Participant Stories

Overcoming Barriers through Hardwork

Charles entered the Employment Readiness Program at United Ministries in October of 2018 as a co-participant in the Miracle Hill Overcomers Program. Charles worked previously in small engine repair and was interested in returning to this field of work after completing his rehabilitation through Miracle Hill. Some of Charles’s initial goals included finding a job…
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Building a Future – Devlin’s Story

Devlin joined Employment Readiness in June 2017 after serving 14 years in prison for a drug charge. He was already working full-time when he first came to United Ministries, but Devlin had goals beyond simple employment, and he liked the holistic approach of Employment Readiness. He wanted to start his post-incarceration journey by improving his…
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A Home in Time for Christmas

To United Ministries:  “I would like to thank you all for the support given to myself and my girls during a difficult period. Life has its ups and downs, and there will always be trials, but some things can upset your entire world, especially when you haven’t prepared for such upsets. June 2017 I lost my job.…
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Strength and Determination

Janey House, Academic Counselor, Adult Education Our students come to us with their own individual stories.  They have their own struggles, fears of failure, challenges, goals, and personalities.  They bring themselves to our GED program here at United Ministries, and they enrich our program with their enthusiasm, work ethic, and determination.  Kaylee, who just completed…
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Off and Biking

When Garrett joined the Employment Readiness Program, he was new to the area. He moved from Atlanta to Greenville in order to complete the Miracle Hill Overcomer’s Program. Over the course of several months, he worked diligently to complete the Overcomer’s Program while he worked with his Employment Counselor to address barriers to employment. One…
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Dentist Helps Others by Providing Transformative Dental Work

Dr. Joseph Holliday, DMD, of Holliday Dental, P.A. is a longtime dentist in the Greenville community and a member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church.  His clients happen to include three different members of the United Ministries staff!   Over the past few years, Dr. Holliday has twice provided free restorative dental services to participants…
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Back on Track

When Joseph joined the Employment Readiness Program, he was living at the Greenville Rescue Mission and setting his life on a new path after a struggle with alcohol addiction. He was working as a dishwasher at a local restaurant and managed to complete United Ministries’ four-day employability skills class around his work schedule. He hit…
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Sharing Thanks

By Mary Pyett, United Ministries’ Board Member and Community Volunteer Last night was our first evening with the current families in the Interfaith Hospitality Network.  The families were delightful.   While Rob and I sat in the host room watching the Tony’s, we overheard the guests in the hallway giving each other hugs and saying goodnight to…
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Meeting Life Goals

When Bryan showed up at United Ministries’ Employment Readiness program in August 2016, he was in the sixth month of the seven-month Miracle Hill Overcomers residential addiction recovery program. What stood out that first day was the simplicity of Bryan’s “life goal” that he was asked to share with the group; he said that in…
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Student’s Determination Pays Off

Mary Allen Murphy, Academic Counselor So often we see that the realities and stresses of life – transportation issues, long work hours, bills to pay, raising children, health issues – interfere with or briefly interrupt a student’s progress in the Adult Education program.  Terence was one of those students who enrolled in the GED program…
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