Do Something in Halifax, Virginia

Do Something..."I did, I created you"... Purpose: We believe that all people deserve the basic necessities of life, and the community in which we live is called to serve this purpose.

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03/29/2020

The Worship Center

All set up for our online service to go live at 10! Hope to see you soon!

02/13/2019

GutterworX

Gutter Guards installed today by GutterworX!! Call us today to set up your FREE Estimate! We offer 5" & 6" Seamless Gutter with over 30 colors to choose from! We also offer Gutter/Leaf Guards, Cleanouts, Repairs, Pressure Washing, and More. Call us at 434-575-5255 for your FREE Estimate!!!

09/04/2017

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

If you would like to help paint, please let us know here.
Also need someone who can lay underlayment in bathrooms for new vinyl to be installed.

08/26/2017

Homeless and Hungry

08/22/2017

Different people have asked what they can do to help Do Something in Halifax. This is a partial list of items we will need. If you like to pick up one or two a week, it would be great.

Toilet paper
Paper towel
Storage bags of all size
Freezer bags of all sizes
Aluminum foil
Fabric softener sheets
13 gallon trash bags
3 bathroom trash cans
4 bedroom trash cans
1 - 13 gallon trash can
2 - 34 gallon trash cans
Dish towels
Dish cloths
Pot holders
Dawn dishwasher detergent
Bathroom cleaner
Toilet bowl drop in
Window cleaner
Bleach
Disinfectant wipes
60 and 75 watt light bulbs
Shelf liner
Iron
Small ironing board

As always, thank you for your prayers, donations and love.
Bonita

08/15/2017

Do Something in Halifax is starting their Pledge Fund Drive. These funds will be used to pay monthly cost and all are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
We have some pledge cards printed, or you can make your own. Let us know if you, church or organization would like some of the printed cards. You can send your pledge with your name, address, what amount you want to pledge and how often you plan to pledge that amount.
PLEASE share this will all churches, organizations and groups that you may be associated with.
Thank God for the many blessings that He continues to bestow on us, everyday

08/09/2017

We are so excited to announce that the Central District of the Lions, which consist of 40 clubs, contacted us. They are hosting a linen/kitchen shower for the center, which will be held on September 30th, at Berry Hill. The Lions will be holding their Fall conference at that time and we will be a Service Project.
Thanks in advance to District Governor, Ann Ragland and the Lions Club for your willingness to help Do something in Halifax, VA.

08/02/2017

This is an example of a HOMELESS person:
Written March 2017

On a Friday in October 2015, while I was working as the Homeless Case Manager for Tri County Community Action Agency, Michaelene Palmore, Head of the Guidance Department at Halifax County High School, contacted our office. She had a young man, Joseph, who was 19 and a senior. His mother and other family members were moving back to North Carolina. This had been done on more than one occasion and that is why he had not graduated with his class. He was refusing to move again with his mother because; he wanted to graduate with the next class. Being 19 and having nothing but the desire to graduate, made this a very difficult situation. No job, driver’s license, vehicle, money, or place to go, on a Friday afternoon..boy what a situation.
Tri County made the arrangements to pay for Joseph to stay at Super 8 for the weekend, while everyone regrouped to find the best solution that we could. Kelvin Davis, Assistant Principal from the high school, brought him and all his belongings (clothes) to the hotel and I went to get all the paper work signed and completed.
During the weekend I contacted Michael, who Tri County had helped get into a rental. Having had a troubled childhood and young adult life, he could relate to Joseph. He offered to share his house with Joseph, but he needed help paying the utilities for an extra person. We made arrangements for Joseph to move Monday afternoon, after school. These two young men were strangers. I was now, “Mom” to both of them.
Meanwhile during the weekend, I was contacting churches, civic groups, organizations, basically anyone I could think of, to ask for monetary donations for Joseph’s half of the rent and utilities until graduation in May 2016. Praise God, two churches, Berry Hill Presbyterian and First Crossroads Baptist churches both donated $500 each! This would meet the need for rent and utilities.
Joseph’s family did send him money, occasionally, to pay his straight talk so they could stay in contact. Captain David Martin of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department, bought his tennis shoes when he needed them. Another angel, Joe Allred, gave him money on more than one occasion so that he could have spending money. Dan River Baptist, Association, donated school supplies and a back pack. Several gave money and bought gifts, at Christmas. His birthday was not forgotten, either! When he needed something, I reached out to the community, and with God’s help, the need was meet. There were many “moms and dads” that got Joseph through high school. We cannot forget Michael, who reached out to him, took Joseph in and gave him a place to live and treated him like a little brother. SVHED made sure he had a cap and gown for graduation.
One goal Joseph had was to obtain his driver’s license. He studied the book, and he went to DMV and that goal was meet! His desire to be an MP in the military, he wanted to enroll in a Gun Safety Class so that he could get his concealed permit. Again, he accomplished his goal!
The biggest goal for him was to graduate high school, join the military and become a Military Policeman. He was in ROTC when I met him and this had instilled even more desires to push himself to fulfill his dream. To reach these goals, the Administration, teachers, guidance department worked to provide tutors in the classes he struggled with. The ROTC instructor worked with him to study for his ASVAB. His first attempt, he did not score high enough. Even though he was disappointed, I told him never to give up his dream.
After graduation, he moved to Greensboro, NC, got a job with UPS on weekends. He also enrolled in Cosmetology School. Cosmetology was his backup plan if he would not get into the military. I was so proud of him and he was of himself! We stayed in contact and I encouraged him to keep following is military dream. As we talked, I advised him to get a tutor in Greensboro and try to retake the ASVAB. He did all of this without owning a vehicle!
In September, we were texting and I had just told him how proud I was of him and how I knew he could accomplish anything if he did not give up. His reply, “Yeah sometimes you just need a little push to get going. Yeah, I am taking things one day at a time. I will be through with this class in June and I still plan on being in law enforcement one day.” October he messaged me that he had made $10 from his first client in cosmetology school and he was so proud, as he should be! I was!!
Forward to February 9, 2017; “I passed my test!!!!” On March 9, “OK everything is good. I swore in today and will be leaving for basic training on March 21st.”
I cannot tell you the tears of joy I have shared with this amazing young man over the past 15 months. The joys of reaching his goals, never letting himself get too far down that he couldn’t pull himself up. The tears of pride at each and every accomplishment he made, none were small, some were just bigger than others!! The tears of a mother, ( I love him as my own) as she watched her child grow, mature and never give up; no matter the barriers that were put in his way. The tears of gratitude, for God trusting me with this precious child of His, is something I will always treasure.
I write this as a testimony as to one reason why I have such a deep desire to help those who feel they have no worth, have been abandoned, feel they have no one to turn to and often give in to drugs and alcohol. Joseph is just one of many young people, mostly males, that have come into my life. I have too many “adoptees” to count. But I love being their “Mom” if even if it is just for a season. The hugs, I love you, I need you, and even the tough love that breaks my heart at times, make it all worth it.
Joseph’s success has given me more incentive to make Do Something a place that those like him, can have a safe, loving home to fulfill their dreams. Do Something will be there for others who find themselves in Joseph’s position. I did not do anything but open the doors that God provided to me to show Joseph which path to take. You see, Joseph was one of “those homeless people.”
I do not want anyone to feel as though I think that Joseph’s success relied solely on me. Tri County Community Action, churches, organizations, friends, strangers, David Martin, Michael, who allowed Joseph to live with him, Joe, the Halifax County High School, Southern Virginia Higher Ed Center and the ROTC instructors, and any and everyone I may have left out. It does take a village!!

07/25/2017

Do Something in Halifax, Virginia

On Monday, July 24, the Gazette Virginian had a front page story in regards to Do Something obtaining the house on 1332 Moore St., South Boston.
The following is a press release issued today.

This is in response to the article, “Nonprofit closes on home for the homeless,” dated Monday, July 24, 2017. This project has changed in the last several months based on our research and input from community leaders within Halifax County. Unfortunately the Gazette ran the article without our knowledge and we sincerely apologize to the residents and business in the surrounding area for any confusion the previous article may have caused.

The majority of the quotes that were made in the article were from the first time our organization approached the South Boston Town Council over a year ago in June of 2016. This was several months after God had laid on our hearts to Do Something more for people who were without the basic necessities of life in Halifax County.

During the past 13 months, our Board of Directors have learned a lot about what a homeless shelter consists of; the pros and cons of running a homeless shelter and the many rules, regulations and zoning issues. Our research led us to change how we wanted to help those who needed a hand up and also changed how we would accomplish that task. Our focus shifted from a homeless shelter that would simply provide housing for those in need of shelter to a Transition Center that will give individuals who desire to improve themselves the proper tools and training to work toward becoming a self-sufficient member of our community.

The house our organization purchased will be used as a Transition Center and will provide a place for personal improvement and restoration. It will be a place where people will be given the opportunity to advance themselves and their way of life if they are willing to put in the effort required of them.

The house, yet to be named, will provide temporary housing for up to 5 individuals, who will be required to pass a rigorous multi-stage admission evaluation. Each person entering the Transition Center will undergo an admission process that will involve screening by local law enforcement and licensed medical professionals. The Transition Center will not provide temporary housing for any person with outstanding warrants or who is registered as a s*x offender. Each applicant will also be screened for past criminal history that may affect the outcome of their admission. After a person passes the admission evaluation to stay at the Transition Center, they will work with professionals on our board of directors to develop goals for their individual case plan. Once the individual case plan is developed, each person will then be required to meet certain milestones that will help them accomplish the specific goals that are in place. Abiding by the house rules and working toward gainful employment will also be required of each person. Our highest priority is to provide a safe environment for the individuals living in the house as well as everyone in the local community.

Our goal at Do Something in Halifax is to help as many people as possible, but we realize that there will be individuals that the Transition Center will not be able to assist directly. We plan to guide the people that our organization is not equipped to help towards other organizations that can better address their specific needs.

We, the Board of Directors, would ask that each person keep an open mind as we move forward and cover us with your prayers as we try to Do Something to help people of our community that desire to improve their way of life.

07/25/2017

On Monday, July 24, the Gazette Virginian had a front page story in regards to Do Something obtaining the house on 1332 Moore St., South Boston.
The following is a press release issued today.

This is in response to the article, “Nonprofit closes on home for the homeless,” dated Monday, July 24, 2017. This project has changed in the last several months based on our research and input from community leaders within Halifax County. Unfortunately the Gazette ran the article without our knowledge and we sincerely apologize to the residents and business in the surrounding area for any confusion the previous article may have caused.

The majority of the quotes that were made in the article were from the first time our organization approached the South Boston Town Council over a year ago in June of 2016. This was several months after God had laid on our hearts to Do Something more for people who were without the basic necessities of life in Halifax County.

During the past 13 months, our Board of Directors have learned a lot about what a homeless shelter consists of; the pros and cons of running a homeless shelter and the many rules, regulations and zoning issues. Our research led us to change how we wanted to help those who needed a hand up and also changed how we would accomplish that task. Our focus shifted from a homeless shelter that would simply provide housing for those in need of shelter to a Transition Center that will give individuals who desire to improve themselves the proper tools and training to work toward becoming a self-sufficient member of our community.

The house our organization purchased will be used as a Transition Center and will provide a place for personal improvement and restoration. It will be a place where people will be given the opportunity to advance themselves and their way of life if they are willing to put in the effort required of them.

The house, yet to be named, will provide temporary housing for up to 5 individuals, who will be required to pass a rigorous multi-stage admission evaluation. Each person entering the Transition Center will undergo an admission process that will involve screening by local law enforcement and licensed medical professionals. The Transition Center will not provide temporary housing for any person with outstanding warrants or who is registered as a s*x offender. Each applicant will also be screened for past criminal history that may affect the outcome of their admission. After a person passes the admission evaluation to stay at the Transition Center, they will work with professionals on our board of directors to develop goals for their individual case plan. Once the individual case plan is developed, each person will then be required to meet certain milestones that will help them accomplish the specific goals that are in place. Abiding by the house rules and working toward gainful employment will also be required of each person. Our highest priority is to provide a safe environment for the individuals living in the house as well as everyone in the local community.

Our goal at Do Something in Halifax is to help as many people as possible, but we realize that there will be individuals that the Transition Center will not be able to assist directly. We plan to guide the people that our organization is not equipped to help towards other organizations that can better address their specific needs.

We, the Board of Directors, would ask that each person keep an open mind as we move forward and cover us with your prayers as we try to Do Something to help people of our community that desire to improve their way of life.

07/21/2017

We need a name for our house. Whatcha got?

07/20/2017

Today was the day that many had waiting for......the closing on the Do Something in Halifax transition center!!! Signing on that dotted line was one of the happiest moments I have had in over a year (since my last 2 grand babies were born.)
Now starts the cleaning, painting, landscaping, finishing the rules and admission evaluations and getting estimates on the larger items (windows and insulation to make it more energy friendly.)
I ask that everyone keep this organization in your prayers and that we will continue to fulfill God's will.
Thanks to everyone who has helped us get this far and we hope you will continue to support us.
To God be the glory!!!!!!
Be blessed,
Bonita

Telephone

Address

P. O. Box 1433
South Boston, VA
24592

General information

To provide an opportunity for those who need a place to live while receiving help for any issue that my keep them from being productive citizens.
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Halifax Dog Squad, Inc. Halifax Dog Squad, Inc.
South Boston, 24592

Located in Halifax County, VA USA. Rescue dogs/puppies & secure permanent adoptive homes or rescues. Encourage Spay/Neuter/Heart Worm Prevention. Supported by donations. Halifax Dog Squad, Inc. is foster based with volunteers that have public jobs

Halifax County Humane Society Halifax County Humane Society
South Boston, 24592

Dedicated to saving and improving the lives of animals in Halifax County, Virginia, through fostering, adoption and promoting responsible spay/neuter.

The Virginia Lions District 24-B Mobile Health Unit Committee, Inc. The Virginia Lions District 24-B Mobile Health Unit Committee, Inc.
South Boston, 24592

The 43 Lions Clubs of Central and Southern Virginia are working together to purchase a bus that will be used to provide free vision and hearing screenings

RJ Oliver Memorial Scholarship RJ Oliver Memorial Scholarship
South Boston, 24592

To promote an athletic scholarship in loving memory of Robert "RJ" Oliver.

The South Boston - Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History The South Boston - Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History
1540 Wilborn Ave
South Boston, 24592

Fine arts and history museum focused on preserving and exhibiting the rich history and culture of Southside Virginia.

Halifax County National Night Out Halifax County National Night Out
P.O. 366
South Boston, 24592

National Night Out" (NNO), is a unique crime/drug prevention event held nationwide. Our local event is sponsored by the Halifax County NNO committee, local law enforcement agencies, local businesses, and citizens.

Tri-County Community Action Agency's Mentor Role Model Program Tri-County Community Action Agency's Mentor Role Model Program
Washington Coleman Community Center
South Boston, 24592

Being a mentor is an important part of solution!

Halifax County Middle School PTO Halifax County Middle School PTO
South Boston, 24592

The PTO Executive Board welcomes the students, faculty, and staff back to school for an exciting year! The PTO is supportive of the high quality standard of education of our students. Through fundraising, we are committed to raise funds to support HCMS!

Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc. Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc.
1176 Huell Matthews Highway
South Boston, 24592

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Halifax County Little Theatre Halifax County Little Theatre
P.O. Box 23
South Boston, 24592

We are a community theatre group based in South Boston, Virginia, with over 60 years of productions in the area.

Faulkner Memorial Masonic Lodge No. 91 South Boston, VA Faulkner Memorial Masonic Lodge No. 91 South Boston, VA
1315 Fenton Street
South Boston, 23223-4916

A fraternal organization composed of men of integrity and character, who are honest, true to their word, have a strong belief in God.