Homeless/Poverty

Greenville County Circles

CIRCLES-USAThis nationally recognized, proven model helps families move out of poverty. When the unseen Greenville forum raised the question of “What can I do next?” the Circles initiative provides that answer for the Greenville community. Click this link to learn more.

Homes of Hope

Homes of HopeAffordable Housing Programs – Our goal is to provide safe, affordable and energy-efficient housing for low-income and/or homes families or individuals. Families without a safe place to call home lack an essential element that must exist. Through our four housing strategies, we aim to meet the housing needs of South Carolina families.

Affordable Rental Housing | Home Ownership | LoCAL Housing | Housing Solution for Homeless Service Providers

Men’s Development Program – Our goal at Homes of Hope is to rebuild lives, not just houses. Our Men’s Development program is a voluntary one-year residential job training and mentoring program for men overcoming drug and alcohol addictions. Men come to us broken and without hope. Through Biblical based discipleship training, life skills training and construction-related job training, men receive the ingredients necessary to start a new life. Our ultimate goal in this part of our ministry is to produce men who are able to succeed in any walk of life.

Community and Economic Development – After sixteen years of producing energy efficient and affordable housing in strategic neighborhoods throughout the state, Homes of Hope has recognized the need for increased community and economic impact. Seeing that connectivity to health, affordable food options, job opportunities and transportation is often a problem for the families who live in our neighborhoods, we’ve been inspired to tackle this issue.

Venturing into mixed-use development is our opportunity to ensure that our housing clients have access to tools vital to life success, locally within their neighborhoods. Tangibly, this looks like grocery stores, job training facilities and other businesses related to community needs – developed by Homes of Hope within the same neighborhoods where we’ve also developed affordable housing.

Website: www.homesofhope.org
Organization Contact: Brett Porter at bporter@homesofhope.org
BSUMC Missions and Outreach Contact: Ryan Burnett at ryancburnett@gmail.com

Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN) 

Alt TextGAIHN is a coalition of forty-two religious congregations collectively called GAIHN (Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network). Uniting volunteers and facilities from diverse religious communities and faith traditions, GAIHN provides homeless families with safe, secure shelter while offering emergency assistance (including superb transitional housing), strategies to obtain affordable housing and permanent employment, and appropriate referral and guidance to help reintegrate families into the community as quickly as possible.Buncombe Street UMC is part of a group of churches that host homeless families in our church facilities several times a year. During GAIHN, BSUMC provides a place to rest, shower, share a meal, and play games. Church volunteers provide hospitality through meals, overnight hosting, and playing with the guest’s children. Volunteer opportunities include: overnight hosts, preparing meals, set-up and take down.

Website: www.gaihn.org
Organization Contact: Tony McDade, Executive Director at (864) 271-3424 or TonyMcDade@cs.com
BSUMC Missions and Outreach Contact: Bill Shell at weshellvol@gmail.com

Crisis Ministries

This BSUMC ministry exists to provide people in need of assistance with rent, utilities, food, or other needs with the financial aid, counseling, and spiritual support they need. BSUMC members generously volunteer their time to interview those in need and help find support and assistance. Over 1,300 people were assisted last year alone!

BSUMC Staff Contact: Rev. Kristin Dollar at kristin.dollar@bsumc.com
BSUMC Missions and Outreach Contact: Elaine Hitch at ebhitch@gmail.com

United Ministries

Alt TextUnited Ministries provides life changing opportunities and advocacy for people in our community who lack education or employment skills, who are in financial crisis, who are homeless, and those who need help. Through four distinct programs, United Ministries holistically addresses the needs of our community: be it basic needs such as shower and laundry facilities to provisional services such as groceries to advanced opportunities like adult education and skills training. United Ministries also offers educational opportunities for the community to understand poverty and make informed decisions on giving and getting involved. BSUMC supports United Ministries each year in October through the Transformation Walk.

Website: http://www.united-ministries.org
BSUMC Missions and Outreach Contact: Bill Shell at weshellvol@gmail.com

Emmanuel’s Hammer

Emmanuel’s Hammer, formerly Missionary Supply Network, is a hands-on ministry that rebuilds or remodels homes for families who have had their home damaged or destroyed by disaster or who are otherwise living in substandard conditions. We identify, through existing case management channels or local church contacts, those families with the most critical unmet needs. We then lock arms with that family to conduct a needs assessment, fund raising, mission team recruitment, materials procurement and project management of their rebuild. We stay with them through home dedication and move in. We feel by attending to the families physical needs we have an opportunity to tend to their emotional and spiritual needs as well. Helping others, expecting nothing in return, is the highest form of exhibiting the grace and love of Christ.

Website: www.eHammer1.org
Organization Contact: KC Carter, Executive Director at 864-275-7323 or kc@eHammer1.org
BSUMC Missions and Outreach Contact: KC Carter at 864-275-7323 or kc@eHammer1.org

Triune Mercy Center

This non-denominational mission church ministers with and alongside the homeless through the support and involvement of over 60 partner churches. Located near downtown Greenville, SC, Triune is a welcoming congregation that reflects the diversity of God’s kingdom. In addition to being a worship community, Triune offers support groups, employment assistance, medical resources, drug rehabilitation placement and recovery meetings, art and music programs, social work and counseling, and food assistance. Buncombe Street UMC members are actively involved in this exciting, multi-faceted ministry to the homeless, working poor, and addicted in our community. Volunteers at Triune help with serving meals, computer training, listening, gardening, miscellaneous projects, and building relationships! If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at Triune, please contact Stephen Smith at 233-8020, ext. 106 to sign up for an orientation session and tour.

Other ways to get involved:
• Participate in worship at 11 AM or 6 PM on Sundays
• Participate in a Backyard Mission Day by contacting Deb Richardson-Moore at 233-3402
• Attend City Prayer at Triune Chapel, Wednesdays at noon

Website: www.triunemercy.org
Organization Contact: Rev. Deb Richardson-Moore, Executive Director at deb@triunemercy.org 
BSUMC Missions and Outreach Contact: Margaret Utley at margarethutley@icloud.com

Homeless/Poverty Contact:
Bill Shell

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