(Augusta, GA)-As our community continues to face a tight economy and shrinking budgets, families find it harder and harder to provide. Non-profit organizations are also feeling the economic shift. But the efforts of Paine College employees helped ease the burden by providing two local non-profit organizations with the opportunity to further assist the many families that rely on them.
St. Stephen’s Ministry of Augusta, Inc. was one of the organizations that benefited from the College's employee generosity. St. Stephen's Ministry of Augusta, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing housing for persons with HIV/AIDS who are low income or homeless. The mission of this program is to facilitate independence, dignity, and well being through safe, affordable, and appropriate housing. In addition, we provide services to homeless and low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and the affected persons in their lives.
"We thank the employees of Paine College because they've provided us with necessities. Everything we received was greatly needed," said Kevin Brooks, Case Manager at Stephen's Ministry of Augusta Inc.
The faculty and staff of Paine College also contributed greatly to three families from Safehomes of Augusta, which is an organization that is committed to ending domestic violence in our community as well as in the lives of individuals. Its mission is to transform victims of domestic violence into survivors. In 1983, the first SafeHomes shelter was opened. A total of 80 women were helped that year. By 1985, the number had grown to more than 500 women. Today, Safehomes of Augusta impacts the lives of more than 1000 women and children each year.
"Paine College has stepped up in a big way this holiday season. "It is a true blessing and it is something we look forward to each year," said Sharon Barber, Financial/ Operations Manager at Safehomes of Augusta. "The great thing about Paine College is that we know we can count on them for support and they've done an outstanding job supporting us for four years."
The generosity of the faculty and staff speaks to the College's core value, "service". The faculty and staff opt to give to charity during the College's annual holiday social hosted by Drs. George and Tina Bradley instead of exchanging gifts between one another. This tradition displays the institution’s history and commitment to service to the community, nation and the world.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu
Photo 1: Charlie Woodley, Director of Transportation at Paine, Frances Wimberly, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Paine and Kevin Brooks, Case Manager at St. Stephens Ministry, Inc.
Photo 2: Meghann Eppenbrock, Public Relations/Volunteer Coordinator at SafeHomes Augusta, Charlie Woodley, Director of Transportation at Paine, and Natasha Carter, Director of Communications & Marketing at Paine.
Photos by: Leah Suggs