Perspective

Is all as it seems?

An article shared yesterday on the “Cost of Living in Greenville” painted a positive picture for families seeking to rent in Greenville County – but is all as it seems?  In yesterday’s edition of GVLtoday, an article on the “Cost of Living in Greenville” provided several interesting facts:  that the median household income in Greenville…
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Giving Back is the New Black—Four Practicals [Part 2 of 2]

  ADVOCACY Advocacy is another avenue of giving back. We need people to be more than just politically charged, but willing to share feedback or new ideas with local and state policy makers. No matter your political leanings, you can see the power of advocacy in the most recent SC for Ed story. WHY ADVOCATE?…
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Giving Back is the New Black—Four Practicals [Part 1 of 2]

  Sharing four points on volunteerism—starting with statistics and ending with practicals—because it’s time to answer the question that’s on everyone’s mind: “…but how do you actually get involved?” WHY VOLUNTEER? Volunteering connects us to our communities, forces us to see new perspectives, gives us a sense of purpose, aligns our passions with our time,…
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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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“Evicted” Strikes Chord for Greenville

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 16, 2017) – United Ministries’ Uniting for Change Luncheon returns with a focus on housing, April 20, 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency. Presented by Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, the Uniting for Change Luncheon draws community-minded and engaged individuals, congregations, civic leaders, and business professionals from all across the Greenville area…
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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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Whose Greenville is This Anyway?

How would you answer “Whose Greenville is this anyway?” What role do we have in responding to the challenges persons face in acquiring consistently secure, affordable, sufficient housing? The vision of a community working together to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to thrive points to an answer of “Who counts?” One meaningful answer is…
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Bon Secours to be Title Sponsor of United Ministries’ Transformation Walk

According to Alex Garvey, the Senior VP of Mission for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Catholic health care has always viewed hospitals as a reflection of the communities they serve. “We believe that the all-encompassing ministry of healing doesn’t stop at the hospital walls,” he says. The call to serve God’s people in the…
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One Plus One Can Equal Three

Just over a year ago, I received a call from Tony McDade, Executive Director for Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN) asking if we could meet with Ethan Friddle, Interim Director of United Ministries, to hear and discuss an idea. I recall the words creative and visionary being part of our conversation. After first discussing…
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From Our Friends at Triune

Triune Mercy Center has long been a partner in our efforts to the help the homeless of Greenville County.  Last Thursday we were honored to have Rev. Deb Richardson-Moore, Executive Director for Triune, attend our semi-annual GED graduation and introduce one of our participant speakers.  Here’s is Rev. Richardson-Moore’s letter about the evening:    I am on…
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