Carpenter’s Place celebrates 3rd anniversary

Carpenter’s Place celebrates 3rd anniversary


The Carpenter’s Place, an outreach of Linhowe Ministries, Inc., will celebrate its third anniversary with a volunteer and donor recognition event from 4:30-6 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, at 1149 Railroad Avenue. Mayor Doug Scott will offer congratulations and remarks at 5 p.m. A brief program will follow.

Agency Director Allan Barsema notes the importance of dedicated volunteers to the work of the agency. “There is no higher purpose in life, and no greater sense of joy and fulfillment in life than helping others achieve purpose, joy and fulfillment in their lives,” he said.

The Carpenter’s Place is a daytime, drop-in center for the homeless, addicted, mentally ill or otherwise severely distressed street population of Rockford. The mission of The Carpenter’s Place is to provide the tools necessary for rebuilding the lives of the homeless. Inspired by Christ’s compassion, The Carpenter’s Place offers direction with accountability to people with broken lives, helping them find peace with God, themselves and their communities.

CP currently engages approximately 80 homeless guests per day. Since opening in June 2000, the center has seen more than 2,000 homeless guests.

CP is a model program that acts as a community-wide social service hub to engage guests by offering a day room environment with basic services needed by the homeless. Guests are encouraged to meet with a case manager to develop a personal action plan that effectively links them with the needed community resources and drives the change process.

Information: 964-4105, ext. 211.

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