divine dignity fundraiser
On September 16, God’s Hygiene Help Center will host our first-ever fundraising event. “Divine Dignity” is our goal: to provide hope and dignity to our neighbors in need.
We are now serving hundreds of people every month. Our hygiene help centers are located in 3 Columbus community centers and we have an enormous opportunity to grow and expand into the many additional communities in need. We are partnering with churches and organizations across Columbus, including Helping Hands, Lower Lights Christian Health Center, Phoenix Integrated Health Services, and the Kindway re-entry organization.
We are asking you to prayerfully consider attending for our inaugural fundraiser. Each table seats 8 people so we are hopeful that you will invite people to sit with you who would have a heart to support the mission of God's Hygiene Help Center. Guests are welcome free of charge due to our wonderful event and table sponsors. Please keep in mind that this is a fundraiser so inviting people with a heart to support our mission and vision is key.
God’s Hygiene Help Center has grown tremendously since it was founded, and we have many opportunities for growth and expansion. We can’t do it without your support. Please consider making a generous gift. If you have questions, please contact Elaine Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org or Terry Starr at email@example.com. They would be happy to talk to you.
No one should have to be without hygiene products. We are providing a resource that few organizations offer to those in poverty. Please help us help people find dignity and hope, sharing God’s love and the hope of Jesus, through God’s Hygiene Help Center.
welcome to officer lisa
Officer Alesia Zacher wanted the new North Linden liaison to know about God's Hygiene Help Center. We were so happy to meet Officer Lisa Barbeau this month. Officer Alesia knew her mother when she was an officer! Officer Lisa will also be working at Because School Matters.
I’ve been a Columbus Police officer for 23 years. I was a patrol officer on the northeast side of Columbus for 10 years. I’ve spent time in our Accident Investigation Unit and worked at our central Headquarters downtown. My grandmother lived at 3015 Oaklawn St. and I grew up there. My great grandmother lived on Howey Rd. for years. I am very familiar with 2 precinct and look forward to working with you and others in the community.
My responsibly as the North Linden Liaison officer is to educate the community on safety as it pertains to the crime issues in that area. I will be patrolling the precinct and attending block watch meetings. I will be conducting presentations and demonstrations to community groups, businesses and schools regarding safety. Also getting involved in some of the FUN stuff like attending some of the community social events like block parties. Officer Lisa Barbeau #2149
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ISAIAH 41:10
awesome ualc middle schoolers
because school matters
A HUGE "THANK YOU" TO OUR DONORS AND SUPPORTERS
A huge THANK YOU to Upper Arlington Lutheran Church and all of our wonderful supporters for the amazing school supplies and monetary donations for our "Because School Matters" event on Saturday August 14. We collected all of the school supplies needed for the backpacks.
The 460 backpacks are packed and ready to be given to the students in the North Linden, South Linden, and Far East communities. These students and their families will be so excited to receive backpacks and school supplies. We hope that they are excited about going back to school and that having school supplies will encourage them to do their best and stay in school.
And thank you to the wonderful people who have signed up to be volunteers for this event. In keeping with recommendations from the City of Columbus and The Columbus Police, we have determined that it will be a DRIVE THROUGH ONLY event again this year. Volunteer training will be held at Huy Road Park on Saturday, August 7 at 10:00 AM.
God bless everyone who has contributed to this awesome event!! We are "SERVING WITH LOVE" as we share God's love with the students and their families.
And a huge THANK YOU to our School Supplies Coordinators Sue Bauchmoyer and Terry Trubiano for coordinating the counting and ordering of school supplies. And along with our Resources Manager, Chris Bumpass, coordinated and helped pack the 450 backpacks!! God bless you!
Our team of volunteers have been busy making the final plans for our 7th annual event--Because School Matters. We feel so blessed because we now have about 60 volunteers, many are new ones from UALC. All our volunteers will receive a complimentary "where love wins) T-shirt, GHHC lanyard, and name badge. Columbus Recreation and Parks is now a co-sponsor since they are providing at no charge the city park, permission of the school to use their parking lots, and providing extra needed tables. With a Thrivent Action Team project, we ordered Bible scripture bookmarks and a 12 foot Because School Matters banner. Activities and organizations invited are:
104.9 The River
Columbus Police: K-9 Unit, Safe Streets and North Linden Liaison Lisa Barbeau and South Linden Liaison Officer Alesia Zacher
Columbus Division of Fire
Columbus Blue Jackets
Helping Hands Free Clinic
Lower Lights Christian Health Center
Columbus Metropolitan Library
KidSMILES (all children will receive a kit of toothbrush, paste and timer)
lunch bag with washcloth and soap
prayer, Bible scripture bookmarks and resources
welcome new donor and volunteer
thank you from kindway/embark
Dear God's Hygiene Help Center,
I felt so much joy, and a sense of relief when I was greeted with your Clean Start Basket. It brought a smile to my face and warmth in my heart to know that after spending 15 years in prison, someone cared enough to make sure I had hygiene. Each and every item is perfect! and will be put to great use.
God bless you and whomever chose the things to put inside. I cried as I pulled each item and out and thanked the Lord for providing for me. I also thanked Him for you and your kind heart. May God continue to bless you and your ministry.
Your Sister in Christ,
helping a family in need
Michelle, a grandmother wanting to help her son and her five grandchildren, came to God's Hygiene at the referral of Dale Cory. Thomas had custody of four of his children ranging in age from 2 to 11 years old through Franklin County Courts. When the estranged mother passed unexpectedly, Children's Services and the Courts gave temporary custody of the youngest to the father. So now he is a single of five, Thomas sets out to be the best father he can. But he knows without God and His helpers he can't make it alone.
Thank God for Dale Cory from the Bed Brigade heard of the situation and provided resources to the family--beds, blankets and Bibles, And from there the story continues to bring together a community to help a hurting family in need. God's Hygiene was able to provide needed hygiene to Michelle. Since an anonymous donor had given us 1400 pairs of shoes--more than enough for our Because School Matters event, GHHC was able to give new pairs shoes to the whole family.
Today we are here by God's grace had the privilege to serve our Lord and Savior by helping this family. Michelle asks for continued prayer for Thomas and her grandchildren. There are still many needs this family has.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
blessing box blesses others
Tammy's nickname is "Rabbit" because she doesn't like to eat much meat and also because she is like an Energizer Bunny. Although the Blessing Box next to her home is not an official project of GHHC, it still means a lot whenever she gets a simple thank you.
All of our supporters of God's Hygiene are a real blessing, too. We are now serving up to 50 clients a day when the Help Center is open. More caseworkers are registering to pick up needed hygiene items for their clients. Linden residents walking by see our "Free Hygiene" sign and are so grateful to walk up and able to pick up 6 items.
So thank you for being there!
Dear Father, given us a heart for "the least of these." You reached out to us in our need and despair, and words cannot convey our gratitude. May we, then, reach out to others with the same comfort with which You have comforted us. Lead me clearly to someone this week--even today--to help, and make me a channel of hope to that person's soul. In Jesus' Name. Amen. Dr. David Jeremiah, Hope. An Anchor for Life p. 66