Encompass Ministries, Inc https://encompassministriesinc.org Fighting Hunger and Instability in our community Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:06:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://encompassministriesinc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/cropped-Encompass-Logo-Build-Blue-No-White-32x32.png Encompass Ministries, Inc https://encompassministriesinc.org 32 32 100 Jobs That Are Now Hiring! https://encompassministriesinc.org/100-jobs-that-are-now-hiring/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=100-jobs-that-are-now-hiring https://encompassministriesinc.org/100-jobs-that-are-now-hiring/#respond Fri, 25 Sep 2020 13:30:15 +0000 https://encompassministriesinc.org/?p=12682 100 JOBS – NOW HIRING

This is a job list ONLY. If you would like career coaching on how to be the best candidate for these jobs, please call us at 770-591-9588 or email us at faith@encompassministriesinc.org

              1. Acosta Inc, Woodstock, Retail Coverage Merchandiser
              2. Airgas Inc, Kennesaw, Accounts Receivable Specialist
              3. Airgas Inc, Kennesaw, Special Handling Specialist (Billing)
              4. Aldi, Woodstock, PT Store Associate
              5. Amedisys, Woodstock, Office Manager
              6. American Book Company, Woodstock, Social Media Content Creator
              7. Animal Eye Specialists, Marietta, Receptionist/Office Assistant
              8. Aquarama Pools and Spas, Kennesaw, Office Assistant
              9. ARS Heating and Cooling, Canton, In Store Promoter
              10. AT&T, Canton, Bilingual Retail Sales Associate
              11. Atlas Technical Consultants, Woodstock, Administrative Assistant
              12. Bandalier Inc, Kennesaw, Remote Inside Sales Associate
              13. Bank of America, Kennesaw, Fraud Client Services Representative
              14. Bath & Body Works, Marietta, PT Key Holder
              15. Best Buy, Kennesaw, Product Flow Specialist
              16. Broadband Network Solutions, Kennesaw, Administrative Assistant/Data Entry
              17. Burlington, Kennesaw, Seasonal Cashier Associate
              18. Chart Industries, Canton, Tank Assembler
              19. Chase Bank, Kennesaw, Relationship Banker
              20. Chase Professionals, Woodstock, Administrative Assistant
              21. Chick-fil-A, Woodstock, Host/Hostess
              22. Chilli’s, Woodstock, To Go
              23. City of Kennesaw, Business License Compliance Officer
              24. City of Kennesaw, Zoning Clerk
              25. Cobb Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, Marietta, Front Desk Receptionist
              26. Comprehensive Neurology of North GA, Woodstock, Medical Insurance Verification Specialist
              27. Credit Union of Georgia, Kennesaw, Teller
              28. Crossmark Inc, Woodstock, PT Engagement Specialist
              29. CVS Health, Woodstock, Retail Store Manager
              30. O.N.E. ATL Waterproofing, Kennesaw, Accounting Assistant II
              31. D4C Brands, Woodstock, Orthodontic Assistant
              32. Darwill, Woodstock, Bilingual Call Center Customer Service Representative
              33. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Canton, Holiday Sales Associate
              34. Domino’s, Canton, Customer Service Representative
              35. Dunkin’ Donuts, Marietta, Coffee Barista
              36. Elanders USA LLC, Kennesaw, Batch Processing Team Lead
              37. Extra Space Storage, Kennesaw, Assistant Store Manager
              38. Firestone Complete Auto Care, Acworth, Retail Sales
              39. Fresenius, Kennesaw, Remote Customer Support Intake Coordicator
              40. Georgia Counseling Center, Woodstock, Professional Counselor
              41. Georgia Highlands Medical Services Inc, Canton, Medical Receptionist
              42. GMH University Housing, Marietta, Leasing/Marketing Manager
              43. Goodwill of North Georgia, Holly Springs, Donor Specialist
              44. Goshen Homes, Canton, Therapeutic Case Manager
              45. Greater Atlanta Veterinary Medical Group Inc, Marietta, Veterinary Receptionist
              46. Hallmark, Marietta, PT Retail Sales Associate
              47. Haverty Furniture Companies Inc, Kennesaw, Sales Consultant
              48. Hilton Garden Inn, Kennesaw, Banquet Server
              49. Hobby Lobby, Kennesaw, Seasonal Retail Associate
              50. Home Depot, Woodstock, Lot Associate
              51. Icahn Automotive Group LLC, Woodstock, Customer Service Advisor
              52. IEG Disposal, Holly Springs, Bilingual Customer Service Representative
              53. Jaipur Living Inc, Acworth, Warehouse Associate
              54. Jared Jewelry, Kennesaw, Sales Associate
              55. K&G Fashion Superstore, Kennesaw, Retail Sales Consultant
              56. Kroger, Canton, e-Commerce Clerk
              57. Kroger, Marietta, Grocery Clerk
              58. Lowe’s, Canton, FT Cashier
              59. Lowe’s, Canton, FT Receiver/Stocker (overnight)
              60. Lowe’s, Woodstock, FT Back End Clerk
              61. Macy’s, Kennesaw, PT Asset Protection/Loss Prevention Detective
              62. MaxTouch Services, Kennesaw, Call Center Agent
              63. Mister Car Wash, Canton, Customer Service Advisor
              64. Northside Hospital, Canton, Patient Access Representative
              65. Northside Hospital, Woodstock, Scheduler
              66. Nothing Bundt Cakes, Kennesaw, Assistant Baker
              67. OFF 5th, Woodstock, Asset Protection/Loss Prevention
              68. Onelife Fitness, Holly Springs, Assistant General Manager
              69. Our Village Pediatrics LLC, Canton, Medical Receptionist
              70. Palm Beach Tan Inc, Woodstock, Manager in Training
              71. Pellegrino Group, Kennesaw, Brand Ambassador
              72. Pestban Inc, Woodstock, Builder Client Services Representative
              73. PGA Tour Superstore, Kennesaw, Retail Cashier/Customer Service Associate
              74. Planet Fitness, Marietta, Weekend Closer
              75. Primrose School of Woodstock, FT Administrative Assistant
              76. Princeton Preparatory Schools, Kennesaw, Office Administrator
              77. Public Storage, Woodstock, Customer Service Representative
              78. RaceTrac, Kennesaw, Store Associate
              79. RaceTrac, Woodstock, Store Associate
              80. RemX, Kennesaw, Data Capture Processor
              81. RemX, Kennesaw, Data Entry Clerk
              82. Select Physical Therapy, Marietta, Patient Services Specialist
              83. Shallowford Animal Hospital, Marietta, Veterinary Receptionist
              84. Sonic, Woodstock, Assistant Manager
              85. Stretch Zone, Woodstock, Stretch Practitioner
              86. Subway, Marietta, Subway Manager
              87. Sunglass Hut at Macy’s, Kennesaw, Retail Sales Associate
              88. Target, Woodstock, Executive Team Leader
              89. The Echelon Group, Woodstock, Customer Verification Specialist
              90. TJ Maxx, Kennesaw, Loss Prevention Detective
              91. T-Mobile, Canton, Retail Assistant Manager
              92. T-Mobile, Woodstock, Mobile Expert
              93. Trimble, Kennesaw, Financial Administrative Assistant
              94. UPS, Woodstock, FT Assistant Center Manager
              95. Woodstock, Seasonal Center Associate
              96. Walgreens, Canton, Customer Service Associate
              97. Wellstar Health System, Kennesaw, Front Office Specialist
              98. West Shore Home, Kennesaw, Shower & Bath Installer
              99. Whole Foods Market, Kennesaw, Cake Decorator
              100. Whole Foods Market, Kennesaw, Store Support Supervisor
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Virtual Job Fair https://encompassministriesinc.org/virtual-job-fair/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=virtual-job-fair https://encompassministriesinc.org/virtual-job-fair/#respond Mon, 13 Jul 2020 16:31:12 +0000 https://encompassministriesinc.org/?p=12794 Be sure to join us for our virtual job fair on Friday, July 31st! You can register for this free event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-job-fair-tickets-110181596120 A link to the event will be emailed to those who registered on July 30th.

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If you are in need of school supplies, join us on Friday, July 31st from 10am-1pm! We will be providing book bags and school supplies for free! If you would like to donate school supplies you can find a list of the items needed below. We are requesting that donations are dropped off by Friday, July 24th.  Hours are: Monday & Friday, 9:30-2:30, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 9:30-4:30.  Call if you need to arrange a special time. Thank you for supporting our community and students!


  • Backpacks
  • 3-ring pencil pouch
  • # 2 USA pencils – 24 count
  • Colored pencils
  • 1 pack of red pens (10 count)
  • 1 pack of blue pens (10 count)
  • 1 pack of black pens (10 count)
  • Dry erase markers (broad tip & fine tip)
  • Highlighters, yellow
  • Highlighters, multi-color
  • Pink erasers
  • Glue Sticks, pack of 6, washable
  • Glue, 4 oz bottle, washable
  • Index Cards (3″ x 5″) with rings or box
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Wide ruled, one subject, spiral notebooks
  • 3-Pronged Folders
  • 1-1 1/2 inch 3 ring binders, any color or design
  • Notebook Paper (loose-leaf wide-ruled)
  • Post-It Notes
  • Earbuds for computer use



  • Child-sized backpacks, no wheels please
  • Lunch Boxes
  • School boxes , 5” x 8” in size
  • Crayola Crayons, 24 count
  • Crayola Markers, 8 count, washable
  • Water Colors paint sets
  • Ruler
  • 5” blunt rounded edge scissors (kindergarten)
  • 5” pointed tip scissors (first grade and beyond)
  • Wide-ruled, black and white composition notebooks
  • 2-pocket plastic folders (no design, logo, or brads)
  • 1/2 -1 inch clear view white 3 ring binder
  • Over the ear headphones



  • String Bag
  • Binders (3-ring)
  • Dividers with pockets (5-tab)
  • Folders with brads and pockets (any color)



  • Geometry Set
  • Correction tape
  • Pack of printer paper
  • Expandable Folder with Dividers
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Pocket Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Student Planner
  • Stapler
  • Staple Remover
  • USB Flash Drive

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How To Best Use Your Stimulus Money Part 2 https://encompassministriesinc.org/how-to-best-use-your-stimulus-money-part-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-best-use-your-stimulus-money-part-2 https://encompassministriesinc.org/how-to-best-use-your-stimulus-money-part-2/#respond Fri, 24 Apr 2020 18:24:22 +0000 https://encompassministriesinc.org/?p=12649

How to Best Use Your Stimulus Money, Part 2

Woo-hoo! Spending stimulus money, what can be more fun?  Cars, jewelry, vacations! Depending on your financial position, the options vary greatly.

If your income has remained steady and there is an adequate emergency fund tucked away, count your blessings!  You have done well to protect yourself.  The stimulus money can now be “investment” money.  Investments come in a variety of ways, not just the stock market or mutual funds.

Effective Uses for Stimulus Funds

  • Emergency Savings
  • Invest for Retirement
  • 529 College Savings Account
  • Donate
  • Health Care: Doctor, Dental, Eyes, Hearing
  • Upgrade Technology
  • Home Repairs and Upgrades
  • Pay Off Debt
  • Paying Down your Mortgage
  • Car Maintenance, Pay Off, or Replacement
  • Go to College/Finish your Degree/Continuing Education
  • Start a Business
  • Help Your Kids and Yes, Your Ex-Spouse (Catch Up on Child Support)
  • Support Your Local Businesses

Watch for the full version of this article in the May/June issue of our magazine, My Community Spirit, that comes out of May 1st.  In the meantime, if you have questions that are specific to your circumstances,  we want to help! That’s what we are here for.  Please email faith@encompassministriesinc.org with your questions or a request for a free zoom meeting to talk about your personal situation.

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How To Best Use Your Stimulus Money Part 1 https://encompassministriesinc.org/how-to-best-use-your-stimulus-money-part-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-best-use-your-stimulus-money-part-1 https://encompassministriesinc.org/how-to-best-use-your-stimulus-money-part-1/#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2020 20:20:08 +0000 https://encompassministriesinc.org/?p=12621 Right about now, Americans across the country are checking their bank account balances and mailboxes, eagerly awaiting their stimulus relief money to arrive. If you are like most people, you have already spent this new money in your mind. Some options may be quite responsible, while others may be regrettable. We have put together a fairly comprehensive list of Don’ts that may give you pause. A list of Do’s will be posted next week.  So, not to burst your bubble:

What Not to do With Your New Money

  • Quit your job
  • Buy a big screen TV
  • Don’t give or lend it to your friends (You probably won’t get it back.)(Think airplane: secure your own oxygen mask first.)
  • Don’t pay off credit cards. (Just yet)
  • Don’t pay advanced rent, especially to landlords who owe a mortgage
  • Don’t buy gift cards for that rainy day
  • Don’t treat all your friends for dinner and/or drinks
  • Stay away from binge online shopping
  • Don’t act on your luxury item wish list
  • Don’t try to buy the love of anyone, friends, kids, grand-kids
  • Don’t play the lottery, don’t gamble it
  • Don’t blow it on entertainment
  • Don’t stock up on items from the liquor store or feed addictions
  • Don’t eat take-out all the time
  • Don’t buy the latest and greatest cell phone
  • Don’t buy flowers and landscaping
  • Don’t hop on an airplane to visit friends or family
  • Don’t begin a new, expensive hobby
  • Don’t hoard toilet paper ?
  • Don’t keep it in your checking account just to dwindle away

These recommendations are given as general advice.  You may have special circumstances which would affect your spending decision. For example: You may need to purchase a new phone if your old phone was damaged and unusable.  Communication with family and friends is important. Also, some jobs require the use of your phone and accessibility.


Before you do anything with the money, decide to NOT do anything with it!  That’s right.  This is the time to take your time making decisions.  After all, how often does free money arrive?  Don’t squander it… USE this unexpected resource wisely.  We want to equip you for financial success!


Getting Started: Household Spending Plan (HSP)

The very first step we recommend is to make a household spending plan, otherwise known as a budget, and take a hard, honest look at your financial position.  Now, don’t groan.  Think about it.  You can’t make the best decision without all the facts.  If you have not already written down all your immediate “necessary” monthly expenses (maybe because you were afraid the numbers may not stretch far enough), now you have a little financial backup to lessen the “potential” painful discovery. We have found that people are surprised that they have enough money each month, they just don’t know where it went!

If you have access to a computer spreadsheet such as excel, the process of adjusting numbers that add and subtract will take much of the effort out of it.  For your convenience and use, we have uploaded our excel spreadsheet templates so you can get started right away!  https://encompassministriesinc.org/finance-training/

If you don’t have a way to access to a computer or similar software, simply get out a pad of paper, a pencil with an eraser, and a calculator.

Gather all your bills… yes, open those envelopes!  This is where every expense should be categorized as a need, want, or luxury.  Needs are your rent or mortgage payments, utilities, vehicle/ transportation expenses, and food.  Wants and luxuries may have to go for now.

Early in the coronavirus shutdown, news reported that the government would urge landlords and mortgage companies to give grace for up to two months on rent/mortgage payments, penalties, and evictions.  The utility companies followed suit, temporarily extending shut offs.

But! No one said these financial commitments would go away!  You still need to pay your rent or mortgage.  If you have lost your job and there is not additional income to cover your rent or mortgage, it is advisable to use this stimulus money to secure the roof overhead.  There may be some non-profit organizations or churches that can help with rent and/or utilities, but don’t rely on their financial ability to stretch as far as the communities’ need.  You should do everything possible to prevent becoming homeless.

Regarding food… if you are struggling with basic expenses like rent and utilities, do not spend money on non-perishable food items that you can get for free.  There are several free food giveaway efforts going on right now.

Our ministry, Encompass Ministries/Papa’s Pantry is giving food away on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00-1:00.  You do not need an appointment, but please do bring a picture ID.  If you have special “at-risk” concerns, please do call us the day before you plan to arrive so we can get a little information and minimize your exposure.


Household Spending Plan (HSP) Examples: (You can download these worksheets from https://encompassministriesinc.org/finance-training/

Income vs. Expense Worksheet (example)

Income source Income Outgoing Expense Description
     1,400.00 Rent / Mortgage
Name of employer 1  1253.12  150.00 Electricity
Name of employer 2  798.04  100.00 Gas Utility
Name of employer 1  1253.12  75.00 Water
Name of employer 2  623.23  200.00 Phones


After gathering your income amounts and bills, simply add them up.  How much money is actually coming in each month?  How much is supposed to be going out?  If your income has been affected by the COVID virus, you may not know specifics just yet.  The Department of Labor is working hard to process all the new Unemployment claims, but this will not be a quick solution.  It may be several weeks before actually receiving money if your claim is approved.


Monthly Cash Flow Worksheet (example)

  Bank Balance:     $54.23
1st Income   1500 $1,554.23
  Income   1200 $2,754.23
  Rent 1400   $1,354.23
week 1 Gasoline 45   $1,309.23
week 1 Groceries 100   $1,209.23
week 1 Groceries 25   $1,184.23
 week 1 Childcare 100   $1,084.23


Using a calendar, continue to populate every week of the month with expected income and expense due dates.

The columns are formatted exactly like a check register.  Date of the transaction on the left, next is the explanation, next is the expense, next to the last is the income, and the last column is the total after subtracting the expense or adding the income.  Those with access to computer spreadsheets can easily program the last column to add or subtract based on the information plugged in.  It is also easy to experiment with “if/thens,” adjusting dollar amounts to check out potential results.  It is also easy to manage in real time as bills are paid.

We at Encompass Ministries have been helping families with this process for over 15 years.  You can plan what and when you pay based on cash flow.  Never be surprised again with expensive overdraft fees.  We are still here to help!

Once your monthly plan is complete, you can then begin to make the best financial decisions based on fact and not estimates and guesses you try to mentally calculate.

You can still call or email us today with any questions you may have.  We are happy to help you get started and give advice. *All financial decisions are yours.  We are available to give guidance.


After Your Base HSP is Established

Is there anything left at the end of the month?  If not, it is time to generate an income.  Despite all the layoffs and business shutdowns, there are companies that are hiring, some with career opportunities and benefits!  Unemployment may be your answer, but even with that, you can still get a part time job without jeopardizing the unemployment benefits.  Seek the Department of Labor for exact dollar amounts and criteria.

If there are dollars left at the end of the month of calculated needs, you may be in pretty good shape for now.  You might consider putting your stimulus dollars in an emergency savings account.  We don’t know what the future holds for the virus or economy.  You may need to have available reserves for the upcoming weeks and months.

What Constitutes an Adequate Emergency Fund? 

The very basic amount to have on reserve is one month’s worth of expenses.  Back in 2008 and 2009, it was thought that 6 months of expenses were enough.  Sadly, as the deep recession lingered, 9 months’ to 1 years’ worth of expenses became the new target.  Today, we have a different president with very different strategies.  However, containing the virus is still the greatest unknown in our society today, which determines the reopening of the country timetable.

If your job(s)/income have not been affected and you have adequate emergency funds in place, then please do USE your disposable income to help stimulate the local businesses that are trying to stay afloat.

Next week, after you have had a chance to get a clearer understanding of your financial position, we will post Part 2 of “How to Best Use Your Stimulus Money,” so keep watch! The blog can be found on our website towards the bottom of our home page, encompassministriesinc.org.

Going forward, we are all in this together.  Please let us know if there is anything we can help you with.  Encompass Ministries helps with food assistance, job and career training, financial literacy training, and life skills.  Financial assistance is not available.

God Bless you in the upcoming weeks and months. Stay safe and well, and financially aware. If you have any questions specifically about your situation, please feel free to call us.

Lynne Saunders

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