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

The Ted Luther Annual Golf Tournament

Thirty teams of golfers teed off to help our neighbors in need on April 29 at the Rowan Helping Ministries’ annual Ted Luther Memorial Golf Tournament.

The team of Jerry Allman, Sal Alfieri, John Struzick, and Bob Whitley (pictured, left to right) won first place in the first flight.  

The event netted more than $10,000 to support the programs and services of Rowan Helping Ministries. The Golf Tournament Planning Committee included:  Linda and Paul Rogers, Wayne Kluttz, Jeff Matthews, Gary Applewhite, Nick Mueller, Scott Jones, and Phil Conrad.

Thank you to our event sponsors:

Pam Lewis with Carolina Farm Credit

Mid-Carolina Electric Co

WoodForest Bank

Fleming Tomatoes

Moore Farm

Rowan Animal Clinic PLLC

Snow Benefits Group

Wayne & Pat Kluttz

Father & Son Produce Market

Mark Byrd State Farm Insurance

Thyatira Presbyterian Church Men

Thyatira Presbyterian Church Women

F&M Investment Services

Cleveland Drug Co.

Gary Applewhite


Ellen and Tim Messinger

Nick and Kris Mueller

Chamberlain Exterminators

Vance Merhoff

B&B Tax Service

Shaver Wood Products/Lil Shavers Wood Shop

Southern Forestry

Bonds Real Estate

Karen Beth Silliman Bates

Snow Benefits Group

Jeff Matthews

Kathleen McGill Trust c/o Andrew Porter

Patterson Farm

Sudden Impact Auto Body & Paint Shop

Millbridge Ruritan Club

Southern Forestry Products

In Memory of Dennis Hinz by his Bride

AMVETS Post 565

John Struzick

Johnson Concrete Co.

Smoke Pit Restaurant

The Club at Irish Creek

The Forum of Salisbury


Chef Santos Restaurant

Sam’s Car Wash

Cracker Barrel Restaurant

Richard's Story of Recovery

Five months ago, Richard stood at the entrance to the homeless shelter contemplating a life-altering decision.

He could wait several hours in the cold weather outside to see if the shelter would have an open bed later in the day.

Or he could spend his last $12 on alcohol and allow the sadness, disappointment, and loneliness to gradually slip from his mind.

Richard spent a long time thinking about his life – his years in the military, the marriage that eventually ended, his 3 children including the precious son lost at age 6 to a medical condition, his eventual slide into alcoholism, depression and now homelessness.  

Then he thought of his adult son and his two beautiful grandchildren, whom he wanted so desperately to be allowed to see again.

And he made his decision.  

Glancing at his watch, he realized it was time to check on whether a bed had opened.  He stood up, went inside, and stepped into a new life that would evolve at Rowan Helping Ministries.

Today, Richard is five months sober.  He has a job as an HVAC supervisor for a company that owns several Rowan County hotels.  He lives in Rowan Helping Ministries’ transitional housing while he saves his money for a new home and works to build strength and resources needed to move fully and successfully to stable housing and independence.  

He talks frequently to his son and grandchildren and is planning a trip to visit them at their home in Jacksonville, NC.

Several months ago, Richard was interviewed by Carolyn Peterson at WSAT about how his life had been transformed through the programs and services at Rowan Helping Ministries.  

Click on the links below to hear the three radio segments in which Richard explains how those who support Rowan Helping Ministries - donors, volunteers, businesses, churches and others - have helped him change his life.

Thank you to Carolyn Peterson and Buddy Poole at WSAT Radio FM 103.3 AM 1280 - Salisbury Radio for highlighting Richard’s success story and the programs at Rowan Helping Ministries.

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.