Holiday Events

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day meal was served at the New Life Union Mission in Dyersburg. A room full of people enjoyed the turkey and dressing meal. Thanks o the volunteers who came to serve; Kyle Penland and City East Bagel and Grille of Memphis for the side dishes; and Burks Beverage for the drinks. Your gifts made this possible! Meals were also provided in the Mission's Community Cafe on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at Halls First United Methodist Church on Tuesday.

Extra Thanksgiving Food Assistance was provided for 154 family units during Thanksgiving week. Family Units from the Dyer County area were provided their assistance at a Thanksgiving worship program held on Monday with Evan Gray of First Baptist Church in Dyersburg leading the singing and Rev. Bill Evans of First Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg bring a Thanksgiving Devotional. Family Units in Halls were provided their assistance at a lunch program at Halls First United Methodist Church.
 


Christmas

Pride for Parents Toy Store will operate during the two weeks leading up to Christmas to help parents who need help purchasing toys for their children this Christmas. Pride for Prents Toy Stores are based on the simple belief that families would prefer to provide for their children at Christmas rather than receive a handout. Parents in our community who apply and are approved to participate in the program will be able to purchase toys at a price 30 to 40% of the price you would pay for that toy at a store. For example a $20 toy would cost $6 or $8. Gift Cards are priced at 50% of face value. Parents who have no income can apply for a limited number of opportunities to do meaningful volunteer work at the Mission ahead of time in exchange for vouchers to be used in the Toy Store. Parents can sign-up in person at the Mission Office in Dyersburg between Nov. 13 and Dec. 5. All money from the purchase of toys will stay in the program to buy more toys to keep the shelves stocked. You can donate new toys or make a finacial contribution for the program. Last year the Mission spent almost $10,000.00 to purchase new toys along with those donated to provide toys for 264 children from 132 households. You can also volunteer to help set up and operate the Toy Store.

Extra Christmas Food Assistance will be provided for 200-250 family units in our community during the week before Christmas. You must sign-up in person at the Mission Office in Dyersburg between Nov. 13 and Dec. 5. Your gifts will make this possible!

Volunteer Opportunity to pack fruit bags, gift bags and jail packets. A group of volunteers will on Monday night, December 18 at 5:00 p.m. with one group packing sacks of fruit for families while another group prepares 380 packets of candy, Christmas cards and spiritual material for inmates at the jails in Dyer and Lauderdale Counties. A third group will pack 75 gift sacks for the people who come to the Mission's Community Cafe' to eat lunch each week. Please consider volunteering or giving to help make this possible.

Services

The first step toward receiving assistance through New Life Union Mission is to contact the Mission Assistance Ministry Office by telephone 731-285-0726 or in person to initiate the interview process. An appointment for an assistance interview is normally scheduled at the soonest available opening. Please do not wait until the last day before services are to be cut-off or penalties are being applied to seek assistance with rent, utilities, etc. The Mission will not be able to process requests that fast and will not pay penalties for you. Our goal is to help you get through this emergency or difficult situation and be able to become self-sufficient.

Services Offered.

Emergency Grocery Assistance

Hot meals served Monday - Wednesday - Friday from 11:15 to 11:45 at the Dyersburg Campus

Partial Rent Assistance The Mission does not assist with deposits.

Partial Utility Assistance The Mission does not assist with deposits.

Thrift Stores

The New Life Union Mission operates thrift stores in Dyersburg, Halls, and Ripley for two reasons. The first is to provide a place where people who cannot afford to shop at regular retail stores can shop with dignity and purchase the things they need. These are people who do not need and do not want the Mission to give them things. It makes them feel good to know that they can purchase the things they need for themselves or their families. Thrift store pricing makes this possible.

A second reason is to provide income the Mission can use to provide assistance and ministries to people in need along with covering daily operational expenses of the Mission. That is why everyone is welcome to shop. Thrift stores also create jobs for employees who are then able to provide for their families. The stores provide job training for people seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce, opportunities to complete community or school service hours, as well as a wonderful place to volunteer.

Youth Programs

Mission Youth Clubs, Youth Enterprises, New Life Youth Camp

MYC – Mission Youth Center Clubs

The Mission offers MYC Clubs for youth in grades 6-12. The Clubs are set up for Middle School (Grades 6-8 and High School (Grades 9-12). Each club meets two to three afternoons/evenings each week. Our youth staff members and volunteers work with local schools and parents in the application process to determine which students best fit the Mission’s criteria for being at-risk and in need of club programs. Club activities include recreation time, snacks, crafts, life skills, Bible, field trips, other activities and 4H. Students are transported to and from Club each day. Club is free to children who attend. Why not consider volunteering at Club?

Youth Enterprises

Youth Enterprises is an extra program currently offered to High School students who are members of Mission Youth Clubs. Students design and make greeting cards which are then sold to the public. Students are able to earn money making the cards and learn principals of operating a business, and are taught qualities of a good employee. Local business and community leaders are invited to meet with the students to talk about the jobs available and the type of employee they look for. Youth Enterprises is directed by the Mission Youth Center Director and staffed by committed volunteers who are either active or retired from the local business community. Why not consider volunteering at Youth Enterprises or purchase Greeting cards?

New Life Youth Camp

New Life Youth Camp operates in the summer on a farm setting in Northwest Lauderdale County just outside of Halls, TN. Different age groups come for one week at a time. Campers enjoy activities such as swimming, kayaking, paddle boards, canoes, farm animals, inflatable water obstacle course, water slide, archery, crafts, chapel, Bible, hiking, and nature/wildlife presentations. Campers also receive a camp t-shirt! Breakfast and lunch are provided each day. Campers are transported to and from camp each day. Camp is free to children who attend. Campers are selected using the same criteria used to select Club members. Why not consider volunteering at Summer Camp?

Camp Fall Fest

Camp Fall Fest was held at New Life Union Mission Youth Camp 1270 Meeks Road, Halls, TN on Saturday October 28, 2017.

People who came enjoyed Cane Pole Fishing, Archery, Disc Golf, Cornhole, GaGa Ball, Walking Camp Trails, Bingo, Food and more!

BENEFITING NEW LIFE YOUTH CAMP AND MISSION YOUTH CLUBS

THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS

Bronze:
Alford-Wallace Printing
Burks Beverage
Cash Saver Cost Plus Food Outlet/Town and Country Grocery Stores
Dyersburg Electric System
Fine Print Screenprinting
Tim Castellaw Automotive
Tucker Tire

Silver:
Bradshaw & Company Insurers
Nucor Steel
Sonic
McDonald’s
Rough Country Suspension Systems
White & Associates Insurance

Gold:
Forcum Lannom Contractors, LLC
Security Bank

Platinum:
1st Citizens National Bank
Ford Construction Co.