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Alternative Christmas Market

Welcome to Fourth’s Alternative Christmas Market! The Alternative Christmas Market (ACM) provides a way for our congregation to give back to organizations who are serving as the hands and feet of Christ in our community and world. Last year, we raised over $20,000 to give to our partner organizations! This year, the ACM comes to you virtually, making giving easier than ever. You’re invited to browse through the organizations below and learn about each organization’s mission and work. Once you’ve identified the organization’s you would like to support, click “Donate Now” and follow the instructions for either online giving or a printable form than can be mailed to the church. Once we receive your contribution, we will mail you Christmas cards that you can then gift to friends and family, informing them that a gift was made in their honor. All donations must be submitted by Sunday, December 12th. Thank you for your generosity! 

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A Child's Haven

A Child’s Haven is a 501(c)(3) organization that treats children with developmental delays as a result of limited resources, abuse, or neglect, and provides support and education for both the child and their families.

For children with behavioral, social, or emotional challenges, success in a mainstream child care program and entering kindergarten “ready to learn” can be difficult. A Child’s Haven’s early interventions address

the mental health needs of these precious children and their caregivers. By healing the child and strengthening the family unit, their future and our community have the potential to be remarkably reshaped! Since 1992, our team has provided high-quality child care combined with behavioral health treatment in a nurturing, and structured environment. Each child has an individualized treatment plan designed to help them develop healthy social-emotional skills and improve behavior

so they can successfully transition into a mainstream child care or education setting. Our program helps struggling families stay employed increase economic mobility, strengthens parenting skills and interfamily relationships, and connects those families to other community resources. 

  • $10 - Provides two healthy meals to a child.

  • $25 - Provides supplies for our treatment rooms.

  • $50 - Assists with transportation services for our children and families.

  • $100 - Provides one day of treatment for a family. 

Eleos

We exist to serve our neighbors in Nicholtown and equip them in their God-given potential for the good of our community.

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We believe that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution, but often, furthest from the resources. Our long-term focus is Christ-centered community development. Said another way: we want to see our neighborhood look more like heaven. We believe this will happen as we raise up and equip leaders from within our community. We reach middle and high school students through an Outreach Basketball Program. We're able to engage them with the Gospel, through a Q&A time that students lead. For those interested in growing as leaders, we offer a 1 year Discipleship Program that students apply for (we only accept 6 students each year). We serve students 4 days per week at our After-school Program, coupled with our Creative Arts Center. We work on art projects, homework, we eat dinner, and we have a Bible discussion. For those interested in growing more spiritually, we offer a bi-monthly Girl's & Guy's Bible study where we dive deeper into what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Lastly, we hold all of these programs together by Small Group Mentorship. Each student is placed in a small group with another student, and two mentors. We have seen the power of mentorship over the years, in

equipping leaders with the life-skills they need to flourish. We have several staff members who are former students that have graduated through our programs, and we hope to see our leadership team continue to reflect our community, as we raise up leaders from within our community.

  • $10 - a birthday treat for a student’s birthday!

  • $25 - snacks for our After-school Program!

  • $50 - Recreation trip for one small group!

  • $100 - Peace Center Hamilton ticket for 1 student!

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FAVOR Greenville

FAVOR (Faces and Voices of Recovery) is a Recovery Community Center that helps individuals and families with addiction related issues. We provide coaching, daily meetings,

resources, and more. All of our services are FREE.  By meeting people where they are, we provide a compassionate and 

innovative approach to the suffering caused by substance use disorder. In South Carolina over 5,000 individuals are helped each year. Rebuilding Lives, Empowering Families, Changing the World.

  • $10 – meal gift cards for community outreach

  • $25 – Transportation (i.e. Uber, transport services, bus tickets for clients to get to MAT and doctor appointments)

  • $50 – “Gina Fund” this fund is setup to be a help to those that are lacking

  • $100 - resources to get into sober living/recovery housing

Homes of Hope

At Homes of Hope our mission is to “Rebuild communities and individual lives through housing, economic and workforce development.” We believe that Jesus called us in Matthew 25 to be His hands and feet in meeting the needs of others and that he 

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commissioned us in Matthew 28 to make disciples of all people. Our vision is to provide opportunities for generational change throughout South Carolina. Homes of Hope began in 1998 with the dream to provide families in poverty with a housing option they could both afford and be proud to call home. Simultaneously, another idea developed: to restore men’s lives through sobriety and job training as they acquired life-changing skills in constructing some of our homes. From humble beginnings remodeling and repairing mobile homes, Homes of Hope has grown into the largest non-profit developer of single-family affordable housing in South Carolina. The small job training program has grown into a successful workforce development initiative that truly transforms the lives of graduates and sets them up for successful careers in well-paying trades. To date we have developed 641 homes and graduated 316 men. We rebuild communities through our affordable housing development of whole neighborhoods that are mixed-income. We intentionally work in communities to make sure we are not creating pockets of concentrated poverty, but are rather mindfully revitalizing communities and 

taking into consideration the multiple and complex issues each community faces when undergoing renewal. ​Our mixed-use development projects across the state are another aspect of our mission to rebuild communities; we use our expertise as a developer to help economic revival efforts in communities across South Carolina.

  • $10 - New pillow for 1 man

  • $25 - Mattress cover and sheet set for 1 of 9 beds

  • $50 -  Uniform t-shirts for 1 man

  • $100 - Work boots for 1 man

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Living Learning Community 

To create and nourish a growing network of empowered African women through the framework of a living learning community that uses dialogue, mutuality, and positive regard and cultivates the ability to discern the leading of the Holy Spirit for grassroots leadership work. The Living Learning Community for Leadership Development with African Women (LLC) is a project that brings young sub-Saharan African women to Nairobi to live together in community for about three years, earning a university  degree

while simultaneously learning how to engage in grassroots leadership work. Students learn to engage with one another in the spirit of mutuality through dialogue with ongoing positive regard for others. Once they graduate, they pay it forward by going back to their country and rural village to 

replicate the same processes they practiced in the LLC experience, working with rural women who face complex challenges such as oppression and extreme poverty. It is the rural women, who are wise, strong, and resilient, who will give shape to projects in their own community for development and transformation.

  • $10- Electricity for one student for one month

  • $25- Internet for one student for one month

  • $50- One textbook for university studies

  • $100- Rent for one student for one month

Meals on Wheels

At Homes of Hope our mission is to “Rebuild communities and individual lives through housing, economic and workforce development.” We believe that Jesus called us in Matthew 25 to be His hands and feet in meeting the needs of others and that he commissioned us in Matthew 28 to make disciples of all people. Our vision is to provide opportunities for generational change throughout South Carolina. Homes of Hope began in 1998 with the dream to provide families in poverty with a housing option they

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could both afford and be proud to call home. Simultaneously, another idea developed: to restore men’s lives through sobriety and job training as they acquired life-changing skills in constructing some of our homes. From humble beginnings remodeling and repairing mobile homes, Homes of Hope has grown into the largest non-profit developer of single-family affordable housing in South Carolina. The small job training program has grown into a successful workforce development initiative that truly transforms the lives of graduates and sets them up for successful careers in well-paying trades. To date we have developed 641 homes and graduated 316 men. We rebuild communities through our affordable housing development of whole neighborhoods that are mixed-income. We intentionally work in communities to make sure we are not creating pockets of concentrated poverty, but are rather mindfully revitalizing communities and taking into consideration the

 multiple and complex issues each community faces when undergoing renewal. ​Our mixed-use development projects across the state are another aspect of our mission to rebuild communities; we use our expertise as a developer to help economic revival efforts in communities across South Carolina.

  • $10 - New pillow for 1 man

  • $25 - Mattress cover and sheet set for 1 of 9 beds

  • $50 -  Uniform t-shirts for 1 man

  • $100 - Work boots for 1 man

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Mill Village Ministries

Mill Village Ministries’ mission is to unite with God's vision for individual life change and holistic transformation of under-resourced communities by building relationships, leveraging resources, and empowering individuals to transform their communities. We are working to break down systemic barriers and spark multigenerational change. Mill Village Ministries is a collection of social-enterprises who accomplish our vision through four social-enterprises: Mill Village Farms, 

Village Engage, Village Launch, and Village Wrench. Mill Village Farms transforms communities by growing and distributing healthy food for neighborhoods through the FoodShare Program, and developing youth leaders through training and employment that leads to prosperous transition into adulthood. Village Engage transforms communities by compelling people of faith to build a more just and compassionate Greenville. Village Launch transforms communities by providing business training for emerging minority & female entrepreneurs. Village Wrench transforms communities through bicycle

repair, educational empowerment, and upward mobility. Together, we are Mill Village Ministries.

  • $10: one fresh food box for a family facing hardship

  • $25: helps cover the cost of bike repair for a community member

  • $50: dinner for our students in our Youth Leadership Development classes

  • $100: covers the cost of one training session with a grassroots entrepreneur

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic event.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts.

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  • $10 - School Kit

  • $25 - Kitchen Kit

  • $50 - Water Filter

  • $100 - A Share of an Oxen and Plow

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Pride Link

Pride Link improves the quality of life for all LGBTQ+ people in Upstate, SC through health and wellness programs, social support services, and access to resources. We just recently opened the Queer Wellness Center with our partners, Amaryllis Counseling and 864Pride. This space is the first LGBTQ+ community center and 

wellness clinic in the Upstate. Through community health drop-ins, support groups, and assistance with finding LGBTQ-affirming resources, we hope to serve 800 LGBTQ+ people and families this year. 

  • $10 = transportation assistance to appointments or the center

  • $25 = workshop supplies (creative arts, financial literacy, healthy relationships)

  • $50 = mental health counseling appointment

  • $100 = clothing, hygiene items, and food for our resource closet

Safe Harbor

  • To influence a culture in which all people feel safe and valued in their relationships.

  • To provide a continuum of services to victims of domestic violence and their children. 

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  • To eliminate cultural acceptance of domestic violence through a coordinated community response, education, and prevention.

Safe Harbor is a non-profit organization providing safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, and trauma informed services for survivors of domestic violence and their children, and domestic violence prevention and education throughout Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties.  For more information on available services or volunteer opportunities, visit Safe 

Harbor at www.safeharborsc.org or call our 24/7 crisis line – 1.800.291.2139.

  • $10 – bus tickets for a shelter client to get to/from work

  • $25 – diapers and wipes for a shelter client with a baby/toddler

  • $50 – rental application fee for a client seeking housing

  • $100 – dinner for clients in all 3 of Safe Harbor’s shelter locations

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Pride Link

Soteria Community Development Corporation advocates for economic and social justice for those and their families impacted by the criminal justice system. We work to create opportunities for previously incarcerated men to reenter society through transitional housing, life skills, and job training. Since 1999, Soteria Community Development Corporation has been advocating for economic and and social justice for those and their families affected by poverty,

the criminal justice system, and lack of access. Soteria House, Soteria CDC’s 6 to 12 month transitional housing facility is home to 32 men annually. While at Soteria House, each man receives job training for his first 30 days at Soteria At Work. They work with our job placement program to find permanent and gainful employment within Greenville. After coming out of incarceration it is extremely difficult to relearn soft skills, job etiquette, and obtain IDs. Most employers would not hire someone coming out of prison, however Soteria At Work helps to build a solid foundation, resume, references, and motivation that sets each man up for success in their next job. Soteria House also provides transportation, financial literacy and planning, legal services, and has affordable rental homes graduates of Soteria House can reside in with their families after graduation. Soteria CDC owns 14 affordable rental homes in Greenville County. These homes are recently renovated, energy efficient, affordable, and all within reasonable distance to major job opportunities. There is no other organization that is taking a holistic approach to community development and reentry work the way Soteria Community Development Corporation does.

  • - $10 Meal assistance for Soteria House interns. 

  • - $25 Educational supplies for those preparing for degrees, certifications, and the financial literacy classes. 

  • - $50 Transportation assistance ensures those Soteria House serves can get to and from work, appointments, and save to purchase their own vehicles. 

  • - $100 First day kits for men arriving to Soteria CDC from incarceration include; toiletries, bedding, clothing, and identifications

Upstate Fatherhood Coalition

Upstate Fatherhood Coalition works to help fathers overcome the barriers keeping them from a positive relationship with their child(ren). Our services are free and include job readiness training; men’s health education; legal education; parenting classes; spiritual development; job seeking assistance and referrals; drug/alcohol education; and peer support. Last year, Upstate Fatherhood Coalition served 534 fathers (and their 800 children) across the Upstate and saved taxpayers more

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 than $1 million in incarceration costs through our Jobs Not Jail program. 

  • $10 buys a gift card a father can earn through participation and progress toward goals

  • $25 buys a bus card to help fathers access our services or get to interviews

  • $50 provides a meal for participants during a peer group session

  • $100 gasses up a van to transport Dads who desperately want and need our programs, but have no car or access to public transportation