Regency Lighting’s value of Service not only influences our behavior toward customers and staff, but also extends to our community, the country and the world. Each year, Regency shares a portion of our profits with individuals and organizations who are making a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate. Highlighted below are the primary organizations with which Regency Lighting is actively involved:
Africa Renewal Ministries (ARM) is focused on developing the next generation of African leaders through building and supporting schools, orphanages and clinics. ARM’s Mercy Ministry partners with Children’s Hunger Fund to supply food to thousands of children and adults in the war-torn and AIDS-ravaged areas of northern Uganda. Their child sponsorship program also allows children in dire circumstances to be fed, clothed and educated. To date, Regency Lighting has been able to sponsor over 20 children through this and other organizations.
The Atlanta Dream Center provides hope to Atlanta’s inner city residents by meeting both tangible and spiritual needs: food, clothing, shelter, life rehabilitation, education, job training, and spiritual training. Regency Lighting employees in Atlanta have been privileged to participate in special distribution events hosted by the Center and witness firsthand the positive impact being made in their own city.
Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF) delivers hope to suffering children across America and around the world. Through strategic partnerships with local churches in impoverished communities, CHF serves poor children and their families by meeting their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. CHF has distributed more than $1 billion in food and other resources to more than 20 million children in 35 states. and 72 countries worldwide. Since 1992, 99% of contributions have gone to programs helping underserved children.
The Dream Center, located in Los Angeles, California, provides hunger relief, medical programs, job skills training, education, shelter, foster care intervention and much more to over 50,000 people each month. The Dream Center’s goal is to take people off the streets and provide for their needs while equipping others to serve. Over 100 Dream Centers have been established all across the country, and many who once were served are now serving others. Regency is proud to partner with the LA Dream Center to help turn others’ dreams into reality.
Joni and Friends International Disability Center, through their ministry, Wheels for the World, aims to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the disabled around the world. This occurs by providing wheelchairs, crutches, canes, and walkers through a networked group of volunteers across the country. Employees at all of our Regency Lighting locations collect and warehouse wheelchairs, which are then completely refurbished by inmates at nearby correctional facilities (federal, state, and private institutions). The wheelchairs are then shipped overseas and distributed by teams that custom fit each wheelchair specifically for the recipient and train him or her in wheelchair use and upkeep.
In addition, Regency Lighting was able to finance the cost of setting up the manufacturing capability for an expandable pediatric wheelchair, the engineering blueprints for which had been previously provided to Joni and Friends. Located in the Taft Correctional Facility, in California, the first “Regency Chair” rolled off the assembly line in the 4th quarter of 2009, and over 1000 chairs are now produced annually. We are thankful for the opportunity to help change the lives of an increased number of disabled children, and for the added benefit the prisoners experience as they participate in such a worthwhile cause.
The King’s Village Project provides clean water and sanitation, healthcare, education and training and enterprise development in the Tolon-Kumbungu district of Northern Ghana. Until 2006, the 160,000 people who lived in this district only had one nurse for every 6,000 people, and there were no doctors. The infant mortality rate was 140 for every 1000 live births.
The King’s Village opened a medical center in April, 2006, and today, The King’s Medical Centre includes 3 doctors, 1 pharmacist, 20 nurses, and over 30 other supporting staff. A 60 bed emergency block and operating theater were completed in January, 2011, enabling the treatment of over 60 inpatients daily and the provision of 24/7 emergency services. This emergency wing was made a reality through partial funding provided by Regency Lighting.
Community Health Workers and Traditional Birth Attendants also receive support and training from the center. A planned, third phase of building work will see the development of a maternity wing and more inpatient care. Regency Lighting is privileged to contribute to the medical center to help provide healthcare to the community.
Turnaround Ministries believes in making a difference in the world, one child at a time. They specifically target broken families in Atlanta, GA to help bring healing and restoration. They work by giving children a safe place to learn and grow while allowing parents to heal in order to create a stronger, unified family. Turnaround currently permanently hosts 20 kids and works with several others as needed. Their ministry has continued to grow, and Regency is privileged to be a part of their work in Atlanta.
ZOE International Ministries is an international organization that rescues children who are at risk of being orphaned, sold into prostitution or slavery, or victims of other heinous crimes and abuse. Based in Thailand, the central hub for the sex industry in Southeast Asia and an export hub for exploited children to other nations, the ministry’s founders, Mike and Carol Hart, along with their staff, operate safe homes for children and care for children who have suffered this kind of abuse. Regency’s support of Zoe Children’s Homes has expanded from just a financial partnership to having staff travel to Thailand to offer “hands-on” love and support to these precious children.
In 2013, Regency provided funds for a building dedicated to housing the increasing number of young boys caught in the sex trade in Thailand. This project was especially significant because it marked the first time that employees, vendors and the Regency Leadership Team partnered together to raise funds. The Leadership Team and the employee who raised the most funds for the project traveled to Thailand for the dedication and opening of the new home.
Connect 2 Ministries was founded in order to connect churches, businesses, and other organizations in the United States with churches overseas to help serve their communities through several different programs. Connect 2’s primary focus is to the nation of Haiti. Some of their current programs in operation include food distribution, offering medical care, providing wheel chairs for the disabled, and establishing preschools and orphanages to care for the orphans. Regency Lighting began a partnership with Connect 2 in December 2015 with the intent to fund and build Connect 2’s newest orphanage in Haiti that will house about 100 children and their care-givers. In addition to the living spaces, the orphanage will house an on-site school and sustainable projects to help feed the children. Three volunteer teams from Regency will travel to Haiti in 2016 to help with the construction of this project. The Regency Orphanage is expected to be completed by December 2016.