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