Carolyn Culver works to help feed the homeless in Elizabethtown.
Originally from New Haven, Culver leads the team at Central Valley Feed the Homeless, a thrift shop to help the homeless.
She lives in Elizabethtown with her rescue dogs, Buddy and Tee-Tee, two miniature Dachshunds.
The thrift shop was created by Valley Creek Baptist Church and Central Avenue Baptist Church. Culver serves as the worship leader and choir director at Central Avenue.
In 2019, she resigned her position at a nonprofit to go back into the private sector. But, she said, like many times in her life, God had other plans. She formerly worked for Helping Hand of Hope.
The plan, she said, was for Central Valley Feed the Homeless to open a thrift store to fund their ministry but COVID-19 started and the opening date was pushed back.
“We were able to get everything done and we opened the doors Aug. 1, 2020 and we have been blessed with a tremendous amount of support from all corners of the community,” Culver said. “We have been blessed with grants from Nolin RECC, the Community Foundation and many private donations.”
The goal, she said, is to make sure the homeless in the area have a sack lunch and bottle of water each day.
She said the ministry serves 20 to 25 people each week and also has a food pantry.
They also provide tents, sleeping bags, back packs, laundry provisions and personal care items.
“Things that you and I take for granted are many times a challenge for the homeless,” she said. “I have been blessed to have been able to work with many wonderful people who have a heart for the less fortunate and who have taught me to be obedient to God’s teaching.”
Judy Hobbs has known Culver for many years and has taken donations to the thrift shop several times.
She said she saw her once give a young woman socks, jeans, a top, shoes and coat on a cold day.
“The lady didn’t have proper clothes for that kind of weather,” Hobbs said.
And that wasn’t the first time she saw Culver do that. She’s also the type who is caring about her family and friends, Hobbs said.
“She does a great all-around job,” Hobbs said.
Culver also volunteers with the Room in the Inn seasonal homeless shelter to provide food for the guest of the inn when they are at Valley Creek.
“Central Valley Feed the Homeless came to be because a need for the homeless to be fed on the weekend was recognized by a great group of folks who firmly believe in God’s teaching,” she said. “No one can do everything, but we all can do something and when we do we please God.”
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