Mothers Day

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Blessings Church: So thankful to the Lord for allowing me to see another day! And so thankful to serve our sisters on Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Mother’s around the world! # Blessed to be a blessing! My visual journal! Love you the Rev!

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Ghana Africa Clothing Collection

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Blessings Church: So thankful to the Lord for allowing me to see another day. And so grateful to have a chance to serve those in need once again. At the storage unit preparing to send well needed clothes to Ghana Africa. Here with Pastor David Opoku , Mike Mike Rich Postup and so thankful for Beverly ChavisWorley for blessing us with more shoes. We will be collecting clothes for the next few months. They will be shipped to Ghana Africa where the need is great. Thanks again everyone for your prayers and donations. # Blessed to be a blessing! My visual journal! Love you the Rev!

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Fair Housing Board

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Blessings Church: So thankful for the Fair Housing Board for selecting me to be one of the recipients awarded for our service to the community. This June we will be celebrating 25 yrs of service in the Raleigh and surrounding communities. I also would like to thank my dear friend, Sondra Collins , The Lost Sheep Family, our partners, donors and volunteers for there dedicated commitment, helping us each and everyday while we have been on this incredible journey. Most of all, I thank God and give him all of the glory, honor and praise. It’s Him who called me in 1996 to go and serve the less fortunate. And it’s Him who has kept me all of these years. I’m so grateful for all of you!! Love you the Rev!

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Annual Fair Housing Community Conference – Virtual

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Restructuring institutional reform and the rights of people with disabilities

UPDATED: APR 5, 2021


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The City of Raleigh’s Fair Housing Hearing Board, and the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina are hosting the 18th Annual Raleigh Fair Housing Conference on April 23, 2021. The confirmed keynote speaker is Lisa Rice, President, and CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance. 

This regional event is a collaboration and partnership with residents, thought leaders, experts on civil and human rights, housing, lending, education, transportation, health, environmental justice, and community development to examine achievements and opportunities under the Fair Housing Act. Current fair housing trends and topics will be presented and discussed.

This year’s theme is “Restructuring Institutional Reform and the Rights of People with Disabilities.” Session topics will include:

  • Renting with a Criminal History: Using Fair Housing Law and Advocacy to Challenge Housing Discrimination
  • Emerging Issues in Disability Rights Law

Event and Registration Information

When: Friday, April 23, 2021
Where: Virtual Conference 
When: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Registration is free and open to the public, but space is limited. You must be 18 years or older and pre-register to attend. Please click here to register!

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Conference Schedule

9:00 – 9:10: Welcome

9:10 – 10:15: “Renting with a Criminal History: Using Fair Housing Law and Advocacy to Challenge Housing Discrimination”

10:15 – 10:25: Break 

10:25 – 11:30: “Emerging Issues in Disability Rights Law”

11:30 – 11:50: Awards

11:50 – 12:00: Break 

12:00 – 12:30: Keynote Speaker

12:30 – 12:40: Closing remarks

This conference is funded in part through a grant under the Fair Housing Initiatives Program with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Raleigh Fair Housing Hearing Board’s mission is to provide education, outreach and awareness of laws against discrimination in housing opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or disabilities.

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Keynote Speaker: Lisa Rice

As President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Lisa Rice leads efforts by NFHA and its partners to advance fair housing principles and to preserve and broaden fair housing protections, expanding equal housing opportunities for millions of Americans. 

Ms. Rice played a major role in crafting sections of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and in establishing the Office of Fair Lending within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  

Prior to becoming President and CEO, she served as NFHA’s Executive Vice President and managed the organization’s resource development, public policy, communications, and enforcement divisions.

Ms. Rice is a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Board of Directors, Center for Responsible Lending Board of Directors, JPMorgan Chase Consumer Advisory Council, Mortgage Bankers Association’s Consumer Advisory Council, Freddie Mac Affordable Housing Advisory Council, Urban Institute’s Mortgage Servicing Collaborative, and Quicken Loans Consumer Advisory Forum. 

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Easter Outreach 2021

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Blessings Church: We are truly thankful to the Lord for an amazing day. We were able to serve at New Bethel Christian Church. And then go downtown to serve the homeless in Moore Square. We truly thank our partners. New Bethel Christian Church, Backyard Bistro, North State Bank, The Butcher Market and the Lost Sheep Outreach Ministry family and friends. We also thank our donors, volunteers and prayer warriors. We could not do this without you. Happy Easter! # Blessed to be a blessing! My visual journal! Love you the Rev!

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North State Bank

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Blessings Church: So humbly thankful for North State Bank becoming one of our ministry partners. Thank you Sondra Collins for making this happen. We are truly excited about all of our partners, donors and volunteers as we prepare to bless the community on April 3rd. We invite you to come out and have a meal with us on our Easter Feast meal give away. Looking forward to seeing you! Love you the Rev!.

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#Blessed $20

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Blessings Church: So thankful to the Lord for allowing me to see another day. And so thankful to the Lord for allowing me to serve those that are in need once again. Thank everyone for your prayers and donations that continue to allow us to serve. And remember, homelessness is not discriminatory. # Blessed to be a blessing! My visual journal! Love you the Rev!

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Shoe Drive

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Blessings Church: So thankful for everyone who donated shoes to support my brother Joe Styles. Joe is collecting shoe to raise money to serve the children and families that He’s serving in the community. We are still collecting shoes up until May 1st. So please go through your closets and if you have any shoes to donate, please contact Joe or myself and we will pick the donated shoes up. Thanks again so much for your prayers and donations! Love you the Rev!

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He gives $20 bills to the homeless, aiding Raleigh’s neediest by himself

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Read the News and Observer article here.

Tiffany Edwurds was sipping coffee from a Styrofoam cup, huddled under a blanket outside Raleigh’s homeless shelter, when the Rev. Phil Brickle strode up and handed her a crisp $20 bill.

She held the money in her mittened hand, trying to keep it from flying away in the wind, then thanked the pastor and asked if he could recommend a good dentist.

“I have a tooth that needs to come out,” said Edwurds, 40. “I’ve been homeless since May 17, and I haven’t been in a shelter yet. Been trying to get my tooth pulled.”

Brickle had no medical referral in his pocket, but for the last six months, he has handed out roughly $9,000 in cash on the Raleigh streets, he said — one $20 bill at a time.

On Saturday, he set up shop outside the Oak City Multi-Services Center on South Wilmington Street, where homeless people gather for a weekend lunch. Some live inside the men’s shelter next-door.

But since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, people who are homeless report the shelter has been operating at a more limited capacity, meaning far more of them take shelter in the woods nearby, setting up tents and mattresses on the ground. The men and women who took $20 last week endured sub-freezing temperatures, near-constant rain and the threat of an ice storm. Some who accepted Brickle’s money spent it on propane tanks for use inside those tents.

As head of Lost Sheep Outreach Ministry, Brickle runs his one-man rescue operation with donated funds. On this particular Saturday, his $550 came from the North Raleigh Methodist Men.

“Some people got stimulus checks, and some people got none,” he said, gesturing to the dozens of homeless around him. “Some people don’t have mail boxes. Some people don’t have post office boxes. Some people don’t have an address. People out here are struggling to survive.”

In the pandemic, Raleigh’s Helping Hand Mission has seen demand for emergency meals shoot up by 35%, prompting the charity to set up a free-food box on a New Bern Avenue corner. An N.C. State University study shows North Carolina families working with less household income and, in increasing numbers, facing grocery shortages.

Brickle knows it well. His $20 project is one of many designed to connect with this population, including his annual Christmas toy giveaway. A former heroin addict, he knows the hard road back to stable housing and regular meals for those who’ve hit bottom, and he offers a hand with some first-step cash. As he hands out money, he snaps a picture of each recipient, posting them to Facebook with the caption, “So thankful to the Lord for letting me see another day.”

“We know there’s going to be some people who won’t use it properly,” he said. “But we can’t afford to weed that out right now.”

He chooses different spots each Saturday, and he remembers faces so the money doesn’t land in the same hands every week.

Not everyone who receives the generosity lacks a roof for shelter. Edwurds has spent nearly a year outdoors, but Christina Fleming lives in an extended-stay motel near Crabtree Valley Mall, and she works several days a week. The $20 from Brickle helps with essentials, she said, while she hopes for more consistent housing.

“I can afford rent,” she said, “but the security deposit I cannot afford at all. This right here is the only thing I can lean to.”

After an hour, Brickle handed out more than $500, and as he grew ready to leave, a straggler arrived asking if he’d come too late.

Brickle had already given out the last $20 bill, but he looked the man in the eye and asked, “You need $20?” The man, with a cross tattooed above his eyes, nodded back.

So Brickle reached into his pocket, giving the day’s last bit of charity from his own wallet.

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Phone Contacts

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Blessings Church: Praying that you had a wonderful Christmas Day yesterday. I’m letting everyone know that last night I lost all of my phone contacts and had no backup. So please text me at 919 917 4665 and send me your number so I can put you back into my contacts. If you don’t hear from me, it’s because I lost your phone number. Have a blessed day! Love you the Rev!

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