This past week was tremendous for The Next Step Resource Center led by Julie Hadlock. She received a letter on Wednesday saying that our application for a 501-C-3 status had been approved.
Jean Evins did all the legal paper work in making the filing for us earlier this year. A backlog for applications was often taking more than a year for getting approval. Gary Whitaker, one of our newest board members, a Maple Hill Church of Christ member, and a vice-president at Wilson Bank and Trust, had contacted some key politicians for help.
It seems to have been pushed along. It means the center can begin applying for grants and contributions that can go directly to them from individuals, foundations, and community organizations. Those contributions will be tax deductible.
During the month of June, more than 700 individuals were assisted with clothing, furniture, bedding, dishes, pots, pans, and bikes. More than 100 Bibles were given to the clients. Significantly, 58 people were assisted with finding a job, 53 of who were felons. Thank God for all the people that are being helped.
At the monthly board of directors meeting last week, we were surprised when Lynotte Moore appeared with a 2004 Chevrolet Astro van that he was donating to The Next Step Resource Center. Julie and Jim Kirk have been transporting ten people each day back and forth to their jobs using Julie’s little car and a small church van. Lynotte had the van put in top running condition and filled the tank with gas before giving the keys to Julie. It will be a great asset for this ministry in a variety of ways.
We give thanks to God that College Hills and many in our community are partnering with this wonderful ministry that is blessing the lives of so many.