Since their 2009 inception, the Trace Branch United Methodist Church “Sewing Ministry” has worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the community.
The small dedicated group have made and distributed pillowcases, lap robes and adult bibs to the local nursing home, made stuffed animals for the Methodist Children’s Home, and collected household supplies for the Children’s Home and local shelters.  This spring, the group has chosen KCEOC Community Action Partnership’s Women’s Emergency Support Center (WESC) to take under their wing. 

After reading a newspaper article about a local shelter, Diana Mills, a member of the group, felt an immediate connection and suggested helping the local shelter.  The group agreed that with so many people facing loss of jobs and ultimately of their homes, The Women’s Emergency Support Center is needed more than ever.
Each year, dozens of homeless women and children with nowhere else to turn find refuge in the Women’s Emergency Support Center.  Not only does the WESC provide shelter, food, and clothing, it also provides individualized case management for each family to help them regain housing and one of the most important human fundamental needs—security.
Trace Branch Methodist Church has already been busy providing household items for the shelter, and now they are on a mission to collect books during the local Red Bud Festival to donate.
After consulting KCEOC to determine a plan of action that would best meet the needs of the shelter, Mills, who is the coordinator for Writes’ Row which is part of the Union College Redbud Festival of Appalachian Culture, began working on coordinating a special project to be included in this year’s Writers’ Row. 


“We’re asking that everyone donate a book for the local shelter on Saturday, April 12, 2014 during Writers’ Row,” Mills explained.   All donated books will be delivered to the Women’s Emergency Support Center.


Writers’ Row is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Robsion Arena on the Union College campus.  Admission is free for the event.  There will be volunteers in the gym to collect books for the shelter.  For information about Writers’ Row, please contact: Diana Mills 606-546-1620 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For additional information about the needs of the shelter, please contact Bonnie Cain at 606-546-3152. 


Photo Information: 
Trace Branch United Methodist Church “Sewing Ministry”
Front Row (L to R)
Patricia Abner, Sue Henson, Diana Mills, Faye Taylor
Back Row (L to R)
Dianne Simpson
Barbara Cann
Betty Parrott