Meet the Bottles & Bookbags Staff
Camille W. Peay,
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Bottles and Bookbags
Camille Peay is the Co-Founder and Executive Director for Bottles and Bookbags, a non-profit organization whose goal is to support the needs of young mothers and children through counseling and ministry. As a former counselor and current minister, Camille has a heart for encouraging women of all ages in their Christian walk. It is her passion to assist young mothers, especially teen mothers, in becoming God’s vessels of honor as they deal with the daily challenges of single motherhood. Camille draws her expertise from her collegiate studies, personal experiences and world travels. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Spelman College. Camille is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and was assigned as a health education and nutrition volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. It was while in Liberia that she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1980.
In addition to her work as counselor and minister, Camille is a featured author whose works have been featured in noted newspapers and magazines including The Atlanta Journal Constitution and Family CircleMagazine. She has been a featured guest on the Armstrong Williams Show to discuss issues related to teen girls including pregnancy and the increasing violence among girls. She is the author of Our Baby Book: From Mommy to Six Years, a heritage book for African American parents. Her latest book, Brittani: Acts of Trust and Betrayal, tells the tale of 16-year old girl Brittani Hall who struggles with the consequences of her choices. Brittani is Book 1 in the Tru-2-Life Series, which highlights real world issues faced by Christian teens, such as pregnancy, pre-marital sex, and adolescent violence.
Camille is on the Advisory Board for the Hanna Angel Center in Atlanta, Ga. She is trained in PREPARE/ENRICH Program; a premarital preparation and marriage enrichment program; Certified Clinician in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Family Preservation using Multisystemic Therapy; and Effective Black Parenting Curriculum (Facilitator).
Camille is the wife of Rev. Michael Peay, pastor of Faith Chapel AME Zion Church in Columbia, SC. She is the mother of Miranda, Michael and Caitlin and the grandmother of Jason.
If you would like for Camille to come and speak to your group, please call 803-210-6149.
Erlinda Baker Henderson,
Erlinda has a love for the elderly and teen mothers. It is her desire to serve the seniors and make a difference in their lives to let them know that they are special and very much appreciated. Secondly, she enjoys working with and encouraging teen mothers to be the best they can be despite some of the choices that they make. Erlinda is empathic with the many challenges that teen mothers face. As a youth she struggled with low self-esteem, which resulted with her becoming pregnant at the tender age of 16. She rose to the occasion with the faith and strength in the almighty God whom she received as her Lord and Savior.
Erlinda is the wife of Curtis and mother to Jaquez, Zyon and Teonna. She graduated from the Advance Standing program from the University of South Carolina with a master’s degree in Social Work. Erlinda has obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and associate’s degree in Human Services, both from Limestone College.
She currently works as a Social Worker at Reliant Hospice and a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Rice Home. Previously, Erlinda has worked as a Parent Aide with Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina. She is an active care team member of Each One Teach One Ministry, which reaches out to educate the community about HIV/AIDS. Erlinda serves as Volunteer Coordinator, Facilitator, and Mentor with Bottles & Bookbags.
Miranda’s passion stems from her desire to help others especially young men and women. It is her desire and connection with youth and young adults that inspired Miranda to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Education. Miranda also volunteers with the Cabrailsong Youth Camp Choir.
As a young mother, Miranda knows the struggles and hardships that come with being a single mother. She is the mother of one year old Jason and enjoys spending all of her free time raising him up in the way that he should go. Currently, Miranda is a retail banker at Woodforest Bank and attends Faith Chapel AME Zion Church where she is a praise and worship leader.
She more than understands what it means to have faith and to give all control to the Lord. Miranda was raised in the church but like many young people, she fell to the ways of the world and became pregnant at age 24. Even though it was hard, the Lord is still molding and forming her into the woman she is destined to be. Miranda serves as Outreach Coordinator and mentor with Bottles & Bookbags to let young mothers know that the Lord loves them and that motherhood isn’t the end, but only the beginning.
If you would like to form a group at your church, become a mentor or you have questions in regards to Bottles & Bookbags, please contact us at 803-865-5886.