Church ministry fills needs

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By Rodnita Simmons

On a recent week day, about six workers were busy working, tidying the building and organizing donations. The center was buzzing with activity.  Hand of Love is a non-profit outreach of Agape Church International started by senior pastor Adren Stallion. Long before Hands of Love became an official non-profit, Adren had been assisting those in need since 2007. The organization opened its doors on Dec. 11, 2017 with the mission to “empower and train the community.”

Hands of Love provides toiletries, clothing, food and lunches to those in need. For those who need assistance finding a job, the organization offers a computer lab for job searches and creating résumés. They also perform mock interviews.

In May, Hands of Love plans to offer computer training, and parenting and finance classes.

The long-term goals of the organization is “To see the people we help be in a position to do this,” said Adren, meaning she wants the same people she helps to one day be able to help others in the same way.

Characterizing the kind of people the center helps, “A grandmother comes and brings her three grandchildren she is raising to eat lunch,” Adren said. This is just one of the families Hands of Love helps in the community.

The organization is always accepting donations of clothing and non-perishable food. Donations are tax deductible.

Currently all of the volunteers are supplied from the church, but in the future, the opportunity will be open to others.

Hands of Love ministry is located at 910 14th St. in Phenix City. The building is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  ET. Contact the ministry at (334) 333-5570 or email: handoflove@gmail.com.