â€œThey have never been treated with such dignityâ€¦â€ Keith Scarborough, pastor of The Word at Shaw United Methodist Church, in St. Louis, was speaking to us about the homeless women who come to his church looking for furniture with which to furnish their apartments. The women receive more than furnitureâ€¦.they receive hope. Thus this new ministry, coordinate by Joleen Mayfield, at the Word at Shaw is called â€œFurnishing Hope.â€ It is a partnership ministry with the Shalom House and Green Trails UMC along with some help from other area churches. The ministry is for women who have completed the course at Shalom House and are ready to graduate to an apartment of their own. Picking out furnishing at The Word at Shaw is like going to Dillardâ€™s or Ikea.
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