Southwestern Women Link Hands for Ministry
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – The interconnectedness of Southwestern women serves as a launching point for the Helping Hands house ministry, says Jeanette Whitlock, Helping Hands house coordinator.
Helping Hands is a Southwestern ministry located in a yellow house a couple blocks from the seminary that provides free donated items such as secondhand clothing, dishes, blankets, shoes, children’s toys and other items exclusively for Southwesterners and their families.
Whitlock relies on Southwestern women to help her run the house. Three or four volunteers are needed to synthesize activity during ministry hours, and Whitlock assembles these women via e-mail, sending the month’s schedule to them so they can let her know when they are available to work.
These Southwestern women who volunteer with the Helping Hands House also have an important role as a living latticework by matching up the students and families with needs that they know with the clothing, household items and other goods that are given to Helping Hands.
“I have to say, the most exciting part of the ministry is seeing how God allows us to meet the needs of the student families,” said Whitlock. “When I see how God meets the needs of the students, it confirms how great and awesome He is.”
Whitlock says this referral system works well when furniture is donated. The Helping Hands House is not big enough to hold items like couches, but her volunteers help her connect the furniture donors directly with the people that have expressed needs for the items.
One of Whitlock’s favorite ways the Helping Hands house can be of assistance to students is meeting the needs of the families when a new baby is born, “providing baby clothing, bedding, a crib, bouncer–anything the new baby might need.” The house has a wall dedicated to newborn, baby and children’s items, as well as a rack reserved for maternity clothes.
The Helping Hands House is located on the corner of Stanley and Martin Lyndon Avenue, and is open Tuesdays during lunch – after Chapel – and the second and fourth Saturdays of every month from 10 a.m. to noon. Donations of gently used items are accepted during these hours.
Southwestern seminary and college students, as well as other Southwesterners who are interested in volunteering with the Helping Hands House, can e-mail Jeanette Whitlock at firstname.lastname@example.org.