2020 Outreach Ministries
2020 was a big year of challenges and great need but thanks to our generous partners like you, OneCompassion didn’t skip a beat. Because of the financial and people resources invested in our organization, we were able to step in and step up to ensure that compassion, resources, and connection in our community didn’t stop when schools and businesses shut down. We did that through four major projects: our Build Ministry, COVID response meal distribution, the House of Hope Alpha House project, and our Holiday Ministry.
Our Build Ministry is our response to current, nominated needs in the community. OneCompassion comes alongside families who are experiencing a crisis and helps them make ends meet. According to the Smithfield Chamber of Commerce, one in six Johnston County families are living in poverty; a situation that has only amplified in both volume and depth since COVID-19 began. This year we helped 21 families access the resources they need to face a better tomorrow through the generous giving of our sponsors like you.
When COVID entered the scene in march, OneCompassion’s immediate response was, “how can we still identify and meet the needs of our community?” There is a lot of hurt, confusion and need that arose from this global pandemic, and our community needed us more than ever. We partnered with FLAG NC to feed frontline workers in Johnston County. With funds donated by OneCompassion, FLAG NC was able to provide locally-made meals to hundreds of frontline workers.
We also partnered with Archers Lodge Community Center to stock their food pantry. When schools moved to virtual learning in response to COVID, many families who previously relied on school lunches weren’t sure where their children’s meals were going to come from. Archers Lodge Community Center stepped in to make sure that even though schools were empty, stomachs were full and the strength and support of our community was felt by those who need it most. Together, we served over 6,500 meals from March - May.
House of Hope
One of our favorite projects this year was the House of Hope Alpha House construction project. House of Hope is a Christian therapeutic school, home, and counseling center for hurting and troubled girls, ages 12-17 and their families. Since 1998, House of Hope has served approximately 230 families within a 60 mile radius of Clayton.
This year, they needed a new school facility in order to expand education and counseling services. OneCompassion stepped up to the plate! We demo’d an old building completely and are now joining partners like One27 Homes to build their new school. The previous facility is being converted into a group counseling space to be able to expand therapeutic offerings to the girls and their families.
This project is ongoing, and there is always room for more hands! If this is an area in which you’d like to partner with us by providing skilled services, such as electrical, plumbing, building, etc., please let us know by emailing Christine@TheRiverWildTeam.com.
The theme of change and impact continued as COVID pressed on into the winter, and more families than ever before were nominated for our annual Holiday Ministry. This is the time of year when OneCompassion comes alongside families who have experienced significant hardship to share the joy and love of Christmas. Because of our generous donors and partners, we are able to provide most needs and many wants for these families, from fun gifts for the kids to coats, shoes, cleaning supplies, and other necessities.
“Thank you for choosing us as the recipients of your generosity. It’s hard to put into words the kind of love one can feel from the hands and feet of our Lord and savior Jesus when they are in troubled times like with the great loss of a parent. This will certainly help in knowing that there are still good hearted people Jesus can and will use at the time and way he chooses.”
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We believe that the world of the generous gets larger and larger, and you are some of the most generous people we know. We are praying and believing for your 2021 to be multiplied with the kind of blessing, hope, and purpose you inject in your community every day. We would also like to continue to partner with you in 2021 to build a better tomorrow for the Johnston County community. December 1 is #GivingTuesday. What better time of year than now to put into action God’s heart for generosity as we celebrate the gift he gave us in Jesus.
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