Mission: Doing work that transforms lives
THE REV. WILLIAM K. CHRISTIAN III
Executive Director, Star Gospel Mission
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
18, 2009 -- The Star Gospel Mission is now entering into its 106th
year of operation, thus predating all other Christian welfare organizations
in the Port City. For over a century it has been a landmark beacon
to men who, for a myriad of reasons, find themselves without a place
they can call home. The mission provides up to 25 formerly homeless
men with a clean, safe, comfortable environment, within a Christian
atmosphere, where they can experience a new beginning, a fresh start,
a new lease on life and, in many cases, a second chance.
often people mistake the Star Gospel Mission for Crisis Ministry,
a facility which is only three blocks away from the Mission. To
make the distinction, Crisis Ministry is a shelter that houses men,
women and children on an overnight basis. The Star Gospel Mission
is a transitional housing facility, where men reside for a minimum
of one week up to one entire year. It costs nothing to stay at Crisis
Ministry. At the Star Gospel, our residents pay $80 per week. It
actually costs $185.00 to house a man at the mission for one week.
With $80 paid by each resident, the balance, $105, comes from individuals,
churches, civic organizations and businesses.
of our residents are either currently employed or receive a government
pension or a disability check. We admit men who have experienced
a life of emotional and physical abuse, have been addicted to drugs
or alcohol, or have been involved in various criminal activities.
Many have previously been incarcerated. We welcome veterans and
currently have seven in residence. Men of all ethnic backgrounds,
faiths and walks of life reside at the mission.
at the mission we provide a structured, disciplined community where
residents can begin to adopt improved moral and ethical principles
for living a more wholesome, fulfilling life. We attempt to help
our residents adopt the "A.B.C.A.S." standard,
meaning that they begin to work on improving their Actions,
Behavior, Conduct, Attitudes and Speech.
In psychological terms, that's referred to as systematic behavioral
modification. Without making some rather significant changes in
their lives, personal growth and improvement will not occur. To
assist our men with this endeavor, we provide individual counseling
for drug, alcohol and other addictive behaviors, family and marital
difficulties, and past criminal records. We do not admit registered
sex offenders because of the obvious liability concerns.
other interesting facts you might wish to know about the mission:
offer an interdenominational worship service every Sunday morning
and encourage all of our residents to attend.
provide job placement counseling to assist men in finding gainful
collect and distribute clothing to residents and other needy persons
throughout the community.
Through the generosity of the Good Cheer Fund, each fall we distribute
more than 1,000 food gift cards (which can be used at any Piggly
Wiggly store) to needy people throughout the community.
Throughout the month of January we offer emergency financial assistance
to needy persons, including money for rent, utilities, food, medical
and dental care, and transportation expenses.
sheer fact that the Star Gospel Mission is still in existence after
105 years, doing the ministry we do for homeless men in Charleston,
says that what we are doing is highly effective. Over that period
of time, we have helped literally thousands of men to make life-transforming
changes; changes that have enabled them to become independent, productive
citizens within our community. We plan on continuing to do this
good work for at least the next 100 years!
you would like to assist in this important ministry financially,
please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. I'd love to hear
Rev. William K. Christian III is executive director of the Star
Gospel Mission at 474 Meeting St. in Charleston. Contact him at
Last meal would
ANDY BRACK, publisher
18, 2009 - While solving world problems Saturday during coffee and
breakfast, Dave Shimp and I somehow got onto the topic of what we
would have for a last supper if we had the choice. (Note: Neither
of us expect to end up on Death Row or a hospital equivalent anytime
a retired Navy captain who now works for Maybank Industries, raised
the conversation a notch by adding the caveat that we could pick
courses from any restaurant in the Charleston area. So here's a
look at our last suppers, although we reserve the right to change
the list at any time. Dave's list is heavier on East Cooper restaurants,
since that's the area in which he lives, while mine is more reflective
of the city of Charleston.
I can almost taste my meal now. (You noticed, perhaps, that Dave
and I both conveniently left off the salad course.)
know I've left off lots of other favorites from places like the
Mustard Seed on James Island, Uno Mas in Mount Pleasant, Bowen's
Island near Folly Beach, as well as lots of Charleston favorites
- Saffron, Fleet Landing, Blossom, Hominy Grill and more.
a favorite last meal? Send
us your menu.
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mega-hot dog to be featured on Travel Network
Homewrecker, the Charleston RiverDogs' over-the-top, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink
hot dog, will be featured on an upcoming episode of the Travel Network's
popular "Man v. Food" show. Program host Adam Richman
and his crew will be The Joe to tape the episode on May 26 during
the RiverDogs' game with Bowling Green.
two years ago, the Homewrecker is a half-pound, foot-long, all-beef
hot dog served on a warm bun. It's got the basics - ketchup, mustard,
relish - but there are also 22 other toppings that fans can add,
including okra, sweet-and-sour sauce, pimiento cheese, jalapeños
In "Man v. Food," Richman travels the country in search
of the best places to do some serious indulging. "With a lengthy
resume of restaurant experience and a lifelong passion for food,
Richman's culinary skills coupled with his seasoned palate provide
a gastronomical compass to the best spots to taste America's iconic
dishes," said a RiverDogs press release.
This isn't the first time that concessions from The Joe have gotten
national exposure. Most recently, the Food Network featured the
'Dogs food in a Rachael Ray special on ballpark food, and ESPN The
Magazine did a pictorial that focused on the wide variety of choices
at the stadium.
workshop designed to assist first-time home buyers
upcoming free workshop for first-time home buyers will help clarify
the latest plans that the federal government has announced to help
prospective buyers and stimulate the economy, organizers say.
week, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan
announced that the Federal Housing Administration had come up with
a way to allow first-time homebuyers to use the recently announced
$8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit as a down payment at the
time of purchasing a home. In light of the new development, three
local groups - the Homeownership Resource Center (a division of
Family Services, Inc.), the r?hava real estate store and the College
of Charleston's Carter Real Estate Center - are teaming up to offer
the First-Time Homebuyer Workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 30
at the college's Wachovia Auditorium, located in the Beatty Center
at 5 Liberty St.
the workshop, counselors and industry experts will discuss topics
such as mortgage applications, fees and budgeting, current market
conditions, qualifying for the tax credit, buying HUD properties
and foreclosures, home inspections and the closing process.
workshop is open to the public and includes lunch. To register,
or call 744-1348, ext. 25.
Hall offers free summer admission to teachers
the fourth consecutive year, from Memorial Day through Labor Day,
Drayton Hall will offer free admission to teachers. The offer is
good for one teacher and one guest. Teachers should present an employment
ID or recent pay stub to the gatekeeper to take advantage of the
addition, Drayton Hall will offer a four-day workshop and credential
recertification program for teachers beginning June 15. Covering
the period from colonial America through the American Revolution,
the workshop will feature guest speakers, collaborative development
of innovative lesson plans, and hands-on interaction with an open
limited number of workshop spaces are available; the cost, $145
per person, includes all materials and daily lunch. For Friends
of Drayton Hall, the cost is $125. To register, contact Curator
of Education Rikki Davenport at 769-2607 or email@example.com.
parks to offer Beach Safety Week events
U.S. Lifesaving Association is sponsoring National Beach Safety
Week May 18-24, and the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission
has planned safety-oriented events at several parks to help remind
beachgoers to use caution around the water. The PRC says that while
it provides lifeguards at the three county beach parks and Folly
Beach Fishing Pier in an effort to reduce the number of accidents,
it's still essential to keep the public well-informed about safety
during beach season.
the schedule by park. All events will take place on May 23, the
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.
Isle of Palms County Park:
There will be an info table on the dune crossover for beach safety
tips. All events will begin at Stand 11. Schedule: noon, treating
a neck injury; 1 p.m., first-aid demo; 2 p.m., CPR demo; 3 p.m.,
lifejacket fitting; 4 p.m., personal watercraft rescue; 5 p.m.
ocean rescue demo.
Visit the info area on the beach for safety tips. Activities will
begin at Stand 42. Schedule: noon, CPR demo; 2 p.m., first-aid
demo; 4 p.m., ocean rescue.
Beach County Park:
An info table will be set up in front of the Dunes House for safety
tips. Activities will begin at Stand 33. Schedule: noon, first-aid
demo; 1 p.m., personal watercraft rescue; 2 p.m., CPR demo; 3
p.m., lifejacket fitting; 4 p.m., neck injury treatment; 5 p.m.,
ocean rescue demo.
Beach Fishing Pier: An
info area will be set up on the beach, and all activities will
begin at Stand 22. Schedule: noon, personal watercraft rescue;
1 p.m. first-aid demo; 2 p.m., CPR demo; 3 p.m., lifejacket fitting;
4 p.m., neck injury treatment; 5 p.m., ocean rescue demo.
more information on Beach Safety Week activities, contact Cole Thomas
at 762-8046 or
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Carolina Historical Society
in Charleston, the South Carolina Historical Society is the state's
oldest historical society and one of South Carolina's largest private
manuscript archives. James Louis Petigru and several prominent Charleston
residents founded the organization in 1855 with the mission "to
collect information respecting every portion of our State, to preserve
it, and when deemed advisable to publish it." To this end the
organization's founders established a noncirculating research library.
society held its first formal meeting on Carolina Day, June 28,
1855, and was incorporated in 1856. In 1860 it moved a portion of
its collections to the Robert Mills Fireproof Building on Meeting
Street. This compilation was lost during or immediately following
the Civil War. Frederick A. Porcher, the society's first recording
secretary, saved much of the organization's collection by storing
it at the College of Charleston's library.
society met once between 1861 and 1875, when it resumed regular
meetings and moved its collection to the Charleston Library Society,
where it remained until 1943. The society leased portions of the
Robert Mills Fireproof Building from Charleston County for its operations
during that year and in 1968 became the sole occupant of the building.
Charleston County deeded the building to the society in 1980, and
as of 2004 that location remained its headquarters.
1857 the organization began publishing manuscripts related to South
Carolina history. That year it issued the Collections of the South
Carolina Historical Society, Volume I, the first in a series of
five volumes published. In 1900 the society began publication of
the South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, and in
1952 the word "genealogical" was dropped from the title.
For more than one hundred years the South Carolina Historical Magazine
has published original scholarship and edited documents concerning
South Carolina history. In 1985 the society began publication of
Carologue, a general-interest magazine distributed to its members.
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starts on Friday, and this year the folks at the festival tell us
they've noticed something unexpected: a distinct trend in favor
they have declared 2009 to be Piccolo's "Year of the Trombone."
Be on the lookout for trombones in these six Piccolo shows, as well
as others; all but the Mepkin Abbey concert are free. For info or
tickets, go to http://www.piccolospoleto.com.
6 p.m. May 22, U.S. Custom House, East Bay and Market streets. Palmetto
Posaunen, a trombone choir of approximately 40 trombone players
plus percussion, presents a free concert, including selections from
Baroque and classical literature, Broadway tunes, jazz and "76
Trombones" from "The Music Man."
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 22, U.S. Custom House. Free concert featuring
the Charleston Symphony Orchestra playing Big Band era hits with
internationally acclaimed jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and his
jazz quartet as guest artists.
Jazz: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 23, U.S. Custom House. A free Big
Band showcase that opens with the Wycliffe Gordon jazz quartet followed
by five of the tri-county area's best high school jazz bands and
the Piccolo Spoleto All-Star High School Jazz Band. The show ends
with a massed-band performance of "The Charleston" and
"When the Saints Go Marching In."
Bloch and Paulus at Mepkin Abbey: 4 p.m. June 5, Mepkin Abbey,
1091 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner. The deeply prophetic voice
of the Old Testament is realized in four works by Ernest Bloch.
Bill Zehfuss performs "Trombone Symphony," one of Bloch's
later works, and the Stephen Paulus Mass performed by the Taylor
Music Festival Choir and Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra. Composer
Paulus is expected to attend the performance. Tickets: $35.
Spoleto Children's Festival: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23, Marion
Square. Enchanting arts activities for children of all ages at this
Spoleto Finale: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 6, Hampton Park. "A
Global Village of World Music" is the theme for this high-energy
festival finale featuring food, music and more. Free admission.
may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped."
writer/ artist/philosopher Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
to the Military: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 19, 28 Bridgeside,
Mount Pleasant. Reception presented by the Charleston Metro Chamber
of Commerce to show support for the local military and celebrate
their contributions to the community and nation. Awards will be
presented to active-duty personnel and reservists from each branch
of the military. The U.S. Air Force Blue Aces Popular Music Ensemble
will entertain. Cost: $75, or $45 for active/reserve military and/or
military spouse. Registration.
Tea: May 22 through May 31, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church,
403 King St., Charleston. Enjoy tea and other beverages, finger
sandwiches, scones and homemade desserts. Live entertainment, boutique,
Charleston Artist Guild exhibition and tours of the history sanctuary
will also be offered. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. each day except for
May 24 and May 31, when teas begin at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit
the church's Outreach Learning Center, which offers community programs
including English as a Second Language, an emergency food pantry,
respite care ministries, computer classes, etc. More info: 579-0420
ONGOING AND SOON
Photos Exhibit: Through May 29, Charleston Center for Photography,
654 King St., Suite D, Charleston. "Red-Right-Returning: Buoys
of the Ashley and Cooper," a free exhibit of photographs from
Charleston photographer Jack Alterman, will be featured throughout
May. In the photographs, Alterman combines the landscapes of the
Ashley and Cooper Rivers with the colors that mark a mariner's course.
A Spoleto Opening Reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May
21. More info: 720-3105 or http://www.ccforp.org.
Cage Aux Folles":
Various dates in May, Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen
St., Charleston. The Footlight Players bring to the Lowcountry this
Broadway smash about love, family and acceptance in an untraditional
setting, filled with outlandish costumes, extravagant dance numbers,
and snazzy songs. Tickets: $30 adults, $27 seniors, $20 students.
Show dates and times: 722-4487 or visit
Strategies Workshop: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 4,
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speissegger Drive, North
Charleston. "Managing the Storm: HR Strategies and the Roadmap
to Recovery" will help businesses create a plan to ensure that
they retain their talent during the economic downturn and keep their
businesses up and running. Cost: $55 members, $95 nonmembers. Registration.
at the Museum: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 5, Charleston
Museum, 360 Meeting St. Family event with museum staff bringing
history to life in unusual ways. Kids might bump into a band of
pirates, a unit of Revolutionary War soldiers, a Viking, George
Washington or King Tut during the adventure. Curators and staff
will be stationed throughout the dimly-lit galleries (bring your
own flashlight) to share stories and tell tall tales. Event includes
a light supper. Tickets: $10 member adults, $20 nonmember adults,
$5 member children, $10 nonmember children, free for those younger
than 3. Reservations available online
or by phone, 722-2996, ext. 264.
Cultural Arts Festival: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 5 and noon
to 8 p.m. June 6, Laing Middle School, 2213 Highway 17 North,
Mount Pleasant. Gullah-Geechee skits, gospel groups, storytelling,
folklore, music and dance performed by local entertainers. The largest
showcase of diversified sweetgrass baskets in the Lowcountry will
be displayed by local basket makers, along with handmade quilts,
paintings and crafts. Kids' activities include jump castles, water
slides, face painting, and arts and craft. Lowcountry foods will
be provided by local restaurants and vendors. More
Mixers: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 12 and June 26,
Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Local DJ Rob Duren will serve up beach
music and oldies for shagging on the pier. Beverages will be available
for purchase on-site, and food and snacks will be available for
purchase at Locklear's Beach City Grill and the Gangplank Gift &
Tackle Shop. Tickets: $8 Charleston County residents, $10 nonresidents,
in advance. Only 600 tickets will be sold; if any are available
at the gate, they'll be $10 for all. More information: 795-4FUN
In this section,
we offer a list of good reads that you might want to consider reading:
Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson
Turn in the South, V.S. Naipaul
Book of Marie, Terry Kay
Jazz, Jack McCray
Deep: 20 Classic Sports Stories,
Gary Smith (review)
Be Sober in the Morning: Great Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes,
Chris Lamb (List)
Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller
a book to us
New local music CD
Uses of social media
Time for renovations
Dog days at Drayton
Get it clean
Cheer on US rugby
Dress for Success
Field to Families
Book burning event
on car tags
way of tithing?
green bus here
Mt. P. promo
weekend at home
P. Farmers Market
Food + Wine Festival
Creek park input
bald eagles thrive
man moves up in contest
to old clunker
to squeeze in
is in the air
at the ballpark
leaves great legacy
positive about economy
at three books
hood on "reform" efforts
book is great pleasure
band is inspiring
know you're from...
the school menu
Day Fest facts
to bid on
in the sun
go the lights
on duck race