One of our Core Values at Live Oak is #recklessgenerosity. We believe we are called to be compassionate, giving people. Our compassion team works with different organizations to help us accomplish this goal. We invite you to be recklessly generous in your giving as well, whether it is time, talents, or treasures. If you are giving, your hands and hearts are open to receive! Below is some information on 3 of our local compassion partners.
Family Promise of Beaufort County
Family Promise of Beaufort County, one of 200+ affiliates in 43 states, opened its doors in 2008 and still remains the only sheltering program in the county that serves homeless families with children. We were founded on the belief that one homeless child is too many, yet, as determined by the McKinney-Vento Act roster for the Beaufort County School District, there are over 730 homeless children in our county. Additionally, 61% of the children attending public schools in our county participate in the free/reduced cost lunch program. Family Promise serves 4 families or 14 individuals at a time. We do not provide a handout or a temporary fix, but work to determine the underlying cause of their homelessness and then equip them with the skills and resources needed to maintain lasting independence. Many are the result of generational poverty and cyclical homelessness. Our goal is to help them break the cycle by providing comprehensive case management and assistance in securing employment, medical care, childcare, school placement, and ultimately affordable housing.
The way that Live Oak serves Family Promise is by partnering with Low Country Presbyterian Church is Bluffton. Two to Four times a year, the families that Family Promise are currently housing stay at Low Country Presbyterian church. Live Oak helps provide dinners and also provides volunteers to spend the night at the church. This is one of the easiest ways to serve a Live Oak! If you cook, it's just fixing a meal for a few extra people. If you love people, volunteer to spend the night. You have a bed and a private area, as well as access to a private bathroom and shower. Judy Frost is our contact for Family Promise. She would love to get you connected!
For more information check out Family Promise's website.
Bluffton Self Help
Bluffton Self Help exists in order to help our neighbors in need of food, clothing, educational and financial assistance, and to provide programs that promote self-worth, dignity and create a pathway to personal success.
In addition to the core service to make free food available whenever needed, Bluffton Self Help staff and volunteers coordinate a variety of service projects, including Thanksgiving dinners, toys at Christmas, Easter baskets, warm blankets and coats in winter, and school supplies at the beginning of each school year.
We help BSH every month with our Green bag initiative. This helps Bluffton re-stock their pantry shelves with staples.
The biggest upcoming challenge at BSH is the elimination of plastic grocery bags. Beginning in April clients will need to bring reusable grocery bags in to shop. So, instead of collecting food in March for our Green Bag Sunday, we will be collecting reusable grocery bags! Jamie Haight is our contact at Bluffton Self Help. If you have questions about this organization contact Jamie.
For more information you can check out their website.
Kairos Prison Ministry
The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities.
Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. (Kairos) is a lay-led, interdenominational Christian ministry in which men and women volunteers bring Christ's love and forgiveness to prisoners and their families.
The prison environment is a dark place, where prisoners face violence, anger, gangs and loneliness daily.
Kairos Prison Ministry volunteers step into this darkness to hold a 3 ½ day weekend, with the majority of participants made up primarily of negative leaders within the prison. Through talks, discussions and Chapel meditations prisoners learn that they are worthy of God’s love, light and grace. That no matter who they are or what they have done, God forgives them.
Twice a year several men from Live Oak attend a Kairos weekend at the Ridgeland Correctional Institution. They spend time with the inmates sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bringing some light into one of the darkest places known to man. The way Live Oak supports this mission is by financial donations to cover the costs of meals, signing up to pray over the course of the weekend, and by providing homemade cookies! The cookies are one of the highlights for the inmates and it is an easy way to get involved.
Bob Keene is our contact for Kairos. If you are interested in finding out how you can get involved, contact Bob! The next Kairos weekend is April 19-22, 2018. We need cookies by April 15th.
For more information on Kairos, check out their website.
As most of you know one Christmas Eve Live Oak spent the morning making and delivering goodie bags to people who had to work that day. We do this every year. This year we received a couple of thank you emails that we wanted to share with the church:
Today, Christmas Eve, was the first time I had ever heard of this church. I work at Tanger 2 And was feeling down about having to work today. I’m also 23 weeks pregnant, some church members came in and brought me a “Thank you” gift for working today. I just wanted to say Thank you for making this pregnant woman’s day! These little gifts mean so much more than y’all could ever imagine! So thank you for doing something so wonderful and thoughtful! Merry Christmas,
Thank you so much for the wonderful treat delivered to Home Depot today by your wonderful youth. It was a wonderful surprise! God Bless and Merry Christmas!
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Work As Worship
Join other Christian business owners, CEOs & leaders who want their faith to impact their work. Live Oak is hosting a video simulcast of the Work as Worship retreat on February 23rd at the Ministry Center. The retreat starts promptly at 8:30am and will last until approximately 3:30pm. Lunch is included. The cost is $25 per person. If you are a small business owner this is a great opportunity to listen and learn from some of the leaders in business how to tie faith into work. Speakers include Matt Chandeler, Anne Beiler, and Kelly Shackelford, among others. If you know a small business owner, encourage them to attend as well.