Urban Ministries hosted its annual Winter Gala at 1st Baptist Church’s Hope Building recently. The evening of fundraising featured dinner, a guest speaker, and live entertainment.
“We do this every year,” said Nancy Leutert, this year’s Chairperson. “We are really excited to have this opportunity to raise money for our programs. This year we sold enough tickets to fill 32 tables of eight, and with the wonderful cross-section of the community that is represented here, we anticipate a strong fund-raising effort.”
“We have four programs,” Leutert said. “Grace Assistance helps folks with utilities, food, clothing, and some of their shelter, prescription, and transportation needs. We have domestic violence shelters that are staffed 24 hours a day. They are available for adults and children who are living in violent situations and need a safe place to stay. It is staffed all of the time and watched by the police.
“We also have a new homeless shelter for families with children. It’s called Safe Place. There we can house up to four families at one time, and we can help them find a job, acquire food stamps, and eventually become self-sustaining in their own living situation. We now have a Rural Outreach Advocate that helps people dealing with sexual assault and/or domestic violence in Stewart and Houston Counties.”
Urban Ministries may be best known for its food pantry. “That program has been around since 1984 and is available to those who are in need of food assistance,” stated Leutert.
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