Attitude of Gratitude

 In Bargain Center, Ministry Village, Tender Hearts Caring Hands

Earlier in November, we shared our thankfulness for those who volunteer and give all year long through our Most Excellent Way ministry, the Charis House, and the Early Learning Center. This week, we continue our attitude of gratitude with a focus on our Tender Hearts Caring Hands ministry, the Bargain Center, and our MVO Board of Directors.

Tender Hearts Caring Hands

Our THCH ministry provides food bags to families, financial assistance to those in need, and food and hygiene bags to the homeless. We depend on the generosity of our supporters who keep our food pantry stocked with food, paper products, and hygiene items. Kathleen Schuster, Director of Tender Hearts Caring Hands, has a dedicated team of volunteers who screen applicants, organize donations, pack food bags, record transactions, and more. Her team is small in number, but they are mighty, and the work that they do is outstanding. Thank you to all of the THCH volunteers!

            Ronda Arnold – aka Volunteer Extraordinaire – scans documents and helps keep paperwork organized

            Sandy & Pam Isbel – husband and wife team who come in weekly to pack food bags

            Stephen Soderlind – sorts, organizes, checks expiration dates – whatever we ask, he does it!

            Shirley Huffman – tracks statistics and does all things “data” for our program

            Angela Fortune – helps by preparing transient bags for distribution

            Doris Young – serves as volunteer intake clerk, answering phones and taking applications for those needing financial assistance

            Jerald Miller – delivers and counts bread and pastry donations from Publix

            5th Sunday Food Drive teamBernie Alidor, Tom Cacciatore, Dane Allen, Steve Neisen, Randy Wright, Gene Myatt and David Hoyt wrangle the food donations made at each 5th Sunday Food Drive and deliver them to the MVO office

The Ministry Village Bargain Center

The Bargain Center is a financial resource for the programs of Ministry Village – generating income that is used to support the work done through the Charis House, Most Excellent Way, and the Tender Hearts Caring Hands food pantry. The Bargain Center also provides vital work therapy and training for the Charis House clients. Store Manager Julie Paden credits her team of volunteers for keeping the Bargain Center operating smoothly. Volunteers sort all donated merchandise, tagging and hanging all clothing, and organizing the books and hardgoods into their proper locations throughout the store. Julie wants to thank the following volunteers for their dedication and generous support:

Margie Adkison

Kathy Clements

Patty Trent  

Charlotte Anderson 

Audrey Salter

Charlotte Anderson and Audrey Salter have been volunteers with the Bargain Center since it opened in its original location on Davis Highway in June 2013. What faithful volunteers! Thank you all for your dedication to the Bargain Center’s mission.

Ministry Village at Olive Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors, a voluntary group of individuals who provide leadership and oversight for Ministry Village at Olive, meets regularly to stay engaged in our ministry and keep our vision moving forward. Our board currently consists of 11 members, led by Board Chairman Dr. Stephen Newsome, but we have had many board members throughout the years who have been vital in steering MVO and providing Godly direction. We are deeply grateful to every board member who has served in our ministry. Current board members include:

Patricia Clay

Kathy Clements

Jared Gann

Clint Holmes

Terrell Kelly

Ronnie Labrato

Dr. Larry Morris

Bobby Price, Jr.

Jaime Principe

Jerry Wood

Dr. Ted Traylor was the visionary who led Olive Baptist Church to create Ministry Village at Olive, which was incorporated in 2008 as a nonprofit organization. Pastor Traylor serves as a nonvoting member of the MVO Board of Directors, and the members of the board work alongside him to help fulfill the vision God has given him.

We are thankful for the guidance, prayerful focus, and unwavering support each of our board members provides to our organization. We ask that you pray for each of them, thanking God for bringing them to us so they can help lead us to impact our community for the Lord.

🥫 The Tender Hearts Caring Hands Food Pantry accepts donations Monday through Friday, from 9AM to 2PM at the Ministry Village at Olive office (1716 E. Olive Road). Donations of nonperishable food items and travel-size hygiene items are accepted. Financial donations are appreciated and go toward purchasing the items THCH distributes each day. Supporters can also make purchases through Amazon and items can be shipped directly to the Ministry Village at Olive office.

🍎 The Tender Hearts Caring Hands Food Pantry provides food Monday-Friday from 10AM to 12noon at the Ministry Village office (1716 E. Olive Road). The most up-to-date drive-thru hours are posted on the Ministry Village at Olive Facebook page. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work diligently to meet everyone’s needs while following CDC safety guidelines.

🛍 The Ministry Village Bargain Center located at 92 E. Nine Mile Road is open Monday through Saturday, 9AM to 5PM. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday, 9AM to 4PM. For furniture or large quanitites of donations, you can schedule a donation pickup by clicking Book Now on their Facebook page or going to Someone will then contact you.

🙏 To donate financially to Tender Hearts Caring Hands or any Ministry Village program, click here.

✝️ The mission of Ministry Village at Olive is to put the words of Jesus into action throughout our community – “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40, NIV) If you are looking for a place to demonstrate kindness to others for the glory of God, give us a call. We have opportunities through the Bargain Center; at our Tender Hearts Caring Hands benevolence program and food pantry; through the Most Excellent Way addiction support groups; at the Charis House; and at the Ministry Village Early Learning Center. Visit our volunteer page to signup, or call our office at 850-473-4466.

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