About the Building Hope 2021 Live Virtual Event

Our 4th Annual Building Hope Event will once again be produced as a Live Virtual Event! There is no need to fix your hair, dress up, or hire a sitter. You won’t even need to leave your house to join us for our Biggest Non-Event EVENT of the Year! We invite you to join us as we bring the event to your living room right from THIS PAGE!


Providence Home benefits significantly from the support of community and church volunteers to help minister to the needs of our residents. Due to the pandemic, volunteers are encouraged to stay at home, and yet non-profit ministries who minister to the vulnerable in our community, need help now as much as ever. You may ask, “How can I be involved when social distancing practices keep me from venturing out?”  

You can support us by registering to join us virtually and inviting others to join and make a difference from the comfort and safety of home! But the best news is now with Covid restrictions being lifted, we cannot wait to welcome you back on our campus for a tour!  We want you to see what we’re all about here and what an amazing impact you’re making – not just on our resident men – but on the families and communities also praying on their renewal and reunion. Hope lives here thanks to you! Your gifts truly help break chains of destruction and touch the future, and we are profoundly grateful. Our Mighty God continues to be at work to transform lives and build hope here at Providence Home as we minister to those who are homeless and seeking to rebuild their lives after substance abuse or prison.


When you register for “(No Cost) Tickets”, we will send you a reminder email for the event with a link to this page to join us live!  Here you will find a countdown to the event 15 minutes before the event begins at 7:00 PM. By providing your email address, you will only receive emails pertaining to the event, unless you have already been supporting Providence Home in some way.

Building Hope 2021 Live Virtual Event Speakers

Kelly Nash Emcee
Jim Sonefeld Jim Sonefeld Hootie & The Blowfish Drummer
Tobin Cassels Tobin Cassels President, Southeastern Freight Lines
Stewart Mungo Stewart Mungo CEO of Mungo Homes
Paul Bishop Paul Bishop MA, LPC, LPC/S

About Kelly Nash

Born in Hartford Connecticut Kelly Nash spent the first half of his life in the northeast. Beginning in 1986 Kelly was a radio personality in Cleveland, New York, New Haven, Long Island and too many other markets to mention. After a 3-year career detour to work for Universal Records, Kelly decided to return to radio, and to leave NYC for the sunshine of South Carolina. Columbia has become not only the city he’s lived in the longest, but the city he hopes to never leave. He can currently be heard mornings on 97.5 WCOS and throughout the day with political commentaries on 103.5 WVOC. He is often recognized for his many TV commercials. Kelly and his wife Angela live in the Wildewood community. He serves as a greeter most Sunday mornings at GraceLife church and is active with a number of local charities.

About Jim Sonefeld

Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish drummer, found unsuspected success with the band’s 1994 debut release, Cracked Rear View on Atlantic Records, and he and his bandmates found themselves traveling the world to support what would become the 16th best-selling album of all time in the United States. In the years to follow, the band would record four more studio albums and receive numerous awards, among them, two Grammys.

During this era, Sonefeld’s lines of truth became blurred and his addictions began to take over his life as he relied heavily on drugs and alcohol to cope with the emptiness growing inside of him. He struggled to find peace and to hold his personal life together while surviving as a progressively sick alcoholic living life on the road. Friends and family members tried interventions to no avail.  In 2004 Sonefeld finally accepted that he was powerless over drugs and alcohol and that his life had become entirely unmanageable. In sobriety Sonefeld discovered there were parts of his life that had incurred damages beyond repair, but that God would heal him if he turned his life over to His care.

Since then, a full spiritual awakening lead to a complete lifestyle change and has inspired Sonefeld to follow a new path of clarity, and nothing was clearer to him than God’s calling to recreate himself as a Contemporary Christian artist. With his third solo release, Love, he celebrates an overflow of gratitude for the new life he has received through God, which is clearly reflected in his faith-inspired lyrics. Sonefeld is propelled to share God’s message of love with others because he truly believes, “There’s no more room for hate with the Jesus that I know.”

Sonefeld does not take for granted the blessing of the far-reaching audience he has garnered through his career with Hootie & the Blowfish. The band still plays 3 or 4 shows a year to support their Hootie and Blowfish Foundation which supports South Carolina charities.  No matter the size of the audience before him, Sonefeld is ultimately inspired to give glory to the One who saved him.

About Tobin Cassels

Only 13% of all family-owned businesses are passed down to the 3rd generation.  Tobin became President of his family-owned company, Southeastern Freight Lines, Inc., in 2001.

Tobin first began working at Southeastern as a trailer shop mechanic in 1973 when he was thirteen years old.  He was paid $1.65/hour.  He began working full time in 1981 after graduating with a degree in economics from Washington & Lee University.

Tobin learned the business from the ground up by working in the shop, the warehouse, and serving as both a pickup and delivery driver and an over-the-road driver. 

Southeastern Freight Lines is a non-union, regional, less-than-truckload carrier operating in 89 service centers located in 13 states and Puerto Rico.  Southeastern has 8,600 employees and annual revenue of $1.2 billion.  Currently, Southeastern is the 11th largest LTL carrier in the United States.  Since its founding in 1950, Southeastern has never had a layoff.  The Cassels’ family purpose in operating Southeastern is to try and “Honor God in and through the business”.

Tobin married Pat Hook of West Columbia and together they have two children, a daughter, Rustin, and the late William “Toby” Tobin Cassels IV.   He has served on a number of non-profit boards in Columbia and enjoys being involved in philanthropy.  The Cassels worship and serve at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia.

About Stewart Mungo

Stewart Mungo is the CEO of Mungo Homes, a prolific, family-owned company begun by Stewart’s father, Michael, in 1954. Through the decades, the Mungo name has become synonymous with both building communities and giving back to them. From countless homes and hearts across the Midlands, Stewart Mungo continues to leave an indelible mark in Columbia where he was born and raised. His service on numerous boards including ours here at Providence Home, as well as membership in various civic organizations, combined with legendary Mungo family donations to worthy causes, makes Stewart Mungo a standout in public service. He is the recipient of many awards including our state’s highest honor, The Order of the Palmetto.

About Paul Bishop

Paul graduated from Columbia International University with a Masters’ Degree in Intercultural Studies in 1998 and a Masters in Counseling in 2001. He worked in private practice as a counselor at Palmetto Counseling Associates before coming to FBLEX in 2003. He oversees the counseling center and is a licensed professional counselor supervisor, offering supervision to other counselors, as well as directing our recovery program. Paul works with mission organizations as a consultant for their psychological evaluations, and is passionate about serving those who serve. Paul also serves as Counseling and Missions Pastor at First Baptist of Lexington.

Providence Home Staff and Board Members

Rob Settle Executive Director
Christy Cox Christy Cox Development Director
Mike Byars Mike Byars Program Director
Papa Henry Hennagan “Papa” Henry Hennagan Board Member
Hal Stevenson Hal Stevenson Board Member

About Rob Settle

God has allowed Rob to have a broad spectrum of experience that makes him especially suited for his current executive director position.  Rob has his seminary degree in Theological Studies from Columbia International University, which has equipped him to serve 12 years in Christian education and 17 years in the pastorate.  He also has a Criminal Justice degree, and spent 7 years in police work.  Therefore, his background in “law” and “grace” suits him well for his current role. He and his wife, Sally, attend Hope Church, where he serves as an elder.  His genuine love for the resident men is evident in all he does.

About Christy Cox

Christy Cox currently now serves as the Developmental Director of Providence Home. She has three decades of experience in communications, working as a television reporter and then in government, at the state and federal levels, including at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. She has been a special advisor at the Nelson Mullins law firm since 2009. Christy started two businesses that she uses to honor Christ, and God has taken her on a journey from “chasing success to finding significance” that ultimately led her to Providence Home. She and her husband, Tobe, have two grown children and a favorite pastime is cheering on their daughter’s softball team – the Columbia International University Rams. They are members of Riverland Hills Baptist Church.

Daniel 3:18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.

About Mike Byars

Mike grew up playing football, basketball, and baseball for Batesburg-Leesville High School and Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, also earning B.A. degrees in Religion and Business Economics. After college, Mike began a long career in sales, including 21 years as an insurance commercial lines producer.  Through the years, he has served in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as a youth pastor and as a volunteer with his church’s youth group and men’s ministry, as well as Christmas in Action.  Mike has three children, Zach, Hannah and Ethan, whom he cherishes. He enjoys dogs, being outdoors, hiking, movies, and attending live sports events and concerts.

During 2016-18, Mike’s life took drastic turn.  He became depressed, angry, and filled with grief. He turned to alcohol, and it took over his life like a locust swarm until everything was consumed. After coming to Providence Home during the summer of 2019, Mike began to gradually feel whole again through Christ and the love of the staff and residents.  He repented, and God began doing for him what He did for the nation of Judah in Joel 2:25 when He said, “I will restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten.” First God began restoring Mike to Himself, and since then has been gradually bringing restoration and blessing into a once broken life. God has put Mike back together and even placed a call on heart to serve in ministry. 

Now, as Program Director, he wants to give back and serve the men who come the Providence Home by using his own experiences to point them to Christ. He wants to show them that through Him, freedom from addiction is possible, restoration is possible, a better way of living is possible….all things are possible.  They are “more than conquerors through Christ who loved them.”

Favorite Bible Verses: Romans 8:37, Joel 2:25 and 1Thessolonians 5: 16-22

About “Papa” Henry Hennagan

Henry Hennagan, affectionately known as “Papa Henry,” is someone you want praying for you.  Serving on the Board of Directors of Providence Home since 2017, he, along with his wife Mary, regularly takes the prayer requests of our men and staff to intercede. Having served in the Air Force in Electronic Airborne Navigation, he learned whether the war zone or life zone, the only way to heal broken lives is Jesus Christ. “Providence Home is the refuge where men can be reconciled with God and their lives be put back together,” he says. Papa Henry has been known to be on campus teaching men how to play chess and being a friend to our men. An ordained minister, he and Mary attend Grace Christian Church where he serves as an elder and “pointer” to Jesus.

About Hal Stevenson

Born in Rock Hill, Mr. Stevenson graduated from Wofford College in 1981. After developing billboard sites across the country with his wife Diana, they established what is now known as Grace Outdoor Advertising in Columbia in 1987. Grace manages over 300 billboard displays in the Carolinas and Georgia, including 35 digital billboards.  Active for many years in business, political, civic, and Christian organizations, Hal currently serves on the boards of the Outdoor Advertising Association of South Carolina, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Vista Guild, Columbia’s premier art and entertainment district. He is a past president of the Columbia Rotary Club and former chairman of the SC Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. He recently rotated off the board of the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council where he served for 10 years. Many people would be surprised to know that in 1996 and 2000, he ran the presidential campaign for Alan Keyes in South Carolina.  Hal and Diana, a Columbia native and USC graduate, also have 5 children (Alex, Hannah, Noelle, Grace, and Jacob) one grandson (Calvin) with 2 more on the way! The Stevenson’s are founding members of River City Chapel, an independent church plant that meets at the SC State Museum, where Hal serves on the leadership council. Hal’s hobbies include playing golf and tennis, learning Spanish and Guitar, and spending time with family and friends.  

Building Hope Event Frequently Asked Questions

 Thank you for your donation! You can donate by credit card or debit card by clicking here or clicking the DONATE button on this event page.  If you would like to donate by check, you can mail your donation to Providence Home, P.O. Box 3188, Columbia, SC 29230.  We appreciate your investment in the men and ministry of Providence Home!

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Providence Home’s Virtual Event will start live on Thursday evening, March 25, 2021 at 7:00pm. It’s super easy to attend! Simply return to this page! There will be a countdown thirty minutes before the start of the live event.
If you Register for (No Cost) Tickets, we will email you a reminder with the link to this page the day of the event. If you’re not already on our email list, contact  joy@phcola.org to make sure you get the notification.  

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Think of it like our Annual Dinner or one you have attended.  

  1. Create a guest list of your friends and family. Also consider out-of-town people, young couples with kids, and others who find attending a virtual event easier than a “show-up” event. 
  2. Ask if they would “stay at home” and attend our Virtual Event on Thursday evening, March 25, 2021 at 7:00pm.  
  3.  Ask them to register at this link.  We will email them a reminder on the day of the event with a separate link to view the event. 
  4. Remind them personally of the event and thank them for “attending.” 
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Of course! Hop over from viewing on this page to our Facebook Live event at the Providence Home-Columbia page, and you can engage with us and other friends who are attending the No-Show Event!

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Providence Home is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization, and donations made in support of our work are tax-deductible. Our EIN# is 57-0618585. 

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Providence Home is a faith-based transitional home currently housing 60 men. Most men arrive at Providence Home weary from prison, jail, alcohol/drug treatment programs, homeless shelters, or other unstable environments. 

Providence Home creates a structured, supportive environment for men who would likely otherwise go back to their former living situation or rely on overextended and/or under-resourced family members or friends, placing them at high risk for relapse and even death.

Residents are not only provided with basic needs, such as three meals a day, a safe place to live, dorm-like room, clothing closet, and laundry services, they are also provided a variety of holistic services that address root causes of poverty and help them seek change to realize their personal potential. 

Holistic services, provided by staff and partners, include, but are not limited to:   

  • Case management
  • Employment assistance
  • Chapel services
  • Medical and dental care
  • Mentoring
  • 12-step program
  • Counseling
  • Trauma-based recovery curriculum
  • Bible studies
  • Fatherhood Initiative
  • Transportation
  • Legal assistance
  • Budgeting assistance

These holistic services address barriers to overcoming poverty and substance abuse disorders while helping men to reunite with their families and become financially, spiritually, emotionally, and physically stable.  

Residents are expected to find a job and to contribute $100 each week as their investment in their recovery, plus assist with cleaning tasks in the common spaces.  Their contribution is a first step in gaining financial sustainability in order to transition to independent living in the months ahead.

Although risk factors and barriers are often minimized through social and emotional relationships and programs through Providence Home, we especially believe that that no matter what a man is struggling with, the solution is always a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is our Hope, our Comfort, and our “Way of Escape.” 

1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

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