ACTS’ new programs help the needy

Organization partners with other groups to broaden reach
Apr. 25, 2014 @ 07:28 PM

With spring and summer comes new programs and activities at the ACTS house.

Because the men’s shelter is closed from March to November, Area Christians Together in Service offers breakfast with a side of case management as a new avenue to help those in need.

“The meals are just to get them here,” ACTS executive director Twanna Jones said. “I am trying to catch them, so God can claim them.”

Jones said meals are a way of helping the homeless, jobless and abused open up about their needs.

“We are more than just a soup kitchen, you know?” she said. “We don’t just hand them papers and say go to social services. We work to assist with any needs that fall under the United Way umbrella or find someone else who can.”

Jones said ACTS will host more workshops for the community this year, as well.

ACTS wants to add language assistance classes, custody clinics and legal aid representation to its list of services in the coming months.

A nutritional workshop courtesy of the YMCA has been added to the health screening scheduled for May 13.

“We have limited resources, but we are trying to make it happen,” Jones said.

Lahmad Kingsberry said he’s seen a lot of people getting better. He was able to get his life back on track thanks to services provided by ACTS. As a volunteer this year, he is committed to helping Jones establish new programs.

“Ms. Jones is trying to help out,” Kingsberry said. “They ask, and she gives so passionately, and that was enough to put drive in me to get involved.”

In addition to new volunteers, ACTS has new support from the community this year. Linda Wilson, an ACTS board member and Old North State Tea Society member, said the organization has adopted ACTS as their charitable endeavor of the year.

“I am kind of acting on behalf of both organizations,” Wilson said. “I hope that we can raise enough money to help with the ACTS mission of feeding the hungry in our city.”

The boutique sale will be May 3 at the ACTS house, 305 S. Chestnut St., Henderson. Donated tea items, home décor and accessories will be for sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.