"During my divorce, I joined a church that did a lot of community outreach as well as prison and parolee outreach and visits. We always invited whomever we met to attend our church. Many times these people would be in homeless missions in Charleston, South Carolina. We made the invitation so acceptable that they could hardly refuse. However, many invitees stated they could not attend because they had nothing to wear, no transportation [and] no place to shower. We explained that we accepted everyone and we would provide the transportation.
I remember arriving at the mission and one of the persons I was to pick up was so proud of the 'new' clothing he was able to obtain. He was at ease, hopeful, and eager to go because he was no longer worried that he was unacceptable. Little did he know, it didn't matter to our church.
I thought to myself, 'I have thrown stuff in the trash that was much better, even newer, than what he was wearing and so proud of.' I told myself then ([in] 1997) [that] I will never throw anything useful away again. Sometimes, what we consider trash truly is someone else's treasure." –Circle of Moms member Jennifer G.
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