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50 Stories for 50 Years: Dawn Dowden

Many in the Greenville community may know Dawn Dowden as the faithful Chief Operating Officer of Homes of Hope. Fewer know of the moving journey that helped lead her to the successful position that she’s in today. Twelve years ago, Dawn and her family experienced a costly health crisis that led to homelessness for her…
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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health, UM Staff
The Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 Written by Susan E. Boykin, ACSW, LISW-CP United Ministries’ Mental Health Counselor “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” famous words written by Charles Dickens in his novel A Tale of Two Cities can easily apply to our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Countless…
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50 Stories for 50 Years: Susan McLarty

Susan McLarty, the coordinator of the Greenville Homeless Alliance (GHA), found her voice and her role in advocacy through her church community. Susan personally connected with Tony McDade, the retired United Ministries (UM) Executive Director, when he was in charge of GAIHN. Susan helped Tony expand the role of Westminster Presbyterian Church from being a…
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50 Stories for 50 Years: Tina Bryant

Tina Bryant could hardly remember a time when her life wasn’t consumed by drugs. Under their spell, she found it difficult to care about anything else–certainly not her education. She recalls that she would often walk in the front door of her high school and head straight out the back to get high. Not surprisingly,…
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50 Stories for 50 Years: Frances Poe

50th Anniversary, News
“United Ministries is a long novel with different chapters along the way.” Those are the words of Frances Poe, the current chair of United Ministries’ Board of Directors. Frances was connected to our organization at a young age, without even realizing it. As a Greenville native, she took part in the Walk for the Homeless…
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50 Stories for 50 Years: Davida Bryant

Davida Bryant began her time at United Ministries as an intern for various programs. She mostly worked as a receptionist during that time, which gave her the opportunity to learn about the many facets of United Ministries and to talk one-on-one with everyone from new participants to long-time board members. When the position opened in…
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Greetings from Lizzie and Tony

News, UM Staff
Dear friends, For 50 years, United Ministries has been meeting the needs of individuals and families in our community. While the programs have evolved over time, the focus has been the same – meeting people where they are and walking with them to get to where they want to go. This work is not easy.…
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