Hello. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve cranked out a “Top 5.” It seems that no matter how well-intended the intention to crank out an update is, it usually falls short to the other things going on at the actual ministry center itself.
That said, let me give you a few updates for the week ending 09/26.
1. Thrift store. The store is doing great. As we transition to a new season, remember us as you clean out the closets and drawers and start making the transition to long sleeves. If you didn’t wear it last year, you probably won’t wear it this year. Drop it in one of our yellow boxes around down, or give us a call (868-3751) and we’ll come pick it up.
Here’s a video I shot a few weeks ago walking through the back stock room, showing you how things get from you, to us, to the store, and then to the floor.
Everything given to the store funds the ministry at The Village, which runs 24/7, transitioning men, women, and kids, from homelessness, prison, and addictions to health and wholeness in Christ!
2. The Grace Church is back in swing. We took a summer sabbatical mid-July through August… and we’re back. Info about the church is on the church site.
3. Alabama Justice Ministries (AJMN) has held two Saturday training sessions since our last update on this site. On July 19, they trained a crew of men and women to minister inside our city jails, as well as to provide mentoring. They did the same thing, again, over this past weekend.
AJMN offices in our facility and does an incredible job focusing on the mentoring aspects of reentry, as well as training people to minister inside prison / jail settings. We’ll post updates on training on the events page on this site.
4. NPR radio taped a story a few weeks ago, featuring Charles- from our kitchen. We’ll post a link as soon as its available. It was awesome to see this guy- who has come so far- featured on this platform.
5. Check out the updated kitchen next time you’re around our facility. We found a restaurant near Cullman that was closing. They and some amazing equipment which we were able to pick up very cheaply. In fact, we’re able to sell our old stuff at our store and cover the costs of the new!