Participant Stories

50 Stories for 50 Years: Young Ghun

“I was stuck in life and United Ministries got me un-stuck.” So says Young Ghun, who graduated with his GED in September 2018 and is now enrolled at Bob Jones University (BJU), pursuing a degree in Cinema Production. Young came to United Ministries after following the advice of a concerned friend and traveling almost 2000…
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50 Stories for 50 Years: Brooke Wilkinson

Brooke Wilkinson joined Employment Readiness in the summer of 2017.  She was working, but after having completed a rehab program in 2015 for a methamphetamine addiction, Brooke needed a job that would better sup port her recovery.  Brooke worked with her employment counselor to practice interview questions, update her resume, and craft a cover letter.…
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50 Stories for 50 Years: Betty Herrin

What brings people together more than a cute pet? Betty Herrin, a volunteer at United Ministries, knows that there is nothing quite like a dog to get people out of their shell. Betty has been volunteering weekly at the Place of Hope, United Ministries’ day shelter, for over five years. She has gotten to know…
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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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