‘Hands of Grace’ meets needs


By Portia Williams - [email protected]



Portia WIlliams | Daily Times Local group, ‘Hands of Grace’ made clothing and food readily available to residents in the east end of Portsmouth on Saturday, June 25.


Portia Williams | Daily Times Members of Hands of Grace Ministry distributed food and provided clothing to residents of the east end of Portsmouth on Saturday, June 25. Members of two of the churchses that are a part of HOGM were unable to attend the outreach effort.


Portia Williams | Daily Times Food was dispensed by Canteen of The Salvation Army of Portsmouth in the east end of the city on Saturday.


Hands of Grace Ministry, in Portsmouth, is all about compassion. Members of HOGM visited the east end of Portsmouth Saturday to distribute food and clothing to residents in the area in need.

Carmen Josey, member of HOGM, said this is the ministry’s third outreach effort to the community.

“This is our third effort. This is really so important because the east end is the forgotten part of the city,”Josey said. “And we want to reach out the people here, we want to feed them, we want to provide clothing, pray for them and whatever else we can do to help them. That is what we are here for.”

Heather Brant was a recipient of HOGM on Saturday. Brant said she was blessed by the efforts by HOGM.

“This is such a blessing for us. It is just wonderful,” Brant said. “I am just glad they are here to help out. God bless everybody for doing this.”

“I am so grateful for all of the churches that participate. We could not do it without them. People just donate things, and we are so grateful, because we can give it away to the children and adults who are in need of clothing and shoes,” Josey said. “And of course we have hot lunch.

Participating churches are Dry Run Church of Christ, The Portsmouth Salvation Army, Living Faith Temple, Mount Zion Church, and Pleasant Green Baptist Church.

To volunteer time, or make a donation to the efforts of HOGM, contact Carmen Josey at 740-821-1188.

Portia WIlliams | Daily Times Local group, ‘Hands of Grace’ made clothing and food readily available to residents in the east end of Portsmouth on Saturday, June 25.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_0512.jpgPortia WIlliams | Daily Times Local group, ‘Hands of Grace’ made clothing and food readily available to residents in the east end of Portsmouth on Saturday, June 25.

Portia Williams | Daily Times Members of Hands of Grace Ministry distributed food and provided clothing to residents of the east end of Portsmouth on Saturday, June 25. Members of two of the churchses that are a part of HOGM were unable to attend the outreach effort.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_0513.jpgPortia Williams | Daily Times Members of Hands of Grace Ministry distributed food and provided clothing to residents of the east end of Portsmouth on Saturday, June 25. Members of two of the churchses that are a part of HOGM were unable to attend the outreach effort.

Portia Williams | Daily Times Food was dispensed by Canteen of The Salvation Army of Portsmouth in the east end of the city on Saturday.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_0511.jpgPortia Williams | Daily Times Food was dispensed by Canteen of The Salvation Army of Portsmouth in the east end of the city on Saturday.

By Portia Williams

[email protected]

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

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