him to create a longer professionally made video. Good luck filming Cody. We are anxious to see the finished product!
pillows and more pillows
Thank you to Dale Cory of The Bed Brigade. A local partner to the Bed Brigade donated 3,000 new/laundered pillows to the central ohio community service groups, including the Bed Brigade, God's Hygiene, Joseph’s Coats, HARP, Womens Recovery Center, and The Refuge. A great blessing to all.
Dale called Tammy to ask if God's Hygiene could use any pillows. He invited her to come along with him OSU to pick up 300 of his 3,000 pillows! Wow! And they were new pillows. She then donated 150 to Phoenix Integrated Services, 50 to the Medina Recovery program and the last 100 to the GHHC clients. You should have seen the joy on their faces when asked, "Would you like a new pillow?"
"Oh yes, I have needed a new pillow. Thank you!"
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
donato's and GHHC
God's Hygiene Help Center is so grateful to the Donato's on Oakland Park. Several times a month they deliver just baked pizzas to us for our volunteers. GHHC in turn provides hygiene and cleaning items to several of their employees. This month Tammy presented an appreciation certificate to their Donato's manager.
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
welcome to our new volunteer
Tuesday we were working at GHHC a man asked Tammy, "Have you ever been robbed here?" "No, she replied. Don’t you see the angels all around the building?"
The man looked up and said, "Yes I do see them! 40 feet tall!
Tammy then replied, "We work for the Lord!"
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5
God’s Hygiene Clothes Closet
BLESSING BOX KEEPS BLESSING OTHERS
Tammy shared with us, "My neighbor has received many people who are thanking her for the food. The Blessing Box is truly a blessing. She tells them thank the lady next door and thank Jesus.
She has received many notes and knocks on her door just saying thank you this is sent from God. People in the community need it so desperately. So many grandmothers are falling into my arms crying out for help thanking the Lord for this Blessing Box, the hygiene and the resources plus all important, the prayers."
serving the community
March has been an exceptionally busy month--Terry and Lesley opened up the new warehouse and are running its operation. Tammy and Diane plus our dedicated volunteers have kept things going at God's Hygiene Help Center. Tammy recruited new volunteers for our Help Center who got quick on the job training. We all had to learn how to order, shop and stock the shelves while serving our clients. One Tuesday the cars were all lined up in the parking lot patiently waiting their turn to show their ID and fill out an order form.
We also regularly serve the clients receiving treatment next door at Phoenix Integrated Services and those residing in the Medina Recovery apartments on Medina Avenue, as well as a few homeless all who walk to our Help Center.
Our Help Center located at 1402 Oakland Park has been serving between 31 and 66 clients each Tuesday and Thursday between 10:30am and 1:00pm. That added up to 433 clients this month. Each client receives a bag with 6 hygiene or cleaning items. So thank you to our faithful donors for your support because we all know how prices have gone up!
Are you interested in volunteering at God's Hygiene Help Center on Oakland Park? We could use your help either greeting, shopping for products, stocking shelves, filling orders, or checking in clients on an iPad. Contact Tammy and also send a message with your information and hours available to serve to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
welcome new volunteers
Ellena Yohannes. I had the pleasure of hearing about GHHC through Pedros, a family friend of mine, and was drawn to the organization by its mission and Tammy’s story. Cleaning products, hygiene products, and toiletries are basic necessities and so being able to play a role in increasing accessibility to those items has been incredibly rewarding. Outside of GHHC, I’m a recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in psychology. Currently, I’m a research assistant and plan to go to a graduate school program related to behavioral health. In my spare time, I like to play the piano, cook, and take walks.
Ellena is a very dependable volunteer who serves every Tuesday and Thursday checking in clients on the Knack database system. She is so efficient and pleasant to work with. We are blessed that the owner of our building referred her to GHHC. Welcome Ellena!
Brenda Andracki had previously volunteered at Because School Matters. We were so happy that she is able to help us every Thursday recording incoming products and organizing stock. She brings great ideas for keeping track of inventory. Brenda and her husband Jim are active members at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on North Broadway.
PROVIDING needed HYGIENE FOR SCHOOLS
HAMILTON STEM ACADEMY
It's always amazing how the community networks and communicates their needs. Officer Alesia Zacher received an email request to set up a Hygiene Closet for needed dignity items at Hamilton STEM Academy, 2047 Hamilton Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211. Since it is located in the South Linden community of Officer Alesia's precinct, she went for founder Tammy Jewell. The officer met with their staff because she is familiar with them, surveyed the space to see what kind of storage space they had.
Because Tammy has so many responsibilities on her plate, several weeks passed. When Diane Hendrickson, Communications Coordinator, heard about the request, she called the school to speak to the school nurse. One of our new volunteers started counting out and packing 25 items each into a box: toothbrush and toothpaste, boys' and girls' deodorant, bar of soap, pocket tissues and small hand sanitizer.
Officer Patty Meyers came right over to GHHC to pick up the box and she and Officer Zacher delivered to the Hamilton STEM. God's Hygiene then received this note:
Diane, thank you so much for connecting with our team this week to coordinate the drop-off of donations today! These donations go a long way for our students and we sincerely appreciate you thinking of our students and families.
Please feel free to connect with me as well if you have further questions. My role at Hamilton falls under One Linden Community Plan under the Support Student Success bucket. I engage the community, school, and families in an effort of refocusing public schools as the center of the Linden community. I also manage the resource room inside the school building and receive donations. I am happy to work with you again!
Javier Negrete Jr
School-Family-Community Coordinator, Hamilton STEM
One Linden Schools Student Success Initiative
College of Social Work | Community and Youth Collaborative Institute
216 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210
What a blessed team! Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. John 14:1
Linden McKinley stem academy
When Kathryn Farrar heard from Tammy about the need for feminine hygiene at Linden McKinley STEM Academy, she stepped up to help. Thank you to Kathryn and her granddaughters for shopping. They bought 30 sets of feminine pads, 30 bars of lavender soap for the young ladies, 30 women's deodorants, 60 toothbrushes, 30 bars of soap for the young men, and 30 men's deodorants. Kathryn delivered them to God's Hygiene and volunteers loaded them into Tammy's SUV named "Mercy". GHHC also donated 60 toothpastes to these items.
Kathryn has also offered to shop for and build all of our Clean Start Baskets! Paul Sparks and Jan Roberts of Kindway/Embark along with all of us at God's Hygiene Help Center are so grateful for wonderful volunteers such as Kathryn and her granddaughters. What a blessing to teach at a young age about paying it forward!
"Linden McKinley has a large population of female students. As the school nurse I struggle to keep the supplies they need to meet their personal needs. I was excited to hear about God's Hygiene and reached out immediately. All the supplies provided will be put to good use and greatly appreciated. " Sarah Moore RN, BSN, School Nurse
the shepard school
Officer Alesia Zacher emailed us this message: The other school in Linden that I mentioned that really needs help desperately is The Shepard School. I had previously spoken to Tammy about this school. The school is located in Linden, 51’s cruiser district and the address is 873 Walcutt. My Chief and I along with several supervisors met with them Monday evening at 5:30pm. Please reach out to them, since I have previously committed GHHC’s support based on my discussions with Tammy.
The Shepard School by Eagle Community Schools of Ohio is a technology based high performing charter school that opened in Fall 2021. The Shepard School by ECS will replicate the model created by Eagle Academy Public Charter Schools in Washington, DC
The Shepard School by ECS offers a FREE technology based educational program that serves 325 students in grades K-6. The Shepard School by ECS’s mission is to build the foundation for a promising future for all students in a rich, robust learning environment that fosters creativity and problem solving abilities. We emphasize cognitive, social and emotional growth by engaging children as active learners in an inclusive learning environment. Shepard’s mission is rooted in the unwavering belief that all students regardless of zip code or ethnicity deserve high quality educational choice. Meet Amber Estis, founding principal.
So as Communications Coordinator, Diane called the school and connected with their Administrative Assistant, LeMoyne Jackson. When told we could donate a box of hygiene to the school, he replied, "That would be great, thank you for the box of supplies. We appreciate it and it will definitely be put to good use."
GHHC volunteers got busy counting out and packing a box with 25 toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, sample lotions and sample body wash. Thank you to Officer Alesia and Officer Patty Meyer for picking up the box and delivering to the school.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
windsor stem academy
Windsor STEM Academy is located in South Linden at 1219 E. 12th Avenue, across the street from the Douglas Community Center. Diane heard they also needed hygiene since a number of their students are homeless. So Diane searched on the school website and connected with Jayla Richardson their new Family Ambassador. She came to our Help Center to meet Tammy and pick up their box of hygiene. Windsor also received bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and hand cream. After the other boxes of hygiene had already been delivered to the schools, a volunteer saw on the shelf sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer gel which had been donated to GHHC. We knew the school would definitely benefit from these added items.
in kind donations
Thank you to the generous members of UALC at Mill Run and Lytham Road who make in kind donations at the Exchange Center for God's Hygiene. The items most needed are small laundry detergents, body wash, deodorant, toilet paper and paper towels. We also appreciate receiving devotionals. This month we received boxes of hygiene wipes, new socks, kids' gloves, some jackets, and blankets. We usually are not able to accept used blankets, but this month we had clients who needed them.
Another Sunday we were blessed with all the items placed in a Clean Start Basket: laundry detergent, toilet cleaner, all purpose cleaner, paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, body wash, and more. Thank you!!
We do not accept half full bottles of lotion or shampoo.
If you have a large quantity of items to donate, please let Tammy or Diane know or email Diane at email@example.com We accept deliveries at 1402 Oakland Park Avenue (parking lot next to Donato's) on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 am - 1 pm.
You have filled my heart with great joy. Psalm 4:7
phoenix and god's hygiene
When Tammy greets our clients, she talks to them about their needs and if they need any resources. She then discovers who needs further help to treat an addiction. It is such a blessing that she can refer them right next door to Phoenix Integrated Health Services. Burt Dhira, CEO of Phoenix in Linden, is so grateful to receive new clients to help find recovery.
This month Tammy was pleased to see again a woman she worked with from 30 years ago. They hugged and cried. She was delighted to share her testimony with Angelique how she escaped that lifestyle through the mercy of Jesus Christ and constant invitations of Diane to attend church. Her friend had been in 6 different rehab programs. Finally the Phoenix is the first to really help her. Burt is encouraging her to volunteer with GHHC and she is very excited about that. GHHC volunteers will surround her with love and prayer as we do our other volunteers.
I want to personally thank Tammy Jewell, President and Founder of God's Hygiene Help Center. Her generosity and loving spirit make me fell cared for and loved. Thank you for helping me in a time of need. Sincerely, Angelique Caldwell
On their website is the Phoenix Mission: To adapt treatment to the changing face of Addiction and Mental Health. Treating our patients with the highest respect and care to embody their ability to regain their body, life, community, family and soul. To give our patients a sense of direction, when they have been lost. Giving a “Light of Hope” , where darkness has embraced their life and mind. Their patients in turn regularly come to God's Hygiene as clients to get needed hygiene items.
5Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way. Proverbs 3:5-6
Compiled by Diane Hendrickson, Communications Coordinator
GHHC New Office and Warehouse Space
GHHC is growing and expanding very quickly, thanks to our friends and supporters!! We have outgrown our 600 square foot warehouse space on Oakland Park Avenue. After much prayer and board approval, we started looking for a larger warehouse space. God answered our prayers with an amazing space!!! We have signed the lease and will have our new office and small warehouse space on the Advanced Business Center on March 1, 2022. The space is 2400 square feet and exactly what we need currently. It is near Roberts Road and 270 and is about 20 minutes away from each of our help centers. God knew exactly what we needed, and He provided!
A huge THANK YOU to Robin Lorms for working to find our space and negotiating our lease and to Nancy Gillette, our board chairperson, for reviewing and signing the lease. This is truly a gift from God as it is the perfect size and location for our growth needs. PRAISE and THANKS to God for His continued mighty blessings on GHHC!
We are looking for gently used office furniture to set up our new office space. Can you help? Email Terry Starr at firstname.lastname@example.org THANK YOU!!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3
Getting our Office and Warehouse Space Ready
We are so grateful to Jim Gericke and Paul Sparks for helping us to have new carpeting for our office space. The old carpet was extremely dirty and worn and their kind, generous hearts provided exactly what we needed for our new space. We will begin moving into our space the week of March 1.
Please pray for GHHC as we grow and expand. God is blessing us with SO many opportunities to grow, serve more neighbors in need and partner with area churches who are interested in becoming donation sites and supporters.
Gospel of Mark Project: Jesus, God’s Servant
During the recent holiday season, Emerson Fleming, UALC member and 5th grader at Worthington Christian Elementary School, completed a service project for God’s Hygiene Help Center. Emerson’s class was studying the Gospel of Mark and learning about how Jesus came to earth to be a servant, showing us how to live a life that serves others. The students were tasked with completing a service project within the community and then presenting their project at school. Being familiar with GHHC and Tammy’s story through church, Emerson easily chose GHHC for her service project, specifically selecting Purses of Love. Emerson collected donated purses from friends and family members during the project and filled them with hygiene products to be donated for women in need. For her presentation in class, Emerson not only described her completed project for Purses of Love, she also introduced God’s Hygiene Help Center and its mission to her classmates by showing GHHC’s video in class. It was her wish that Tammy’s story about hygiene, dignity, and hope would especially hit home with her 5th grade classmates. Emerson and her family look forward to serving God’s Hygiene Help Center again in the future.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3, NIV).
ghhc and festa partner together
Erin Arnett, Donor Relations Coordinator of Festa, emailed us: Hi team! I have a family I am helping to assist through our work here at Festa. The school social worker reached out and connected us. The list of needs is high, but they mentioned that they do not have hygiene items or even bath towels. Could you assist this family with these items? It is a single mother with 7 dependents living with her. Ages 6-20. Boys and girls. Please let me know the best way to get the ball rolling and THANK you for all the love you pour into our community! Also, please note the family speaks Spanish (the older children are “okay” with English but not great.) Thank you!
Tammy and the volunteers thought yes we can help them. So right before closing the Help Center, we sprung into action and packed a bag of basic hygiene and Diane picked up a basket of towels from Tammy. We were able to deliver to the Festa office that afternoon so the family did not need to wait any longer for basic needs.
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
meet the linden angels
Our neighbors have nicknamed us "The Linden Angels" because we are able to help so many in our community receive dignity through hygiene and personal care products. We would love to add you as another angel. We have volunteer positions serving our clients at our hygiene help center located at 1402 Oakland Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We also have positions available for entering information into our database and for picking up products and delivering them to our warehouse and help centers. Just complete the simple volunteer application.
We have been serving many neighbors in need and actually served 100 clients in one day! We need your help to serve with us. You will also have lots of fun and be well fed!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
SPECIAL HELP FOR A SPECIAL LADY IN NEED
Charmaine Campbell is a Linden community member who is starting a new life and is working hard to provide a good home for her children.
She moved into a nice home with the help of the City of Columbus. She has received some help in setting up her home including beds for her children through the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church's "Bed Brigade."
One of our monthly donors asked if there was a special need as they were looking to help someone during the Christmas season. We asked Charmaine if there was something that she could use. She excitedly shared that she did not have a washer or dryer, so she had to go to the laundry mat with her 4 children.
Our donor was very excited to be able to help Charmaine. Tammy and Terry went to Lowe's and found a great deal on a very nice washer and dryer. We paid for them and for their delivery and installation. On the day that they were delivered, we greeted Charmaine with a Clean Start Basket filled with hygiene and cleaning products and a big bag of new towels.
Charmaine was overjoyed!!! She was praising God and giving thanks for this wonderful gift. And Tammy was filled with joy as she has memories of her life in dirty clothes as they lived without a washer and dryer.
GIVING DIGNITY AND HOPE THROUGH HYGIENE WITH THE COMPASSION OF JESUS!
2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers and sisters[a] loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5
new COMMUNITY CENTER
Dodge Recreation Center will be a Hygiene Help Center to be set up in February. We welcomed them to GHHC with 20 hygiene closet bags as an extra way for them to kick off opening the help center. Welcome to Center Manager: Nikki Van Dine. Hilltop neighbors in need can visit Dodge Community Center located at 667 Sullivant Ave. Columbus, OH 43215 during hours they are open Monday through Saturday to pick up a bag of hygiene every 30 days.
But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You. 1 Chronicles 29:14
We are excited to be implementing our new Hygiene Closets program. We are partnering with 5 local area organizations who serve our neighbors in need and giving them pre-filled hygiene bags to give out to their clients. January bags are filled with personal care items for men or for women. The February bags will be filled with hygiene and cleaning supplies.The Hygiene Closets program came about as we prayed how we could help more people have dignity and hope through hygiene despite the pandemic. During the challenging days when the community centers were closed and it was so difficult for our neighbors in need to get the hygiene and personal care products that they needed, we prayed for God's guidance in finding ways to get these products to the people who needed them.
We kept our Hygiene Help Center on Oakland Park open with our drive through only model. We do have some walk-up clients, but they are always very understanding of our safe and protective procedures for serving them.
We have been serving many clients and the number is growing every month! We are serving over 400 clients each month just at our Oakland Park Help Center.
You shall open your hand wide to your brother; to your poor and your needy, in your land. Deuteronomy 15:11
tammy changed a life
In 2018 an acquaintance brought his friend named Johnny to Tammy's door. He wore dirty clothes, terrible teeth and was on crack. Tammy invited them in anyways. Johnny said, "My life is over." But Tammy encouraged him to go to Faith Mission. She gave him hygiene, a rosary, a copy of Our Daily Bread and also shared her story. "This is how I changed my life and you can do it too!"
January 2022 this same man drives up in a new white Cadillac. Johnny is now a productive citizen with a job, attends church, has new teeth, volunteers, and is no longer "high." Tammy cried hearing how his life had turned around. He didn't need to come back to see Tammy to share but he wanted to tell her how her testimony changed his life. God took over from there.
One person can make a difference in someone else's life.
Virginia had been estranged from her family for 7 years because she was strung out on drugs. She had never lived alone since she had "special needs." Two years ago Tammy had met Virginia when she was getting food out of the Blessing Box. She shared how her "boyfriend" had been abusing her, got her addicted to drugs and spending all of her social security check for two years. Tammy referred her to Choices and Virginia turned her life around. Her caseworker helped her obtain a good job and get her moved into her own apartment. At last she was comfortable living alone on her own God's Hygiene was so glad to help Virginia with hygiene and some other items. God gave her a new toaster to enjoy in her new apartment. Congratulations Virginia!
When you are suffering, your need for Me is greater than ever. The more you choose to come near Me, affirming your trust in Me, the more you can find hope in My unfailing Love. from Jesus Today page 6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.—1 Peter 5:6-7
5th grader donates
Thank you to this amazing young lady who shared about God's Hygiene Help Center with her 5th grade class. She collected 10 Purses of Love stuffed full of hygiene and donated them to Tammy on Sunday. One can never be too young (or old for that matter) to share our mission to provide hope and dignity to those in need with the compassion of Jesus. Thank you!
welcome new volunteers
This month we were so glad to welcome Kathy Bullock and she shared this message.
I really enjoyed working along side so many Christian ladies a couple days ago! Such a worthwhile organization! Tammy has an unbelievable story that pulls at my heart strings. God has gotten hold of her in a mighty way, for sure.
I first found out about this outreach through Terry. She and I belong to something called CCL that meets once a month. Terry has talked about GHHC and its mission and our CCL group has done year-end contributions several times. I have been an after school caretaker to my 2 grandkids until they moved to Worthington, so now I have more time to volunteer at this very important place. As for my background, I was a nurse for 45 years, 29 of those in the ER at OSU. I met my husband at OSU in 1970. We had 3 sons together, all live locally. A step son lives near Philadelphia. My home church is Grace Polaris, but I monitor a WOW Bible Study at UALC. I love to cook, garden, walk, attend OSU football games and spoil my grandkids.
Scott Milliken moved into the home of his aunt, Diane Hendrickson, this month. He has previously received hygiene and knew Tammy. So Diane brought Scott along with her when she volunteered at God's Hygiene Help Center. He even helped prepare the chicken and noodles to be served to the volunteers for lunch.
Lesley made Scott feel welcome by putting him right to work helping to unload detergent and bleach from her vehicle into our temporary warehouse. All the volunteers appreciated his being there and helping out wherever needed--greeting the clients and getting their ID's or helping to move products.
Tammy said, "We have been praying for a man to come volunteer. We are so thankful for Scott. He is such a big help. When Diane is away to Florida, I will gladly pick him up to work at the Help Center."
Scott says, "It's good to give back to the loved ones who God has placed in my life. God bless all of you women volunteers. I can feel for you now that I see all that you do when volunteering. Love, Scott"
happy birthday Tammy!
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8