Another worthy fundraiser to consider is Today’s Choices first annual fundraiser for Sweetwater House in Ghana Africa. Today’s Choices, founded by Debbie French and Pam Hawkins, has been ministering in
Hawkins recounts how difficult if was for the young women to leave the day school and go back to living in poverty at night, often in cardboard boxes. They knew they needed a safe home to help the young women get off the streets and learn valuable skills for independent living. Sweetwater House opened in August of 2005 and provides basic needs like water, clothing, and shelter and useful education and training for twenty-four women. For two years they will live in Sweetwater House and will be taught Bible, sewing, cooking, art, health, computer skills and reading and writing. Upon completion of their two-year sewing apprenticeship, they will receive a certificate in sewing and will get their own sewing machine to help them start their own business.
The fundraiser is scheduled for February 20, 6:30p.m.-9p.m., in Liberty Hall at The Factory. Guests can enjoy a “different kind of banquet” said Hawkins, where you get a real “feel for the country,” with the African garb, market, and music. Dinner will be provided by Providence Farms, entertainment by Christian singer Michael Card and Kettle Praise who will be singing African songs, and a silent auction and African Market. The silent auction and African Market will feature African Artwork, autographed memorabilia, gift certificates, wood carvings, nativity scenes, and much more!
Tickets are $50 a person or $500 to host a table of 10. All proceeds will directly benefit the women of Sweetwater House providing for their basic needs and toward a much needed generator, computer, educational materials, and a library. For tickets or more information on ways you can help, call 615.261.3655, or email Pat Gaw at