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Action Ministries
Action Ministries provides an extensive network of community partners and volunteers with the tools and expertise to lead fellow Georgians out of poverty. By meeting basic needs of hunger relief, housing and education, Action Ministries removes barriers that prevent thousands of Georgians from breaking the cycle of poverty and realizing their potential. Last year, more than 143,000 people were served and many more lives changed by Action Ministries.

Aldersgate Renewal Ministries
Aldersgate Renewal Ministries (ARM) is the working name of the United Methodist Renewal Services Fellowship, Inc. ARM is a non-political and non-adversarial movement who is committed to equipping the local church to minister to the world in the power of the Holy Spirit. ARM encourages dialogue within the UMC and seeks to interpret the movement of the Holy Spirit to the rest of the church and the rest of the church to the renewal movement. We celebrate the richness of our Wesleyan heritage and history, recognizing that John Wesley's theology of grace is in fact a theology of the Holy Spirit.

Bloom Our Youth, Inc. (formerly Fayette Youth Protection Homes)
Bloom is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing environment and supportive services to children and youth who have been the victims of abuse, neglect or other tragic family circumstance.  In 1986, a group of Fayette County citizens recognized the need for children to have a safe place protected from abuse and neglect and formed Bloom. Bloom built and opened the Jim Friday Home in North Fayette County in August, 1989. Bloom contracted with Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes to provide the clinical services and staff for the children. A second facility, the Asden Johnson Home located in Brooks, GA, opened in August, 1998. In July of 2005, the two homes were consolidated into one home, the newly-named and renovated Friday-Johnson Home in Brooks. Bloom offers several services to these in-need children including: Bloom Foster Parenting Program - placement of children ages birth through 21 into loving private foster care homes; Friday-Johnson Home - a residential group home located in Brooks, GA, school-age children receive protection and healing through a structured and homelike environment, comprehensive services, and most importantly, lots of hugs; and The Bloom Closet - foster children from all across the state shop for clothing, baby gear, books, and school supplies all at the low, low price of nothing!  For more information, visit their website at www.bloomouryouth.org.

Fayette Samaritans
Fayetteville First collects donations to support Fayette Samaritan Food Pantry on an ongoing basis, but in April and October we make a concerted effort as a congregation to restock the food pantry. Please check out their website for more information on what to donate and leave your donations in the "Fayette Samaritanss" box located in the Welcome Center in the hallway behind the Sanctuary.

The North Georgia United Methodist Housing & Homeless Council
The North Georgia United Methodist Housing & Homeless Council is an agency of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and was created to help churches and other non-profit organizations in ministering to very poor and homeless persons. The Housing and Homeless Council is not set up to provide assistance to individuals in need. We provide resources to non-profit organizations and United Methodist Churches so that they can help them.

Promise Place
Promise Place [formerly known as The Fayette County Council on Domestic Violence] was established in 1989 as a private nonprofit organization to serve domestic violence victims and their families in the Griffin Judicial circuit, which include Fayette, Spalding, Pike, and Upson Counties. They are a non-governmental agency and is the sole provider of comprehensive services to adult victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.  In just fifteen years Promise Place has grown from a small, grassroots organization to an active, community recognized agency with 5 paid staff members and over 50 active volunteers.  They promise to provide: counseling, a 24-hour hotline, case management, community outreach, children's counseling, a transitional residence, date violence education, legal advocacy and assistance, domestic violence response team, emergency food and transportation, group counseling for victims and abusers, and individual counseling for victims & abusers.  For more information, visit their website at www.promiseplace.org.

SafeHouse Outreach is an urban outreach committed to affecting real change in the lives of those in the margins of society, by providing a hand up, not just a hand out.  They provide practical, emotional, and physical assistance to those living in the margins, and help integrate them back into society – to lead healthy, functional lives. For more information, visit their website at www.safehouseoutreach.org.

Southwest Christian Hospice
Southwest Christian Care serves the metro Atlanta area and is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and support for terminally ill patients, children with special needs, seniors and their families.  Their services are provided at no cost to the patients or their families.  For more information on Southwest Christian Hospice, visit their website at www.swchristiancare.org.

Square Foot Ministries
Square Foot Ministry is a Christian based home repair and construction ministry located in Fayette County, Georgia. Their goal is to serve the Lord our God through serving those in need. The Board of Directors, friends, and volunteers come from all denominations of faith and walks of life.  Square Foot Ministry provides an opportunity for people to put their faith and love into action. Diverse groups of people work together to make affordable housing and better communities a reality for everyone, creating a community where bonds between individuals can grow. They work to identify families and non-profit organizations that can benefit from their ministry. When a need is identified they formulate a plan to meet that need through the combined efforts of their members, local churches and volunteers in the area. The goal is to employ God's gifts of resources, talents, and wisdom for the purpose of providing shelter and home repairs for the needy in Fayette County and surrounding areas.

For more information, e-mail: sfm@squarefootministry.com or visit their Facebook page.

United Methodist Children's Home
The mission of The United Methodist Children's Home is to serve the needs of children and their families in crisis. An agency of the United Methodist Church's North Georgia Conference, the Children's Home is dedicated to meeting needs with love, concern, and a high level of professional and administrative competence. Their services are family-centered, reality-based, and goal oriented. Services are provided at the Columbia Drive campus, in off-campus foster care, and throughout North Georgia from satellite offices. The Children's Home is committed to growth in the number of people served and continued improvement of services offered. They also seek to develop new approaches to meet needs. You can get more information at their website www.umchildrenshome.org or call 404-327-5820.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
To aid in extending Christ's love, United Methodists have established the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) as a channel for sharing the compassion of their Lord wherever God's people are in need. Today, UMCOR's ministries — aiding refugees, providing relief in disaster areas, and confronting the challenge of world hunger and poverty — are helping to heal the hurts of humanity in more than 100 countries. UMCOR maintains a corps of trained disaster response specialists for quick reinforcement of local efforts, and it keeps a supply of relief materials in warehouses for dispatch when and where required. When a disaster strikes, United Methodists start asking what they can do to help. UMCOR responds by using its experience to show local churches and annual conferences how they can get involved in the most constructive way and by reinforcing local relief efforts with resources provided by the whole church. For more information on getting involved, please visit the UMCOR website at www.gbgm-umc.org/umcor.

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