Call for Honor Card Artists

Design the 2017 Christmas Honor Card for Rowan Helping Ministries

The Honor Christmas Card should have a representation of Rowan Helping Ministries’ mission to serve, through cooperative community action, our neighbors in Rowan County who are in crisis, by providing essential life needs and educating and empowering them to break the cycle of crisis.

Submission Guidelines

  • Artwork size 5x7, 7x10, 9x12 ½, or 10x14 - please bleed outside dimensions for cropping.

  • Theme and title are artist’s choice!

  • Artist signature should be well inside the dimensions.

  • Include artist name, artwork title, and medium used on a separate piece of paper with the artwork submission.

  • Artwork becomes property of Rowan Helping Ministries.

  • Deadline: August 4, 2017.

For more information, please contact Karen Taylor at 704-637-6838 x100 or email her at

Why Give In July 2017

The answer is Alice and Jack.
For some, July means summer vacation. For many others in Rowan County, like Alice and Jack, it means struggling to make ends meet. 
Last month, 75-year-old Alice asked Rowan Helping ministries for help purchasing a window air conditioner because the central air system in her home was broken and she could not afford to fix it. While the intense heat of summer can prove to be troublesome for everyone, it was having an especially negative impact on Alice's asthma. With the help of caring individuals and donors like you, Alice received a voucher to purchase a window unit to keep her cool and improve her breathing. 

Now that school is out, Jack's kids are home for the summer and the bills have doubled. With more mouths to feed and bodies to wash, Jack began to wonder how he could possibly afford his growing grocery and water bills. Rowan Helping Ministries offered financial assistance for the family to prevent their water from being disconnected. They were able to get groceries from our Food Pantry and eat lunch in Jeannie's Kitchen to make their income stretch further.

Our annual "Why Give in July" Campaign is designed to raise funds to help neighbors like Alice and Jack when they are in need.

Last summer donations to this campaign helped:

  • 885 families with $215,000 in financial assistance. This included rent assistance, utilities, medical, dental, prescription medications and other needs.
  • Families make 250 visits to our Food Pantry to keep from going hungry
  • Clients make 1380 visits to our Clothing Center to help their income stretch further

Please consider donating any amount to Rowan Helping Ministries so that we can make a difference for people like Alice and Jack!
Checks can be mailed and made payable to:
Rowan Helping Ministries
226 North Long Street, Salisbury NC 28144


We want to thank our "Why Give in July" Sponsors!
Innospec Performance Chemicals
Sandy & Judy Goodman
David B. Jordan
Tim & Ellen Messinger
Edward & Susan Norvell
Mark & Jane Ritchie

Chili Demo with Food Manager At Rowan Helping Ministries

Nate Valentine, Food Manager for Jeannie’s Kitchen at Rowan Helping Ministries, will be “in the kitchen” doing a cooking demonstration at the Salisbury Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 20.

What will he be cooking?  Why, “Cheerwine Chili” of course, in honor of Cheerwine’s 100 Year Celebration event which will be taking place in downtown Salisbury on the same day.  The Salisbury Farmer’s Market is not an official part of the Cheerwine celebration, but free Cheerwine samples will be handed out along with Nate’s chili and recipe.

Nate’s “Cheerwine Chili” was the top prize winner in the first and second years of the annual chili cookoff hosted by Waterworks Visual Arts Center.  

The chili cooking demonstration and tasting will take place from 10 to 11:30 am at the corner of South Jackson and West Fisher across from the Rowan Library.  

Rowan Helping Ministries will also be the recipient of the Share the Harvest food drive, which will collect produce to help stock the pantry in Jeannie’s Kitchen at Rowan Helping Ministries.

Rowan Helping Ministries also will be collecting new or gently used twin blankets (not throws) for the shelter.  

Shelter Guests’ Birdhouses Help Raise Funds at Pass the Plate

Rowan Helping Ministries’ 30th anniversary activities ended on a high note last month when its signature fundraiser generated the most donations ever to support programs that help our neighbors in need.

On April 22, “Pass the Plate” returned to Catawba College’s Peeler Crystal Lounge, the venue where it started, and raised more than $90,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales, casino games, a trip raffle, and a silent auction.

One of the most popular areas was the display of birdhouses made by shelter guests at Rowan Helping Ministries.  This year, seven shelter guests participated in the annual project and bids on their birdhouses generated nearly $1,000 in proceeds.  This year’s display featured posters of shelter guests holding their birdhouses with comments on what they hoped their homes would look like once they moved out of the homeless shelter and into stable housing.

Rowan Helping Ministries is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2018 Pass the Plate Planning Committee.  Those interested should call Kris Mueller, Director of Resource Development, at 704-637-6838, ext. 103.  Planning will begin in September.

We extend grateful appreciation to this year’s planning committee:  Teresa Patterson, chair, Karla Foster, co-chair,  Judy Banish, Martha Bostian, Christy Cline, Sue Fisher, Susanna Hollingsworth, Dianne Scott, and Tracy Smith.


Thank you to our 2017 event sponsors:


Food Lion


Carolina Color

Alice & Fred Stanback


Missie & Greg Alcorn

Vernon Bennett

Catawba College

Cloninger Ford-Toyota-Scion

Wivianny & Ryan Dehaas

F&M Bank

Lefler Electronics Inc.

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center

Susan & Hayes Smith

Tracy & Kenan Smith

The Robert Steele Family

Thrivent Financial Piedmont Regional Team

Trinity Oaks

Mona Lisa & Lee Wallace Foundation

Lynn & Paul Weisler

Wells Fargo

Woodforest National Bank


Agility Fuel Solutions

Rachel & Charles Bernheim

Lynn & Robert Bertram

Debbie & Summie Carter

Carolina Office Systems

Central Carolina Insurance Agency

Christy & Wink Cline

J.H. Cook & Sons LLC

Sarah & Bob Cook

James A. Davis - Davis Law Firm

Allison & Mark Doby

Lina & Steve Drinkard

Sue & Paul Fisher

Carrol Fisher Construction Co./Luke Fisher

Bethany & Don Fortner

Shari & Bill Graham

Diane Hundley

David B. Jordan

Lion’s Share Federal Credit Union

Mecklenburg Radiology Associates

Tina & Vance Merhoff

Ellen & Tim Messinger

Betty & Bud Mickle

Susan & Edward Norvell

Elizabeth & Owen Norvell

David Post

Patsy Rendleman

Jane & Mark Ritchie

Clarissa & Tom Robinson

Shamsa Saleem

Nancy & Bill Stanback

The Memory Bank

Walser Technology Group

Vickie & Victor Wallace


Ameriprise Financial - Stephen Kidd

Lyn & Jeff Beaver

Kathleen S Boyd, DDS PA

Melissa & Paul Brown

Century 21 Towne & Country - Karla Foster

Crescent Construction Services, LLC  

Pam & Keith Cunningham

Kim & Greg Edds

Lillian Gascoigne

Emily & Wes Graham

The Lettered Lily

Maria & Chad Lowder

Cheryl & Rick Marsh

David J. Mayberry, DDS, PA

Anna & Robby Moorefield

Honor Your Favorite Moms on Mother's Day!

Mothers spend their whole lives putting their families and others first.  Whether it's your Mom, a friend’s Mom, a new Mom, a grandmother, or a wife, you can honor these special ladies in a unique way.
By sponsoring a meal in Jeannie’s Kitchen, you can pay tribute to a special Mom AND help feed our neighbors in need who are hungry.  A card will be sent to the honoree notifying her of your gift and telling her the date that a meal will be served in her honor.  Her name also will be listed on Rowan Helping Ministries’ website under the “Hope Calendar” section.

The special mothers in our lives have fed us and cared for us.  A gift made in their honor can do the same for those in our community who go hungry.

The costs of sponsoring meals are as follow:  breakfast - $50;  lunch - $250;  supper - $100.

To make a credit card donation, call Karen Taylor at 704-637-6838, ext. 100. Cash or checks may be mailed or dropped off at Rowan Helping Ministries, 226 N. Long St. at The Ralph W. Ketner Center (the original building).  Please provide your name and address and the name and address of the honoree.  A card will be sent notifying the honoree of your Mother’s Day gift made in her honor.   

Changes at Rowan Helping Ministries!

Hello Rowan Helping Ministries Community,

I am the new Crisis Volunteer Coordinator and I would like to introduce myself to those of you I have not met. My name is Lynsey Horn. My parents are long time volunteers and I volunteered every week for the past 8 months. I am happy to make the transition to employee and excited to work with all of you.

We are currently in need of regular and short term volunteers in all areas including food pantry, clothing sorting, clothing center, loading dock, reception, laundry, 2nd Helping drivers (grocery pick up) and crisis interviewing. If you interested in any of these areas or know of anyone who may be interested, please feel free to email or call me. If you are already a regular volunteer and we have not already discussed your schedule/availability, please contact me, as well.

We are holding multiple training sessions next week for all current, new and returning volunteers. We ask that each volunteer attend one session to make sure everyone is clear on our policies and procedures. If you are unable to attend a session but would like to volunteer, we would still love to have you and can make sure you are updated when you have time. The training sessions will be held next week, May 8-12, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. everyday.

If you have any questions about volunteering or donations, please let me know. I am excited to work with all of you and grateful to be part of such a wonderful community!