A Letter From Our Executive Director
“In 2011, I found out that there were three hundred and seventy-six homeless children living in Onslow County. That broke my heart, and God didn’t let me forget it. In December of 2012, we purchased twelve rental units in hopes of partnering with organizations that worked with the homeless.
We named our business Philippians Place Rentals, based on the Bible verses, Philippians 2:1-5:
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
Throughout 2013, we tried to get the homeless into our apartments, but for many reasons, it just never happened. In December of 2013, I saw a news broadcast about a single mom and her children spending Christmas at the Homeless Shelter, and once again, my heart was broken; I had an empty two-bedroom apartment at that very moment.
God made it pretty clear to me what I needed to do: Take that leap of faith and do something! And so, we did. We completed all the necessary paperwork to become a 501(c)3. We repaired, and set up three vacant apartments to have them move-in ready for clients, and our community overwhelmed us with support; total strangers donated furniture, household items, and their time and talents to move Philippians Place forward. Our church’s youth ministry blessed us by providing spiritual, volunteer, and initial financial support. Their initial gift sponsored our first client, a single mother of three. Today, she is self-sustaining, and in a management position.
Now, three years later, we are working with our fourteenth and fifteenth clients, and God has led us to start a new program, Furnishing Hope.”
– Lenize Patton, Executive Director