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Holy City Mission Partners Include:

Church of the Resurrection (North Charleston)

Fresh Start Visions (Prison Ministry) Helping ex-offenders to transition into productive lives. MTF contact: Lee Cox, lelandhcox@gmail.com

Lowcountry Pregnancy Center  Supports single moms & babies, August Diaper Drive, Annual Banquet.  MTF Contact: Caroline Riley, cmurphyriley@gmail.com

St. Alban’s Chapel at the Citadel  Monday night Bible study with Cadets, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Chapel.  MTF Contact: George Klein, gpkleinct@gmail.com

Star Gospel Mission relocated to a new property, needs sheets, towels, linens.          MTF Contact: George Klein, gpkleinct@gmail.com

Tri-County Family Ministries. Needs volunteers and donations of clothing and food. MTF Contact: Pam Thompson, pamthompson@spherion.com

Water Mission. Volunteers needed for Think Tank programs to educate students at schools & churches, Lunch Crews, Office Volunteers, Production, Annual Walk for Water. MTF Contact: John Hollingsworth, 843-819-8816

 
Christmas Stockings for Lieber Inmates

There are 1100 inmates at Lieber Correctional Institute in Ridgeville.  They have had no visitation at all from their families for eight (8) months as they have been locked down due to Covid 19.  The inmates have to rely on family and volunteers to provide them personal hygiene items and they are desperately in need of these items.

Last year at Christmas, some of the correctional officers and volunteers stuffed 80 red felt stockings with soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, white tube socks and a sweet. (This was predominantly organized by St. Clare of Assisi’s prison ministry on Daniel Island.)

This year, some correctional officers at Lieber have asked St. Clare of Assisi to reach out to other churches and organizations for help as their goal is to be able to give every inmate a Christmas stocking. That means we need to identify about 22 churches and organizations to donate. If you can help by donating supplies for stockings it would be a real blessing for the inmates at Lieber.

Below is a list of what is needed:

  • Simple red felt stockings, homemade or from the Dollar Store for $1.00 each;
  • Regular size toothbrushes and regular size tooth paste;
  • Bars of regular size soap;
  • Men’s white short sleeved under shirts, various sizes;
  • Regular size containers of any type deodorant;
  • Candy canes or wrapped cookies or bars; and
  • Handwritten cards or notes or hand drawn pictures of encouragement  (a perfect way to get children or teens involved.)

PLEASE DO NOT STUFF THE STOCKINGS

PLEASE DO NOT WRAP ANY OF THE ITEMS

All of the items all have to go through security.

Volunteer inmates at Lieber will stuff the stockings, as they did last year

(and write thank you cards.)

You can place your items in a paper bag labeled Lieber, and drop off

with Catherine Bowen in the front office of St. Michael’s Church, 71 Broad Street.

PLEASE DROP OFF DONATIONS BEFORE THANKSGIVING

Many thanks for your help.

The inmates at Lieber will be very grateful and blessed by your generosity.

 
Hot Dog Ministry 

The purpose of the Hot Dog Ministry is to share God’s love with the homeless and urban population in downtown Charleston. We are participating in the Hot Dog Ministry with East Cooper Baptist Church, every other month, beginning January 28. We need 8-10 volunteers from St. Michael’s. We will bring the hot dog toppings (mustard, ketchup, and onions) and side dishes (baked beans, potato salad, and cole slaw); East Cooper Baptist Church furnishes the grilled hot dogs, rolls, desserts, and water. Volunteers arrive at 529 Meeting St. by 4:45 (enter by Walnut Street to the small parking area on the right). Supper begins at 5:00 with sharing of the gospel, grace, and food, and ends at 6:15. The guests may have as much food as they wish, but they need to consume it on site. We serve from 50-80 guests each day. Alan Woods from Charleston Street Wellness is available to do health checks and there are donated clothes and shoes for any guest in need. If you need further information or if you have questions, please e-mail Pat Jennings at bellinger.56@att.net.

Reading Partners

Reading Partners is dedicated to training and supporting tutors who work with students needing to improve their literacy and reading levels. Tutors are in short supply. Four out of five children from low-income families are not able to read at grade level. The Reading Partners program places, trains, and supports tutors who wish to help children build stronger reading skills. You, the tutor, can select a school convenient to your home or office. The commitment is only one hour a week, or more, if you wish.  Please contact Josephine Cox if you are interested in this ministry. 864-982-4464  or email to joandleecox@gmail.com.

Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Force  

Implementing a coordinated community response to identify, prevent, and eliminate human trafficking in the Tri-County area while supporting victims, law enforcement, and service providers.

In January 2018, the South Carolina Attorney General (AG) announced Charleston County was the second most prevalent area in our State for human trafficking (HT). To effectively combat this issue on multiple fronts, the Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF) was founded. Comprised of professional leadership from Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties and representing areas of expertise from law enforcement to victim services, the Task Force is recognized by the SC AG as the official HT task force for the Tri-County area with the Chair serving on the SC AG’s Statewide HT Task Force.

Priority Objectives

(1) Provide rapid safe housing for victims Without rapid housing, those on the frontlines cannot adequately do their jobs and the Tri-County will not have a successful HT response. Once a victim is identified, we have nowhere to place them. This creates enormous congestion of the system and reinforces the lies that traffickers tell victims – “I’m your only hope; the only one who cares about you.” Housing is key to stabilizing victims and there is no rapid housing for HT victims in our State.

(2) Support those on the frontlines to recognize human trafficking Identification of victims is one of the most difficult challenges as victims are so traumatized and threatened, they rarely self-identify as victims or disclose to authorities. Additionally, HT is a “newer” crime in South Carolina (2012) with the legal definition of “child abuse and neglect” only coming to include HT in April of 2018. This 2018 change in law has created an enormous responsibility for mandated reporters to identify and report on HT; mandated reporters were not being trained on the issue before this amendment.

More info: email info@TriCountyHTTF.org or check out the website: TriCountyHTTF.org

Want to learn more about these mission ministry partners and how to get involved?

Contact mission@stmichaelschurch.net for more information!