Evans Tool and Die donates pocket crosses to ministry

Shown here, left to right, are Lauren Thomas Priest, development manager at Trinity Community Ministries, Dee Barnes, CEO of Evans Tool and Die, and John Shingler, a long-time supporter, former board member, and volunteer at Trinity Community Ministries. (Special Photo)

ATLANTA — Trinity Community Ministries, Atlanta’s dedicated mission to help homeless men and veterans reclaim their lives and return to their families and communities as mentors and leaders, recently received 3,000 crosses from Evans Tool and Die Inc., a fourth-generation family-owned business located in Conyers.

More than 10 years ago, Evans Tool and Die donated 3,000 metal stamped pocket crosses with “Jesus Saves” engraved on them to Trinity Community Ministries. They are given out to residents as well as many of the volunteers who serve at Trinity Community Ministries’ Trinity House-Big Bethel facility. So when those crosses recently ran out, active volunteer John Shingler located the original source and Evans has now donated another 3,000 crosses. These crosses are given to all of 36 residents of Trinity House-Big Bethel, formerly homeless and addicted men who are seeking self-sufficiency, sobriety, and stability in their lives.

“Through the Saturday Morning Bible Study, I give every guy who comes into the program a pocket cross and a poem to go with it,” said Shingler. “It’s a reminder that God and the people here at Trinity care about them and want them to achieve their goals. Many of the graduates that I run into still have theirs and keep them in their pockets each day.”

Crosses are also given to volunteers who serve evening meals, called TEAM Dinners, to the residents. In addition to donating and bringing food to Trinity House-Big Bethel, these volunteers also stay, dine, and share stories with the men. The sharing experience is an integral part of the program as the volunteers and residents learn about their similarities and differences, and share love, compassion, and understanding.

Trinity Community Ministries is a 501C3 Nonprofit housing homeless men in addiction recovery. Visit its website at tcmatlanta.org.

Evans Tool and Die, Inc.is a 73-year-old family-owned tool and die company. Visit their website at evanstd.com.