Six years ago, during the height of the Great Recession, members of a Dacula area church suddenly found themselves facing an unexpected situation. Several congregants in the relatively affluent Hamilton Mill area had lost their jobs and were struggling to make ends meet.
“People that needed help had never needed help before so they really were lost,” said volunteer and former Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church (HMUMC) staff member Harvey Mann. “They didn’t know what to do or where to turn.”
The holiday season, Mann recalled, was particularly difficult.
“Everybody is not in good shape today, but they were in worse shape six or seven years ago,” she said. “Nothing was working. People were losing houses right and left, but they wanted their children to still be able to have something for Christmas.”
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