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February 2022

“They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagle’s wings.” Isaiah 40:31

Dear Friends,

It’s a new year and in the silence that envelops me I find myself with so many thoughts, they are hard to separate.

First. I must thank each of you for your prayers, gifts, and messages of condolence on the death of Pete, my husband, father of our children, and life and love of our family, who was also the leading light of Truck of Love

Second. Thank you for your donations to Truck of Love in memory of Pete for Her Place, the women’s shelter that we are helping create here in Rock Hill. To date we have received $668,695.47 toward this project. We’ve spent $233,755.27 on purchase of the property, architects, inspections, engineers, City fees, insurance, tree trimming & removal, and taxes (We do have an application into the county for an abatement of taxes because of our tax exempt status.) We are left with $434,940.20 for renovation of the main house and the front cottage. We are still in search of funds for renovating the rear cottage and guaranteeing maintenance. As you may recall Truck of Love committed to purchase, renovate, and maintain the property and Her Place will operate the shelter.

There are many people involved with Her Place who are eager to see this shelter become a home and place of healing for women who have been brutalized by life. While we wait for the building permit we still find plenty to do. This week we will have our fifth volunteer day and hope to complete the last of the demolition projects which will leave us ready to start with the improvements as soon as the building permit is approved.

We will open in 2022.

Third. The other work of Truck of Love still goes on. As I answer the phone I ask myself, “What would Pete do?”

A woman has lost her job and needs $300.00 to prevent eviction. An elderly man has been in the hospital and cannot pay his utility bill. A young father working three jobs needs two nights at a motel for himself, his mother-in-law, his wife, his daughter and her nine month old baby until he can get housing at a family shelter.

Pete would say, “How can I help you?”

And so the woman’s rent is paid and she has this month to find a new job, the elderly man’s heat and lights remain on, and the young father settled his family into a warm room in the motel. Your donations to Truck of Love make this possible. Thank you. I wish you could see the joy you bring to people’s lives.

Since Pete died on September 28, 2021 a lot has changed, but the mission of Truck of Love to serve those in need remains the same. Buoyed by the support of many dedicated people, I will continue to listen to that voice that asks me, “What would Pete do?” And in that doing our strength is renewed.

God bless each of you and your families,


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