The area around Hesed House of Hope in Lincolnton has gone from a tangled forest to a beautifully landscaped escape for those who use the services the shelter offers. Most recently, members of Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver and Denver United Methodist Church in Denver worked together to install 50 shrubs and six Dogwood trees at the base of the parking lot to prevent erosion.

“I’m over at Hesed House at least once a month doing the meals and I hear about the volunteer opportunities,” Bill Muir, the coordinator for the Hesed House meals program at Unity said. “There’s a five-year improvement program, mostly improving the grounds and education for the residents. On that list was planting trees and erosion control and helping with The Trails of Hope Project which is similar to the Joshua Trail project that’s at the top of the property.”

Muir and Bob Smith at Denver United Methodist got their respective church members on board for both projects and are getting them done.

“This is all about the ministry of Hesed House,” Smith said. “Anyone is welcome to join us or donate. You don’t have to be a member of a church to help your community. Hesed House is just one of our ministries. This is about honoring the good Lord. Christ didn’t come to be served, but to serve others and we do what we do because of our faith.”

The shrubs and trees were donated by Broadwell Nursery in Angiers. David Garmon helped coordinate getting the shrubs and trees.

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