Support the Newly Rehoused

James is getting resettled into his own apartment, after several years of living outside. He has a mental condition that makes it really hard for him to trust that he can be safe around others, but he’s worked hard with his case manager and other supporters to begin to regain his sense of confidence.

One thing that challenges James each month is affording important supplies to keep his new home clean. While James receives food stamps, he can’t use those to buy items such as toilet paper, paper towels, laundry and dishwashing detergent, and bath soap.

James is not alone in facing down serious mental and emotional challenges to regain stability. In Guilford County currently, there are dozens of people who are veterans or chronically homeless men and women who are moving home, thanks to a program called Housing First.

We’d like to invite you to join a partnership with Greensboro Urban Ministry, Partners Ending Homelessness, faith communities, businesses, agencies and others are working together to provide essential supplies to recently housed people. Tissue, Paper and Soap (TPS) aims to bridge the gap quarterly for these men and women who need our support.

TPS is a terrific project for Sunday school classes, service groups, friends, individuals and congregations! Here’s how you can participate:

  • Sign up. Contact Ann Shaw, or 765-520-5939, to answer questions and to add your email address to a SignUp Genius so you can begin participating. Also, Ann is willing to speak to groups about this new, much-needed program.
  • Get the stuff. You can buy or collect items, or you can donate cash and someone else can do the shopping.
    • Buy or collect: Provide a three-month supply of these items for 3 people, with an estimated cost of $120. You can provide these supplies once a year or multiple times. You can also collect specific items. For example, the goal is to collect 72 rolls of toilet paper, 18 rolls of paper towels, 3 large value-sized containers of dish-washing and laundry detergent and 12 bars of bath soap, which will provide 3 people a three-month supply.
    • Drop off items to First Lutheran Church, 3600 W. Friendly Ave., 27410. The church is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. except 2 p.m. on Fridays, but other drop-off times are possible. Contact Frank Moore, 292-9125, Ext. 102,
    • Donate: Make checks payable to First Lutheran Church and put “TPS” on the memo line. Send to Frank Moore, First Lutheran, 3600 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410.

GUM will promote the program to the community and caseworkers with Partners Ending Homelessness will distribute the supplies. Our goal is to begin distribution by Feb. 15.

Please consider supporting this important effort and contact Ann Shaw as soon as possible ( or 765-520-5939).