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HOG Volunteers Kickstart “Restore a Home”!

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On May 3, United Housing Connections took part in Hands on Greenville (HOG), a community-wide volunteer initiative sponsored by the United Way of Greenville County. With the help of a great group of 20 volunteers from Jacobs Engineering we launched the UHC Restore A Home plan. The Jabobs crew made great strides in yard clean-up, trash removal, shrub pruning and demo of the back stair. We also made some progress with the interior demo, including the full bath, flooring, kitchen appliances, electrical fixtures, misc. doors and debris. Our volunteers worked HARD all morning, then attended the HOG Appreciation Lunch at Fluor Field. A Great Day – Great Progress! Thank you, thank you, Jacobs Engineering! Read More

Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

HOG-logo Hands on Greenville (HOG), a United Way of Greenville County initiative, is coming up this Saturday, May 3 and United Housing Connections could use your help! HOG 2014 will kick start our new UHC Rapid Rehousing Plan. You can help us begin the renovation and restoration of a house (pictured below) that was donated to UHC. Through completely volunteer efforts of labor, materials, and subcontract labor, we hope to prepare this home for someone to be relocated directly from Tent City.

To sign up, please call us 864-770-0702 at or email dwaters@unitedhousingconnections.org  by Thursday, May 1.

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Letter, “So Grateful”

We love hearing how United Housing Connections has made a positive change in people’s lives. We recently received the following:

Recently, I came in contact with a lady and her severely disabled daughter who became homeless after being evicted from her home due to a loss of hours at work. This was her first time being homeless and she didn’t know where to turn for help. Read More

After “A Conversation with Homelessness”

There were 200 people at the Campus Life Program on Homelessness at Furman University on Wednesday April 2nd.  Students.  Professors. Homeless and formerly homeless persons.  Professionals in the field.  Citizens.  Some knew a lot about homelessness.  Some didn’t.  The most oft heard expression that night was “I didn’t know that!”  When the event was over, most said they were made much more aware of the issue.  That raises an interesting question.  Does awareness create change?  A long-time acquaintance of mine has a saying…”awareness doesn’t change things; only change changes things.”  I’ve thought about that a good bit and must agree to a point.  Change yes but to what?  I think awareness allows current methods to be evaluated and new ideas to emerge so that when change happens it changes with intent. Read More

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