A Cup of Love Ministry seeking donations to purchase building
A Cup of Love Ministry has come a long way over the past year, and Chuck and Pattie Jarrett expect to continue that momentum by purchasing the building at 4032 E. Van Buren.
The down payment for the building is $50,000, Pattie said, and they're got $8,000 left to raise. She said they worked out a deal with their landlord where they give more on the monthly payments so they could start the process of purchasing the building.
"We're still trying to raise up a little more so we can have a smaller monthly payment," Pattie said. "The way God's been blessing it, we know it's going to happen. We're still doing some fundraising."
Over the next three weeks, Pattie said, the ministry will host the third annual Crockpot Creation Competition and a yard sale. She said the ministry will be active during the Celebrate Jesus Parade as well. They hope to raise the remaining $8,000 by May 1, Chuck said.
"It's a little nerve racking," he said. "We're just praying the Lord puts it on someone's heart to cover it."
Over the past few months, Chuck said, the ministry has made major strides. He said they remodeled the building and opened up a cold weather emergency shelter during the winter.
"What we're doing is if it's 32 degrees, we're opening up the shelter," Chuck said.
"And anyone can hang out in here all day long if they want to," Pattie said.
Traffic has continued to increase, Chuck said, with anywhere between 180 and 250 people coming in on Fridays.
"We almost got to 300 one time just on a Friday," Chuck said, "and we fed them and gave food away. We give emergency food throughout the week."
"We probably should be at a bigger building, but right now we're staying here," Pattie said. "This is going to work. We're going to make it work."
Pattie said they expect to have even more traffic during the summer.
"People come in with their children because they're not going to school and being fed there," Pattie said. "We'll get those extra people during the summer, sometimes twice a day. This is a huge need in our community. We need to help people. We need people to be fed."
The ministry accepts all kinds of donations, Pattie said, including canned food, sugar, salt, flour, toothbrushes, combs, paper towels, tents and sleeping bags.
"People that are homeless can use tents and sleeping bags to live in for the summer," Chuck said. "As fast as we get tents, they're gone."
There's so much left to do, Chuck said, but he's confident the ministry will get what it needs to keep going.
"We're thankful our beautiful community has come together and supported us," Chuck said. "We'd like to say thank you. We have a big list of all the people who have helped us."