Students from the University of Memphis came up with an alternate way to help others. 13 students from the University of Memphis participated in the school's Alternative Spring Break program - meaning they gave up their week off and instead volunteered to help others.
The students (names listed below) volunteered at Jessie's Place, our shelter for women and children, and helped with a variety of tasks such as cleaning or spending time with the children while the moms were at work.
Students from the University of Memphis gave up their Spring Break to
help out the women and kids of Jessie's Place
The students were accompanied by their advisor, Angie Dunlap, who said "We had such a wonderful time working with Jessie's Place on our Alternative Spring Break trip. We spent two days with Jessie's Place...and they [the students] gained a lot from the experience."
Thanks to all the students who participated: Alesia Putman, Angela Nguyen, Artice Carter, BreAne Coburn, Brittany Dawson, Caresse Ward, Courtney Williams, Danta Anderson, Edward Spangler, Essence London, LaToya Johnson, Rose Athalone and Tawanna Malone.by Bonnie Hendrix
April 7, 2010 - Yesterday's groundbreaking on our Royal Pines Center facility expansion was a huge success. The event began at 2 p.m. at the Blount county facility and several dignitaries, staff members, donors and volunteers were on hand as the Jimmie Hale Mission celebrated the blessing.
Crowd of supporters at ground Equipment donated by Mission
breaking ceremony supporter, Bill Stone
Among the attendees were Congressmen Spencer Bachus and Robert Aderholt, Field Representative from Jeff Sessions' office Virginia Amason, Region's Senior V.P. Shane Spray and Blount County Administrator Ralph Mitchell. Also on hand were long-time Mission supporter Bill Stone of Stone Construction who provided the equipment, the Mission's Chairman of the Board Bob Palmer, Board Members Ann Pennington, Jay Briley, Ron Etherdge, and Jim Leonard. Jack Freeman, for whom the Royal Pines dormitory is named after, was also in attendance.
Dignitaries, supporters and staff Jack Freeman, for whom the Royal
attending the groundbreaking Pines dormitory is named after
The expansion of the center will allow us to help even more men in our community who are struggling with substance abuse. Men like Chris, a former client of Royal Pines who was recently featured in our February newsletter as a "Success Story." Chris received Christ at Royal Pines Center as was able to successfully overcome his life struggles. Chris has now reunited with his family and recently joined the staff at Royal Pines. He is now working to help others as he was helped, and was on hand to celebrate this blessing with us.
Chris and his 20-month-old daughter, Natalie
enjoy refreshments after the ceremony
Thank you again to everyone who has helped make this possible. For more information about our Royal Pines Center please visit www.jimmiehalemission.com/royalpines. We are truly blessed!
by Bonnie Hendrix
Thanks to all of our wonderful supporters, the kids at Jessie's Place, our shelter for women and children, were able to have a very happy Easter.
The festivities began early in the week as volunteers and staff helped the kids with several Easter-themed art projects. The children also got to take part in an Easter egg hunt and several groups of volunteers were kind enough to donate Easter baskets for the kids. Every child at Jessie's Place got a basket filled with candy and toys and everyone got to enjoy a new video, "Tale of 3 Trees." Thank you to everyone who helped make this a special Easter for our homeless kids!
One of our Jessie's Place kids, Alex,
hunts for his Easter eggs!by Bonnie Hendrix
Mark's life was once ruled by alcohol... but now the Royal Pines graduate is also a college graduate!
Click here to read Mark's success story.
Mark proudly displays his degree
from Auburn University