ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017
United Ministries serves and empowers those on the transformative journey to self-sufficiency. Our vision is a community working together to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to thrive in Greenville.
FROM OUR LEADERSHIP
ABOUT UNITED MINISTRIES
TRANSFORMATION WALK 2016
UNITING FOR CHANGE LUNCHEON 2017
GED GRADUATION 2017
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT
FISCAL YEAR BY THE NUMBERS
DONOR HONOR ROLL
HOW YOU CAN HELP
FR O M O U R LEA D ERS H I P
Impact. Results. Outcomes. Return on investment. Our goals at United Ministries are always centered on fulfilling our mission, to serve and empower Greenville folk who are on the transformative journey to self-sufficiency. As you peruse this annual report, you will read statistics that indicate that your investments in our work at United Ministries make a difference that really lasts. Partnerships. Collaboration. Social innovation. Sustainability. Community-level change. Our vision is a Greenville in which everyone experiences an opportunity to thrive. Scan this brochure to see for yourself how our strong, integrated programs are carefully coordinated with other community resources to maximize our shared efforts to help people leave poverty behind once and for all.
John. Amber. Jameice. Bryan and Niccole and Samantha and Bryce. Kameron. These wonderful individualsâ€”adults and children, individuals and familiesâ€”are the reason that we exist as an agency. Channeling the generosity and benevolence of the Greenville community to address effectively the needs and aspirations of our neighbors is what we do superlatively at United Ministries. Our dedicated staff and devoted volunteers are deeply committed to creating community with people of all walks of life and to offering practical compassion where it is needed most. The voices of our friends and neighbors echo through these pages, and we affirm that their stories matter.
THIS ANNUAL REPORT REFLECTS OUR
OUR NEW FISCAL YEAR. NOW JULY 1 TO JUNE 30
Gratitude. Appreciation. Humility. Thanks! Please know that we are grateful that you express your compassion for others through United Ministries. Together we are working toward a day when everybody in Greenville has what they need to flourish.
Tony McDade Executive Director
Board of Directors
Bob Dillon President
Katherine Smoak Davis Vice President
Betsy Boaze Secretary
Debbie Cooper Treasurer
Alan Marshall Immediate Past President
JO IN IN G TO G ET H ER
After joining together with the Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, United Ministries announced the organizationâ€™s new identity on September 22, 2016 at the Better Together Bash held at Zen. Key stakeholders were invited to attend the celebration, where the new logo and overall brand identity was revealed. The new brand aligns with our mission to serve and empower those on the transformative journey to self-sufficiency. The icon represents three focus areas: Education and Employment, Crisis Assistance, and Homeless Services. The integrated and relationship-oriented nature of these services and our role as a catalyst to help people move forward are vividly depicted in the new brand. The connectedness of the logoâ€™s elements conveys how United Ministries brings together the people, resources, and organizations to affect positive change in the lives of others. The new tagline emphasizes that we cannot make changes for our participants, and perhaps they alone cannot achieve their goals, but that working together, their lives can be transformed.
Better Together Bash
United Ministries launched a new website showcasing the updated brand:
TR A N S FO R M AT I O N WA LK 2 016
“The Transformation Walk is a ministerial and sensory understanding of the sometimes marginalized and forgotten community. We’re proud to work alongside United Ministries to respond to the communities’ needs.” — Alex Garvey, Senior VP of Mission at Bon Secours
Presented by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, the 2016 Transformation Walk raised over $82,000 to support the programs of United Ministries. 34 teams and hundreds of individuals came together to “take a step to change a life” on Sunday, October 23. Participants enjoyed the incredible balloon artist, entertaining magician, and a Zumba lesson in the plaza before walking three miles “in the shoes” of those seeking assistance from service agencies in downtown Greenville. Ed and Peggy Good chaired the event. Other major supporters of the Transformation Walk included the following Stride Sponsors: Batteries Plus Bulbs, Bostik, Carolina Power, Don Pilzer Law Firm, Engenius, GSA Business, HIS Radio, KeenanSuggs/HUB International, PNC Bank, and South Carolina Tel-Con.
2016 FUNDRAISING AWARD WINNERS: Top Large Team: St. Mary’s Confirmation Class Top Medium Team: Buncombe Street UMC Sprouts Top Small Team: New Horizon Family Health Services Top Adult: Ed Good from First Baptist Greenville Top Youth: Isabella Ortiz from St. Mary’s Confirmation Class Most Spirited Team: Buncombe Street UMC Sprouts 9
U N IT IN G FOR C H A N G E LUN CH EON 2017
“Eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty.” — Dr. Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
On April 20, 2017, Dr. Matthew Desmond addressed a sold-out crowd of over 500 people at United Ministries’ 2nd Annual Uniting for Change Luncheon. Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Dr. Desmond’s insights on poverty and the issues surrounding affordable housing were timely and impactful. Mayor Knox White presented Desmond with a key to the city. Presented by Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, the 2017 Uniting for Change Luncheon brought together community–minded and engaged individuals, congregations, civic leaders, and business professionals from all across the Greenville area for a thought-provoking session on poverty and charity. The following individuals stepped up with a matching gift challenge of $20,000: Linda and Kent Satterfield, Mary and John Braeunig, Kathy and Alan Marshall, and Cam and Tony McDade. Attendees met the challenge, and the luncheon raised over $79,000 in support of the programs of United Ministries. Table Sponsors for the Uniting for Change Luncheon were Dority & Manning, Greenville Health System, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
GE D GR AD UAT I O N 2 017
On Thursday, March 2nd, United Ministries celebrated the success of their GED graduates with a ceremony at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church. Over 100 adults were eligible to walk at the graduation, which was presented by The Smart Family Fund. Eligible graduates earned their GEDs, or high school equivalency diplomas, through United Ministries Adult Education program between March 3, 2016 and February 28, 2017. “I think I can speak for the entire United Ministries Adult Education staff in saying that it’s an incredible privilege to work with these highly-motivated adults and help them realize their potentials,” says Dr. Lisa Hall, Adult Education Program Manager. “No matter what’s in their past or why they left school, we want them to be their best. Nine times out of ten, they are the ones who are most surprised by what they are able to achieve.” United Ministries also offers GED candidates the opportunity to earn their WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificates, which 208 students earned in 2016, better enabling them to find jobs and work towards financial stability. 87% of GED graduates who United Ministries contacted after graduation reported that they were employed. “Since graduating with my GED, I’ve earned a promotion to Junior HR Manager at Publix, and I’ve been able to enroll in college to become a veterinarian. More importantly, I am setting a positive example for my nieces and nephews,” says graduate Danielle Owens. United Ministries’ youngest GED graduate this year was 17 years old and the oldest was 78-year-old Mel Friesen.
INCREASE IN GED GRADUATION RATE AT UNITED MINISTRIES FROM 2015 TO 2016. (GED graduates nationwide increased 40%.)
ED U C AT IO N & EMPLOYMENT
Meet Joseph. When Joseph joined the Employment Readiness program, he was living at the Greenville Rescue Mission and setting his life on a new path after a struggle with alcohol addiction. He was working as a dishwasher at a local restaurant and managed to complete United Ministries’ four-day employability skills class around his work schedule. He hit the ground running, working towards his long-term goals of purchasing a car and moving into his own apartment. His progress was threatened a month in, when he relapsed while visiting his hometown. He admitted that he was tempted to give up, but thought of all the folks who believed in him and decided to get back on track. Over the next eight months, Joseph worked faithfully with his counselor and was able to: obtain his Silver WorkKeys® Certification; complete Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program classes and pay off the fines related to his Driver’s License; open a matched savings account through United Ministries to build his emergency savings; cut back on smoking to improve his physical health; attend his son’s wedding while maintaining his sobriety; look into longer term housing options; and obtain a job that paid $2.00 more per hour (and has earned several raises since)! In February 2017, Joseph attended a financial workshop on “The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying a Car,” which United Ministries offered in partnership with a local credit union. Three months later, he put that knowledge to use and purchased his own car. As he continues to build his savings and excel at work, he will collaborate with his employment counselor at United Ministries and with partner agencies to work towards the longer-term goal of independent housing.
IN THE 2016-2017 FISCAL YEAR,
PARTICIPANTS IN EMPLOYMENT READINESS & ADULT EDUCATION PARTICIPATED IN THE WORKKEYSÂ® CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
JOBS WERE FOUND THROUGH EMPLOYMENT READINESS
EMPLOYMENT READINESS PARTICIPANTS WERE SPONSORED FOR JOB TRAINING. 15
C R IS IS ASS ISTA NCE
Kelly Thomas has two small children ages 3 years and 5 months. After her recent separation, Kelly began to struggle financially. Without her husband’s income in the home, she went from working part-time to full-time, but that wasn’t enough to make ends meet. In dire need of help, Kelly came to United Ministries for Emergency Assistance. The Emergency Assistance program was able to assist her with rent, life sustaining medications, and food. Kelly knows that it will take time to adjust to her new circumstances, but she believes that because of the help from Emergency Assistance and having full-time employment, she will be able to maintain her new responsibilities.
IN FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017, OVER
HOUSEHOLDS RECEIVED FOOD FROM UNITED MINISTRIES...AND
250 INDIVIDUALS WERE ASSISTED WITH RENT.
H O M E L E SS SERVI C ES
One day, Denise came home from work to a letter from her landlord, giving her and her son Kameron 60 days to move out of the house that they had lived in for the past 8 years. The landlord was selling the house. Denise, a single mother who had bad credit, was immediately anxious. Kameron was a rising senior at Southside High School and was in special needs classes because of his autism. Denise wished for him to continue attending Southside – where he was doing well and where she knew he was cared for. Her search for new housing did not go well. Apartments that were based on income did not have any openings, and Denise’s credit prevented the family from approval at other area apartment complexes. Denise drove all over town looking for rental homes, but she ultimately could not afford them. The family became homeless. Someone at St. Francis Outreach Services referred Denise to United Ministries’ Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). Since their referral, Denise and Kameron have been able to move into permanent housing through Homes of Hope in their home community. It was important that the family stay in a familiar environment, and with IHN’s help, they have been able to do just that. Denise says, “I have met the most incredible people that are truly Earth angels. My family appreciates everything you have done for us and are very thankful to be in such a nice home with nice neighbors.”
OVER 12,000 VISITS*
TO PLACE OF HOPE RESULTED IN OVER
& 850+ LOADS OF LAUNDRY FOR OUR HOMELESS NEIGHBORS 17 FOUND LONGTERM HOUSING
59 FAMILIES* THIS INCLUDES
77 ADULTS AND 145 CHILDREN * FROM JULY 2016 TO JUNE 2017
â€œMy family appreciates everything you have done for us...â€?
FISC A L Y E AR BY T H E NUMBERS JULY 2016 â€“ JUNE 2017
Expenses Expenses July 2016-June 2017
Employment Readiness/ Financial Stabilization. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 418,295
Employment Readiness/Financial Stabilization 22%
Place of Hope
Administration Interfaith Hospitality Network. . . . . . . . . $ 380,590
Place of Hope Emergency Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 319,570
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Adult Education 16%
Emergency Assistance 17%
Adult Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 300,657 Adult Education Place of Hope. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 186,409
Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 159,356
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Development. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 118,330
Employment Readiness/Financial Stabilizatio
TOTAL EXPENSES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,883,207.00
Revenue Revenue Other Revenue Businesses 4.4%
Civic Groups 3.6%
Foundations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 445,798 United Way. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 439,115 OTHER REVENUE
Individuals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 386,486
Congregations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 348,767
Businesses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 79,322
United Way Individuals 21.6%
Other Revenue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . INDIVIDUALS $ 64,394 Civic Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 22,316
Investment & Miscellaneous Income. . . . . $114,860
FOUNDATIONS TOTAL REVENUE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,901,058
TH AN K YO U TO O UR D O N O RS
KELLETT SOCIETY 2016
Mr. Paul Johnson
The Kellett Society is an individual giving society named for the late Dr. Bill Kellett, a longtime United Ministries supporter, to recognize donors giving at the $1,000 or greater level during a calendar year.
Mrs. Carol B. Jones
Eric & Clare Wood
Dr.* and Mrs. William W. Kellett III
Mr. Sherman Woodson
Dr. and Mrs. Michael P. Kellett
Dr. and Mrs. James L. Young Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Marshall
Bryan & Lucy Zeiger
12 Anonymous Donors
Mr. and Mrs. Moffatt G. McDonald
LIFETIME KELLETT SOCIETY
Dr. and Mrs. Walter McPhail Bill and Catherine Merritt
Recognizes donors who have cumulatively given $25,000 or greater
Dr. Elaine C. Nocks and Dr. Barry C. Nocks
Mr. and Mrs. Drew Norwood
Ms. Joyce Alexander
Dr. and Mrs. Michael W. Payne
Mrs. Ann Ballenger
In Memory of Mrs. Mack Pazdan
Ms. Susan H. Bracknell
Mr. William Pender
William L. & Anne Maddrey Carpenter
Lee & Kelly Powell
Ms. Elizabeth L. Cleveland*
Mr. William M. Putnam Jr.
Ms. Jane R. Davenport
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Ramsey
Mary Jane Gorman & Duncan McArthur
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Rawls
Becky & Bobby Hartness
Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Schmidt
Bill and Emmy Holt
Mr. George W. Sharpton
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Y. Hyndshaw
John & Anne Shelley
Dr. and Mrs. Edward Lominack Jr.
Wade H. Sherard III
Tim & Karen Lynch
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Smart
Mr.* and Mrs.* Alvin McCall
Mrs. Mary E. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Alexander J. Milligan
Mr. David R. Snipes
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mitchell
Mrs. Elizabeth P. Stall
Mrs. Marie G. Park
James and Sharon Stiepan
Jane & Don Pilzer
Ms. Sherry Tate
Laurie & Marvin Quattlebaum
Greg & Margaret Taylor
Dave & Beverly Sampson
Mrs. Susan Thomas
Linda & Kent Satterfield
Mrs. Patricia C. Thompson
Bob & Pat Shufeldt
Dr. Adam Tyson and Dr. Liz Tyson
Roy & Mary Carol Abercrombie Mrs. Jean M. Aldridge Mike & Leigh Andrews Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Boeker Ralph & Becky Bouton John & Mary Braeunig Dr. and Mrs. Tommy L. Bridges Dr. Lynne P. Shackelford & Dr. Bruce L. Brown Jim & Phyllis Cashion Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Coburn Ms. Nancy B. Cole Mr. and Mrs. John C. Cothran Mr. and Mrs. Hal Crosswell Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Dillon Mr. William G. Garrett Mr. and Mrs. David Gedney Peggy & Ed Good Mr. and Mrs. Leroy S. Gordon Sonny & Jean Graves Jim & Cydelle Guth Mr. and Mrs. John A. Hagins Jr. Mrs. Betty Herrin Janey & Larry House Mr. and Mrs. Don Hudson Mr. Gerald Huskamp
Mr. and Mrs. Duke K. McCall Jr.
Mrs. Marilyn F. Vanvick*
Mr. John B. McLeod*
Mr.* and Mrs. Frank C. Williams Jr.
The Legacy Society recognizes donors who have made provisions in their estate plans to include United Ministries. If you have included United Ministries in your estate plans, please let us know so that we may celebrate and recognize you!
Ms. Luelle Ogburn*
Ms. Claire D. Winkler Mr. Kurt A. Young Dennis & Renee Zeiger
GOOD SAMARITAN GIVING SOCIETY Recognizes monthly donors at any level 5 Anonymous Donors Ms. Susan H. Bracknell John & Mary Braeunig Mr. and Mrs. Pete Cantrell Mr. David Cross Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Doering Ms. Constance E. Gawne Mrs. Betty Herrin Mr. and Mrs. Anthony R. Hesketh Mr. Keith Howard Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Keaton Mr. and Mrs. Chip B. Mays III Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mitchell Mrs. Saidee New
Estate of Carmela Botticelli Mrs. Evelyn J. Bruce* Mr.* and Mrs.* John F. Chandler Ms. Elizabeth L. Cleveland* Ms. Jo Ann Coleman*
Estate of Ruth Patrick Ms. Virginia B. Rubin* Mr. William C. Smith* Estate of James B. Staton Mrs. Perla B. Stowe* Mr. John F. Templeton* Ms. Martha G. Templeton* Mr. I. Newton Whiteside* Mrs. Pauline W. Woodside*
Ms. Ruth M. Dean* Mrs. Mary Simms Oliphant Furman* Estate of Ellen H. Goldsmith Ms. Nancy A. Hardesty* Estate of William Anthony Miller Hughes Mr. Roy F. Hunt, III Ms. Mary S. Johnson Ms. Eugenia H. Ligon* Mr. Robert J. Maxwell Jr.* Ms. Margaret McCreary*
Ms. Edie Parrott Mr. Joseph J. Pulliam Mr. David R. Snipes Mr. and Mrs. John R. Strickler Nancy S. Williams We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of our donor lists, but if weâ€™ve made a mistake, please let us know at 864-335-2615. * denotes deceased
VO LU N T E E R S POT LI G H T
Anne and John Shelley have supported United Ministries for over 20 years, and the retired educators have been volunteering in the Adult Education program for nearly 10 years – Anne since 2008 and John since 2013. Anne will tell you that prior to teaching at the college level, she taught many at-risk middle school students with low reading levels and witnessed the difficulties of many students. John points to his previous career as a religion professor at Furman University and his focus on social ethics. Both agree that their volunteer service is based largely in their Christian background – the calling to use the talents you have to contribute to your society. “We are responding in gratitude for the good in our lives,” the couple said. John and Anne both have students’ stories that stick out in their minds. John recalls Wally – a middle-aged man with a good job who was committed to earning his GED before his daughter finished high school. He commuted from the Abbeville area to United Ministries after work and completed his GED just before his daughter graduated. “I used to think the hardest part for the students had to be just overcoming their own anxiety and climbing the stairs to the Adult Education hallway to begin the program,” Anne said. “Now, I believe the hardest part is to be persistent – to fight against doubts, obstacles and disappointments – to keep coming back.” While challenging, the one-on-one tutoring is “one of the great joys” of what the John and Anne do in Adult Education. After a time, students begin to open up and share personal stories. The Shelleys agree that they have been moved by the students’ stories and have become more in tune with challenges students face in completing their education – from childcare to work schedules to the public transportation system. John and Anne enjoy the community atmosphere among volunteers and staff and credit the staff with a great “capacity for compassion” and “commitment to professionalism” that have moved the program forward. For more information on the Adult Education program, see page 14 of this Annual Report.
â€œWe are responding in gratitude for the good in our lives.â€?
H OW YO U C A N H ELP
Everything we do at United Ministries is influenced by one mission: to supply Greenville area men, women, and children with resources to get out of homelessness and poverty. Our experience has led us to adopt a multi-service approach that has provided increased stability for thousands of people. Donate
FUNDS By mail to United Ministries 606 Pendleton Street, Greenville SC 29601 or online at www.united-ministries.org
United Ministries believes that volunteers are our strength. Volunteers allow us to increase our capacity to provide services to those in need. Explore the opportunities below, and envision the changes you can personally bring to your community.
FOOD & TOILETRIES Our pantry is always in need of non-perishables, especially toiletry donations. Our Place of Hope day shelter uses travel-sized soap, shampoo and lotions along with disposable razors, laundry detergent, wash cloths and towels. STOCKS Gifts of stock are easy to do! For details, contact Brian Sutherland, UM Accountant at 864-335-2610 or firstname.lastname@example.org. LEGACY GIFTS We accept bequests from a will and beneficiary designations from retirement plans and life insurance policies. For more information, contact Jade Fountain at 864-335-2615 or email@example.com.
United Ministries is currently seeking assistance with: • Staffing reception area/answering phones • Locating employment opportunities for Employment Readiness participants • Sorting, organizing, and collecting nonperishable food items (food pantry) • Teaching and/or Tutoring in the Adult Education program • Interviewing participants in Emergency Assistance (training provided) • Assisting with special events • Holding a food drive Contact Claire Winkler at firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer information.
Total Volunteer Hours with United Ministries for Fiscal Year 2016-2017:
Our vision is a community working together to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to thrive in Greenville.
Wonâ€™t you be a part of making this vision a reality?
606 Pendleton Street Greenville SC 29601
We are pleased to present our most recent annual report!