At the core of our DNA is a belief that we are to do good with what we have. We believe that our services make communities better, but we want to go further. TOR Cares is our way of giving to communities tangible ways with no strings attached.
We want to make sure that the world is a better place as a direct result of us helping a handful of organizations that are making a real impact.
Below is a list and description of the organizations TOR is partnering with to raise awareness, funds, and action.
COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL/JESSIE’S WELL
When the children of Villa Gonzalez drink from bottles bearing the name Jessie Garren Water, they have never met Jessie personally. But they know that the inexpensive water is safe to drink, unlike the city water, which is often contaminated with sewage. That’s what would have mattered to Jessie, and it’s what matters to her family.
Jessie, the daughter of founder Kit Garren and his wife Marilyn, went to be with the Lord after battling a rare cancer. She had a passion to go serve the people of the Dominican Republic but was not able to go due to her health. To honor Jessie’s life, her parents and her Uncle Rob set up a fund and prayed for guidance on how to use the money that family and friends donated over the next few years. The Garrens wanted to fulfill their daughter’s desire to serve children in the Dominican Republic, and they learned through a friend at church how Compassion helps get safe water to kids around the world.
After accompanying Compassion to the Dominican Republic and meeting Pastor Jorge and his wife, the Garrens knew they’d found the right place. Jessie’s water-purification center was dedicated March 1, 2014, in Villa Gonzalez. The church gives the water to sponsored children and sells it to the rest of the community for half of what most vendors charge. Sales ensure that the church can maintain and operate the water-purification center.
Young Life is Christian ministry based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The ministry was started in Dallas, Texas in 1941 by Presbyterian minister Jim Rayburn. Young Life operates globally as several different organizations with different focuses including camps, clubs, international trips, and mentoring.
“We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically influenced when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.”
“This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will have an impact on future decisions — careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised — all ripples from the time when a Young Life leader took time to reach out and enter their world.”
In 2015 tonsofrentals.com founder Kit Garren rode his bike ride across America to raise awareness and funds for Jessie’s Well.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
tonsofrentals.com helps with breast cancer awareness by donating funds and raising awareness during breast cancer awareness month each October, and throughout the year.
HENDERSONVILLE RESCUE MISSION
The rescue mission feeds and houses the hungry and homeless of the Hendersonville area.
“The general purpose of the Hendersonville Rescue Mission shall be to minister to needy persons by way of presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them and helping to provide for their spiritual and physical needs.”