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Carla Traister, Champion Protector of Flagler’s Homeless, Wins Outstanding Leadership Award

| July 28, 2016

The 2016 Northeast Florida Community Action Agency’s award cites Traister’s work at the Sheltering Tree, Flagler County’s only homeless shelter on cold nights, which Traister co-founded in 2009.

County’s Closest Likeness to Homeless Shelter Scales Back Services and Access to Grounds

| November 9, 2015

For eight years First United Methodist Church in Bunnell had been an unofficial day shelter for the homeless. The church’s new leadership is changing that as finances and a different philosophy is compelling a more restrictive approach.

At Bunnell’s Methodist Church, Rev. Terry Wines Begins Filling Beth Gardner’s Big Void

| July 1, 2015

It’s pat of an annual and anxious ritual in the sprawling world of the United Methodist Church when “elders” typically move from church to church around this time of year.

Rev. Beth Gardner, Leading Voice For Flagler’s Homeless, Is Leaving Bunnell’s Methodist Church After 15 Years

| April 19, 2015

Rev. Gardner, who will lead a parish in Lakeland starting in July, transformed the church into the county’s most progressive advocate for the homeless, housing a cold-weather shelter and keeping awareness about homelessness on the forefront of county and city agendas.

Homelessness in Flagler Persists, But Minor Conflicts Cloud Accomplishments and Services

| June 24, 2013

It’s not that there isn’t a homelessness problem in Flagler and Bunnell, but while numerous and at times generous services are being provided, minor conflicts targeting some homeless people in Bunnell are disproportionately affecting the debate, and draining attention from what’s being done to help.

A Pastor Reflects on Two Church Community Friends: Leonard Lynn and His Murderer

| June 5, 2013

Rev. Beth Gardner, the pastor at Bunnell’s First United Methodist Church, heard the news of Leonard Lynn’s murder 10 minutes before services Sunday. He had been a member of her church community–as was his murderer, Erick Niemi.

Assailed One Week, Celebrated the Next: Rev. Beth Gardner Honored by County Commission

| April 15, 2013

A week after being “called on the carpet” before the Bunnell City Commission for providing an occasional shelter for the homeless at Bunnell’s First United Methodist Church, Rev. Beth Gardner this evening was honored by the Flagler County Commission for that same mission.

Bunnell Wants County, Palm Coast and Flagler Beach to Help Solve Its Homeless Problem

| April 9, 2013

Bunnell’s First United Methodist Church is the closest thing Flagler County has to a homeless shelter, but a few residents are critical even of that limited help, claiming it’s blighting the city, while the City Commission wants county government, Palm Coast and Flagler Beach to pitch in for a solution.

Feed Flagler Multiplies the Loaves–and the Turkeys, Hams, Pies, Chops and Volunteers

| November 21, 2012

Some 3,500 free meals were served across the county Wednesday, with 500 more to be served Thursday in Bunnell, as the fourth annual Feed Flagler marked Thanksgiving with what has become the single-largest philanthropic community-wide project in Flagler.

Memorial and Memories of Alex Taylor, “Gentle Servant” Killed in Tuesday Hit and Run

| September 29, 2011

Alex Taylor, 54, was a regular visitor, helper and worshiper at Bunnell’s First United Methodist Church, where Rev. Beth Gardner and Gwen Barath came to know him–and remember him. Gardner will lead a memorial for Taylor Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m.

Cold-Weather Shelter’s Carla Traister and 1st United Methodist Win Points of Light Award

| July 11, 2011

The Point of Lights award vindicates a particularly difficult year when the cold-weather shelter sustained some bitter, often inaccurate criticism from a few Bunnell businesses even as its needs proved more critical.

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