Community Closet finds new home

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Community Closet has a new home and the organization is now looking for start-up funds and volunteers to get back on its feet.

Melissa Huebener, of the Center for Family Development, said Monday that the Closet is now at 1745 Nowlin Road in the El Bethel area.

The Community Closet has provided needed items such as food, clothes, furniture and whatever else is donated to those who need it most, all free of charge.

The new facility has seven rooms and Huebener says the organization needs volunteers to "help get things started, get it painted, get it straightened up."

The Closet also needs $700 to get the utilities turned on, Huebener said. The building was donated by Bobby Sanders and John Holland for the next five years, with the only requirement being property upkeep, such as keeping grass mowed.

The Closet was located since last year at 405 Depot St., but the organization had to be out by Aug. 1. The organization was formed in July 2007 with the help of the South Central Human Resources Agency, the Tony Rice Center, Good Samaritan and the Senior Citizens Center.

Huebener works with Curtis Stacy of the Bedford County Rescue Unit with the day-to-day operations. The organization is not subsidized by state or local governments, she said.

Huebener said it's not for organizers to judge why someone may be in a desperate position -- it is their job to help. The Closet's mission statement is from Matthew 25:40: "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

"We hope to be back in business very soon," Huebener said.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

To help the Closet with funding or to volunteer, call Melissa Huebener at (931) 205-9584 or Curtis Stacy at (931) 212-0145.