‘Knowing Your Community’

Residents lack information on free services

Pastor Willie M. Simpson, posing with her staff and a few of GED students. In no specific order are staff members: James Boxdale, Alvino Cooper, Milton and Annice Graves. Students are: Kathryne Capote, Lexi Norman, and DeAnthony Carr.

Pastor Willie M. Simpson, posing with her staff and a few of GED students. In no specific order are staff members: James Boxdale, Alvino Cooper, Milton and Annice Graves. Students are: Kathryne Capote, Lexi Norman, and DeAnthony Carr.

SOUTHERN CRESCENT — Unemployed since last year, Deborah Mollineaux, of Jonesboro, recently faced a harsh choice: Pay her rent and electric bill, or buy food.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do,” she said.

Until a friend — who was also out of work — told her about the food pantry at Rev. Willie M. Simpson Evangelistic Ministries and Destiny International Foursquare Church, in Jonesboro. The church offers free food to Clayton County residents.

“I had no idea this church was even here, until my friend told me,” Mollineaux told the Clayton News Daily. “When I arrived at the church, it was like no other food bank I had ever seen. The room was overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables, beverages, and meats.”

Like Mollineaux, many Southern Crescent families face tough choices, watch their dollars and cut costs wherever they can. She said there are many families who could use a little assistance, but a helping hand in Clayton and Henry can be hard to find.

Why is that?


Nola Love, president at Helping In His Name Ministries, said they have meat and produce donated to them from five Publix grocery stores.


Kathryne Capote and her mother Kathy are excited to have found the Willie M. Simpson GED program. Kathryne will be completing math portion on the GED with the organization.

Simpson recalled a study done in 2010 by Georgia Tech on resources in the community.

“They interviewed ministries, nonprofits, average citizens, elected officials,” said Simpson. “And the thing they come up with and the main concern was that people did not know the resources that are in the county.”

Simpson’s organization also offers a GED program for students ages 14-21. Simpson said her food pantry serves 235 families weekly and nearly 940 a month. “And more are coming,” she added.

Nola Love, of Clayton, is the president of Helping In His Name Ministries, a nonprofit in Stockbridge. They provide similar services to Henry residents. The organization hands out food and toiletry items and serves nearly 1,100 people monthly, said Love.

Love said clients are usually referred to them through the Department of Children Family Services, local churches, and other nonprofits located in Henry.

“We have been here in the community for 22 years,” said Love. “We do our best to get the word out to the community and post in the libraries. But a lot of times it’s through word of mouth.” However, she added, businesses need to step up and support local nonprofits and help spread the word more.

Kathy Capote, of Jonesboro, recently enrolled her daughter Kathryne, 19, into Simpson’s Success For Life GED program. She said she has been living in Clayton for several years and had never heard of the organization.

“It would help if people knew more about these resources,” said Capote. “It would help a lot of people.”

Capote said she found out about the GED program through her daughter being enrolled in Job Corps.

“If I would have known earlier that this program existed, I would have brought my daughter here sooner.”

“I really liked what [Simpson] had to say and what they offer,” Kathryne said. “I was having such a hard time in regular school. I wish I had known this program was here. It would have saved me a lot of heartache.”

Both Love and Simpson both agreed that Clayton and Henry counties have high unemployment rates, and citizens more than ever need a helping hand.

“It’s really going to take a community effort to make sure people are aware of the all the resources in the county,” Love said.

“It’s going to take the faith-based community to really come together and start referring people to services in the community,” Simpson said. “There a lot of people sitting in churches who are in need of help.”

Helping In His Name Ministries

Located at 85 Bellamy Place, Suite A, in Stockbridge

Food pantry hours are: 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Or call (678) 565-6135 by appointment only.

Crossroads Youth Development Center

737 Veterans Parkway, in Jonesboro

Food pantry hours generally are from 9 a.m., to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, open to any Clayton resident in need of assistance. For more information, call (770) 756-9100.

Here’s a list of other local nonprofits and resources:


•Clayton County Community Services Authority

Emergency financial assistance

1000 Main Street Forest Park

(404) 363-0575

•Clayton Family Care

Emergency financial assistance

1000 Main Street Forest Park

(404) 366-5527

•Samaritans Together

Emergency financial assistance

1000 Main Street Forest Park

(404) 361-8848

•Salvation Army

Call for more information

(770) 603-7173

•Good Shepard Clinic

Prescription assistance

(770) 968-1310

•Hunger Hotline

Food assistance

(404) 622-7778

•Willie M. Simpson Ministries

•St. Philip DePaul Pantry

Food assistance

(770) 477-2388

•Hearts To Nourish Hope

Must call United Way at 211

For referral. By appointment only.

•Calvary Refuge Center


4265 Thurman Road, Forest Park

(404) 361-5309

•Hope Shelter

4231 Old Dixie Hwy, Hapeville

(404) 366-0210

•Securus House

Battered women’s shelter

(770) 961-7233


•Feed My People Food Pantry,

Thrift Store Rivers Ministry International, Inc.


•The Henry County Fuller Center For Housing, Inc. 


Caring for a Cause, Inc.


•The March of Dimes, Inc.


•The United Way of Henry County

107 Westridge Industrial Blvd.

McDonough, Ga. 30253

Main Phone: (678) 623-2876

E-mail: henry@unitedwayatlanta.org


MD 3 years, 1 month ago

(((Residents lack information on free services)))

Should read: Residents lack information on how to improve there lives without relying on help from others. I am shocked at how many patronize Buy Here Car lots,pawn shops,etc.., All they are doing is digging in deeper.


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