oakland park help center team of volunteers
Pictured Left to Right: Officer Alesia Zacher, Diane Hendrickson, Peggy Wolf, Candace Cisman, Carolyne Uhas-Graff, Scott Milliken, Stephanie Hazen, Brenda Andracki, Tammy Jewell, Mike Harmon, Kathy Bullock, Malik Al Ameen. Not pictured: Bonnie Johnston and Andrea Yantone
Last Sunday the husband of volunteer Carolyne Uhas-Graff shared with Tammy what joy she now feels since beginning to serve at our Oakland Park Help Center. He sent this message to us:
I was surprised to hear from you from the comment I made to Tammy. This wasn't something that I was sure Carolyne might enjoy doing, but she told me one day that she was considering volunteering and she has enjoyed and looked forward to it ever since. Always being an extremely hard working person even after retirement, I still think she sort of missed the routine of work. Working at God's Hygiene gives her that routine and gives her a sense of giving to others and helping to provide a much needed service. She really enjoys the people she works with and will miss all of you when we go back to Florida for the winter. We do return the end of May and she will return then. Thanks for reaching out for my thoughts. Dave Graff
Thank you Dave and thank you Carolyne for becoming one of our loving Linden Angels!
Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always
doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Tammy had a vision years ago that hygiene deliveries would be possible. A number of shut-ins are disabled or have no transportation. Several other potential clients ask if we could deliver. We were delighted when the Oakland Park Help Center (OPHC) received this email:
I'm reaching out on behalf of DoorDash to see if Gods Hygiene would be interested in in-kind deliveries via Project DASH, DoorDash's free delivery service for nonprofits.
For background, Project DASH powers deliveries of charitable food, food pantry boxes, prepared meals, school supplies, home essentials, mental health kits, and more in partnership with nonprofit organizations across the US. We'd love to work with Gods Hygiene to bring deliveries to the community you serve!
If this is something you'd be interested in, we're inviting all potential new nonprofit partners to join an upcoming webinar to learn more and sign up. Diane signed up to attend the hour webinar to get more information. It is a free service for us. We need to have at least 10 deliveries within 10 miles of OPHC and each bag must weigh less than 25 pounds. Dashers will deliver for us and be compensated by Door Dash.
Before we even posted on Facebook or printed any information, a neighbor of Tammy's left a client order in her mailbox. The man and his brother have no car. They will be our first Project DASH clients!
Diane entered the 2 clients on the DoorDash spreadsheet in anticipation of waiting for 8 more clients.
On October 27 we were serving our drive up clients when Tammy had a vision again of the delivery. Up pulled Mohammed who said he was here to pick up the Project Dash bags!
Our new Dasher picked up and delivered the first 2 orders through Project Dash! Thank you so much for this free delivery service!
We are the Rudder Sisters (Jesus is our rudder), Women of the Word Saturday Bible Study Group. For our Fall service project we have chosen to participate in Project Warm with God’s Hygiene Help Center. We will give new hats, gloves, mittens, scarfs, hand warmers and blankets.
All of us are very happy to give, in the name of Jesus, to help the less fortunate of his children. Peggy Wolf
Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone. 15Use every chance you have for doing good. 16Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it. Never tell your neighbor to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.17
Thank you to these Thrivent agents for organizing their 2nd Action Team. Project to pack hygiene bags for God's Hygiene Help Center. They will also ask attendees to bring donations for Project Warm.
Tammy, Diane and Peggy attended the cookout of delicious pulled pork, hamburgers, macaroni and cheese, potato salad and Cole slaw. Thrivent agents donated enough detergent, spray cleaner, paper towels and toilet paper to pack 90 bags!
They even loaded the packed bags and extra items into Tammy and Joe's vehicles to be delivered to Oakland Park Help Center later that afternoon.
We were blessed to meet a new couple who donated a check and want to volunteer soon at OPHC.
in kind donations
underpants and socks needed
thank you ualc for the ghhc van
UALC Mission Committee approved donation of a cargo van to GHHC and it was delivered in September. Praise and thanks to UALC, the Missions Committee and Bob Masheter. The purpose and intent for the van is for hygiene product pickup and delivery.
thank you from case manager
clean start baskets
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story--those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. 4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. 5 They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away 6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.7 He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle 8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, 9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107
Jessica Ramirez received her Clean Start Basket yesterday. She left to go home with family after serving a 4 year sentence at Ohio Reformatory for Women. Thanks to God's Hygiene Help Center she has one less thing to work about. Thanks again. Jan Roberts, Women Transition Manager, Kindway
October 30, 2022 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Lytham Road Campus
An evening of fun for all ages: dinner, trunk or treating, chili cook-off, fellowship with the local neighborhood community. Free food (hot dogs, burgers, chili). Free candy for the kids (bring your own bag for collection). Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on and your best chili for the friendly chili cook-off! In the event of bad weather, the event will move indoors.
As one of UALC's missions, Tammy Shuster contacted Tammy if we would like to be part of this year's Trunk or Treat. Tammy and Diane plan to dress up and participate passing out information cards about God's Hygiene Help Center along with treats and toothpaste to the Trick or Treaters!
Sounds like we will be having a fun evening!
Welcome to Stephanie Hazen!
Two verses and a quote come to mind when I think of volunteering at God Hygiene Help Center. “But by the grace of God, there go I” (Corinthians 15:9-10). I have not lived a spotless life and feel empathetic to all of God's children. I thoroughly enjoy showing love to those in need. This opportunity allows me to share God's love that everyone should feel. The second verse that comes to mind is “walk in a manner worthy of calling for which you have been called” (Ephesians 4:1). My faith has grown and showing his grace upon others has come to fruition with the time spent with the Linden Angels. “Grow where you are planted”, a quote by The Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales. I enjoy the time spent with the Linden Angels and feel like I am growing in my faith and the relationship with the ladies and gentlemen I serve with. I am blessed to have met Tammy and Diane.
My name is Candace Cisman and I am a disabled USAF veteran and an Ohio native. I am returning to my home state after 28 years, I lived in Arizona the longest where I was able to volunteer and be the recipient of those who volunteer when I was homeless for a time in Arizona in 2017.
To help us, Diane Hendrickson, the mother of my oldest and dearest friend, Deanna Archer, has allowed my husband and me to stay in her home temporarily. This gives me an opportunity to volunteer with her at God’s Hygiene Help Center. To volunteer in any capacity is to know that you are needed and to realize that--to be a servant of God and to make myself available to God’s people when they need me.
As a person with behavioral health issues like many of the clients that GHHC helps, this is a wonderful opportunity to give back. I understand where many of them are because I’ve been there. I understand how many of them think, because I have labored through my own trials. Which is why I run an online community for people who walk through the trials of physical, sexual, behavioral, mental and other cognitive disabilities. I spent years floundering, not knowing that I had several behavioral health issues because they were hidden from me as a child, and I “rediscovered” them as an adult. I had learned to adapt as best I could, as we all do, but some of us need a little more help. Now I help those like me, who usually isolate themselves and the only contact they have are the people on the other side of their screen. For me volunteering gives me peace in the spaces in my life where sometimes I feel none. I truly thank the Father for that and I am truly grateful that God has given me another opportunity to be at service at God’s Hygiene Help Center.
2 Cor 1:3-7 [3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
Thank you to our wonderful donors. Because of your continued support the Oakland Park Help Center served 545 clients during the month of October 2022.