Emergency Assistance

Thank You, Walmart!

The Walmart Foundation and the South Carolina State Giving Advisory Council awarded United Ministries a $27,000 grant to support food assistance and operating costs in 2017.  This local grant award is part of the Walmart Foundation’s mission to fight hunger and improve nutrition, create economic opportunities, and strengthen communities. In Greenville County, 15% of the…
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Brrr…It’s Cold Outside

Josalin Betts, a senior citizen on a fixed income, came to United Ministries to receive assistance with her Duke Energy electric bill. Because it had started getting colder, she began using more power to heat her home. When she received her electric bill, it was a little higher than she expected, and she could not…
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United Ministries Celebrates Food Pantry Renovation

Representatives from Leadership Greenville Class 41 and the Graham Foundation gathered with staff and volunteers of United Ministries on Thursday morning to mark the renovation of United Ministries’ food pantry and the program’s transition to a client-choice model.   “Our approach to food distribution has been limited by our physical space. We are excited to…
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When Motivation Meets Opportunity

Tammy Wilson says that it was a humbling experience coming to United Ministries for help, because she wasn’t sure if she’d receive any. Her husband had lost his job, and his income was primary in the household. She came to United Ministries Emergency Assistance program for help paying their power bill, and as part of…
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Moving Day and Demolition – Client Choice Food Pantry

The Client Choice Food Pantry project is underway! On a beautiful Friday afternoon, members of Leadership Greenville 41 helped us to move items from our food pantry into temporary storage at the Place of Hope.  This morning, team members from Harper Corporation began demolition. “This is all very exciting, especially the expansion of the pantry…
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Helping Families in Need

Kaley is a single mother of a 3 year-old who came to United Ministries’ Emergency Assistance program with an eviction notice.  She was scheduled for eviction and had 48 hours to pay her monthly obligations or her belongings would be set out on the side of the street.  Kaley had most of the money, but…
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Client Choice Food Pantry Model Returns Dignity to Those Seeking Assistance

In partnership with Leadership Greenville and Harper Corporation, we plan to overhaul our crisis food distribution by creating a client choice food pantry. The new client choice food pantry model will return dignity to those seeking assistance by giving them the ability to choose food items that fit their families’ needs. In the old system,…
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Helping Keep Seniors Warm

Mrs. Clark, a 92 year-old senior, is one of the few people who still heats her home with coal.  She was very appreciative that United Ministries’ Emergency Assistance was able to assist her with 10 bags of coal through our HEAT program to help keep warm.
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Small Helpers Make a Big Impact

Topics like homelessness, unemployment, and hunger are tough; It’s easy to be overwhelmed with despair, and we often trick ourselves into believing “I can’t make a difference….the problem is just too big”. Thankfully, children view life in a more simple manner, and they don’t hesitate to tackle the seemingly insurmountable; At United Ministries, we’ve witnessed that a lot…
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Lowe’s Heroes

When Place of Hope opened it’s doors yesterday morning, participants were greeted with a fresh look.  Thanks to Lowe’s Heroes, Place of Hope and our Emergency Assistance Program received some important facility updates which will hopefully help with efficiency of the programs.  Let’s hear it straight from the source. What is Lowe’s Heroes?  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYm5OovraM8&NR=1] How does one become a Lowe’s…
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