Under the Bridge

I was recently invited to join several staff members from Place of Hope and Greenville Mental Health to “go under the bridge”.  As weird as that may sound to some, to those who work with the homeless of Greenville County, this invitation is understood.  To “go under the bridge” means visiting the steady stream of…
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Tour of the Town

We wish we could be all things to all people, but it’s simply not possible.  Thankfully, Greenville County has many other agencies dedicated to serving the underserved.  Last week, a small group of staff and interns took time to tour the facilities and learn a little more about our partners in poverty prevention. Our first…
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Did you Hear That?

  Our Listening Project returns.  Here is what our participants have been saying lately:  God is good. All the time. Was homeless, lost everything. God provided another place to live finding new life.  – Mattie Look forward don’t look backward. World can take everything but joy!!  Backwards does no good.   -Don Have new life because Jesus…
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The Cost of Being Poor

Online account.   Automatic draft.   Email bill reminders. Those words don’t exist in a cash economy, which is the reality for most of our participants.  While I might pay my electricity bill in 5 minutes on the computer, someone living in a cash-only world will receive a paper bill in the snail-mail, find the cash for the…
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The Power of $1

Sometimes we can see the immediate impact of our generosity.  We serve a meal or volunteer our time and we can see the fruits of our labor.  What we may not see is what happens to that one dollar that was all or just a small part of our donation.  This dollar was used to buy…
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Is Your Coffee Fair?

We’ve all heard the term “Fair Trade”, but so many questions circle the concept.   Am I getting a fair price for my goods?  Are the goods produced to the quality standards I expect?  Am I really just giving my money to charity? In her latest article in the Greenville News, our own Beth Templeton clarifies that Fair Trade…
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