GCM moves briskly into its 2015 to-do list

Published on Sunday, January 4, 2015

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GCM moves briskly into its 2015 to-do list

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By Kim Wooten

For GreerToday.com

Cindy Simpler is already moving forward Greer Community Ministries’ 2015 goals.

One week removed from 2014, Simpler, executive director of GCM, has identified upgrades for the building and grounds.

Among the to-do list:

• Improve the restrooms by installing ADA height compliant toilets.

• Install auto sensor features on faucets and toilets.

• Repair portions of the building's exterior.

• Repair and resurface the parking lot to prevent excessive deterioration.

• Evaluate programs to enhance the information system to increase speed and efficiency.

GCM’s impact within the community can also be illustrated by connecting with Five Star Plumbing on a request to assist an elderly couple. The Greer plumbing company was searching for a couple to donate a new heating and air conditioning unit. With Simpler’s recommendation the couple was gifted a HVAC and additional repairs.

Grants from John I. Smith Charities, Greenville Women Giving and the Spartanburg Regional Foundation led to key improvements to GCM facilities last year.

• Entire interior of the building painted and repaired.

• Kitchen updated.

• New HVAC and energy efficient lighting installed.

• Office and lobby flooring replaced.

• Handicap accessible front door installed.

Other grants helped GCM with food purchases and operational costs.

GCM added 40 Meals on Wheels clients, which has translated into the non-profit needed drivers for three routes. Call 879-2254.

The additional costs of meals are absorbed through food and money donations, said Krista Gibson of GCM.

The 12 Days of Christmas for Meals On Wheels and Senior Dining clients proved to be inspirational. More than 4,400 gifts – flashlights, toothbrushes, poinsettias, fruit and Christmas bells – were distributed.

The holiday season resulted in slightly higher donations compared to last season, according to Gibson. The 35th Annual Big Thursday was deemed a success although no figures were offered.

Schools hosted food drives for GCM. Blue Ridge Middle School donated nonperishable food and $3,373.78. Runners at the 23rd Annual Taylors Turkey 5-Can Run donated $600 and a trailer full of food.





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