We at Saint Paul’s Waccamaw UMC have been blessed with the opportunity to assist several wonderful organizations that help people in need.
Together, we can make a difference!
God’s work on earth depends upon us. Here are some of the other local missions that St. Paul’s supports which are critical to the survival of many people in our community.
Major Local Organizations Supported by the Mission Budget
- Back Pack Buddies—food for weekends for children who get free breakfast and lunch at school. The effort is an outreach of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, but needs additional funding.
- Baskervill Food Pantry—St. Paul’s is 1 of 7 churches contributing food to the pantry. Our donation is peanut butter and canned chicken. Serves an average of 150 families per month.
- Canine Angels Service Dogs—companion and service dogs for wounded and disabled veterans on the Grand Strand (Wilmington, NC to Georgetown, SC) at no cost to the vet. Average 20-25 dogs/year. All are trainable dogs from local shelters. Service includes training of recipients.
- Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center—counseling for individuals and families faced with the challenges of marriage/family conflicts, grief and loss, depression and post-traumatic stress. Helps >650 clients/year in Horry and Georgetown counties. Work with clients on an adjusted fee schedule to make sure the help needed is available. 10 therapists and 9 locations across the Grand Strand. Affiliated with The Samaritan Institute, the Center is accredited using nationally benchmarked behavioral health standards. St. Paul’s has been a covenanting church for > 10 years and have a counseling satellite center on our campus which is currently operating.
- Family Justice Center—the sole provider of coordinated services to victims of domestic violence in Georgetown County. Have the only Safe-Shelter in Georgetown and Horry Cos. SC ranks 2nd in the USA for numbers of women killed by men. Law enforcement officers in Georgetown County, respond to an average of 250 domestic violence calls each year (statistically only 20% of the total). In 2017, helped >1,000 people (up 10% over 2016). Working with 27 partnering agencies, the FJC is based on a nationally and internationally established “best practice” model for service delivery in the domestic violence field.
- Friendship Place—a Christian organization feeding and sheltering the hungry and homeless in Georgetown County. In 2017, served over 4,000 nutritious hot meals and helped put 80 people back to work through their “Works” program which partners with Georgetown businesses.
- Georgetown Helping Hands—begun 27 years ago. Offer (1) compassionate care with a food pantry, clothing closet, payment of utility bills (electricity, water, and kerosene [heat]) to meet emergency needs and dental care (mainly extractions). In 2017, distributed 3,844 bags of groceries; 2,308 bags clothing; >100 people/mo. with utility help; 504 people for dental care. (2) Job program, life skills and support groups for the unemployed. In 2017 placed 78 people in jobs.
- Good Friends of Georgetown County—began in 2001 to support working poor facing unexpected challenges threatening their ability to work and care for their family. Have helped >5,228 individuals. Recipients don’t qualify for state or federal assistance, and exhausted help from Helping Hands of Georgetown. Their annual fundraising luncheon no longer covers the need so their board is approaching churches for additional help. Each recipient can receive a maximum of $300/year.
- Habitat for Humanity of Georgetown County—St. Paul’s is 1 of 12 churches supporting (and physically building) a specific house each year called the Apostles Build.
- Home of Hope and Healing (H3; formerly Full Circle Recovery, a sober-living home or halfway house in Pawleys Island)—not currently being supported by the budget. In 2016 support was from the Peach Festival to buy toilet paper and similar needs. Added to the budget in 2017. Faith-based principles and counseling for alcohol and drug addiction. House 5 to 7 men and require daily Bible study, counseling and AA meetings.
- J.O.Y. School— a 6-week (free) summer day program for up to 54 children and young adults with Intellectual Disabilities including Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Mental Retardation, and developmental delays. Located at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church during June and July. Classes in music, art, academics, adaptive P.E. drama and swimming are taught by highly trained and experienced staff. When finances permit, hold Saturday sessions at other times of the year.
- J.O.Y. University—like the J.O.Y. School, but for mentally challenged adults from Sept. – May.
- The Outreach Farm—In 2003, began providing beef for local nonprofits. Its business model changed from raising cattle to slaughter (expensive) to raising and selling calves which provides money for meat ($2/lb.), and then to simply raising funds to purchase food (buying as low as $1.35/lb.). Currently purchase beef, chicken and pork which are provided in bulk to 12-15 organizations (TMP, Tara Hall, food kitchens, etc.). Reached one million pounds; and in 4Q 2017 expected to reach 150,000 meals in 2017.
- St. Christopher’s Children—Begun December 2007 in Pawleys Island to provide clothing (often emergency winter clothing and shoes), eye glasses and dental care for the abandoned, abused and economically disadvantaged children whose needs cannot be met by existing social services or government agencies. The effort is now throughout Georgetown County. 100% volunteer (except 1 staff member at resale store). Over the past 10 years, St. Christopher’s Children helped 3,038 children with clothing and 195 for orthodontic care. These are identified by school nurses. Provide $100,000/year in assistance.
- Smith Medical Clinic—medical clinic meeting the needs of low-income individuals and families, free of charge. Treated 2,100 annually with over 200 volunteer physicians, nurses and a small, part-time staff. 37% of Georgetown county residents do not have health insurance. Every $1 donates generates $9.73 in health care service at Smith Medical Clinic. $250 provides complete medical and prescription help for one individual. St. Paul’s is a “Patient Partner.”
- Students in the Word—off-site elective Bible studies for students to learn the Bible and establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; many are unchurched. Begun in 2010 with WHS (with students meeting at All Saints). In the Fall 2014, the Middle School began its program, using St. Paul’s as its study center. Fall 2016 had a total of 80 students enrolled (with a waiting list which could be filled if they had more money)—2 classes of 20 students each for the HS and Middle School. Expenses are roughly $350/student per year to cover material, teacher, buses, bus driver and gasoline
- Teach My People—a local after-school program for at-risk children. Serving 140 students, grades 1-12. 8 P/T teachers and volunteers. Students are cared for and mentored throughout their elementary, middle and high school years with high quality, organized programs that are spiritually driven (based on Christian principles and values) on a 12-month cycle. School year grades: 15% “A” average; 41% “B” average; only 4%, “C” average. Provide dinner every night. 80% of children go home on Friday with a Back-Pack Buddy.
- Teen Challenge—helps teens and young adults live a drug-free life. Its recovery program has a documented success rate of over 80% nationally, and the Georgetown location helps over 100 families per year. Tuition for 1 person: $750 for the initial 4 months. The Georgetown location expanded from 4-month (after which the participants went to the “home base” in PA) to a full 12-month program. Actively involved in helping with the local opioid epidemic.