We invite YOU to become a part of our community through HOPE Missions, especially at Honey’s Place. One of our desires is to share the joy we experience by developing partnerships with churches or groups to support one day per month. For some, this might look like a small team of volunteers, while others might conduct a food or clothing drive to fill our ongoing needs. Take a look at Volunteers: What to Expect for details about volunteering.
Below are ways that YOU can be a part of helping to provide HOPE to those struggling with loneliness, addictions, and/or homelessness.
Bring a group of 4-8 volunteers to help serve coffee and breakfast. This could be a one-time service for a group or a consistent weekly or monthly service. We love to partner with other organizations, churches, and groups so we can widen the circle of love.
Provide a roll of bus tickets for the City of Anderson bus system to help with transportation needs around the city. We supply a pair of bus tickets to the first 40 people who ask. The local bus runs to many establishments around the county, and while the cost isn’t much per ride, it’s actually cost-prohibitive for many of our friends.
Donate Clothing & Hygiene Products
Donate underwear, socks, clothes, shoes, or individual hygiene products. The sizes we run out of the quickest are 29-34 pants sizes and large shirts, and medium/large underwear. Travel-sized products are most useful since our guests typically have to carry everything with them.
Donations can be brought to HOPE Missions of the Upstate (Honey’s Place) at 213 S. Towers Street Anderson, SC 29624 between 7:00 to 10:00 am, Monday through Saturday. We’re also happy to meet at a time when it’s convenient for you. Just contact us to make arrangements.
Provide Food and Drinks
Donate food or drink items to be used for breakfast. Our guests consume a lot of food each week. Here’s a list we could use anytime:
- coffee, typically 3-pound cans (or larger) for drip coffee machine
- water bottles
- soda cans – use 1-2 twelve-packs each morning
- eggs – use 20 dozens per week
- sandwich bread – use 3-4 loaves per week
- cheese slices – use 50 slices per week
- fresh fruit
- granola bars/Nutri-Grain bars
- peanut butter crackers
- Jimmy Dean frozen croissants (egg/sausage/cheese) – we use 50 per week
- cereal (a favorite Friday treat!)
- milk – use 2 gallons per week
- individual water flavor packets
Donations can be brought to Honey’s Place at 213 S. Towers Street Anderson, SC 29624 between 7:00 to 10:00 am, Monday through Saturday.
All too often, we come across someone who needs immediate assistance through emergency housing. For the most part, this is a temporary stay in a local hotel. We have limited funding to support this effort, but when it makes sense, and we have the funds, we find a place to give people a chance to get a solid night of sleep (or more).
We also support and use multiple transformational living places in Anderson. These arrangements are typically 6-9 months and provide a soft landing for those graduating from a rehab program or who find themselves in unsheltered homelessness. The opportunity here is to provide financial support to help us keep these programs going and get involved in a variety of ways, from mentoring, discipleship, transportation, etc. Some churches (and individuals) have sponsored rooms to support those in need.
One of the most difficult areas to support is transportation. Many of those we serve have no vehicle or have a suspended license. Anderson County is blessed with a variety of jobs. This is great, but most of these jobs are located in manufacturing facilities that are often too far to access on foot or by bicycle. Many work 2nd and 3rd shifts, which don’t align with our local bus service (6a-6p). It seems there will always be a need to give someone a ride to work. If this sounds like something you can do, please contact us!
We are a South Carolina Nonprofit corporation and a 501(c)(3) approved charitable organization. We greatly appreciate monetary donations to help cover food and supply costs. For just $300 a week, we can serve about 160 individuals every week for a total of 450+ breakfasts a week.
Monetary donations can be mailed to:
HOPE Missions of the Upstate
PO Box 4326
Anderson, SC 29622