The Silk Purse…An on-going ministry

Have you visited the Silk Purse lately? Do you know what the Silk Purse is?  Where it is?

The Silk Purse is a Grace ministry that has been around since October of 1959.  It serves our neighbors as a resale shop featuring clothing, knick-knacks, and household items that are donated or placed on consignment.  The Silk Purse has as its mission statement:
"We pledge ourselves in the service of God----
and you, our patrons, help us do good unto others." 

The shop is located in a storm survivor home, the Stowe-Garrett House, at the corner of Avenue L and 37th.  It is open every Tuesday and Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm and is staffed by loyal volunteers.  Shirley Bridges is the current manager.  She works every Tuesday and Saturday.  Many others help her, most notably, Dolores Paget-Clarke, Charlotte Osman, and Hazel Florence.  Other workers include Linda McCulley, Laura Eanes, Sherry Wehner, Karen Derr, and Linda Singleton.  Substitutes are Aline Hall and Carol Ramirez. 

The Silk Purse strives to help the less fortunate without harming their dignity.  Clothing is provided at no charge to people with vouchers distributed by St. Vincent's and the Grace church office. 

While some items that are sold are consignment, most are donations.  Donations are always welcome if they are clean and GENTLY used.  All proceeds are used for various church ministries, especially outreach. 

Extra volunteers are always needed--especially on a regular basis--whether once a week or once a month. 


By Linda McCulley