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Strive2Thrive volunteers honored

Photo by Joe Bellacomo

Photo by Joe Bellacomo

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception Tuesday evening to honor and thank the more than 50 volunteers from Trumpet of God Ministries & Training Center for their work during the first Strive2Thrive process.

Charlene Glover, senior pastor for the Trumpet of God Ministries, said the reason the ministry got involved in the poverty-eradication process was a simple one.

"As a spiritual and faith-based organization, we felt it was our calling and our duty to demonstrate the love of Christ through action, and Strive2Thrive was the perfect opportunity to do that," Glover said.

Alvita Swain, who co-chairs the Strive2Thrive Community Action Team with Glover and served as site coordinator for the process, said it was important for the community to see their spiritual base reaching out and helping to foster change.

"(Our involvement) gave the community a chance to see a faith-based organization reaching out to change the community and members of our community for the better," said Swain.

The site coordinator said members of Trumpet of God Ministries logged more than 1,000 volunteer hours during the 17-week process by providing child care and meals to impoverished families who were participating in the Strive2Thrive program as well as providing the site for those families and their circle leaders to meet once a week at the ministry's Pine Avenue location.

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors Chairman Jimmy Wilson told the volunteers during Tuesday's reception that the servant/leadership dynamic displayed by the organization should make the community proud.

"No one knows the amount of man hours that were put in by you," said Wilson. "Our community is going to be a better place for it."

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Catherine Glover said the consistent hard work of the volunteers made for a life-changing experience for the Strive2Thrive families and herself.

"All of our circle leaders felt safe and comfortable and flourished (in the process) because of your graciousness and hospitality," she told volunteers Tuesday.

Glover said the ministry will continue to support Strive2Thrive in the hopes of eradicating poverty from Albany indefinitely.

"We are committed to being part of the eradication process and seeing our entire community change for the better," said the senior pastor.

Strive2Thrive is an initiative designed to help Albany-area families get out of poverty as well as provide a better future for the community as a whole. Nine families graduated from the first year of the program in September, and 15 more have been accepted into the second year of the process.