As LIVE-IT Sevier County, TN celebrates it’s 5th year in operation a new chapter in LIVE-IT Ministries history is about to be written. We always knew what God started in Sevier Co. TN 5 years ago would grow into other areas, we just left the where and when up to God (Comment from: Paul Danis LIVE-IT Co-Founder and President).
The official launching of LIVE-IT in Knox County, KY is scheduled for Saturday, March 28 2015 and will include the launch of the the first Exchange @ LIVE-IT Thrift Store in Kentucky. The thrift store will be located at 324 Knox Street in Barbourville, KY and will be the location of the launch festivities.
LIVE-IT Knox County, KY will be lead by Jeramiah and Dottie Evans and can be contacted at 606-622-1336 for specific information regarding the launch. You can sign up to volunteer for upcoming projects in Kentucky or Tennessee by going to: www.loveyourneighbor.info
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.
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.”
This past Saturday three students from Johnson University helped a local resident who is blind hang Christmas lights on his home.
The project started when Rick (The home owner) called his church and asked if they could help him hang Christmas lights on his home. Although Rick is blind, he wanted to help spread his Christmas cheer in his neighbornood. Rick’s church partners with LIVE-IT and activated the “Love Your Neighbor” Network and Rick is now sporting his Cheer to all who pass by his home.