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"Poverty: A Child's Understanding: Book Reading and Community Service Event"

The Greenville Atlantic Institute Office hosted Author Beth Lindsay Templeton, Founder and CEO of Our Eyes Were Opened, Inc. to read "A Coat Named Mr Spot" to the children in the community. All of the children/families brought a toy to donate to a local non profit here in the Upstate. The Children learned about Poverty and all about why other kids at school might be a little different than them.


Questions such as "Why does my classmate smell funny?" indicate your child is noticing the socioeconomic differences between students. As a parent or grandparent, you may feel challenged to adequately and compassionately address your child's questions. A Coat Named Mr. Spot along with the Parents' Guide will assist you in developing and continuing a conversation for helping your child empathize with classmates who may live in poverty.



bethThe Rev. Beth Lindsay Templeton
Founder and CEO
Our Eyes Were Opened, Inc.
PO Box 73, Greenville, SC 29602

Beth Lindsay Templeton, Founder and CEO of Our Eyes Were Opened, Inc. is a public speaker, Presbyterian Church USA minister, and writer. For almost thirty years, she was at United Ministries, a non-profit in Greenville, South Carolina, where she worked with both "the have-nots" and "the haves." Since 2012, she has focused on a ministry with "the haves" so they can enlarge their understanding about people who live in poverty in order to decrease judgment and increase compassion.

Beth works with congregations, schools, universities, medical facilities, civic groups, and businesses in Greenville and around the country. She is the author of seven books: Loving Our Neighbor: A Thoughtful Approach to Helping People in Poverty, Understanding Poverty in the Classroom: Changing Perceptions for Student Success, Conversations on the Porch: Ancient Voices-Contemporary Wisdom, A Coat Named Mr. Spot, More Conversations on the Porch, Angelika's Journal, and Refrigerator Prayers for Ordinary People. She is the poverty expert in a 5-part DVD series titled Servant or Sucker.

Beth is a graduate of Presbyterian College and Erskine Theological Seminary. She and her husband have three married sons and five grandchildren.

Presbyterian College, BA Mathematics, summa cum laude
Erskine Theological Seminary, M.Div., with honors

Involvement with and advocacy for the "have nots" and "the haves"
Founder and CEO of Our Eyes Were Opened, Inc.
Executive Director of United Ministries (1983-2007)
Execu Committees of: United Way, Vision 2025 for Greenville, SC, and Greenville Forward
Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Academy inaugural class
Helped develop or was a charter member for:
• Project which built 68 units of housing for senior citizens/ people with disabilities
• Free medical clinic
• Coalition of organizations that work with people who are homeless
• Agency focused on child care issues
• Program for women who were addicted and/or prostitutes
• School for adults 8th grade-GED
• Program to help adults get and keep permanent jobs
• Day shelter for people who are homeless
• Greenville Housing Network

Minister and Presbytery Leader:
Ordination: Presbyterian Church, U.S.A
Temporary pulpit supply for variety of congregations in order to meet their specific needs
Various committees of Foothills Presbytery

Furman University Volunteer Chaplain for Presbyterian Students

Consultant and Teacher:
Bible Study Leader for Circle #4 at Fourth Presbyterian Church (2000- )
National, regional, local workshop and retreat leader
Consultant/coach for other nonprofits
Keynote speaker
Teacher and presenter in congregations, classrooms, corporations, and the community

Refrigerator Prayers for Ordinary People: Conversations with God about the Details of Life (
Angelika's Journal: What You Can Do About Poverty and Homelessness (avenidabooks, 2014)
"Why Is That Child So Rude?" Educational Leadership, May 2013, Vol. 70 No. 8,
A Coat Named Mr. Spot (Avenida Press, 2013)
Conversations on the Porch: Ancient Voices-Contemporary Wisdom, (iUniverse, 2011)
Understanding Poverty in the Classroom: (Rowman and Littlefield, 201l)
Loving Our Neighbor: A Thoughtful Approach to Helping People in Poverty (iUniverse, 2008)
In Our In Our Own Words: editor and contributor: A compilation of newsletter articles and a history of United Ministries
Articles in religious magazines and newspapers

South Carolina's Order of the Silver Crescent, 2014
Women Making History (The Greenville Making History Cultural Exchange Center, 2010)
Coretta Scott King DreamKeeper Award: 2009
Dream Achiever- YWCA: 2008
Service Award for Professional Excellence (Rotary Centennial: 2005)
League of Women Voters Honoree: 2005
Commander's Appreciation Award (Post 3 Goodfellows Club: 2005)
American Association of University Women Honoree: 2001
Vocational Service Award (North Greenville Rotary Club: 1998
R. Cooper White Humanitarian Award (Greenville County Human Relations Commission: 1993)
Distinguished Service Award (Greenville Lions: 1988, Greenville Jaycees: 1989)

Book reading event for the children


The Greenville office hosted a great kids event on July 23rd. Amy Starkey, the Author of "The Little Girl Who Lost Her No" read her book to the children and talked about using their voice when they need to. Then they used what they learned in the story to do a Mini Kids Yoga Session...Everyone had a great time followed by some kid friendly refreshments.



With the hope of teaching children ages 5-10 how to use authentic and assertive communication skills to express their feelings and needs, author Amy M. Starkey tells the story of a darling little girl as she faces several situations in which she needs to use the word "NO". There's just one problem...she can't find her "NO" anywhere! Join her on her journey as she looks for her missing 'NO' and learns exactly how and when to use it!!!

Click here for The Little Girl Book Flyer!