In a "Me First" culture, Ramon and Melissa Alvarez are making a difference in the lives of people in need through the Share Ministry. They not only share the blessings God has given them, they organize others to do the same.
Now housed in a 1,500-square-foot building in Mission Valley, Share Ministry supplies clothing and other essential items to those who cannot afford to buy them.
In the warehouse, there is a donated supply of men's, women's, and baby clothing, appliances, shoes, and even baby furniture.
Melissa says Share Ministry is not designed to just give out free things. It is to share God's love. Their goal is to partner and fill the needs of other ministries like Foster Youth Ministry, Prison Ministry, Homeless Ministry, Single Parent Family Ministry, and other families in the community. During the job fair, Share partnered with the Work Ministry to supply interview clothing for free.
The idea for Share was born when Melissa got involved with Toys for Joy. For three years, she ran the outreach that blesses hundreds of families in Barrio Logan every year at Christmas with toiletries, food and clothing. She says these basic things can restore hope and let a family know that someone loves them. It is often just what they need to get them back on track.
Both Melissa and Ramon are from working parent families and feel they've been blessed with a wonderful life as adults. They say they have put God in the middle of their relationship and it has made a huge difference. Their blended family includes four children from ages 5 to 13 years old. They think it's important to show their children that life is not just all about us.
Through their outreach, they want them to grow closer to God and experience the benefits of taking little steps of faith.
The resources that Share provides are not just for the Rock. Ramone and Melissa plan to use the ministry to connect with the community. In the fall, Share will hold a back to school boutique at King Chavez School. They will supply students with clothing and backpacks to help them succeed.
Melissa and Ramon emphasize that Share is not a charity. Its purpose is to lift people up.
Thanks to the generous Rock family, Share has much to give. The Alvarezes say it is awesome to see God show up.
Do you know someone who shines the light of God in their daily life? Nominate them as a Rock Hero.
Congratulations Melissa and Ramon Alvarez, Rock Heroes for August 2009!
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