Serving People Right Here, Right Now
What does a cup of hot coffee mean to you? Here at The Storehouse, it means a hot drink after spending the night on the street or local shelter. Grabbing that cup of coffee or a bottled drink with a snack or two from the snack basket feeds the belly, but the 'good morning' and 'can I pray for you' feeds the soul. Meeting the needs of the people right here, right now is very immportant to the volunteers at The Storehouse. It is even more important to the men and women who enter our 'safe place' as soon as the doors open. Nearly every morning, The Storehouse is as busy as any coffee house in town. If you have ever seen the television show Friends, our local coffee shop is reminiscent of that group of friends getting together.
The Storehouse does so much more than just offer coffee. Our coatand blanket closet is always busy providing warm clothing to men, women and children everyday. As the weather turns colder our needs for warm clothes increases. One of our biggest needs is mens clothing and coats.
Supplying hygiene kits for men and women is another service we provide. Just the other day a gentleman came in to The Storehouse asking for a hygiene kit with razors in order to clean up before heading out to search for employment. He wanted to put his best foot forward and increase his chances to obtain employment.
Food boxes are prepared daily for the clients who are active in our database. Calling ahead and making an appointment for pick up of the food box allows our clients to run in and run out with the box. New clients to The Storehouse must have a referral from another agency or their pastor. Their first visit lasts a bit longer as their application is filled out and their box filled up. The volunteers are passionate about helping others feed their families or themself if they single.
One special note is the heart of the founder of The Storehouse towards the elderly. Anyone that is over 60 years of age are eligble for a box every two weeks. According to Lynn, no elderly person in Henderson County should ever go hungry.
Elizabeth Warren 1919-2010
A Servant's Heart
In loving Memory of Guy Crowther 1932-2010
The Guy Crowther Service Award
Over the last 10 years we have been blessed with many wonderful volunteers who have staffed The Storehouse. This year we lost one of our longtime faithful volunteers, Guy Crowther. Early on in the beginning of this ministry, we had a small and faithful staff. Guy and his wife Joy were two of our very first volunteers. He not only was a volunteer but a board member and had filled many roles over the years. His faithfulness, smile, and heart after God were always evident. He is greatly missed. In his memory we will be awarding The Guy Crowther Service Award each year.
The Storehouse Volunteers Provide Treasures and Talents. A lady who loves to pray vounteers to pray with the individuals coming in to The Storehouse. A husband and wife volunteer two days a week. The husband is a go-getter, anything that needs to go and get he is willing to do. His wife work at the front desk assisting those who come in and remembers a good number of the clients by name. The clients feel connected to The Storehouse when greeted by name. One volunteer prepares snacks and coffee for the clients to partake in, it is her gift.
Whatever the need The Storehouse has, there is a person in the community who is willing to commit to serve their community.However, as often happens in volunteer positions, there is always a need for other volunteers to come in and take the place of a volunteer that can no longer serve.
The Storehouse is a Christ-centered food and hygiene pantry serving the low income, elderly and needy families of Henderson County, North Carolina. We operate largely with a volunteer staff. We are funded through donations from the community, local churches and food focused grants. Our clients come to us by referral from other area organizations; with whom, we have an ongoing, cooperative relationship. The Storehouse Hours-Wednesday-Friday 9am-2pm