'Neighbors' ministry of Trenton First UMC helps area survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault


Volunteers like these are part of a new ministry at Trenton First United Methodist Church called "Neighbors" that helps survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The trailer behind the volunteers contains furniture donations destined to help individuals and families set up new homes. (Submitted photo)

Neighbors is the name of a new ministry of Trenton First United Methodist Church in Trenton, Tennessee, that helps survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The ministry partners with WRAP (Wo/Men's Resource & Rape Assistance Program) that serves 19 counties in West Tennessee. 
“Many of these women work to stay hidden, even after leaving the safe house. Keeping their identities and locations secret is very important,” explained Rev. Brian Griffith, church pastor. 
In addition to supplying money, collecting furniture and household goods, and helping with the moving process via WRAP, Griffith said the congregation also helps other individuals and families who are homeless or in need of a particular piece of furniture – a bed, for example. 
Griffith said they are currently working with two families – one with a five-month-old child living in a motel and one with an elementary-age child living in a house with 17 people.
The church works to help families like these find a place to live, as well as provide furnishings and basic household goods. 
Providing information about other local resources is also part of the work Trenton First UMC is doing.
The church has space in a warehouse in Trenton that is being used to store donated items. Most all household items are accepted. Anything that can’t be used for clients is sold in yard sales with proceeds put back into the ministry.
To donate items, contact the church at 731-855-0561 or Griffith at 731-676-2412. Pick-ups can be arranged.