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Community Ministries                                    SERVING INNER-CITY YOUTH & FAMILIES IN
Newsletter ~ November 2008 ...
November 2008 ~ Page 2                                                 Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc.

Hats for the...
November 2008 ~ Page 3

Testimonial - Ms. Pamela Burke
Interview by Brett Bentley-Desire Street Ministries               ...
November 2008 ~ Page 4                                                                       Summerhill Community Ministri...
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Summerhill Community Ministries Newsletter Nov08

  1. 1. Community Ministries SERVING INNER-CITY YOUTH & FAMILIES IN Newsletter ~ November 2008 THE DOWNTOWN ATLANTA AREA Testimonial - Ms. Loretta Wilkins Interview by Brett Bentley-Desire Street Ministries one fateful morning, it was Justina Loretta Wilkins is radiant with rolling down the window, offering enthusiasm. Sitting in a wicker assistance to her. “Ever since that chair at the kitchen table in her day, I have felt blessed to call home on Washington Street in the Justina my friend.” shadow of Turner Field, Ms. Loretta cannot say enough about “Ms. Loretta excitedly relays Summerhill Community Ministries story after story of how SCM and Justina Dix. has transformed her Despite her current battle with neighborhood…” cancer, Ms. Loretta excitedly relays story after story of how SCM has When Ms. Loretta’s gas and transformed her neighborhood, electricity were in jeopardy of Jordon at last year’s Wrapping Party and, more personally, the being shut off, Justina came in to SCM) and Mr. Phil (Yarberough) in incredible impact that the ministry offer temporary help. When her particular. “My boys loved Mr. Phil. has had on her family. Her grandsons and other children in He’d take them to the movies and grandsons, Josh (now 12) and her family needed clothes, shoes, a football games. They love that man. Jordan (9), have both been coat for the winter time…they knew And Jennifer… oh, my! ...that girl involved with the ministry’s after where to turn. Recently, when Ms. was always going above and school and summer programs, but Loretta learned of her cancer beyond the call.” Ms. Loretta’s roots with Justina run diagnosis, Justina would routinely deeper than that. drive her to and from the hospital When asked what she would like to and, “she even went into her own say to the staff of Summerhill A smile creases her face when she purse one time to help me pay for Community Ministries, Ms. Loretta recounts the first time they met. Ms. some medication. That really meant responded without hesitation, “Just Loretta would ride the bus to school a lot to me.” keep doing what y’all are doing. with Josh, but without any mode of May the Lord keep you strong – transportation of her own, she Ms. Loretta also raved about other and keep Ms. Justina on her feet! would have to ask others for a ride staff members at SCM, Jennifer back to her neighborhood. But on (Brumfield-Caraway, formerly with “I love you all.” After School Program Move-In Target Date December 1st The target date for the After School Program to start using the Mission House is December 1st. The playground has been refurbished and now needs certified “Play Safe” wood chips. The chips need to be in before the kids come. The cost is $600 to purchase the chips. If you would like to designate a gift to help (even $10), please write “wood chips” in the memo section of your check to Summerhill.
  2. 2. November 2008 ~ Page 2 Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. Hats for the Homeless “This year our ASP children & A Note From Justina teens are going to give a gift to the community.” This winter season, the Summerhill As we celebrate the greatest gift ever given, would you Community kids are participating in a “Hats for the Homeless” Drive. consider doing three important things to sustain this While driving around the city of ministry? Atlanta, especially downtown, Justina noticed many homeless and needy people that were walking • We desperately need your continual prayer support. the cold streets with no covering. After receiving a donation of coats • Consider a special year-end gift. Your gift will help to from the Hall Family of Redemption Fellowship, she looked for some of fund our after-school program, summer camp and job these people that she had seen and gave them a coat. They were so training program . By contributing you are helping to happy to have something to help address needs and improve lives throughout our entire keep them keep warm. Justina wished she had hats and scarves to community. give. • Present Summerhill Community Ministries to your This year our after school program children and teens are going to church. We have many volunteer needs and would love give a gift to the community. They will earn or save a dollar, to to welcome you for a day or a summer to get to know purchase a “skull cap” from Wal- mart for a homeless person. The the people in our community teens will deliver these hats to the homeless and needy women, children, and men throughout the I would love to talk to you about Summerhill and how city. you and your church can partner with us in the coming Will you please join us and donate a hat, scarf or a pair of gloves to year. Please contact me. Thank you for prayerfully support our “Hats for the Homeless” project? If your church supporting the important work we do here. May God or group would like to collect these richly bless you this holiday season and in the coming year. items, SCM staff would be more than glad to pick them up if you are in driving distance. Please mail other donations to SCM, P.O. Box Sincerely, 160294, Atlanta, GA 30316, or 275 South Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30315. Justina Dix Executive Director Our website has a new look! Thank you Chanelle Henry! soli deo gloria
  3. 3. November 2008 ~ Page 3 Testimonial - Ms. Pamela Burke Interview by Brett Bentley-Desire Street Ministries words. Her nine “Everyday is a memorable When Ms. Pamela first opened the year old twins, moment. To know that my kids are door of her apartment on Fern Jaylen and with Justina and the people there at Avenue located just a few blocks Jayden, have SCM – that they’re safe and warm, from Grant Park, she looked at me been in both the getting better with their warily. But the moment I introduced after school and schoolwork, and having fun… that myself and (more importantly) summer means everything to me. To see the mentioned my association with programs for smiles on their faces as they come Summerhill Community Ministries, three years now, through the door at the end of the the wary look was gone in a flash and her five year day and to hear the stories from and replaced by a warm smile and old, Niqua, just their afternoon – that’s my a pleasant welcome. recently joined. memorable moment” Niqua with airplane. Ms. Pamela was quiet at the Ms. Pamela went beginning of our conversation, but on and on with her praise for SCM - once we started talking about SCM, she appreciates the staff assisting she was certainly not at a loss for her kids with their daily homework, loves how they have Bible study lessons every day, and the emphasis the program places on the power of prayer. Ms. Pamela told me, “My boy Niqua came home last week telling me how Ms. Justina said that ‘I am the light of the world!’ … I love that my children are in that environment.” I asked Ms. Pamela if she had any specific memorable moments that Jayden with volunteer Tracy Bunch have come with being a part of this Jaylen showing off a school project. ministry. Our Jennifer Marries! Congratulations Jennifer and Joe on your recent marriage. Many people still ask Justina about our long time faithful Summerhill friend Jennifer (Ms. Wilkins mentions her in the first article of this newsletter.) Justina and part of the family traveled to North Carolina to see this very dear friend and ministry partner - then, Jennifer Brumfield, and now Jennifer Caraway - get married. It was a very special, sweet, and spiritual ceremony filled with promise and much prayer as these two joined themselves in holy matrimony. Congratulations! Jeremy, Justina, Joe & Jennifer Caraway, Ashley & Justin P. O. Box 160294 • Atlanta, Georgia 30316 • 404-964-4604 • •
  4. 4. November 2008 ~ Page 4 Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. Sponsor a “Star” for Christmas! As we approach the “wrapping party” on December 18th, the kids will be doing extra chores around the house, at school, and throughout the community in order to earn “Christmas Bucks.” An adult will sign a form to show that the child has completed a task, and then those Christmas bucks will be exchanged for the gift they want to give to a loved one, and they will receive 2 for themselves. We would love to have your help! If you would like to help make one If you choose to sponsor a child, of our “Christmas Stars” shine a It is encouraging to see a group of young people excited about you will receive a card written by little brighter this Christmas, one of the children with three gift please sponsor a child, teen or serving and giving to others during a season in which they are wishes. We ask that you purchase college student. You may request a the gifts and turn them in to a SCM “star” by calling, emailing, or by generally focused on just themselves. representative by Sunday, first class mail. December 14th. Please put the gifts in a bag with the child’s name on it. If you don’t have time to shop, feel free to send a donation to cover the cost of the gifts for a child. Remember that all donations are tax deductible. Sponsor a Summerhill “Star” for Christmas! We will forward to you an index card written by one of the children with the 3 gift wishes. After purchasing the gifts, please return them to a SCM’s representative by Sunday December 14th. Please put the gifts in a bag with the child’s name on it. If finding time to shop is an issue, feel free to send a donation to cover the cost of the gifts for a child. All donations are tax deductible. Yes, I would like to sponsor a child for Christmas. Please send me a child’s Christmas list via: Name __________________________________________________________ ____ via email Address: _______________________________________________________ ____ via telephone City: _________________________ State: _______ Zip: ______________ ____ via first class mail ____ I choose not to purchase gifts, but am sending a Phone: _______________________________________________________ donation to cover the cost of gifts for a child. Email: ________________________________________________________ P. O. Box 160294 • Atlanta, Georgia 30316 • 404-964-4604 • •