ANNUAL REPORT 2019-2020
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.
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FROM OUR LEADERSHIP TRANSFORMATION WALK 2019 UNITING FOR CHANGE LUNCHEON GED GRADUATION 2020 EMPLOYMENT READINESS INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK CRISIS ASSISTANCE PLACE OF HOPE FINANCIAL SERVICES MENTAL HEALTH FISCAL YEAR BY THE NUMBERS HOW YOU CAN HELP DONOR HONOR ROLL PARTNERSHIPS, CONGREGATIONS, AND FOUNDATIONS CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF TRANSFORMATION
FR O M O U R LEA D ERS H I P
In reflecting on the past year, I’m struck by just how different things are now, compared to a year ago. Masking is the new norm, we give virtual highfives and hugs compared to handshakes and embraces for greetings and farewells, and gathering in large groups seems so long ago that it’s hard to remember what it felt like to be in a room of more than a handful of people. My family and I moved to Greenville in early March, exactly one week before life as we knew it shifted. A few weeks into the pandemic, a friend of mine sent me an article entitled, “The Pandemic Is the Portal,” and encouraged me to read it. I proceeded to leave it sitting there in my inbox, collecting virtual dust until I was ready to hear what it had to say. The author, Arundhati Roy, offers a challenging invitation to see the pandemic as an opportunity. She says, “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” I believe that Roy offers us an important and timely invitation to take the opportunities this pandemic has illuminated for us. An opportunity to see the world as it has been, but perhaps in a way we weren’t willing to see. An opportunity to appreciate the value of each member of our community, with a greater 4
empathy towards one another, especially as we aren’t able to be in relationship in ways which we’ve grown used to prior to the pandemic. Here at United Ministries, we have been responding to the needs in the Greenville community for the last 50 years. And during this golden anniversary year, while our celebrations have looked incredibly different than we could have ever imagined, we have continued our work with greater focus, strength, and resilience than ever before. We have shifted our operations to accommodate safety and health guidelines, while making it possible for participants to continue accessing life-saving, life-supporting, and life-sustaining services. Additionally, we have seen the generosity of the Greenville community show up in incredible ways during this time, and we are reminded once again that we do not do this work alone. It is my honor and joy to join you in this most important work, and I look forward to continuing in this partnership with you in the months and years ahead. Wishing you blessings of safety and health, and many thanks for all that you make possible through our collective work together! With hope, Lizzie Bebber
BOARD OF DIREC TOR S
Jim Akerhielm President
Paul Johnson Vice President
Debbie Cooper Treasurer
Myra Morant Secretary
TR A N S FO R M AT I O N WA LK 2 019
Presented by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System for the 4th year in a row, the Transformation Walk and 5k Run took place on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 on a certified course at First Baptist Church, Greenville. The 30th annual event raised over $60,000 to support the programs of United Ministries. Over 350 people gathered to “take a step and change a life.” The event is a celebration of the lives changed each and every day at United Ministries and featured signs with participant images with links to their stories online.
Major supporters of the Transformation Walk and 5k Run, in addition to Bon Secours, were: • Pacesetter Sponsor: Pilzer | Klein PC • Stride Sponsors: Batteries Plus Bulbs; Carolina Power; First Baptist Church, Greenville; Keenan Suggs | Hub International; Reynolds Investment Management; and Sharonview Federal Credit Union. • Hike Sponsors: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; Broadstreet Partners; CRH Properties; LS Homes; Piedmont Natural Gas; Lynne Shackelford and Bruce Brown; Spinx; Synovus; and United Community Bank.
2019 AWARD WINNERS: Top Fundraising Team: Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Sprouts Top Fundraising Individual: Gary Silk Most Spirited Team: Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Sprouts
RUN AWARD WINNERS: Overall Female: 1) Andrea Chickless, 2) Jill Day, 3) Isabel Miles Overall Male: 1) John Furnell, 2) Jason Wise, 3) Chris Barras
U N IT IN G FOR C H A N G E LUN CH EON 2020
The fifth annual luncheon was slated to be the largest Uniting for Change Luncheon in United Ministriesâ€™ history. With plans to celebrate our 50th anniversary alongside the 1,700 individuals who were to fill the Greenville Convention Center on Wednesday, April 22 to hear the much-lauded Bryan Stevenson, we were certain 2020 would be a banner year. Unfortunately, like so many other hopes for 2020, we watched the prospect of having the luncheon dwindle with each passing week with news of the coronavirus. April 22nd came and went without much fanfare as the Uniting for Change Luncheon was postponed. However, United Ministries is committed to bringing Bryan Stevenson and his important message to Greenville, and we plan to do so as soon as it is safe to hold large scale events again. We extend a special thank you to all sponsors, especially to Buncombe Street United Methodist Church - the Transformation level sponsors.
Sponsors at other levels include those at the Empowerment level: Becky & Bobby Hartness; Colonial Trust & NHE; the Community Foundation of Greenville; Dority & Manning; First Baptist Church, Greenville; Northbridge Wealth Management; Reynolds Investment Management; and United Community Bank. Those at the Table sponsor level include: Augusta Heights Baptist Church; Batteries + Bulbs; Laura Bauknight & Lynne Blackman; Blake & Tim Brookshire; Cindy & Joe Brothers; Lynne Shackelford & Bruce Brown; Clemson Area Pledge to End Racism; Community Remembrance Project of Greenville SC, Inc; The Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection at Furman University; CRH Properties, LLC; Nicki & Bob Dillon; Elliott Davis; First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg; Fluor; Frances Poe; Furman University; Perry Gilreath; Grace Church; Greenville Chamber of Commerce; Greenville Technical College; Homes of Hope; Hyndshaw/Sullivan; Anne & Tom Johnson; Keenan Suggs/Hub International; Seemir & Megha Lal Family Foundation at the Greenwood Community Foundation; Dr. & Mrs. Terrell Leeke; Mary Black Foundation; Miller, St. John & Steele Group of Merrill Lynch; Molina Health Care; Nachman Norwood & Parrott; Carol & Edward Oâ€™Keefe; Pinnacle Financial Partners; Public Education Partners; The Riley Institute; Roe Cassidy Coates & Price PA; Sean & Meg Scoopmire; Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums; St. Matthew United Methodist Church; The Sammy Foundation; SC Bar Young Lawyers Division; Valerie Slade; Fred & Judy Suggs and Sally Cleveland; Synovus; Triune Mercy Center; United Way of Greenville County; Village Engage/Susan Stall; Westminster Presbyterian Church; Westminster Presbyterian Church JustFaith; Whelehan Law Firm, LLC; & Jonathan & Stephanie Wright.
5 T H A NN UA L
Uniting for Change LUNCHEON
Community members gathered in January at United Ministriesâ€™ organized viewings of Just Mercy, the film based on Bryan Stevensonâ€™s book of the same name. 9
GE D GR AD UAT I O N 2 02 0
Thank you all for helping me make my dream come true. I got my GED on February 11th, and I have now found a whole new world of happiness in my life. The GED staff and volunteers helped me find my inner strength to succeed and enabled me to find determination, motivation, and joy within myself. I have been trying to complete my GED for a very long time. I thought that it would be easy to get a GED, but in my first class I realized that I had made a very big mistake. The GED classes were very large, and there was no individual help. I would go take a test, fail, and become very discouraged. There was no support or encouragement. I decided that I didn’t really need a GED, and I got a job at UPS. I liked my job at first, but it was back-breaking work. I knew I needed a GED to have a good job, so again I decided to go to GED classes and had the same experience as before. During this time, I met the love of my life, and we got married. After a few years together, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. The first surgery was successful, and I again decided to go back to finish my GED, but nothing had changed. And then the cancer returned, and my wife passed away. I was devastated and overwhelmed with grief and guilt. I asked myself why I had not gotten my GED because she wanted me to accomplish this so much. I spiraled downward and didn’t care about anything. I found a job cleaning a restaurant, and my life was filled with sadness, regret, anger, and a complete collapse of confidence and motivation.
One day, I passed the Learning Center and saw the sign on the building about the GED program, and although I was scared, I just went in. It was the best decision that I’d ever made in my life. The staff members and instructors were wonderful. They made me feel welcome and comfortable. They made me feel different than I’d ever felt before. After one day with Gary, I knew that I had come to the right place! He and Hamp and Judy and Cindy and Han and Bill and Lisa were all patient and kind in helping me overcome my fear of math and find my motivation and determination. It’s now been four years since my wife passed away. She is always with me, and she would be very proud that I now have my GED. Thanks to all of you that are part of the GED program, I can now go back to living my life and achieving my goals. I’m happy, and I haven’t been happy in a long time. Errol Hundley
IN THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING IN JUNE 2020
625 PEOPLE WERE SERVED IN ADULT EDUCATION, AND 65 GEDS WERE EARNED.
On Thursday, March 5th, United Ministries celebrated with family, friends, and GED graduates at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church for the annual GED Graduation Ceremony. 32 of the eligible GED graduates walked across the stage at graduation and celebrated the occasion with their peers and loved ones. “GED graduates are smart, capable, determined, and persistent. They work hard, study hard, and come back day after day until they pass each part of the GED exam,” said Cindy Clayton, Adult Education Tutor. The presenting sponsors of the GED Graduation ceremony was the Smart Family Foundation.
EM P LOY M E NT REA D I NESS
CHARLES PARIS, a participant in United Ministries’ Employment Readiness (ER) program feels like he was “born addicted to opioids” and found that life growing up was consistently tough. His grandfather raised him because his dad was always working, he lost his mom to drugs when he was just 19, and he also began doing drugs when he was only 15 years old. Because of his addiction, Charles was in and out of jail until his mid-twenties. Although he managed to graduate from high school during this time, he continually found himself struggling in life. When a chaplain from jail gave him a Bible in 2017, he began to change his life. In 2018, Charles started the Overcomers program, a drug addiction program with Miracle Hill Ministries. During that time, he began working with United Ministries’ employment counselor Stephen to improve his credit score and enter our matched savings program, allowing him to build up his savings. Charles further practiced his skills in mock interviews, which helped him “build a lot of confidence.” Seven months later, Charles graduated from Overcomers and joined the Men’s Workforce Development program at Homes of Hope, an internship that houses men overcoming addiction while teaching them marketable construction and soft skills. Here, he lived with other men for 9 months while he learned how to build houses.
Charles first became interested in electrical engineering in high school, where he enjoyed a semester of electrical classes. This interest, paired with Homes of Hope Workforce Development, allowed Charles to become invested in his skill and look towards his vocational future. Once he graduated the Homes of Hope program, Charles was hired at Southern MEP as an electrical helper. Going forward, he wants to enter Greenville Tech to get his associate degree in Electrical Engineering and Tech. Charles’ story is illustrative of the benefits of integrated services at United Ministries and the myriad partnerships of service agencies in Greenville. Charles was supported in his goals from multiple angles, and his progress demonstrates the power of what a motivated person can do.
IN FISCAL YEAR 2020,
596 PEOPLE WERE SERVED IN EMPLOYMENT READINESS. ————————————
221 JOBS WERE OBTAINED AND 19 INDIVIDUALS COMPLETED JOB TRAINING.
I NT E R FA IT H H OS PI TA LI TY NETWORK
After completing their inpatient treatment and Lotus programs, Ashley and her child joined our Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) in February 2018 and immediately received emergency shelter. One month later, she qualified to enter the Transformation Track of the program which includes interim housing. While living in one of our interim houses, Ashley participated in case management and worked with our financial services coordinator to start saving, reconnect with family, and reach a financially stable point in her life that would position her for home ownership. During the 18 months of case management, Ashley completed our matched savings program, paid off her vehicle, opened a credit card to build credit, and saved enough money for a down payment on a home. By August 2019, she was ready to look for permanent housing of her own.
From homeless to housedâ€”Ashley Burley is a testament to what the power of supportive resources and self-determination can do. Ashley came to United Ministries from Serenity Place, a residential treatment center run by The Family Effect.
United Ministries connected Ashley with Habitat for Humanity to help her build a home that would allow her to continue working toward family stability and eliminating generational poverty. On August 23, 2019, Ashley became a homeowner and resident in the Greenville community. Two hundred hours of sweat equity, 18 months of case management, the collaborative efforts of many Greenville nonprofits, and Ashleyâ€™s sheer willpower changed her life. Thank you, Ashley, for reminding us all to never give up.
34 FAMILIES, INCLUDING 45 ADULTS AND 76 CHILDREN. 14 OF THESE FAMILIES RELOCATED TO PERMANENT HOUSING WHILE MOST OTHERS CONTINUED IN THE IHN PROGRAM.
IN 2019-2020, IHN SERVED
In addition to Ashley Burley and her family, 3 other IHN families went on to home ownership in the last year. Congratulations to: The Merritt Family – Received a home through Clayton Homes’ “A Home for the Holidays” program The Boykin Family – Habitat for Humanity Greenville The Kirksey Family – Traditional mortgage
The Kirksey Family
The Merritt Family
The Boykin Family
C R IS IS ASS ISTA NCE
Like all of United Ministriesâ€™ program, Emergency Assistance (EA) had to make adjustments to accommodate a new way of doing things in response to the coronavirus. EA still offered critical services to our community and committed to social distancing practices at the same time. The food pantry seamlessly transitioned to a drive-through model to ensure that those who need food assistance during this time could still receive it. In 2019, 1,820 families received assistance from the United Ministries food pantry. Due to the economic conditions related to the coronavirus, United Ministries has already served 1,619 families in just the first six months of 2020.
IN THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING IN JUNE 2020,
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROVIDED 972 HOUSEHOLDS WITH UTILITY AND RENT ASSISTANCE.
P LAC E O F HO PE
The Place of Hope has lived up to its name over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, staying open to serve our communityâ€™s most vulnerable. Only 5 people have been allowed in the shelter at a time to shower, do laundry, use the restroom, get a drink of water, or make a landline phone call. The staff has done its best to balance health protocols and safety with caring compassion.
THE PLACE OF HOPE SERVED
1,385 INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMLESSNESS, TOTALING OVER
2,500+ SHOWERS AND
700 LOADS OF PLACE OF HOPE STATS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019 LAUNDRY.
21 INDIVIDUALS WERE ABLE TO SECURE
WITH CASE MANAGEMENT.
FIN AN C IAL STA BI LI Z AT I O N
Sylvia and her son, Kenneth, entered United Ministries’ Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Program in February after leaving an uninhabitable living space prone to flooding. Despite the challenges, Sylvia focused on keeping her full-time job as a case manager at a local nonprofit and her son focused on his studies. It was immediately clear that Sylvia was extremely motivated to make changes in her life, and her work with our IHN staff, financial services coordinator, and mental health counselor proved it. She and her son moved from our emergency shelter into an interim house within one month of entering IHN and have been making extraordinary progress in reaching their goal of owning a home of their own. Sylvia immediately identified her need to work on her financial situation with hopes of obtaining a VA home loan to help her become a homeowner. Knowing she had four predatory loans and several collections, she met with our Financial Services Coordinator to work on budgeting, debt reduction, credit repair, and savings. Sylvia created a 12-month plan to pay off her debt and began calling creditors and debt collectors to make arrangements and settle debts. In her first month, she paid off two collections totaling over $600. Sylvia also joined our matched savings program and is practicing the habit of continuous saving. She plans to use her savings for future home closing costs and as an emergency savings safety net. Although the coronavirus pandemic has slowed down some of Sylvia’s work on her 12-month plan, she continues to pay down debts and improve her credit score, and she has almost completed the matched savings program. She is determined and ready to become a homeowner in 2021. IN THE YEAR ENDING IN JUNE 2020
248 INDIVIDUALS COMPLETED FINANCIAL LITERACY TRAINING, ————————————
201 IMPROVED THEIR DEBT TO INCOME RATIO, AND 36 SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED UM’S MATCHED SAVINGS PROGRAM. 18
M E N TAL H E ALT H
It has been a year since we created the Mental Health Counselor position on the United Ministries staff, and the impact of this position, embedded within a larger team of helping professionals, has been immediate and significant. The majority of United Ministriesâ€™ programming is designed to support and guide individuals who are working toward self-defined goals related to self-sufficiency and quality of life. While this work explicitly involves issues such as education, employment, housing, and financial literacy, we have found that real progress also depends on a certain level of emotional and mental wellness. Having the services of our new Mental Health Counselor, Susan Boykin, integrated into our programming has enabled us to provide a seamless continuum of care that can tend to these most personal needs and increase the likelihood of programmatic success. The most significant impact of the mental health work has been at the personal level for our individual program participants â€“ participants like Gloria.
Gloria, a Hispanic mother in her mid-thirties, has been working for some time with one of our employment coaches. She has made significant efforts toward her self-sufficiency goals by enrolling in a medical training course at a community college, but her progress has been halting. Recognizing that low self-esteem and diminished sense of agency seemed to be an underlying problem, the employment coach introduced Gloria to Susan to explore these issues. Gloria disclosed a litany of difficult experiences from a distressed childhood to a current abusive marriage, and with Susanâ€™s guidance, Gloria was able to explore how these experiences have impacted her sense of worth and capability. Together, they have worked on developing skills and connecting with resources that will enable her to make progress toward her mental health goals as well as her education and employment goals. Since Susan began providing counseling appointments last May, she has met with 56 different individuals and has conducted 239 counseling sessions.
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FISC A L Y E AR BY T H E NUMBERS JULY 2019 â€“ JUNE 2020
Financial Stabilization/ Financial Stabilization/ Other Matched Savings 3% Matched Savings 3% Revenue Mission Advancement Mission Advancement 4% Investments and 5% 5% Interfaith Hospitality Network. . . . . . . . . . . 581,846 Miscellaneous Revenue 7% Greenville Homeless Alliance Employment Readiness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 411,128 Greenville Homeless Alliance 6% 6% Adult Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371,466 Interfaith Interfaith Emergency Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344,553 Hospitality Hospitality Administration Administration Network Place of Hope. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200,852 Network 8% 8% 24% 24% United Way Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191,294 10% Greenville Homeless Alliance *. . . . . . . . . . . 137,880 Place Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133,043 Employment of Hope Employmentof Hope Mission Advancement Foundations Readiness 8% Readiness 8% Financial Stabilization/ Emergency Assistance 14%
Adult Education 15%
Matched Savings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62,473 Emergency Assistance Adult 14% Education 15% TOTAL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,434,535
*United Ministries is the official host agency for the Greenville Homeless Alliance (GHA), a collective impact group. GHAâ€™s fundraising and operations are separate from United Ministries.
Revenue Revenue Other Revenue 4%
Investments and Miscellaneous Revenue
Investment & Miscellaneous Income. . . . $ 242,229
Revenue â€“ Support INDIVIDUALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,538,763
United Way 10%
CONGREGATIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 492,441 Investment & Miscellaneous FOUNDATIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 487,413 Income
UNITED WAY-GREENVILLE . . . . . . . . . . . 329,868 BUSINESSES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100,489
OTHER REVENUE-SUPPORT TOTAL. . . . 139,058
Revenue-Support Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,088,032
Total Revenue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,306,156
*Please note that the $871,621 surplus in revenue is a reflection of our Golden Opportunity Challenge, a 50th anniversary campaign centered around raising long-term support for capacity building measures. For more information check out https://united-ministries.org/golden-opportunity-challenge/.
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 hundreds of people. Donate
FUNDS By mail to United Ministries 606 Pendleton St, 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.
GOODS Food – Our pantry is always in need of non-perishables, especially: canned meats, canned pasta and canned fruit. Toiletries – Our Place of Hope day shelter uses travelsized soap, shampoo and lotions along with disposable razors, laundry detergent, wash cloths and towels. Amazon Wishlist – Online at https://amzn.to/2lHj3Us STOCKS Gifts of stock are easy to do! Contact Brian Sutherland, UM Accountant at 864-335-2610 or bsutherland@ united-ministries.org for details.
LEGACY GIFTS With a gift from your estate to United Ministries, you can ensure that those in our community who are striving to achieve self-sufficiency benefit from programs that serve and empower them to succeed. 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 utilizes volunteers in the following ways: • Staffing our reception desks • Teaching soft job skills and financial literacy for Employment Readiness • Tutoring adults who are working toward their GED (high school equivalency) • Interviewing participants and packing grocery bags in Emergency Assistance • Welcoming, signing in and giving hygiene supplies to our participants at Place of Hope • Providing hospitality within your congregation for our Interfaith Hospitality Network • Assisting with special events (Transformation Walk or Uniting for Change Luncheon) • Holding a food drive Contact Claire Winkler at firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer information.
Total Volunteer Hours with United Ministries for Fiscal Year 2019-2020:
Staffing. Teaching. Tutoring. Welcoming.
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS KELLETT SOCIETY 2019
The Kellett Society is an individual giving society named for William West Kellett, Jr. to recognize donors giving at the $1,000 or greater level during a calendar year. One of the founding members of Elliott Davis Decosimo, Mr. Kellett was a United Ministries’ Board Member and a great believer in the organization’s work. His legacy continues through the contributions and volunteerism of his family and also through the Kellett Society at United Ministries. 9 Anonymous Donors Mr. and Mrs. Jim Akerhielm Ms. Joyce Alexander Mr. and Mrs. Mike Andrews Christopher H. Babcock Mr. and Mrs. Michael Balchunas Mrs. Ann Ballenger Mr. Gary Barnhart and Ms. Barbara Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Clarence B. Bauknight Dr. Stacey Bizzell and Mr. Chris Bizzell Mrs. Betsy Boaze Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Boeker Mr. and Mrs. Ken Bolt Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bouton Lee Bowman Mrs. Susan H. Bracknell* John and Mary Braeunig Ms. Katherine P. Bridges Dr. Lynne P. Shackelford and Dr. Bruce L. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Steven Bryant Maria B. Caballero Ms. Linda Caillet Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Chapman Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Cinquemani Ms. Margaret Clark Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Coggin Ms. Nancy B. Cole Sally and Gregg Coleman Mr. and Mrs. John C. Cothran Mr. Bootie Cothran
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Covington Mr. and Mrs. Charles Crews Mr. and Mrs. Hal Crosswell Dr. Stanley Crowe Ms. Jane R. Davenport Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Davis Ms. Patricia Dendy Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dillon Mr. and Mrs. Michael Donan Mr. and Mrs. Julian W. Dority Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel W. Dunlap III Mr. Nick Elliott Mr. and Mrs. Tom Evelyn Dr. Karen S. Fountain Mr. Paul Gaeto Mr. and Mrs. Harold F. Gallivan III Mr. and Mrs. David Gedney Ms. Perry R. Gilreath Mr. and Mrs. Paul Goldsmith Ed and Peggy Good Mr. and Mrs. Skip Gordon Mary Jane Gorman and Duncan McArthur Sonny and Jean Graves Dr. and Mrs. Richard C. Greer Jim and Cydelle Guth Mr. and Mrs. John A. Hagins Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dixon Harrill Bobby and Becky Hartness Matthew R. Hawley James Heidebrecht Mrs. Betty Herrin Mr. and Mrs. Gordon R. Herring Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Hilliard Mrs. Valerie Hollinger Bill and Emmy Holt Mr. and Mrs. Tee Hooper Jr. Janey and Larry House Mr. Gerald Huskamp and Mrs. Betty Macfie Mr. and Mrs. Albert Y. Hyndshaw Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Johnson Mr. Paul Johnson Mrs. Lydia Kellett Dr. and Mrs. Michael P. Kellett Ms. Laura L. Lee Dr. and Mrs. Terrell T. Leeke Dr. Allison S. Lipsey and Mr. Tim Lipsey
Dr. and Mrs. Edward Lominack Jr. Tim and Karen Lynch Nancy and Erwin Maddrey Mrs. Genevieve P. Manly Mr. and Mrs. Alan Marshall A. F. Masters Rev. and Mrs. Tony McDade Mr. and Mrs. Moffatt G. McDonald Bill and Catherine Merritt Ms. Celeste Miller Mrs. Mary L. Mims Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mitchell Mrs. Carrie S. Morningstar Jeff Nelson Dr. Elaine C. Nocks and Dr. Barry C. Nocks Mr. and Mrs. Drew Norwood Mr. and Mrs. Ben K. Norwood Mr. Douglas O’Neal Ms. Mary W. Pauly Dr. and Mrs. Michael W. Payne Mr. and Mrs. William H. Pelham Jane and Don Pilzer Rev. Kendra Plating and Mr. Chris Plating Mr. and Mrs. William N. Poe, Jr. Ms. Frances C. Poe Mr. and Mrs. Peter Portley Lee and Kelly Powell Mrs. Susan C. Priester Mr. William M. Putnam Jr. Marvin and Laurie Quattlebaum Mrs. Martha Quinn Mr. and Mrs. John A. Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. Tom Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. John Rose Dave and Beverly Sampson Mr. and Mrs. Dan Sanders Jr Linda and Kent Satterfield Mr. and Mrs. Eric Schmid Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Schmidt Mr. and Mrs. Rex R. Schultz Mr. and Mrs. Sean R. Scoopmire Mr. George W. Sharpton John and Anne Shelley Wade H. Sherard III Mrs. Pat Shufeldt Mr. and Mrs. Gary Silk
Mr. Robert W. Simmons Mr. and Mrs. Russell Smart Brad Smith Mr. and Mrs. Lewis T. Smoak Mr. David R. Snipes Mrs. Janice Sposta Mr. and Mrs. Stephen St. John Mrs. Elizabeth P. Stall Mr. and Mrs. Russell H. Stall James and Sharon Stiepan Mrs. Lois Stroud Mr. and Mrs. Ed Taylor Beth Templeton Dr. Adam Tyson and Dr. Liz Tyson Ms. Brunhilde Vinson Mr. and Mrs. James H. Watson Dr. and Mrs. Philip H. Wessinger Reba Wilkins Mrs. Nancy S. Williams Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wingo Ms. Claire D. Winkler Mr. and Mrs. Eric A. Wood Jonathan and Stephanie Wright Mr. and Mrs. Camp R. Wynn Dr. and Mrs. James L. Young Jr.
LIFETIME KELLETT SOCIETY
Recognizes donors who have cumulatively given $25,000 or greater 6 Anonymous Donors Ms. Joyce Alexander Mr. and Mrs. Mike Andrews Mrs. Ann Ballenger Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Boeker Mrs. Susan H. Bracknell* John and Mary Braeunig Dr. Lynne P. Shackelford and Dr. Bruce L. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Craig Brown Mrs. Mamie J. Bruce* Ms. Cherry L. Canaday Rev. and Mrs.* DeArmond E. Canaday Tudda Chase Carpenter and family William L.* and Anne Maddrey Carpenter Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clanton
Mr. and Mrs. James Culp Ms. Jane R. Davenport Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Dobson III Mr.* and Mrs.* Joe Estes Dr. Karen S. Fountain Mr.* and Mrs.* Alester G. Furman III Fielding and Gally Gallivan Mr. William G. Garrett Mr. and Mrs. Gordon L. Gibson Ed and Peggy Good Jim and Cydelle Guth Bobby and Becky Hartness Mr.* and Mrs.* Thomas S. Hartness Ruth Hinton Anna Kate and Hayne* Hipp Ms. Jane F. Hipp* Bill and Emmy Holt Mr. Gerald Huskamp and Mrs. Betty Macfie Mr. and Mrs. Albert Y. Hyndshaw Mr. James E. Jolley* June Kellam Mr. William W. Kellett Jr.* Dr. and Mrs. Edward Lominack Jr. Tim and Karen Lynch Nancy and Erwin Maddrey Mr. and Mrs. James L. Mangelsen Mary Jane Gorman and Duncan McArthur Mr.* and Mrs.* Alvin McCall Mr. and Mrs. Duke K. McCall Jr. Dr.* and Mrs. Donald W. McCarter Mr. and Mrs. Alexander J. Milligan Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mitchell Mrs. Mary Monahan Dr. Elaine C. Nocks and Dr. Barry C. Nocks Mr. and Mrs. Steven Owings Mrs. Marie G. Park Mr.* and Mrs.* John D. Pellett Jr. Don and Jane Pilzer Dr. and Mrs. John Piper Mr. and Mrs. David C. Poole Mr. and Mrs. Peter Portley Lee and Kelly Powell Marvin and Laurie Quattlebaum Mrs. Jean Reed Mr. and Mrs. John A. Reynolds Dave and Beverly Sampson
Linda and Kent Satterfield Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Schultz Bob* and Pat Shufeldt Mrs. Elizabeth P. Stall Ms. Mary P. Sterling* Ms. Peace S. Sullivan Beth Templeton Mr. Thomas C. Vandiver* Mrs. Marilyn F. Vanvick* Rev. Jack Washington Mr.* and Mrs.* Wilson Wearn Mr. and Mrs. Mack I. Whittle Jr. Mr.* and Mrs. Frank C. Williams Jr. Ms. Claire D. Winkler Mr. Kurt A. Young Dennis and Renee Zeiger
GOOD SAMARITAN GIVING SOCIETY Recognizes monthly donors at any level Mr. and Mrs. H. Elliott Batson Mr. and Mrs. Welch M. Bostick Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Braeunig Mrs. Karen Burks Mr. and Mrs. Pete Cantrell Valerie Cooke Mr. David Cross Mr. and Mrs. Michael Curtis Walter and Lillian Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel W. Dunlap III Mr. Nick Elliott Ms. Margaret Heatherly 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. Joseph Merry Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mitchell Mrs. Carrie S. Morningstar Mrs. Saidee New Ms. Edie Parrott Mrs. Dottie Pittman Mr. and Ms. Joseph J. Pulliam Mr. David R. Snipes Mr. and Mrs. Robert Strickler Mrs. 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
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS CONTINUED
T H ANK YOU TO OUR PARTNE RS
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 we may celebrate and recognize you! Anonymous JoAn Adams* Ms. Emma G. Bloom* Estate of Carmela Botticelli Mr.* and Mrs. Billy Brown Mrs. Evelyn J. Bruce* Rev. and Mrs.* DeArmond E. Canaday Mr.* and Mrs.* John F. Chandler Ms. Elizabeth L. Cleveland* Ms. Jo Ann Coleman* Ms. Ruth M. Dean* Mary Simms Oliphant Furman Estate of Ellen H. Goldsmith Ms. Nancy A. Hardesty* Estate of William Anthony Miller Hughes Ms. Eugenia H. Ligon* Mr. Robert J. Maxwell Jr.* Ms. Margaret McCreary* Mr. John B. McLeod* Ms. Mary F. Morgan* Ms. Luelle Ogburn* Estate of Ruth Patrick Ms. Virginia B. Rubin* Robert W. Simmons Mr. William C. Smith* Estate of James B. Staton Mrs. Perla B. Stowe* Mr. John F. Templeton* Ms. Martha G. Templeton* Mr. and Mrs. Terry Thompson Mr. I. Newton Whiteside* Mrs. Pauline W. Woodside* Rev. Dr. Baxter M. Wynn and Dr. Paula Wynn
One of the most successful ways that we align with other efforts in the community to serve people in need is the way in which our employment, education, financial, and mental health services are provided to individuals living in residential facilities that provide shelter for special populations, but often do not provide the full array of supportive services necessary for developing self-sufficiency. This includes: Alston Wilkes American Legion Bon Secours St. Francis Health System Catholic Charities City of Greenville CommunityWorks Carolina + Self-Help Credit Union Compass of Carolina Fellow Countrymen Family Promise Furman University Girl Scouts of SC Mountains to Midlands Goodwill WIOA Youth Program Greenville County Redevelopment Authority (GCRA) Greenville County Schools Greenville Homeless Alliance Greenville Mental Health Greenville Technical College Habitat for Humanity of Greenville Harvest Hope Food Bank Homes of Hope The Homeless Period Project Jasmine Road Loaves & Fishes Miracle Hill Ministries Mill Village Ministries New Horizon Family Health Services Pendleton Place
Prisma Health - Upstate Project Host Soup Kitchen & Culinary Arts Center Riley Institute Salvation Army SC Department of Social Services (SNAP2Work) Second Change Justice Collaborative/Root & Rebound Serenity Place Sharonview Federal Credit Union Soteria Community Development Corporation SWITCH Triune Mercy Center United Housing Connections United Way of Greenville County Village Wrench
As well as the nearly 80 congregational partners (2019): Advent United Methodist Church Aldersgate United Methodist Church Augusta Heights Baptist Church Augusta Road Baptist Church Bethel Full Gospel Church Bethlehem United Methodist Church Brandon Baptist Church Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Christ Church Episcopal Congregation Beth Israel Covenant United Methodist Church Disciples United Methodist Church Downtown Presbyterian Church Earle Street Baptist Church Eastminster Presbyterian Church Elevation Church Emmanuel United Church of Christ
First Baptist Church, Greenville First Baptist Church, Piedmont First Christian Church First Presbyterian Church, Greenville First Presbyterian Church, Greer First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg Fourth Presbyterian Church Grace Church Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Greenville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Holland Park Church Hunt’s Memorial Church Israel Metropolitan CME Church John Knox Presbyterian Church John Wesley United Methodist Church Kingdom Life Church Laurens Road United Methodist Church Lee Road United Methodist Church Lickville Presbyterian Church Lutheran Church of Our Saviour Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Mauldin United Methodist Church McCarter Presbyterian Church Meadow Fork Baptist Church Messiah Lutheran Church Monaghan United Methodist Church Mountain View United Methodist Church New Salem Baptist Church Nicholtown Presbyterian Church Northside United Methodist Church Overbrook Baptist Church Pendleton Street Baptist Church Reedy Fork Baptist Church, Greenville SC Conference of the United Methodist Church Simpsonville United Methodist Church Springwell Church St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church St. George Greek Orthodox Church
St. Giles Presbyterian Church St. James Episcopal St. James Episcopal Church St. John of the Ladder Orthodox Church St. Mark United Methodist Church St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church St. Mary’s Catholic Church St. Matthew United Methodist Church St. Michael Lutheran Church St. Paul United Methodist Church St. Peter’s Episcopal Church St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Standing Springs Baptist Church Taylors First Baptist Church Temple of Israel The Carpenter’s Tabernacle Thrive Church Trinity Lutheran Church Turning Point Church Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Westminster Presbyterian Church White Oak Baptist Church
United Ministries is grateful to our many Foundation partners whose grants allow us to serve those who need it most in Greenville. Some of our impact grantors in the last fiscal year include: 3M Foundation Bank of America Charitable Foundation Big Lots Foundation Bill and Connie Timmons Foundation Canal Charitable Foundation Charles Timmons Foundation Community Foundation of Greenville Inc. Crescom Bank Foundation Dabo’s All In Team Foundation Dollar General Literacy Foundation Duke Energy Foundation
Family Promise/Pets with A Promise – Pet Smart First Lieutenant P.F. Cureton Jr. Foundation Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation, Inc. Glad Tithings Foundation Greenville Women Giving Holiday Sunshine Fund Hollingsworth Funds, Inc. John I. Smith Charities, Inc. Maddrey Foundation Mary Black Foundation Menasha Corporation Foundation PNC Foundation PPC Foundation Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. Rotary Club of the Reedy River Greenville Rupert Huse Charitable Fund Scansource Charitable Foundation Sisk Foundation, Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC Smart Family Foundation South Carolina Port Authority The Jolley Foundation The Lal Family Fund The Leon Levine Foundation The Sanders Family Foundation Trinity Lutheran Church Foundation Vanguard Charitable Walmart Wells Fargo Foundation Woodforest Charitable Foundation Yeargin Foundation
“People come to us in the midst of crises, and we meet them where they are.” LIZZIE BEBBER
“I fell in love with tutoring at United Ministries because it gives me a sense of purpose.” GARY BARNHART
“I didn’t know what to expect, but my family felt welcomed in the churches where we were housed. We adapted well.” CATALINA HAWLEY
“United Ministries has always asked,’What can we do to assist our participants?” DAVIDA BRYANT
[Through their work with IHN, Catalina and her family are thriving – and working to achieve their financial goals.]
Fred earned his GED and was supported by Employment Readiness in getting his CDL – “I wanted to be a good role model for my kids.” FRED LEWIS
“UM staff was there every step of the way.” JEREMY KELLY
C E L E B R AT I N G 50 YEARS OF
1970s Greenville Urban Ministry (GUM) was founded in June 1970 by the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Its first offices were located at Triune United Methodist Church (now Triune Mercy Center). The organization sponsored a drug counseling program, offered tutoring, a recreation program, a clothing bank, and a food closet. In 1972, GUM began a comprehensive child care program, involving 20 preschools. The program was later turned over to Crescent Child Development. In 1973, a nutrition program â€“ Congregate Dining, began to provide midday meals for seniors. This program was turned over to Senior Action in 1988. In 1974, GUM relocated to Laurens Road and merged with the Christian Service Center. GUMâ€™s emergency food program expanded to include financial assistance for rent and utilities.
GUM changed its name to United Ministries (UM) in 1982, under the leadership of Tom Pietila. Beth Templeton was named Executive Director in 1983, and in 1984, UM moved to its current location at 606 Pendleton St, thanks to the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. I.O. Brownell. The Comprehensive Unemployment Program (the precursor to Employment Readiness) and the Place of Hope day shelter for homeless individuals was begun.
UM adopted a new mission statement: United Ministries assists poor people in emerging from hurting situations by providing for basic needs and by creating environments which allow people to make positive life changes. UM accomplishes this mission through a service model which includes services for survival, stabilization, and barrier removal. A 3900 square foot addition was built at 606 Pendleton Street. The Life Skills program (now Adult Education) was begun to provide education programs for those who were not high school graduates.
With the assistance of Westminster Presbyterian Church, United Ministries purchased and dedicated the Learning Center at 503 Vardry Street. UM adopted a new mission statement: United Ministries provides life-changing opportunities for people in Greenville County who lack education or employment skills, who are in financial crisis, or who are homeless.
2010s UM began implementing an integrated service model with a focus on long term financial selfsufficiency, onboarding a financial counselor and a mental health counselor, and creating a matched savings program. UM joined together with Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN), expanding housing for homeless families. At this time, UM unveiled a new identity.
United Ministries celebrates 50 years of serving Greenville, announces a new Executive Director â€“ Lizzie Bebber â€“ and tackles the Coronavirus crisis in our community.
Thank you for being part of our journey!
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?
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It is our joy and pleasure to be able to share with you the United Ministries 2019-2020 Annual Report. In its pages, you will find stories o...
Published on Oct 28, 2020
It is our joy and pleasure to be able to share with you the United Ministries 2019-2020 Annual Report. In its pages, you will find stories o...