Have you submitted a volunteer application and never received a call to volunteer? Are you a widow or a single mom who needed yard work done (or had some other need) and “did” receive a call from LIVE-IT telling you we didn’t have enough volunteers to help you? If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, you have experienced LIVE-IT’s challenge of connecting volunteers in our community to the needs in our community. In other words, you have experienced our lack of volunteer coordination. That’s why it’s with great excitement we announce Colleen Brackins as LIVE-IT’s Volunteer Coordinator. God has prepared Colleen for such a time as this, her talents in Event Planning, Networking, Connecting, and a concern for her neighbors in her community will undoubtably allow more volunteers to connect with needs in our community. Along with Colleen, her husband Dustin also has a passion for helping others in need. We are very excited about Colleen and Dustin as they work within LIVE-IT to
The numbers are staggering. People are communicating more and more using social media. In these days of reality TV (which really isn’t reality at all). we have decided to bring you the reality of what we see day in and day out. We are going to start posting the evaluations we do so you can see what we see. We also pray this will provide a format to find a project to get involved and “Love Your Neighbor”. Here we go. Horace and his wife need a roof.
Just sent some great pictures from a project last year. Thanks to all the teams who showed up last year to “Love Their Neighbors”!!
Early in the morning on Christmas Day, Regen left this world and all the pain in it, to join Jesus in a place of unimaginable joy and peace. In a recent interview with Dan Morris (Regen’s Dad), he encouraged all those who have been Rootin’ For Regen to help others as his son always did. He said;
While Regen was an excellent student, athlete and artist, Dan says he’s most proud of Regen’s heart. “He wanted everyone to have fun. He didn’t want to leave anybody out, so he would find that kid that was being left out and he would be the one to bring that person into the group.”
In memory of Regen, Dan has one last request of all those who have supported them.
“There are so many other people that are hurting with illness or other needs, so our message would be for people to help the next family, help the next person, because unfortunately there will be another and another and another, Dan said”
At LIVE-IT we have been blessed to have met Regen and the Morris Family, and we are committed to carry on Regen’s legacy of looking for the underdog, the lonely, the one who has needs not being met, those who need community, and bring them in. Regen loved his neighbor, and is now encouraging us to do the same. Regen is Rootin’ For Us. Let’s not let him down.
Better than a Groupon or Living Social. Buy one meal and help with a Single Mothers home repairs. Or better yet…Take the family to dinner and repair another families leaking roof. Want to know how???
Today, Thursday, November 21st…After 5 pm go to the Outback Steak House in Sevierville at: 611 Parkway, Sevierville, TN. LIVE-IT staff will be present to discuss upcoming projects and opportunities to LIVE-IT. Just by eating tonight at the Outback Steakhouse you will be supporting LIVE-IT Projects in the community. So…What..da..ya..say Mate?
Call for more details: 865-604-4087
The last post was the Mountain Press article regarding the project for a man who lost his family in a fire, had a traumatic head injury, and was living alone with no one to care for him. ACTUALLY NO! The article was about LIVE-IT and Keep Sevier Beautiful partnering together to clean up his property. But the “REAL STORY” is a man named Frank who is still alone with his two dogs when all the volunteers who came for the day go home. I do want to thank Pathways Church for sponsoring and sending lots of volunteers this past Saturday to Franks home to “make a difference”. At the end of this Saturday’s project day, Frank and I stood on his front porch looking at all had been done. His only question was “Have you found someone to live with me yet”. You see when it all comes down to it, we really don’t need things fixed…we need each other. The photos are below:
Maintaining a home and property can often become a burden for the elderly and disabled, especially once repairs, maintenance and daily tasks begin to pile up.
And that’s where Keep Sevier Beautiful and Sevierville’s LIVE-IT came in for one Sevierville man this week.
LIVE-IT, a ministry founded by Paul and Terri Danis, combined efforts with the KSB to clean an elderly man’s residence and property — both of which were in drastic need of assistance.
In fact, LIVE-IT Executive Director and co-founder Terri Danis said Adult Protective Services had contacted them about this week’s project off Boyds Creek Road.
“We get referrals from all different organizations,” Danis said. “Adult Protective Servcies, DCS, home healthcare workers, case managers, the senior center and individuals. When somebody finds out about a need, they ask us if we’ll go out and evaluate the situation and see if there’s anything we can do.”
People usually welcome the helping hand.
“They’re ecstatic,” Danis, who founded LIVE-IT with her husband Paul, said. “Because most of the times when we get a call, it’s pretty severe. We’re kind of a last-resort ministry, where they’ve exhausted any other means. They’ve checked with churches, their family that lives out of state or friends and they just don’t find anybody that’s willing (provide assistance). It’s not going to get done if we don’t do it.”
Keep Sevier Beautiful began working with LIVE-IT about four months ago. This is their fourth effort in what they’ve termed “Project Restore.”
“(It is situations where) they can’t take care of it themselves,” Laura Howard, KSB’s executive director said. “Whether it’s an illegal dump site or a situation like this.”
This week’s challenge came in the form of an elderly and disabled man whose property had fallen into blight.
“On this one we’ll probably taking out 20-25 container loads (of trash) by the time we’re done,” Howard said. “It was bigger than what we thought.
“He has no family here, and then also had a caregiver that he had to turn in for elder abuse, which contributed to the problem as well. When we came, he had basically said anything that you can take away, please do. I think it’s a blessing to him as well.”
All together, around 15 volunteers are working on the project, cleaning both the inside and outside of the home and property.
It will likely take through Friday to complete.
Danis said LIVE-IT began its work three and a half years ago after noticing a portion of the population that fell through society’s cracks.
“We saw that people in the community had needs that were not being met,” Danis said. “We just felt like the Lord had called us to do that, so we started helping people in the community that had problems around their home and didn’t have any family or financial means to do it themselves.”
Still, she said the service doesn’t completely come with no strings attached.
“There’s a little caveat to it,” she said. “When we help them, we ask them what they can do to help somebody else. We’d like to get it to be kind of a movement of people wanting to help their neighbor. It’s called “Love your Neighbor.” The Bible says love God, love your neighbors. If we could just get that incentivized int he community we can make some radical changes in people’s lives. We tell them we want them to live it forward. The Bible says not to talk about it, (but) do it.”
Come Lunch and Learn with Us this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. With over 180 of our neighbors in Sevier County needing help with home repairs, yard work, or trash removal (and that’s just the ones who have called us), we are excited to be partnering with organizations who can help with the expenses associated with these worthy projects. We invite everyone to the lunch and learn this Sunday, September 15th at 12:30 p.m. at the Sevierville Civic Center to learn about who God is using to help all of us LIVE-IT!
See you there!
We invite everyone to stand in front of Jim and Denise’s new home on Friday, August 9th at 5: 30 pm and welcome them to their new home. Click here to view the photos: www.live-itproject.com Please park at Seymour Heights Christian Church at 122 Boyds Creek Hwy, Seymour TN. and catch a shuttle to the site.