Participant Stories

Transformative Journey

Sonja’s story is one of hope and a transformative journey. It is a story of a mom and her three children who found themselves literally living in a car … right here in Greenville. Uncertain where to turn for help, providence brought her to the Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN). The volunteers and staff…
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A Family in Need of Shelter

When Mr. Smith became ill and was no longer able to work in construction after 13 years in the field, the Smith Family moved to Greenville to live with family. They soon realized that there were too many people in the house, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith and their 16 year old son moved into…
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Recent GED Graduate Motivated by New Program that Provides Jobs

Amber Carver says that during her recent journey, she has gone from having nothing to having something. When Amber was in 11th grade, she was making good grades and on track for graduation. When her mom unexpectedly became ill, Amber stayed home to care for her. She missed too many days of school and didn’t…
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Income Generation Provides Pathway to Stability

“Sometimes there is no support system; it’s just you and your grind,” Karen Tisdale says this is one of her favorite quotes. A lot of people she knows are struggling financially, so she says it’s up to you to change your situation and to make it what you want it to be. And that is…
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GED Graduate Finds Vocation in Metallurgy

I first met Steve Jant when he joined our GED program in 2009.  The GED was a huge challenge for him, and he studied on and off with us for four full years.  After he graduated in 2013, he went to Greenville Technical College, where he struggled with introductory college level work. Steve stopped by…
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GED Graduate Returns to Share Success

We’re always so delighted in the GED program when our graduates come back to tell us how happy and successful they are in their lives. That’s certainly the way we felt when Raydale McJunkin, a 2006 graduate, surprised us when he came in to tell us about his life after graduation. Ten years is a…
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My Mom Goes to Science School

“My mom goes to science school!” Elvia overhears her six year old son proudly telling his friends. Elvia chuckles to herself, not bothering to correct him that she is really just studying for her GED through the United Ministries’ Adult Education program. As a wife and mother of three young children, Elvia has a busy…
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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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Middle-aged Employment Readiness Participant Finds a Job

Mrs. C. is a great example of the many middle-aged and senior participants whom we serve in Employment Readiness. Mrs. C. is in her mid-50’s and has worked several jobs that lasted for many years. Unfortunately, she was laid off from her most recent job and was having a difficult time finding work on her…
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Always Keep Trying

Melissa worked for fourteen years as a teaching aide for special needs children in northern Virginia. After Melissa’s husband was transferred to South Carolina, Melissa learned that she would be required to complete the WorkKeys® test to be eligible for employment with the Greenville County School District. Melissa completed the test on her own, but…
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