By ST. CLAIRE DONAGHY
Cassy Cothern Funderburk’s life changed after time spent in a tent city for the homeless, beneath a six lane-wide bridge overpass near New Orleans.
At the time, the Greenwood native was a junior at Clemson University, on a student-led Fellowship of Christian Athletes mission trip, ministering to post Hurricane Katrina homeless.
She was studying communications and sports management.
“I was asked to lead a homeless ministry on the trip and I had no prior experience,” Funderburk said. “I thought I would be working with children or doing construction. I wound up leading a team of about 20 people into this tent city, with two to three hundred people living in it.”
Currently, Funderburk is community resource coordinator with Greenwood Pathway House, an emergency cold weather shelter for men. Hers is the only paid position with the 501c3 designated nonprofit organization.
“Greenwood agencies do a really good job of figuring out what resources there are to help people, and that makes for sustainability and good service for our clients,” Funderburk said, noting she’s helped people in need get medical attention and transportation to visit family, as well as helped them get off the streets on cold nights.
At present, Greenwood Pathway House is typically providing shelter from November through March.
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