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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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50 Stories for 50 Years: Debbie Cooper

50th Anniversary, News
So many aspects of life change when you have a child. Debbie Cooper, United Ministries’ (UM) board member of 4 years, says that her career ambitions completely changed while raising her first child. After working in a for-profit business for years, her perspective altered as she realized that she “wanted to make a difference in…
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50 Stories for 50 Years: Hannah Ennis

Have you ever had an incident stick in your mind so sharply that it alters how you see your career? Hannah Ennis, United Ministries’ Student Resource Specialist, had such a moment. Before joining United Ministries’ team, she was on a mission trip in Louisiana. There, her group walked past and largely ignored an older, untidy-looking…
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Dual Purpose: Transportation and Recreation

For many of our participants, transportation is an obstacle to finding employment, and getting access to health care, childcare, school, grocery stores, and more. To help alleviate the obstacle of transportation for our participants, we started a bike referral agreement with the Village Wrench in 2015. Bikes are a reliable, environmentally friendly, and heart-healthy form of…
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50 Stories for 50 Years: Beth Templeton

We all know that person who seems to be involved in everything and has you wondering if they ever sleep. Reverend Beth Templeton, who was Executive Director at United Ministries for 24 years, is such a person. Before her career at United Ministries, Beth went to Erskine Theological Seminary thinking she would work at a…
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