NEWBERRY — Newberry women are on a mission to help local families in need.
Thanks to the generosity of Mary Lane Ard, a house at 704 O’Neal St. in Newberry was donated in 2012 to The Women on a Mission Foundation. The house is being transformed into a home for women and children in need of transition housing. The program provides a safe and secure living environment for people who have no where else to go.
Women on a Mission is a nonprofit organization founded by McKeva Kinard-Shelton.
Although Women on a Mission made its appearance in 2012, Shelton was serving her community before the group officially became a 5019(c)3 organization.
Shelton, a School Resource Officer at Mid-Carolina High and Prosperity-Rikard Elementary schools, was inspired by Velma Wicker, who was the first to respond to a Women on a Mission ad asking for volunteers.
“I feel like God gave me the vision to do this. I wanted to do something else (with youth outreach) but God said no you have to do this one,” said Shelton. “That was the moment of transition. I feel like He had me to do that one so I could learn more about me as a person because I was going through my own transition.”
On May 17, Women on a Mission will hold its second annual charity ball. The event will serve as a fundraiser to help with the organization which is funded through grants and donations.
Last year’s charity ball drew more than 125 guests. Tickets can be bought for the Charity Ball until May 17. The tickets are $15 prior to the event and $25 at the door. The event will be held at the community hall, 1207 Caldwell Street. The event will begin at 6pm and end at 10pm
Future goals for Women on a Mission include opening a help center for men and youth ages 13-17.
Volunteers are needed to help support Women on a Mission. To become a volunteer or learn how to make a donation, contact Shelton at 803-537-1577.
People involved with helping Women on a Mission include but are not limited to Stokes-Trainor, Newberry College FCA and Wightman United Methodist Church’s W.A.R.M. Project.