serving at new warehouse and help center
Thanks to Redi Quick Signs, a family owned and operated small business, we now have signs out front on Oakland Park and beside our Help Center door. Now it will be easier for people to find our new Help Center and Warehouse to leave donations or pick up needed hygiene and cleaning items.
God's Hygiene is filling a real need in the Linden community. The first week our new help center was open we served 50 clients. Nearly every person is a new client. Because of COVID-19, we set up card tables outside so they can complete their order form to choose 6 hygiene or cleaning items. Then a volunteer goes inside the warehouse to fill the order into a new pink GHHC giveaway bag. Clients can also choose a free Christian book and any free community resources including Our Daily Bread. Notice the newly painted white area in the middle photo below. Our fabulous mural artist Debby Campbell is adding another mural of a young boy and girl--she will use childhood pics of Ross and Tammy as models.
Minerva Behavioral Health is a drug rehab facility on Medina Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. It is a Substance Abuse Residential Rehab Facility and provides treatment to people with drug addiction and other substance abuse problems. They have a 30 day residential program after devoting at Maryhaven, Talbot Hall, etc. The residents of this sober living program discovered GHHC is within walking distance so each day some of their new clients visit us. Two of the ladies and one man have volunteered at the Help Center. They want to attend church on Sunday but most churches are limiting attendance to regular members.
It's all about Tammy sharing free community resources with the clients so she has driven clients to Salvation Army on Karl Road for their drive through food pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays until noon. So now Salvation Army is referring their clients to God's Hygiene for hygiene and we are referring our clients to them to get a food box.
God's Hygiene is blessed that we have Evangelist Priscilla "Prays on Purpose" McCullough coming to pray with our clients. Some of us cleaned out our bookshelves and now everyone picking up hygiene may choose their own Christian book. We are glad to accept any inkind donations from your home collection.
We are in need of volunteers to serve once or twice a month either helping stock hygiene or filling client orders. We have a lot of fun and serving together. This week we had a new volunteer who wanted to get out of his house. John, who happens to be in a wheelchair scooter, helps set up, waters the flowers and greets the clients. Please let Terry, Lesley Tate or Diane know if you are interested. You may also complete a simple application at https://www.godshygiene.org/volunteer.html
God will use His wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need. Philippians 4:19
Help me, Lord, to wait for Your perfect timing. And while I wait, teach me to live the way You want me to. I will follow You!
taking care of our community
There was an extra shelf upstairs at our warehouse so we let our wonderful police liaison Officer Alesia Zacher take it. She placed it in police substation #5 at 11th and Cleveland Avenues. Tammy stocked it with adult Depends and other basic hygiene items she had at her Howey Road Help Center. Officer uses the items when making wellness checks in the community.
Would you believe that GHHC helped clothe over 7 children this month? A volunteer and friend Melissa agreed to watch a baby for a short time. Several weeks have now passed and the baby is still with Melissa. Thanks to Sue Zerman who donated little outfits for the baby.
Kids in need seem to flock to Tammy and it hurts her heart to see children barefoot and without clothes. She has given out 25 pairs of flip-flops plus name brand tennis shoes--one pair to a man in exchange for helping in the upstairs at the warehouse and the other pair to a homeless man.
Neighbors are falling in love with Tammy and our Blessing Box. Now they are donating boxes of food including fresh produce so on some days, the Blessing Box is overflowing.
Paul Nordman wrote about Tammy and God's Hygiene Help Center through his daily blog 3 years ago. A woman just read it and reached out to Paul how to connect with God's Hygiene. Even though the new Help Center was closed for the week, Tammy served the young woman from her Howey Center and also requested a box of food be delivered to her. A couch or dressers are also needed. God is so good!
upstairs at warehouse
Before winter comes, we still need to add insulation in the upstairs "office" at our warehouse. Tammy's only brother Ross had offered to provide the materials and labor to remodel the upstairs. But as a number of you are aware, Ross recently has had 2 surgeries for his heart and repair the mesh in his intestines. Because of COVID our donations have decreased so we need to wait a few months to pay for needed insulation.
News Flash! James, who has worked with Ross for years, has offered to remodel the upstairs for free! He began work on September 18. Thank you Jame!
Dr. Ce Ce Harris of Columbus Recreation and Parks came to our Because School Matters event and then stayed and volunteered with her children. She saw how the parents appreciated the giveaway, so she decided to plan one for the Far East Community Center. Since the community centers support God's Hygiene where we hope to open up future help centers, GHHC donated some funds for hygiene for their giveaway as well as loaning safety cones and clipboards.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7 NIV
‘I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
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 41:9–10
These are such wonderful words of comfort, particularly if you are having a hard time.