In a community known for its enthusiastic support of nonprofit human service agencies, churches of the greater Johnson City area carry a lion’s share of the volunteer and financial support that make those agencies work.
As millions of Americans spent time with their families on Thanksgiving, Sandra Ritchie was volunteering at the Haven of Mercy Homeless Shelter, helping to cook Thanksgiving dinner for an estimated 4,000 people.
For anyone in need of a place to join in this week’s Thanksgiving feasting or anyone who wishes to celebrate the holiday by serving others, two of Johnson City best known feeding agencies have a tasty invitation.
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.