High Risk For Homeless As Matthew Sweeps Up U.S. Southeast Coast

High risk for homeless as Matthew sweeps up U.S. southeast coast

WELLINGTON, Fla. (Reuters) - As Hurricane Matthew bore down on Florida's Atlantic coast, Richard Hatfield, who is homeless and makes ends meet by panhandling and doing odd jobs, was desperate to get inside to safety. He contacted emergency officials in Palm Beach County, who sent a bus to pick him up in the increasingly high winds accompanying the hurricane's approach, bringing the 58-year-old to safety as part of the difficult outreach to a homeless population that is acutely vulnerable to such killer storms. "All my stuff was blowing away in the wind and I was concerned about the storm because I had no place to go. Nowhere," Hatfield said on Friday at a hurricane shelter in Wellington. By Friday, the hurricane had killed more than 800 people and left tens of thousands homeless in Haiti before lashing Florida, killing at least one person there before rolling northward, triggering mass evacuations…

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Homeless Get A Helping Hand In Dealing With Hurricane Matthew, But Some Don’t Want It

Homeless get a helping hand in dealing with Hurricane Matthew, but some don’t want it

As Hurricane Matthew bears down on South Carolina and residents leave per Gov. Nikki Haley’s evacuation order, homeless shelters are preparing for those who choose to stay. “We have secured everything that is around each one of the shelters to make sure that everything is secure,” said Kathy Jenkins, executive director at New Directions. The organization operates a men’s shelter, a women’s shelter and family shelter. None of the shelters were subject to an evacuation order as of Thursday night. “The evacuation plan is tied in with Coast RTA,” said Jenkins. “Coast RTA is evacuating people who do not have evacuation and that evacuation started at noon. If they evacuate Zone B, and all of our shelters are in Zone B, then we will follow suit with Coast RTA to get our people out as well.” In Horry County, some of the transient population are being sent to Ocean Bay…

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Army Of Volunteers Performs Good Deeds On Annual Day Of Caring

Army of volunteers performs good deeds on annual Day of Caring

Friday morning, an army of more than 200 volunteers descended on the Carolina Forest Recreation Center for breakfast before being dispatched to several locations around the Grand Strand as part of the United Way of Horry County’s annual Day of Caring, which also kicks off the fundraising season for the organization. Volunteers and United Way staffers made themselves visible and useful by pitching in at community partner sites like the Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach, Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach, North Strand Helping Hand, two shelters under the umbrella of New Directions of Horry County, the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Conway and others. The community outreach ran the gamut from sprucing up, mulching, painting, stripping and waxing floors to building bookcases, shelving and tables to computer work – all in a dizzying four hours. United Way marketing and communications coordinator Meredith Millen said that more than 300…

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United Way Campaign Kicks Off Sept. 9 With Day Of Caring

United Way campaign kicks off Sept. 9 with Day of Caring

The United Way of Horry County will start its annual funderaising campaign on Sept. 9, when Day of Caring volunteers will paint, clean and do other sprucing up at several United Way partners such as the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Conway. The goal is $1.325 million, an increase from last year’s successful campaign. The Boys & Girls Club will have the help of a dozen or more employees of South State Bank, where United Way campaign chairman John W. Rowe is senior vice president. The bank employees will do “landscaping, a lot of painting, inside and outside, and pressure washing.” It will be Rowe’s eighth Day of Caring; he has also volunteered for the United Way in other capacities. Day of Caring begins with a breakfast for volunteers at the Carolina Forest Community Center, prior to the volunteers going to the several partner agencies. “This year, instead…

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School Supplies Purchased During Tax Free Weekend Could Help Homeless In Myrtle Beach

School supplies purchased during Tax Free Weekend could help homeless in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Tax Free Weekend kicked off today and thousands of people in South Carolina will head to stores over the weekend to take advantage of the savings. The annual sales tax holiday began on Friday, August 5 and will end at midnight on Sunday, August 7. While many of those taking advantage of the back to school savings are teachers and parents, homeless children at New Directions of Horry County shelters are in particular need of school supplies. “We have kids who are starting kindergarten this year and we have children as old as seniors in high school,” said Executive Director of New Directions, Kathy Jenkins. “So if you’re picking up something for your child and can pick up an extra pack of pencils or an extra notebook, we would love it.” Jenkins said the New Directions shelters have about 40 homeless children who will attend…

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Most United Way Partners Receive Increases In Funding

Most United Way partners receive increases in funding

Two-thirds of the community partners of United Way of Horry County received an increase in their United Way funding following a goal-making fundraising campaign for the second year in a row. Last month, the United Way board approved funding – termed partner investments to reflect a new paradigm for United Way organizations nationwide – for 36 nonprofits that provide a wide range of services to thousands of Horry County residents. The 2017 allocations total $795,100. The United Way also pays $30,000 annually for 2-1-1 telephone service, which in 2015 handled a total of 128,547 Horry County calls. “Thanks to this generous community and our campaign volunteers, approximately two-thirds of these partners received an increase,” says Genie R. Sherard, president of the United Way. “Specifically, 24 of the total 36 partners for 2017 were either increased (22) or are new (2).” One of the new partners is First Steps, a reading…

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Loris Civitan Club Hosts MB Civitans, Guest Speaker Jenkins

Loris Civitan Club hosts MB Civitans, guest speaker Jenkins

The city of Loris’ longest running civic organization, the Loris Civitan Club, has always been a hospitable group, and its June 28 regular meeting was no exception. The club, closing in on its 78th year of service to the Loris community, meet at Backyard BBQ at 5107 Main St. every second and fourth Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The club hosted Myrtle Beach Civitan members and guest speaker Kathy Jenkins, Executive Director of New Directions of Myrtle Beach. Civitan president Billy Jordan welcomed everyone and introduced officers and members of the Myrtle Beach Civitan Club and the guest speaker. Following the reciting of the Civitan Creed, the group enjoyed a meal and fellowship followed by Jenkins’ informative message about what New Directions is all about and whom they serve. Jenkins explained that New Directions operates four shelters under one umbrella: New Directions for Men (formerly Street Reach); New Directions for…

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Carolina Country Music Fest Benefits The Homeless

Carolina Country Music Fest benefits the homeless

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) -The Carolina Country Music Festival begins Thursday on the oceanfront in Myrtle Beach. City leaders and event planners have been planning since last year’s inaugural event. The four day concert will bring thousands to town but it’ll also provide job opportunities for many people who desperately need it. The city of Myrtle Beach partnered with New Directions and Street Reach Enterprise. New Directions has several shelters throughout town and they help homeless people get new opportunities. Last year, several people involved in the New Directions program helped clean up trash all weekend for the big festival as a way to earn money. While that may sound less than ideal to many people, Kathy Jenkins, the executive director of New Directions, says it’s a great starting point. “The opportunity to work, to feel better about themselves, to learn that tomorrow can be different and that this is all…

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Mayor Featured As Honorary Fashion Model In New Directions Fundraiser

Mayor featured as honorary fashion model in New Directions fundraiser

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes was an honorary fashion model Saturday night for the Compassion Through Fashion show. His block ensemble was a tribute to an upcoming art exhibit at the Franklin G. Burroughs & Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum . The fashion show was a fundraiser for New Directions, which works to move people out of poverty and homelessness. 25 local designers used recyclable materials to make their collections. There was a silent auction and attendees could bid on their favorite designs. It benefited the charity which serves as many as 250 homeless people every day. Original Article By Luke Lalonde Published: April 30, 2016, 10:17 pm on WBTW News13

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Unusual Fashions Will Be On Display For A Good Cause In Myrtle Beach

Unusual fashions will be on display for a good cause in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Kathy Jenkins and Tommy Starling joined News13 Now at 9 a.m. to talk about a unique event coming up this weekend. They showed off some of the unusual creations that will be part of the Compassion Through Fashion event.  Watch the video and read the press release below for more details. New Directions for Men, Women, and Families will hold a fundraiser Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 7pm – 9pm in the Oleander Ballroom at Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort at Grande Dunes, 8400 Costa Verde Dr., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572. An exclusive reception for VIP ticketholders will precede the event from 6pm – 7pm in the same location. Tickets for the event may be purchased by visiting the Compassion Through Fashion event site http://bit.ly/compassionthroughfashion. General admission – $25. VIP reception – $50. Light hors d’oeuvres along with cash bar will be available with General admission. Myrtle…

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