For 30 years, Sharing God’s Love has offered a place of refuge and assistance to community members in need.
The Irmo-based ministry will celebrate that legacy of service this weekend when it holds an open house, set for 3-5p.m. Sunday at 147 Friarsgate Blvd.
“We wanted to celebrate 30 years of Sharing God’s Love with an open house so everyone could experience a few unique events,” said agency director Shari Selke.
The event will include a living history of the agency, with seven past directors as well as success stories from some who have been helped by the organization. Those stories have been numerous since 1984 as the agency has provided food, clothing, and financial aid to thousands of families in the St. Andrews, Irmo and Ballentine communities.
Sharing God’s Love was formed when the Rev. Nancy Donny and her friend Judy Boepple reached out to area churches to discuss their desire to serve the poor and needy.
The group agreed that the individual resources of the churches were limited but that collectively they could do more. Twenty churches initially committed to provide financial support for the agency, and today 43 churches in the northwestern portion of the county support the ministry – which serves 5,000-6,000 people each year – with the help of area individuals and businesses.
“I believe the greatest impact that Sharing God’s Love has had in our community is to help those in need face their current hardships with real relief and a seed of hope,” Selke said.
Sunday’s open house will include tours and light refreshments.
Sharing God’s Love accepts donations 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday and the second Saturday of each month. To learn more about donating, or volunteering, call (803) 732-3188 or visit sharinggodslove.net.
A gathering for caregivers
The Dorn VA Medical Center on Nov. 4 will host its 5th Annual Caregiver Conference, “Caregiving: Maintaining Hope, Courage, and Strength.”
The free conference, in honor of National Caregiver Month, will run from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort Jackson’s Solomon Center. It will be hosted by the Caregiver Support Program for caregivers of veterans and service members.
“We are excited to host another wonderful event for the caregivers of our veterans,” said Dorn VAMC caregiver support coordinator Cristy Roberson.
The conference will feature information from VA services and community organizations, a variety of speakers and activities on art therapy, dementia, yoga, and line dancing.
“We recognize the significant sacrifices of family caregivers who are a valuable resource providing physical, emotional and other support to wounded, ill, and injured veterans,” Roberson said. “It is through caregivers like those attending the program that it is possible for our veterans to remain in their homes rather than requiring institutional care.”
The registration deadline is Thursday. To register or for more information, call Roberson at (803) 776-4000, ext. 7180.