Getting to Know Ms. A

This November, as part of Georgia Gives on Giving Tuesday, we at CVEM ask you for your financial support as we invite you get to know our neighbors in the Chattahoochee Valley.

Neighbors like Ms. A, a hard-working personal care assistant with a daughter excelling in college.

Ms. A had recently had surgery, and the time she took off work to recover made her just $85 short for the month’s rent. We offered to assist with the remainder, providing Ms. A with a bridge until she could get back to work. The conversation might have ended there. However, the nature of our one-on-one appointments allows us to get beyond the surface and offer a deeper relationship with neighbors like Ms. A.

Ms. A shared with faithful Direct Service volunteer Kristie Sholtis that her physically demanding work as a personal care assistant was causing her to experience chronic pain. In addition to offering Ms. A with the emotional support and listening ear that we all need when we’re struggling, Kristie connected her with First Step Health Agency, now located on the campus of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, so that Ms. A could begin taking steps towards building a more sustainable career in the health care field. As she left, Ms. A hugged Kristie, saying, “I never expected all this.”

The truth is, this kind of interaction is not at all uncommon at CVEM. The folks in the Chattahoochee Valley who come here are just like you and me--people working hard to care for their families, to change their lives, and to impact their communities. Direct Service exists to be a part of a safety net for our neighbors in times of transition or crisis.

Without your support, the work we do at CVEM, and stories like this, would not be possible. When you give to CVEM during the month of November every dollar will go to assisting our neighbors, just like Ms. A, just like you and me. Please give generously as you are able.

You can donate HERE on our website, on, or mail donations to


 P.O. Box 5811

Columbus GA 31906

Thank you for loving your neighbors!