Book Distribution: Tuesday, May 23, 1:30 - 5:00 PM and Wednesday, May 24, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About the Next Projects
Christ Church has a long history of addressing unmet needs in the community. Through the help of parishioners and community partners, Christ Church helped start Project Host Soup Kitchen, the Greenville Free Medical Clinic, the Stephen’s House, the Sterling Hope Center, and more. Now it is time to do it again. The tradition is continuing as we are currently working on the following projects:
For more information on these projects, contact Frances Poe, 672.4147.
A number of Christ Church members contributed to the purchasing of a
piece of land in the Sterling Community on Jenkins Street in the hopes
of building a school. We soon realized a school was not necessary as
public schools were built in the area. A team of volunteers researched
what this land could become and stay in line with the Sterling Community
Master Plan as well as the intended mission of the land to be for the
betterment of the community. In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity
Greenville, Christ Church will develop a pocket neighborhood that will
become a cornerstone in the community for healthy revitalization that
also preserves the integrity of the historic community.
This project is a collaboration between Christ Church and Triune
Mercy Center to provide a home for five women who have been victims of
prostitution and drug abuse. By providing a rent-free home for two years
while also providing healthcare, job skills training, and intensive
counseling, these women will be given the tools they need to heal and
contribute to society. In time, there will be social enterprise projects
that will employee the women.
H.O.P.E.: Holistic Opportunities to Promote Engagement
H.O.P.E. Works focuses on engaging disadvantaged children in becoming lifelong learners of academic, career, and life skills so they can become independent, thriving, contributing members of their communities. H.O.P.E Works is moving toward this goal by improving after-school programing by training volunteers, offering tools to measure progress, and providing opportunities for children to interact with people in the workforce. H.O.P.E Works is working to expand existing models which provide measures for the after-school programs.
This project team has focused their energy over the last few months into putting together a team of current and former educators who have volunteered to implement many of the academic "best practices" from H.O.P.E. Works in three local after-school programs. The first after-school program they are working on is the Sterling Torch Program. They will also be sharing their results and monitoring other H.O.P.E. Works efforts at Neighborhood Focus and Frazee Dream Center.
Christ Church volunteers have been working with Greenville First Steps to distribute books to children in Greenville under the name of Read Greenville. The goal is to distribute 100,000 books to children in the community this year. The City of Greenville donated the use of the old armory building at 2201 Laurens Road for the group to use between August and November 15. On August 12, 10,000 books were given out at the Freetown Community Center as part of United Way’s School Tool Campaign. On September 21, a team of 70 volunteers distributed 30,000 books to agencies in the community. Between the two events, volunteers donated over 500 hours.
After three book distributions (one in May, one in August and September, and one in December) we have distributed 65,000 books from three different locations. Volunteers contributed 201.5 hours of time during the last distribution alone.
Conversations continue with Sally Green, the Executive Director of Project Host Soup Kitchen, to create a space in the Whitehorse Road Community for non-profits to gather and offer a space for individuals to receive assistance. Project Host is currently looking to partner with a church in the Whitehorse Road Community who would be willing to allow them the use of their parish hall and kitchen. If they can find a partner, Project Host will open, on a trial bases, a “community table,” where individuals and families can come for dinner in the evenings. In order to uphold the values of individuals, there will be an opportunity to contribute financially or pay it forward by offering a small amount as a donation. Project Host will depend on many volunteers to execute this project. Christ Church is currently helping to identify possible locations and will spearhead a campaign to recruit volunteers.