By Glenda Andrews
Jubilee House Coordinator
Grace Church is a very giving, caring church. The love and warmth coming from the people of Grace can be felt not only emotionally but also physically. Our love shines through in the many ministries of Grace, and the ministries that serve God’s children in need, are in need.
There’s an old saying “If you build it they will come.” And come they have to these special giving ministries where food, hygiene products, and the love from Jubilee House are shared with our brothers and sisters in need.
All across the country for the past few years it has been reported the non-profits were being stretched to their limits in trying to serve those in need. The serving ministries of Grace are no different. Whereas in the past our serving ministries numbers were small and space was very adequate to fit our needs, that is no longer the case.
Jubilee House alone serves over 50 people each day and this winter at times there has only been standing room only. By moving the Food Pantry to the brown garage adjacent to the back of the church, we are opening up space that can be converted into active use: 1) a private area where counseling can be done, 2) a half bath added for additional showers, 3) shelving for emergency clothing and personal storage, and 4) a quiet area for additional seating.
In order to achieve our goal, we have launched an Outreach Renovation project to raise $30K before the end of summer. We have also applied for grants, planned community fundraisers, and tapped into funds from Jubilee House and the outreach ministries of Grace. As the campaign continues to move forward we will keep you updated and let you know how you can help.