After three years and $750,000, East Lincoln Christian Ministry (ELCM) has a new home and people associated with the ministry couldnâ€™t be more happier.
Itâ€™s a move thatâ€™s been long overdue, from their old facility on Pine Ridge Drive to a larger building on Catawba Burris Road in Denver; an upgrade to 20,000 square-feet, more than double the old space.
â€œIt feels wonderful,â€ said Gary Murdock, vice-president of ELCM. â€œIt is sort of like a dream, I canâ€™t believe how much more space there is.â€
With the added space, the establishment is now able to offer a crisis financial help center; a food pantry; a closet area used for clothing donations; and a warehouse in the back that will be used to store items such as furniture. In addition to all that, the crisis interview room will now be able to afford more privacy to people in need of counseling.
The ministry is also looking to expand and offer some services such as elder care, language classes for Hispanics and mentor and tutoring groups. While it has over 300 volunteers, it is still seeking more.
The land, which sits on Rock Springs Campground, is being leased for 99 years from the campground trustees.
In order to fund the project, applications for several grants have been made. Money has also been requested from area businesses and churches. An account has also been set up at the First Charter bank on N.C. 16 where private, individual donations may be made.
ELCM is looking to possibly sell the property where the old building is located in order to help fund their new facility.
Hours are from 9 a.m. – noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
An open house is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 11.
To make a donation, either stop by the First Charter bank on N.C. 16 in Denver, or mail contributions to East Lincoln Christian Ministry, P.O. Box 421, Denver, N.C. 28037.
by Amy Wadsworth