gratitude from angelique caldwell
I would like to express my gratitude to God’s Hygiene Help Center. I am so thankful for my longtime friend Tammy Jewel without her God’s Hygiene would not exist. It is her vision and passion to help everyday people like myself. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic. I am in a rehabilitation program at Phoenix Integrated Behavioral Health Center. I am eternally grateful for the women and men at GHHC. The staff and volunteers have inspired me by their generous gifts each and every month. There are so many times that Tammy has touched my heart, mostly by being the person that she is. As I recall one day she gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and she gracefully smiled and said “These are for you because you're so beautiful.” Tears came to my eyes as we hugged. “ I never thought I would receive a bouquet of flowers and 2 rolls of toilet paper in one day! “
I always look forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays at Oakland Park Help Center location. I not only get to see my longtime friend’s gorgeous face but I get to experience the loving kindness of the ladies who work for her at GHHC. There have been days when we all felt led to pray. So we circled up and prayed to the LORD. These ladies have become my family.
I am amazed and reminded everyday of just how good God is. His beautiful reflection shines so brightly on each and every person involved in this ministry. God’s Hygiene Help Center’s mission is to see people's lives changed. I am living proof!
I have been a client at Phoenix Integrated Behavioral Health for over 6 months now. I came in their doors a very broken person. I was in and out of rehabs. Seven to be exact. I knew I had to get sober. I had hit rock bottom. I was homeless and I had nowhere to go. I had exhausted all of my resources. I wanted so desperately to rebuild my life. A friend told me about a place called Phoenix. It was then that I began to feel a glimmer of hope. Phoenix has given me a place to live and I participate in Intensive Outpatient Treatment 5 times a week and two counseling sessions a week. I love Phoenix. Since I have been sober I am establishing life goals. One of them is to go back to Columbus College of Art and Design and pursue my love for painting. I am especially thankful for the love and support of my family. My Mom is my Hero. I would like to personally thank God’s Hygiene Help Center for restoring hope and dignity into my life. Thank You.
Psalm 18. 1 I love you, Lord, my strength.2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.
16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
school dignity boxes
Volunteers at our Oakland Park Help Center are now packing School Dignity Boxes for 6 schools: Hamilton STEM, Duxberry Alternative, Como Elementary, Linden McKinley STEM, Windsor Academy and The Shepard School. Items included are 25 bars of soap, 25 toothbrushes and toothpaste, 25 deodorants, feminine products, hand sanitizer and wipes. Since they are also being requested, we bought boys' and girls' underpants in various sizes and also added small adult pull-ups. The schools are so appreciative. When Javier Negrete Jr, School-Family-Community Coordinator, came to pick up their boxes, he surprised us with this huge thank you poster signed by the elementary students. Since Hamilton has a washing machine for students in need to use, we also gave them laundry detergent.
Education is so important. Tammy remembers growing up the embarrassment and bullying from not having basic dignity items like soap.
thank you from a client
My name is Stephanie. I am a client in Phoenix Integrated Health, Rehab Treatment Program. I wanted to let it be known that GHHC, Tammy and their staff have been a big part of my recovery. They've helped with hygiene and clothes when I needed them, and also they have shown me support and love. That helped me get back my self respect to show myself and to others. They are truly a blessing from God. They are my angels.
Tammy has given me and other clients when needed whatever help she can, and if she can't, she points us in the right direction to get the help. Thank you GHHC for being a big part of my life and the community. I now have my self esteem, self respect, self worth which was a part of my life that I'd lost a long time ago. Thank you Tammy and GHHC staff!
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm. Isaiah 25:4
medina recovery residential
Today a number of residents of Medina Recovery walked over to our Oakland Park Help Center to get needed hygiene items. When our volunteers found out they all wanted and needed Bibles, our Bible Coordinator, Bonnie Johnston, was happy to give them each their own Bible. Thank you for your continued donations of Bibles and Christian books.
We also got to meet and talk with Donna, the counselor of Malik, our super volunteer greeter.
Please let say thank you for welcoming me and showing the wonderful work you are doing across the street from us. I was so moved by the love felt just coming through those doors. I wanted to share some notes when asked from some of our clients.
Not only did they help me with my own personal hygiene needs, but they also helped me get diapers for my youngest child. Russ
GHHC has helped supplied each and all of us in our house here at Medina with vital hygiene and cleaning needs. They are loving and supportive. Jimmy
GHHC has helped me by giving the necessities I would have gone without had it not been for them. I am so grateful for the love the showed me. Jennifer
The Help Center across the street has helped me when I had nothing in the way of hygiene. I was so afraid of what I was going to do when I got here. They offered me what I needed in addition to supportive smiling faces. Dodee
The thing that strikes me about GHHC across the street, they not only give out hygiene products to those in need, but they are people that make you feel good about who you are. Dawn
I believe it is helpful for those like myself who don’t have much to have these wonderful people across the street who give from the heart and really care. Donnie
The way GHHC across the street has touched me is the gift of free hygiene and cleaning needs. This is a must for me! They helped me realize, I am not alone, help is out there. Ken
The Help Center across the street is a good thing for people who need their hygiene needs met. And they not only do that, but they also really care. They are great people for those of us in need. Grady
Thank you again, you have helped our community in more ways with your kind giving hearts to those in need. It was so nice to meet all of you. Thank you again and let me know if I can be of help.
Donna Chapman, Clinical Supervisor, Medina Residential
Today at our Oakland Park Help Center (OPHC) we served 91 clients for a total of 582 clients this month! That is a new high total. OPHC needs an increase in their monthly budget. Thank you for your continued prayers and support so we can offer dignity to so many in need.
MEDINA SUCCESS STORY
ICC BLESSING BAGS
GHHC WAREHOUSE VAN
A huge thank you to Upper Arlington Lutheran Church for donating a cargo van to God's Hygiene Help Center. As founder and president, Tammy Jewell signed the papers for this beautiful vehicle this month.
Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
support for a single mom
helping a family in need
Tammy's brother Ross had been working in the same neighborhood for several weeks. He noticed a family of 5 children living with their 75 year old grandma, "Mrs. Pat." He found out that the mother was in prison and the father was a drug addict. Ross shared with Tammy that the kids wore the same dirty clothes every time he saw them. He also saw they were sleeping in the living room with just blankets. Unfortunately they did not want to involve the Bed Brigade.
Tammy's big heart and her spirit went into action. She packed up a Clean Start Basket with sets of towels, cleaning and basic hygiene items. Then Ross and Julia Ross went clothes shopping for the children ages 3, 4, 5, 11 and 14. They bought each one several outfits including 4 pairs of gloves, 2 hats, 3 pairs of socks for 3 year old. They also gave them 2 air mattresses so they would not need to sleep on the floor.The grandma didn't know what to say and just cried. The kids were laughing and happy about their new clothes. There are so many families living like this with grandma trying to keep the children together. Now they have hygiene besides food.
“It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others." Ephesians 2:10 (TLB)
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