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The Harvest Center of Charlotte's
Community Gazette
December 2014, Issue 11
Join our league of extraordinary volunteers at The Harvest Center of Charlotte! Individuals or groups can serve on a one-time or ongoing basis to share gifts of love, time, a kind word, and service to our homeless neighbors in need.
Visit our VOLUNTEER PAGE to complete the application and sign up for a training session.
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If you don’t have a bold resolution for 2015, let me recommend ours:
In 2015 we will, “Increase Our Devotion to God” according to 1 Timothy 4:8, which says “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 
Let's expect great things this year, and challenge ourselves to be and do all that God's created us to. Blessings to you and yours this New Year!
In Christ,
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: 2014 Year in Review Highlights 
We want to say THANK YOU to the friends, partners and volunteers for the Harvest Center of Charlotte! Your prayers and financial support in 2014 have allowed us to increase our efforts to address homelessness, poverty and unemployment in transformational ways for our neighbors in need. 
Together we were able to:
    1. Serve 44,800 Meals to homeless, poor and unemployed in Charlotte
    2. Provide 728 hours of day shelter to homeless men and women
    3. Distribute 220 bus passes to the homeless for medical appointments and social services
    4. Provide 120 hours of job training for the homeless and unemployed
    5. Place 17 homeless men and women to work with an average wage of $9.25
    6. House 27 homeless men and women in our transitional housing program
    7. Provide meals, schools supplies, hats, coats and gloves to 725 underprivileged children
    8. Lead 1808 individuals to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ
Continue to give of your earthly treasure and richly bless others, as God has blessed you!
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Youth Empowerment Services (Y.E.S.)  
In December, the newly established Y.E.S. organization of West Mecklenburg High School engaged in their FIRST community service project at The Harvest Center of Charlotte. They were originally scheduled to do the project with another organization, but plans fell through: God had something else in mind!
Upon their arrival, Core Services Director, Brandie Meekins, provided an in-depth information session reminding the students of the importance of service and missions work. Community Resource Specialist, Phyllis Bradley, followed with instructions to the group on the various ministry assignments. The students, cleaned the whole building, trained and supervised by several of our Program participants! Afterward, they were lead by Transformation Program participant, Muwanna Harris, to the Sanctuary for a “Moment of Inspiration.” The young people introduced themselves and each shared their goals and aspirations, followed by an empowering testimony from Muwanna. 
Tears were shed, laughter rang out, and lives were transformed! God, was in the midst of this very special day. The inspiration went both ways: the youth blessed those at The Harvest Center of Charlotte, just as much as they were blessed by being there. At first blush one could say that their original plans not working out was a bad thing, but their visit was not happenstance, but a GOD thing! He ordered their steps towards The Harvest Center of Charlotte, and for that we are grateful!

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