Main aim of the charity
The mission of SC3 is to mobilize the compassionate to build authentic relationships and restore community through comprehensive empowerment programming and economic development that preserves dignity and ignites hope. They do this by attempting to break the multi- generational cycle of poverty and building a community where every child and adult will lead a healthy and purposeful life.
They have several programs:
Aspire is an educational center to help mold young minds by providing a diverse, affordable, quality educational program.
Rise Up provides vocational training, resume building skills, childcare assistance, transportation and employment stipends.
His Kids provides after school programs and summer camp for youth.
501 Community Center provides a place to shower and eat a hot meal, as well as providing hygiene, first aid kit, and a Bible.
How the employee got involved and why
My family and I felt the calling to help the community of Sulphur, LA after the devastation left behind by Hurricane Laura. We were directed to Paula Taylor, who runs the Sulphur Christian Community Coalition, and she was able to tell us the many needs of the community. We initially started by taking water and cleaning supplies for the cleanup. We made 3 trips that first weekend after the hurricane. We realized it could take weeks if not months for the community to see any relief from the effects of the hurricane. We asked what the immediate needs were, and were advised that the people needed to be fed while they worked to restore their homes, and were in need of as many box fans as we could find. We own a food trailer, so we set up a time to come back and feed the community. In the meantime we posted about the devastation on social media, and were able to collect thousands of dollars for food and much needed supplies for the community. We ended up taking 3 truck loads of supplies, a cooking trailer full of supplies, and enough food to feed 600 people. My husband cooked and chopped 20 briskets, which is no small feat, while I gathered supplies and donations. It took an entire day to pull this together so we could be in Sulphur and serving the people by 10 am. Other family and friends showed up to help put the meals together, and serve the community. While we were there to bless the community, I can assure you that we are the ones that were humbled.
What work does the employee do for charity?
My family and I made multiple trips to Sulphur, LA after the devastation Hurricane Laura left behind. The hurricane hit 8/27, leaving mass destruction, and thousands without power or water. Our first several trips consisted of water, trash bags, tarps for roofs, cleaning supplies and box fans, all delivered to SC3, the Sulphur Christian Community Coalition. The need was great, and after dropping off the supplies we felt the calling to do more. We came home that afternoon, and immediately began requesting donations of supplies and money so that we could go back on 9/12 and feed the community. We were amazed by the number of people that wanted to help, but weren't sure how, or couldn't do it themselves. We were able to go back the weekend of September 12, not only with enough food to feed 600 people, but also with 3 truck loads of supplies. DHL Express is in the process of relocating buildings, and they donated all the box fans that were previously used in the building. They also donated 40 chairs that could be used for church, as the church building had caved in ruining the church pews. Words cannot even begin to express how grateful the residents of Sulphur were for our dedication to their community, and my family and I were so blessed to be there, and to be able to help their community.