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 with soap bubbles.
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. Andrea continues as a regular volunteer and Tammy has taken her under her wing to get boxes of food and clothes. On September 27 she was very happy to attend our modern worship service at Mill Run.
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 10 am until noon. Tammy has stood near the Salvation Army to refer some of their clients to God's Hygiene for hygiene and we are telling our clients about the free food box drive through.
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. Priscilla now wants to start up our Prayer Gathering/Bible Study on Thursdays 12 - 12:45 pm.
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 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!
another WAREHOUSE mural
taking care of our community
a 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. Our Officer uses the items when making wellness checks in the community.
Would you believe that GHHC helped clothe over 7 children this month--two sets of twins, a newborn and a 2 year old? Tammy's friend Melissa agreed to watch a baby for a short time. Several weeks have now passed and the baby is still with Melissa and then she found out it is her boyfriend's child. Tammy talked to a foster mother who had just received a set of twins and needed clothes. The very next day Sue Zerman came to Tammy's house with lots of donated little mostly new baby outfits. Thanks for listening to God to shop those garage sales.
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!
Below are pics of another angel who helps serve at God's Hygiene--Sue Zerman.
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 James! Others have helped put insulation in, hauled stuff away and we are hoping some UALC members may help add the finishing touches.
Far East community center
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.
On September 22 Terry, Lesley and Diane met with Roger Harper, Manager of the Far East Community Center to discuss opening a new God's Hygiene Help Center in their building located near Walnut Ridge High School. They have a secure closet with shelves behind their front counter where staff will serve clients. Now we need to contact their neighborhood churches and service organizations to see if they can help support a new GHHC.
Since we will be serving so many more clients in the near future, our operating budget has also increased even though we buy hygiene at discount prices. It would be such a blessing if you would consider becoming a monthly dignity donor. Please click here www.godshygiene.org/donate.html to set up your automatic donations. Thank you!
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
Cold weather is on the way. We will be starting our annual Project Warm. Thank you that the UALC knitting group already plans to use donated yarn to create scarves and hats. You may bring your donations to the Mill Run worship service on Sunday mornings and give to either Diane, Terry or Lesley Tate. During the week you may bring to our new Help Center/Warehouse located at 1402 Oakland Park Avenue on Tuesday and Thursdays 9:30am - 1pm. We have given out all our regular size Bibles and pocket New Testaments. Clients are so appreciative to receive their own Bible and a Christian book to read. Thank you.
SUPER special VOLUNTEERS
We want to recognize 3 of our amazing new volunteers: Terry Trubiano accepted the position as our Gift Card Coordinator. Target and WalMart stores will donate $25-$100 gift cards to God's Hygiene once a month if we send a letter and a volunteer offers to pick it up. If you live close to one of those stores and want to help, please contact her at Ttrubiano@gmail.com
John Willis is our very dependable volunteer at our new Oakland Park Help Center. He arrives at 9:30 am every Tuesday and Thursday to set up the tables, chairs, resource sheets and free Christian books. John retired from the business he started--I Am Good Peanuts. Tammy met him at Dollar General the first week we were open and after he visited as a client, asked if he could volunteer. We so appreciate his dedication and he can really deliver the client orders quickly on his electric scooter.
Andrea Yantone was thinking about a young woman named "Rabbit" who once lived in her same apartment building 20-30 years ago. She was walking on Oakland Park and saw that our new God's Hygiene Help Center was open. Andrea and Tammy couldn't believe their eyes when they recognized each other! She also has become a dependable volunteer and helps fill client orders in our warehouse. Andrea previously worked as a cosmetologist which will be great when we offer free haircuts for kids at a future event.
We invite you to become one of our super special volunteers. Please complete the simple online application at https://www.godshygiene.org/volunteer.html or ask Terry Starr or Diane. There are positions available with no contact with clients as well as being a welcoming greeter.