The Johnson City Commission is setting the stage for the reconstruction of a ministry-operated thrift store decimated by a fire earlier this year.
The March fire that destroyed the Haven of Mercy Thrift Store and an unusual summer peak in the number of men and women lodged at the Haven’s shelters have significantly impacted the ministries’ feeding programs for the community’s poor.
According Rockley, the approximately 10,000 square foot facility accounted for about 60 percent of the ministry’s income. The thrift store was a location where those served by the shelter could get clothing and furniture and work if they needed a job. It also sold donated items to the public.
Fire heavily damaged the Haven of Mercy Thrift Store, 218 N. Broadway St., Tuesday morning.
With overnight temperatures dropping into the teens and single digits, the services provided by local shelters and day programs have advanced from a daily lifeline for folks who live on the streets to a literal matter of life or death.
Thanksgiving Day doesn’t necessarily mean staying at home all day. You could replace a post-turkey nap with one of these turkey day alternatives.
If you are looking for a place to eat or a place to serve this Thanksgiving, Johnson City’s nonprofit agencies have extended an open invitation for a series of free holiday meals for the community.
With Wednesday’s daytime high of 33 degrees the bright spot in this week’s forecast, local shelters are working overtime to protect everyone they can from the dangerous cold that has gripped the region.
With overnight temperatures forecast to drop into the teens and single digits through the end of next week, Johnson City’s homeless shelters are encouraging everyone to come in from the cold.
For his Thanksgiving afternoon, 7-year-old Myles Booker stood outside the Haven of Mercy with his father and handed out drinks to those who came by for a meal.
For anyone looking for a place eat or a place to serve this Thanksgiving, Johnson City’s emergency kitchens have a place for you.
"Giving is better than receiving” was more than just a common Christmas adage to the volunteers at Johnson City’s Haven of Mercy on Sunday.
It wouldn’t quite be Thanksgiving without the ‘thanks’ and the ‘giving’.
Scattered among Johnson City’s neighborhoods, you can find rope and tarp tents; hastily assembled shelters against the winter elements.
Room was hard to come by at the Haven of Mercy Friday as volunteers and guests for the shelter’s annual Christmas Day meal filled the building with gifts, the smell of Christmas dinner — and a healthy dose of holiday spirit.