Recently, we took a trip to Jonesboro’s quaint Main Street to visit His Hands Ministry. Founded in the 1950’s to assist the needy in Jonesboro with clothing and household items, the agency expanded to include a food distribution in the late 1990’s and moved to a storefront location about four years ago.
Myrtle Culpepper, a founding member of the Ministry from First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, took care of the day to day operations for many years. Today, Mrs. Culpepper’s daughter, Lynnette Sandidge, and her granddaughter, Teresa Carroll, honor her legacy of service through their own tireless volunteer work at His Hands Ministry.
Every month, the Outreach Ministry provides food to about 125 families. Last year, they served a total of 562 different families. They not only serve residents of Jackson Parish with food, they also have continued to provide free clothing and household items once a month to anyone with an ID.
When asked about the need in the community, Ms. Carroll spoke about the circumstances that bring people to their program for help. Natural disasters, house fires, families taking in additional children, as well as people who are just going through a rough time are a few of the reasons that people visit the Ministry.
Ms. Carroll then told us that the volunteers also share in the joys of life with their clients as well as the tough times. In June, one man who has received food help for over a year happily reported that he was finally able to draw his disability and would not be returning. Some of the senior citizens that the program serves have expressed how thankful they are for the food they receive and that it’s the only time they get fresh eggs to eat.
When we left His Hands Ministry, it was with full hearts and gratitude for the hard work and dedication of the volunteer staff, the churches and donors who make it all possible and for Myrtle Perry Culpepper and her family who have so lovingly dedicated their life to serving those in need.