Last Thursday, October 20, Chamber members Doors2Change and the Arts Ensemble Education Foundation dedicated their new Eloise Ministry Center.
The center features four very unique aspects of outreach and care for Eloise and Polk residents:
1. The Compassion Center is the missions outreach facility and provides clothing and food for families and individuals in need. This outreach will offer residents opportunities to share their talents and give back to their community, when possible, while receiving much needed assistance for their families.
2. The Worship Center is led by Pastors Wilson and Minerva Diaz on Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. and Pastor Margaret Jones on Sunday mornings for families and youth at 10:30 a.m.
3. The Women's Ministry and Education Center will provide job readiness programming, computer lab, a career closet for women and teens, and continuing education programs for women and children. This facility will also be available to community organizations and businesses to host meetings, events, and seminars. These doors will remain open as a partnership location for special education programs that target the populations of the Eloise/Wahneta/Lake Shipp Region.
4. Sundance Community Garden, is the fourth community garden sponsored and led by the Doors2Change ministry. This garden will be used for many purposes including education, PTSD relief, and will be a full-scale harvest garden serving the residents of the Eloise community.
“We are very excited about this new center. While we have been working for many years at various locations providing all of the services indicated above, this facility makes possible strategic planning for relief and care in our home community of Eloise; our heart. What a blessing to be able to serve our community and beyond from a center perfectly designed for outreach and community wellness. A center gifted to us by a benefactor whose heart is to share love with the world.” Jane Waters Thomas