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A homeless man recently died here in Anderson.  A friend of a friend.  It hurt to hear that this had happened.  It hurt even more to learn that he likely would be alive had he only been “rescued” hours earlier instead of “discovered” too late.  Unfortunately, homelessness lives in our own back yards.  Whether you see it or not in the course of your daily routes around town, it exists.  You might not recognize it if it doesn’t look like a tattered and tired “street” person sitting in a cardboard box under the viaduct.  Sometimes it takes another form.  Maybe it looks like a young Mother and her child who travels from family member to family member because she has no place to call her own.  Perhaps it’s the guy who sneaks back into work after everyone else leaves, so he will have a place to sleep.  Perhaps it’s someone you’ve passed on the street.  And you never knew.

Anderson University’s Baptist Campus Ministries teamed up with Family Promise to coordinate Homeless For The Homeless, an event to raise awareness and funds for homelessness in Anderson.  Family Promise is an organization committed to reducing homelessness for children and families in Anderson County by uniting local congregations through an Interfaith Hospitality Network to provide shelter, food, and the necessary tools needed for the families to regain their independence. 

The Homeless For The Homeless event began on Friday evening and ended on Saturday morning when Disaster relief of Spartanburg serves breakfast.  Overnight, participants lived the homeless experience…no electronics, no phones, no food.  Some slept indoors because of the rain, but some stayed outdoors as planned.  After all, homeless folks don’t have a choice when it rains.  While there, they took part in informational games on homelessness, fellowshipped with each other and worshipped together.  When “lights out” time came at midnight, it should have become even more real for them.  And quiet.  In their cardboard boxes.  Quiet enough to really think about what it’s like to be homeless and how they can help.  I pray they all had a rewarding experience and that they left in the morning even more fired up to fight homelessness!   afs

**also be sure to visit the Upstate Homeless Coalition’s site for more information on the state of homelessness in the upstate area of SC

09-18-09

participants as they begin to prepare their boxes for the night

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some of the many cardboard box homes for a night

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organizer Russ Bennett and others as they film participants

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participants as they were being filmed forming the word "HOPE"

07-18-09

These scouts from Boy Scout Troop 215 recently did a good turn for Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) and for hungry families in Anderson County.  They coordinated a service project outside of the Sam’s Club in Anderson, where they solicited food donations and funds to purchase food items.  In a matter of about 8 hours over the two days, these boys collected more than $700 in donations!  Late on Thursday afternoon, they went inside the store with the money that they had collected and took turns shopping for nutritious foods and other items on AIM’s needs list.  AIM is able to submit the receipts from their food purchases to a hunger fund sponsir for a $300 matching grant, making the total of these scouts efforts equal more than $1,000!   What a blessing for the many families that find themselves needing to request food assistance from the food pantry at Anderson Interfaith Ministries.

As a Mom of one of these scouts and an AIM staff member, I am very proud of these boys!!  They planned and implemented an amazing community service project, representing themselves, their troop, their families, and their community with respect, courtesy, and compassion for those less fortunate.  Way to go boys!   afs

05-09-09 Eli Moore design

 

These beautifully designed and hand-painted adirondack chairs were recently up for auction at Anderson Interfaith Ministries’ (AIM) Golf Sponsors Party.  The artist, shown here with the chairs, is Eli Moore.  Eli, better known as Scott to those of us at AIM, is VERY talented as you can see.  A true artist! 

Scott came to AIM as a part time employee through the AARP Senior Employment Program.  He’s a wonderful person and is well liked by the staff, volunteers and supporters.  He speaks often of the many ways that he has been affected by being involved with AIM, and that he has grown in his his faith since becoming a part of our team.  I hope he understands that he has affected others in much the same way. 

I plan to highlight more of Eli’s art in future posts and perhaps even help him set up a blog of his own to promote his passion…his art.  If you’re interested in speaking to Eli about something you might like him to custom paint, call 864-965-9077 and leave a message.  I’ll make sure he gets it.   afs

 04-21-09On April 13th, Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) held it’s 3rd annual Golf Tournament at Thornblade in Greenville.  Perhaps you saw my post about it (below on April 14), or Denton’s  posts on April 14 & 15 at Greenville Daily Photo.  Well, on Sunday night, a sponsor’s party and Auction was held at Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill in Anderson.  This event accompanies the golf tournament each year.  Lots of people came out to support Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) by bidding on items that were being sold during both silent and live auctions.  There were dozens and dozens of wonderful auction packages.  I even placed a bid or two and came away a winner of one item.   I’ve got to give a shout out on behalf of AIM to the commitee members for putting many, many hours of time and effort into the planning and implementation of this event.  Also, special thanks to our event sponsors and auction donors for making it possible through financial support and in-kind donations.  Hats off to the band, who was fantastic, and to Sullivans for providing such delicious food and for being such wonderful hosts for our event.  I think everyone really enjoyed themselves and will look forward with anticipation to next years event!   afs

04-14-09

Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) held it’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament at Thornblade yesterday.  Rain was forecast, so many who were anticipating this event were holding their breath and saying extra prayers.  Prayers were answered as the rain for the most part held back and allowed play on the beautiful course at Thornblade.  I came out for the morning to help where I could, and to take a few photos.
One of the teams in action

Hard at play!

Teams head out onto the course.

Teams head out onto the course.

Like many others, I follow the photo blogging of Denton Harryman from Greenville Daily Photo, and invited him to join us as a volunteer photographer.  I looked forward to meeting him and was thrilled when he responded that he would be happy to participate in our event.  In my opionion, it’s always great to have more than one photographic perspective at an event such as this.  I only regret that I had to leave rather early in the afternoon, so I missed spending any time getting to know him, as well as interacting with other AIM volunteers, staff and tournament players.

Special thanks to event sponsors, and the many others who contributed to the success of this event!  The time, effort, and funds you put into this will be paid back into the Anderson community through the programs of service that AIM offers to families in need.     afs

Thornblade is a beautiful course!

Thornblade is a beautiful course!

 

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