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Faith Home a ‘Hallowed Place’ Graduates celebrate program’s 40 years
Publisher: Index-Journal (Greenwood, South Carolina)
First published: August 20, 2006

Local retirees ‘giving back to the community’
Publisher: Index-Journal (Greenwood, South Carolina)
First published: July 16, 2004

Faith Home a ‘Hallowed Place’ Graduates celebrate program’s 40 years
Publisher: Index-Journal (Greenwood, South Carolina)
First published: August 20, 2006

By MEGAN VARNER
Index-Journal senior staff writer

Hayward Edmunds had lost everything important to him to alcoholism. His wife had left him, he had spent all his fortune and his children had grown up and left.  Edmunds said he felt like he was out of options until a friend told him about Faith Home. He has been a gratefully recovering alcoholic since 2002.Edmunds said he owes it all to Faith Home. “It’s a hallowed place,” he said. 

Faith Home celebrated its 40th anniversary with its annual homecoming for graduates of the alcohol and drug addiction program and their families, said Del Ezell, president of the board of directors for Faith Home.  The normal Saturday graduation meal of spaghetti was put aside for a potluck dinner provided by more than 200 people. Faith Home currently has about 55 men in its eight-week program in Greenwood, Ezell said. A graduate of the program gave the Home’s message after a church service following the dinner, said Aline Barnes, executive director of Faith Home. Barnes said she was overjoyed by seeing many of the success stories of her program all in one room. “It makes me have a heart full of gratitude,” she said. 

Edmunds moved to Greenwood from Charleston following his graduation from the program. He has since worked for Faith Home and visits almost every day.  It was at Faith Home’s pond years ago that he left all the rage and self-pity caused by alcohol behind.  Edmunds said he hasn’t had a “craving” since then.  Faith Home is a gift, he said.  Edmunds said Faith Home’s spiritual foundation helped him find faith and a purpose in life he hadn’t had before.  His belief has not made his struggle out of alcoholism seem any easier.  “I’m not one to sit on a pink cloud,” he said.

Barnes said she could tell from years of helping alcoholics and drug addicts how they felt about their graduations from the program.  Their laughter and the serene look on their faces lets her know that they’ve been freed from their personal prisons. Scott Clayton came from Atlanta to be at the homecoming. He is a three-month graduate of the program. Clayton has been alcohol-free since then.  “I couldn’t have done it without Faith Home,” he said.  Clayton is indebted to the program for helping him and his family. There are good Christian people at Faith Home, he said.  Clayton said he wanted to return to Faith Home to show current residents that somebody can make it through the program.

Local retirees ‘giving back to the community’
Publisher: Index-Journal (Greenwood, South Carolina)
First published: July 16, 2004

By SHAVONNE POTTS
Index-Journal staff writer

Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, and on top of the church are the people.
Volunteers with the Duke Power Lakelands Retiree Club rebuilt a chapel steeple and repaired a walking trail Thursday at Faith Home Inc. in Greenwood.  The group gave its services, in part, to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Duke Power and to “invest in the community it serves,” an organizer said.  Volunteer Chairman Ned Johnson said the turnout was “super.”  “It’s giving back to the community. When we volunteer, everybody’s a winner,” he said.  The Duke Energy Foundation Volunteer Program submitted an application for a grant and received $2,000 to be used for materials. This is the first year the grant has gone to the Lakelands Chapter of the Duke Power Lakeland’s Retiree Club, one of 23 chapters throughout the state. The steeple was taken down and a new one erected. John Williams, of Pritchard Design in Greenwood, designed the steeple using solid walnut wood for the cross and a paneled steeple box. “They had a smaller one and I designed and rebuilt it,” he said.
Williams had never built a steeple before, but has 30 years experience in custom woodworking. On the cross, Williams designed three flutes or grooves that represent the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost.  Several retirees and their spouses came out to help at Faith Home, including Willie Robinson who worked at Duke Power for 47 years. Robinson, carrying an oxygen tank, helped shovel gravel.  “This is my first time helping out,” he said. “I was invited to come out and help.” Greenwood native Joe Bolton who is retired was asked to help.  “I came out to help do what I can do,” he said.  Bolton also spends his time helping clean up Hillcrest Cemetery near Lodge Ground subdivision.   Greenwood County resident Bill Dipner also volunteered to help for the morning. Dipner said he came out just to give the group a hand.  “We want to give a hand where we could. I simply like doing projects, whether it’s carpentry or wiring,” he said.   Dipner’s wife Martha got started in the retirees club when he volunteered.  “I enjoy the relationship with people — giving something for them,” she said. “I’ve received more than I’ve given. I enjoy being with them and being a service to them.”  Faith Home Executive Director Aline Barnes was happy with the volunteers who participated.  “This was the first time they came out and I hope it’s the beginning of a lasting fellowship,” she said.   Barnes said Faith Home depends on volunteers like the retirees club.  “I think it’s what the Lord expects Christian people to do and that is reach out beyond the walls of the church to organizations like Faith Home to give of their time and talents,” she said.  Faith Home is a 67-acre residential facility and rehabilitation center in Greenwood that is for recovering male alcoholics and drug addicts.

Shavonne Potts covers general assignments in Greenwood and the Lakelands. She can be reached at 223-1811, ext. 3306, or: spotts@indexjournal.com.