2012 Annual Report

Missions Ministry Report for 2012

Missions Annual Report 2012

Mission in a Mile – Activities in 2012

  • Cake walk fundraiser at Alps Elementary – 80 pies and cakes donated
  • School supplies and uniforms donated to Alps Road Elementary
  • Clarke Middle School -  Food for Community Food bank
  • Food for the weekend sent home at Alps Elementary
  • Talmadge Terrace Birthday lunches
  • Lanier Gardens crafts for the residents
  • Collected books/stuffed animals for the St. Mary’s children’s Wing.
  • Encourage giving for the St. Mary’s Thrift store.

 Interfaith Hospitality

  • Hosted four times in 2012
  • 13 families were placed with a 97% success rate
  • We are hosting five times at Central Presbyterian in 2013.
  1. January 13-20
  2. March 31-April 7
  3. June 16- June 23
  4. August 25-Sept.1
  5. November 17-24

Other Ministries

  • Card writing ministry for shut in members
  • Knitting ministry every Tuesday 1:30-3:00.  Items donated to the local hospitals and care facilities.

Missions Communications

Athens Nurses Clinic

The Athens Nurses Clinic is a non-profit health care clinic that provides treatment to uninsured low and no income residents in Athens-Clarke County and surrounding counties.  The clinic coordinates evaluation and treatment of both acute and chronic medical and dental conditions along with lab services, health education and counseling, dentistry and prescription assistance.  The clinic collaborates with volunteer doctors, nurses and dentists and pharmacists as well as Athens Regional Medical Center and UGA.  By providing these much needed services, the Athens Nurses Clinic eases some of the congestion at local emergency rooms (which is where many uninsured people seek treatment).

You don’t need to be in the medical field to help, volunteers are need in many capacities.  Also, hygiene kits can be assembled and donated to the clinic.  For more information on volunteering opportunities or donations pleasevisit the Athens Nurses Clinic website at :www.athensnursesclinic.org .

Contact Info: Paige Cummings, Executive Director, Athens Nurses Clinic, 496 Reese St., Athens GA. 30601, (706) 613-6976

The Ark

The Ark provides emergency financial assistance to the low income population of Athens-Clarke and surrounding counties.  Clients (termed neighbors by the Ark) are interviewed by trained Ark volunteers to determine their eligibility and need.  The Ark determines financial assistance based upon the client/neighbor’s documented loss of income or exceptional needed expense.  Clients are interviewed on a case by case basis with a trained volunteer.  During this interview process, the trained Ark volunteer and the client/neighbor explore various assistance avenues (such as the food bank, negotiation with creditors, or other community resources).  The Ark emphasizes that it does not simply provide handouts. The Ark may help with rent and utilities, transportation, and prescription medicines in certain circumstances.  The Ark also sponsors several fundraising events throughout the year including the Gift of Hope, Entrée of Hope, Fellowship Challenge Golf Tournament, Christmas in July and the Holiday Benevolence Market.  For more information on volunteering at the Ark or to make a donation, please visit their website at www.athensark.org.

Central Presbyterian Church is one of the founding supporting congregations of the Ark.  Approximately half of the funding for the Ark comes from congregations in Athens-Clarke County, with the remainder coming from private grants and donations.

Contact Information: Lucy Hudgens, Director, The Ark: United Ministry Outreach Center, 640 A Barber Street, Athens, GA 30601, (706) 548-8155

Samaritan Counseling Center

The Samaritan Counseling Center is an interfaith counseling service that provides professional counseling services to individuals, families and community groups. Samaritan Counseling Center is a faith sensitive counseling agency that recognizes God’s grace and His healing love.  Counselors are respectful of individual’s beliefs and values.  The center provides counseling, psychotherapy, educational and consultation services.  Such activities include: counseling on major changes in life such as death, divorce, couples counseling, depression, anxiety, and counseling with military families.  Wellness services range from therapeutic yoga to stress relief and nutrition.  Educational group retreats and spiritual direction and growth are also areas of service.

For more information please visit their website at: www.samaritannega.org

Contact info: Lacy M. Camp, M.Ed., Marriage and Family Therapist, Executive Director, Main office: 455 North Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30601, (706) 369-7911

Presbyterian Student Center (PSC)

The Presbyterian Student Center is a student focused campus ministry at the University of Georgia.  The PSC provides a community for students to grow in their faith and become more committed disciples of Jesus Christ, as well as becoming effective leaders in Christ’s church.  PSC provides worship times every Tuesday during the fall and spring semesters for students.  Students lead worship services, which includes a time of prayer, singing and scripture.  The campus minister typically gives a message and then communion is served during the Tuesday services.  The PSC also provides a time of fellowship for the students and opportunity to learn about various ministries in which they can serve.  Various congregations provide free Sunday dinners for the students.  Central Presbyterian youth and adults have helped prepare these meals.  The ministry is directly supported by several congregations, including Central Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women groups and individuals.

Ways to help:  Funding is needed to renovate the student center building including roofing, a kitchen remodel, handicap accessible restrooms and doors, painting and grounds work.  There are also many program needs including sponsorship of dinners, retreat scholarships to name just a few.  For more information please visit their website at  www.pscuga.org

Contact Information: Andy Cooke, Campus Minister  andy@pscuga.org, PresbyterianStudentCenter@UGA, 1250 S. Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30605, 706-548-5932

Athens Area Homeless Shelter  (AAHS)

The Athens Area Homeless Shelter uses a three-pronged program approach to providing services.  The programs are named Almost Home, Going Home and JobTrec.  Almost Home is a transitional housing program for homeless women and their children.  Eligible families are able to stay at the shelter for up to 24 months while seeking or maintaining employment, education and training.  During their time at the shelter the program director helps families set goals that will foster financial independence.In 2012, the Almost Home program housed 20 mothers and 41 children.

The Going Home program is a new venture that was launched in September of 2012.  The Going Home program is a “rapid rehousing program that gives case management support, rental and utility assistance to families that are ready for permanent housing.”  The Going Home program in its first year of operation helped 9 families move into permanent housing.

The JobTRECprogram provides to job training, referral, education, and case management.  This program gives comprehensive case management services to eligible homeless individuals.  The goal of JobTREC is to provide a better opportunity for housing stability by working closely with clients.  Case managers work with clients to develop short and long term goals.  In 2012, the JobTREC program provided case management services to over 180 individuals.Currently, the JobTREC program provides case managementservices at Our Daily Bread.

Ways to help:  Besides monetary donations, there are a numerous ways to help at AAHS including: providing meals, Monday and Tuesday night child care, and helping with the Moms Mentoring Moms program.  You can also donate a service to the AAHS, or volunteer to provide some of the items on the shelter’s wish list.  If you have a truck or large vehicle, the Going Home program can use your assistance with moving families to their new home.  The JobTREC program can use help with job training, interview skills training and job placement opportunities.

Contact Information: Shea Post, Executive Director, Katie Smith, Shelter Director, Greg Purser, JobTREC Case Manager, www.helpathenshomeless.org, Athens Area Homeless Shelter, 620 Barber Street, Athens, GA 30601, Office: 706-354-0423

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread serves breakfast and lunch to more than 125 people per day Monday through Friday.  A sack meal is served on Saturdays and Sundays.  Our Daily Bread distributes food, health and hygiene items to guests.  The Oconee Street location provides space for individuals to receive legal assistance, nursing care and VA assistance as well as General Education Degree (GED) classes and computer training.

Oconee Street United Methodist Church and Action Ministries, Inc.-Athens opened Our Daily Bread in 1989. Central Presbyterian helps serve lunch at Our Daily once a month.  Please contact Zandra Baxter if you would like to help serve.

Contact Information: Erin Barger, MSW Executive Director, Action Ministries, Inc.-Athens, 717 Oconee Street, Athens, GA 30605, Office: (706) 353-6647, ebarger@actionministries.netwww.actionministries.net, Oconee Street Methodist Church, Location: 717 Oconee Street, Athens,  GA, Phone: (706) 543-1327, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6707, Athens, GA 30604

Women to the World

Founded in 1985, Women to the World isan international nonprofit Christian service organization that aims to improve the lives of poor women and children in developing countries.  This organization works with national women’s groups to address pressing needs.  Teams of specialists provide training to address these needs and help implement programs. Training programs include project design, management training, basic family health, women’s centers, trauma response centers among others.Women to the World has worked in places such as Pakistan, Kenya, India, Afghanistan, and the Ukraine.

More locally, Women to the World established PALS (Partnering Ambassadors for Life and Service).  PALSwas founded in 2007 in Athens, Georgia.  PALS partnerswith the Athens Housing Authority, PALS teachers, mentors and life skills counselors to help unemployed mothers or those seeking career training and advancement.  PALS uses a Christian based curriculum in their program.  The program provides GED certification and testing, computer skills training, resume building, life-skill mentoring and personal devotional opportunities.All programs are provided at no cost to the participant.  The PALS program is currently being run out of the Rocksprings Community Center.

Ways to help: Monetary support is needed.  Also, the PALS program needs teachers and mentors to help students in areas of GED preparation, language arts, mathematics, and computer skills.

Contact Information: Women to the World, Inc., Doris Aldrich, Founder and President, Mail Address: PMB 581, Suite 103, 1860 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605, Phone: (706) 548-0000, www.womentotheworld.org