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Working Together Is Success!

The Story Of The Sharing House Mini-Van


July 15, 2019

It was the ingenious inventor of the first automobile, Henry Ford, who coined the phrase “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success!”

We could say the same about Transylvania County and the tremendous ways our community comes together to ensure all neighbors have resources for basic life necessities such as food, clothes, and housing.

For some time now, Sharing House has been moving literally tons of donated and purchased food from local farms and grocery stores into our building with one single, older-model mini-van that is nearing the end of its life.

The Smith Martini Foundation heard about Sharing House’s critical need for a newer van, and they graciously provided the Sharing House with a tremendous gift, a 2017 Honda Odyssey, in order to keep our services buzzing along. Our new van is used every day to haul Food Lion, Ingles and Walmart donation pick ups. In the summer, we make runs to Clem’s Organic Farm, Queens Farm, Pitch Pine Farms and the Transylvania Farmers’ Market. We haul off unusable donations to the recycling center. With working seats, we now are able to transport people to self-empowerment classes and field trips.

At the Sharing House, more than 130 volunteers show up each week to provide emergency crisis assistance to our neighbors in need. Volunteers unload donations at the door. They sort the canned food and stock the shelves with fresh produce. Volunteers welcome our low-resourced neighbors through the door, help them shop for fresh produce and clothes, and listen intentionally to the struggles as they come seeking compassion. Volunteers organize and engage in strategic planning to strengthen the ministry that reaches 20 percent of the county’s population.

So we are honking our new van horn in gratitude for all in our community who are the heart of Sharing House.

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success!”

Thank you to our generous community for keeping such a vital resource going.

(Shelly Webb is the executive director of Sharing House. She is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, who has worked extensively in ecumenical and interfaith ministries.)


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