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Faith in Focus: A new outfit, a new mindset

Asbury United Methodist Church asked schools in the district about their greatest needs. From that question, the Asbury Resource Center, or ARC as it is better known, was born. Asbury UMC, along with other community partners, turned an old elementary school building into something much more than a clothing closet. Each child or family that comes through gets their own personal shopper who helps make the experience. 

“What it does to a family and children, if you’ve ever seen them come in and shop, is it makes them feel loved and cared for and important, and that’s a whole lot more than a pair of pants.” – Kathy Vinzant of United Way

Learn more about their story below and check out the full series, Faith in Focus, here. We will continue to look for stories at the intersection of faith and education and would love for you to follow us on twitter @EdNC_Faith.

Robert Kinlaw

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at

Caroline Parker

Caroline Parker is the director of rural storytelling and strategy for EducationNC. She covers the stories of rural North Carolina, the arts, STEM education and nutrition.