President Rod introduced Pastor Steve from the Lenawee County Mission which is completing its 10th year serving the homeless and impoverished men in the greater Adrian area who benefit from any number of the ministerial programs offered. This year is especially significant in that they have rebranded and they are now known as Neighbors of Hope – “a concept that relates to our relationship within our community”, Steve said.
Among the Christ-centered programs offered are: meal service, radio ministry, Blessings & More store, men’s ministry, Third Day Farm, and Fishes & Loaves. Over the past 10 years, their accomplishments include: 28,900 people served, 64, 058 nights of safe shelter, 192,173 meals served, 516, 420 pounds of food distributed.
Steve shared with the audience the organizations long-term vision: The establishment of a women’s and children’s center, being a catalyst for partnerships, and a focus on diversify funding. Our club as you know have supported the Third Day Farm Project financially as well as volunteered to help paint the pole barn on the Bethany Assembly of God property, plant flowers and vegetables. The organization has been given an additional seven and a half acres on the already 126 acre property.
Paul Slusser, board president, told members how they could assist the Neighbors of Hope ministry: volunteer to mentor those at the men’s center on Broad Street while continuing to partner with us as a club.