Jacob's Hope Ministries assists needy in High Point
Ronnie and Janet Beeson don’t mind doing volunteer work, but they had no intentions of starting their own ministry.
“We’re both retired, and we were just going to enjoy our retirement,” Janet says. “But God had other plans for us.”
The result of those plans is Jacob’s Hope Ministries, a nonprofit organization the High Point couple established more than a year ago. Jacob’s Hope operates a thrift and consignment shop – operating out of an old warehouse on W. Ward Avenue – with the goal of distributing proceeds to needy families and individuals in the High Point community.
According to Janet, the ministry gets its merchandise – everything from furniture and home accessories to clothing, household goods and books – primarily through donations.
“Every week, I go on Craigslist and send out emails to people having yard sales and ask if they will donate what they have left to our ministry,” she explains. “Sometimes I get a yes and sometimes I get a no, and sometimes I get no response at all. I just leave it in God’s hands and trust Him to be faithful to provide, because He knows what we’re doing is His work.”
When she gets a yes, the ministry will go pick up the donations following the yard sale and then sell those items at the thrift shop. She does the same thing when churches and other groups hold consignment sales, seeking donations of their leftover merchandise.
The ministry also accepts donations not specifically from a yard sale, as well as financial contributions.
The Beesons established Jacob’s Hope Ministries in August 2011, under the umbrella of another local nonprofit organization called The GIFT (Give It Forward Today) Foundation.
They named their ministry in memory of their grandson, Jacob Samuel Terry, who died at birth on March 1, 2003, as a result of a genetic disorder.
“We knew we wanted to name it in memory of him, and then we called it Jacob’s Hope because the whole purpose of our ministry is to restore hope to people who have pretty much lost all hope,” Janet says. “We want to give hope to the needy people in our community.”
In addition to selling its merchandise at low prices, Jacob’s Hope donates its net proceeds to Helping Hands Emergency Assistance Ministry, a High Point crisis ministry for the needy. Helping Hands is affiliated with The Mission, a church to which the Beesons belong.
“They’ve been donating to Helping Hands for some time now – they’re just good, salt-of-the-earth people,” says John Langdon, pastor of The Mission and executive director of Helping Hands.
Jacob’s Hope also assists individuals with specific needs, according to Janet.
“We had an elderly lady who needed a stove,” she says. “We don’t get appliances very often, so I went on Craigslist looking for people who were listing stoves for sale. I told them why we were looking and asked if they might be willing to donate the stove. They didn’t, but then I asked if they might reduce the price, and then we could use our funds to buy the stove for her, and we ended up buying it at the reduced price. We’ve been able to do something like that several times.”
The Beesons say Jacob’s Hope has been a blessing not only to the community, but to them, as well.
“I never dreamed I’d be doing something like this,” Janet says, “but this is what God has called us to do. We’re doing whatever we can to help people, and God has just blessed us.”
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The Jacob’s Hope Ministries thrift and consignment shop is located at 605 W. Ward Ave.
Store hours are Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To make a donation or for further information, call the store at (336) 858-5225.