Whitesburg KY

Progress made on homeless shelter


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.

“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.” Psalm 25:5.

Progress is being made on our homeless shelter now that our corporation papers have been filed; everything seems to be falling into place. Much thanks to Atty. James Hubbard for doing the paperwork free of charge.

Wendy’s of Whitesburg sponsored a fundraiser pancake breakfast for the shelter and that was a success as well as the roadblock fundraiser the same day. We have drawn up a proposal for our guidelines, which are to be presented to the board and then we’ll proceed to present a proposal for a property.

Diane Watts is in the process of filing the 19-page application to receive a 501(c)3 tax exemption from the federal government. There is no funding available through the county for a homeless shelter, so bringing Saving Grace Homeless Shelter to Letcher County is an effort on the part of concerned individuals.

It seemed like total chaos during some of our committee meetings when 10 or 12 people were expressing their thoughts and opinions. But that’s good. It’s called enthusiasm. Everyone’s ideas were heard and respected.

We are now reaching out to the churches of Letcher County. If anyone is interested in sponsoring or volunteering in this effort, call Diane Watts at (606) 589- 5976 or 634-8270 for more information. Come join us on this journey to help the less fortunate of our county.

But for the grace of God, it could very easily be one of us who could someday find ourselves without a home.

Sheldon and Marie have just returned from a month long vacation in Pennsylvania. Marie is our cook at ECCO, and a mighty good one, so we thought while they were gone it would be bologna sandwiches and hotdogs. But thanks to volunteer Jan Galloway we didn’t have to suffer.

Jan delighted us with meatloaf, ribs, chicken and dumplings and lots of cornbread. Now everyone knows how we mountain people are about cornbread. Without it we’d starve to death. A big thanks to Jan for filling in for Marie.

With that I’ll leave you with this thought for the day. The only problem with good square meals is they make you round.

Community Bulletin Board. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Ovenfork Fire Station at 6:30 p.m., volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center, come and bring a guest.

Our prayer list includes: the family of David Combs, the family of Leorand Smith, Marilyn Sumpter, Langley Engle, Clay Sturgill, Dudley Short, Gloria Beachy, Betty Maggard, Gay Sturgill, Garland and Carolyn Couch, Brother Verdell and Sister Verna, Don Brown, Betty Terry, Allen Profitt, Nora Walker, Ted and Judy Corder, Marie Snell, and Brenda Gross.

Also lift up in prayer those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, may they be delivered, our military troops around the world, our President and the leaders of our country, the United States, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO. Until next time from the folks at ECCO, God bless.

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