Ms. Christie Morris (right) of Impact Ministries described the unique International Student Ministry started three years ago which has served over 4,000 international students who are summer workers who reside in the Myrtle Beach area for 5 to 6 month periods.Club member Dr.Darla Domke-Damonte ( left) introduced the speaker. International students are recruited by various area and local companies as summer workers and experience varying levels of assistance and resultant difficulties.Morris described the support services provided this summer and the tremendous attendance growth: over 1200 students came to student orientation to learn about safety,obtain their Social Security card, and learn about International Cafe. The Cafe has become a student center where students love to hang out. Over 70 volunteers are from 5 churches and 3 outreach groups. The cafe has expanded from one room to three for meeting and service purposes. Thus far, 25 bikes have been furnished to students, 15 students have been rescued from unsafe or unsanitary housing and placed in safe locations, as well as being placed with host families. Thirty students have been helped to find jobs, 28 have been helped with health issues, and effective liaison established with MBPD and various other agencies. For more information, to make donations, to include volunteer service, contact Impact Ministries, 843-254-7777, or www.impacmb.org .
The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 am at Beef O’Brady’s located at the Carolina Forest Kroger shopping mall.
Interested persons and prospective members are invited to attend and learn about our community and many opportunities to serve while enjoying breakfast and great fellowship among Rotarians dedicated to serving our community in the highest tradition of Rotary’s credo, “Service Above Self”. ( Photo by Ralph Jones.)