Erwin center sowing seeds of hope; Night of African fashion and music to benefit Good Sam

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Mar 29, 2018 at 8:19 PM

The Door of Hope Crisis Pregnancy and Resource Center at 1119 N. Main Ave. in Erwin is inviting the community to its first fundraising celebration dinner Thursday, April 19, at Southside Freewill Baptist Church.

Unicoi County Schools Director John English will be the keynote speaker for the Seeds of Hope dinner to begin at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church at 1313 Chestoa Pike.

An extension of the Center of Hope of Greeneville, Door of Hope’s services include a 24-hour crisis telephone “hopeline,” free pregnancy tests, limited ultrasound services, education about fetal development and alternatives to abortion, adoption facilitation, free counseling, post-abortion counseling, information on alternative homes and free maternity, newborn and infant clothing and supplies.

The center also offers a variety classes on topics including healthy nutrition, baby care, parenting and abstinence, mentoring and GED and other educational referrals.

Open in Erwin since December 2016, the center has so far served 28 families, 38 children and four newborns and is currently assisting three expectant mothers.

Its mission is to meet the physical, spiritual, moral, emotional and social needs of women facing crisis pregnancies. The center’s goals are to glorify God, save the lives of unborn children, and educate and equip its clients with resources to help them obtain a better quality of life.

Door of Hope Coordinator Charity Patterson said the center’s biggest goal right now is to raise awareness of its services in order to serve as many people as possible.

The Hope Center is supported entirely by private donations of churches, businesses, civic organizations and individuals. All gifts to the center help make a difference in the lives of a mother or an unborn child.

In addition to April 19 dinner, the center will host an open house on Wednesday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We would love for people to come tour our facility to see what we do and ask any questions they might have,” Patterson said. Refreshments will be served.

Tickets for the dinner are $30 and include a catered meal and entertainment. The center is also welcoming businesses or individuals to sponsor the event. Tickets may by be purchased and sponsorship information obtained by calling Patterson at 423-330-6754.

Friends of Good Samaritan Ministries will host a special evening of African fashion and music Saturday night, March 31, at Holiday Inn on Springbrook Drive.

The Night on on the Red Carpet benefit will include a fashion show featuring the designs of Lastina Mawollie Ngateh and Aksana of Atlanta. The designs will be modeled by area teens. Live music will be provided by Harry Ecozeal and Hillary Asabazele, Michael "Mic O" Oruma and Vanessa Mumba, and hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided by Holiday Inn.

The party will start at 6. Tickets are $30, or $20 for students, and may be purchased through eBay or Pay Pal under “Johnson City Fashion and Music.” They may also be obtained by calling 423-557-8438 or emailing JCCultureNight@gmail.com.

All proceeds will go to Good Samaritan’s Celebrate Life and homeless programs.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538 or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

Email Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow her on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at facebook.com/sueleggjcpress.

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