By Rebekah Hurst, editor
Manchester Hope Outreach was founded in January of this year by Jennifer Neel. Although, its parent organization is Trinity Baptist Church in Manchester, ministry volunteers come from other area churches and throughout the community as well. “The mission of Manchester Hope Outreach is to share the love of Jesus to the Manchester community by providing items and services to people in need,” said Neel. “We’ve already been able to do two community outreaches this year. The first one was in March at the Ada Wright Building. We ministered to 34 families, representing 108 people. The last outreach we had was on July 18 and we were able to minister to 109 families, representing 347 people,” she added. Outreaches planned for 2015 include: 1). A free clothing closet at Trinity Baptist Church (1513 McArthur St.) every fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. till 12 p.m. 2). Thanksgiving Day Dinner to the community; food boxes will be given away in December for Christmas. Information for these outreaches will be available soon. 3). A community share garden is being planned in the hope to provide an opportunity for families to have a hands-on experience in learning how to grow their own food; and 4). A tutoring program for children is being started. There are several ways that individuals or groups throughout our community may help support Manchester Hope Outreach. “We are in great need of supplies,” said Neel. “We ran out of school supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and non-perishable food at the last community outreach. I plan on making sure that every family who didn’t receive these items will get them in the near future.” The following items may be dropped off at Trinity Baptist Church or at The Hair Place in Manchester: clothing (children and adult); non-perishable food; cleaning supplies (dish soap, kitchen/bathroom cleaners, etc.); school supplies (plastic folders, loose leaf paper, colored pencils, crayons, book bags, etc.); toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toilet paper, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste); and children’s books. “We are also more than happy to pick up donations if someone can’t deliver,” said Neel. “We also accept and very much appreciate monetary donations.” The ministry is in need of volunteers to help with its outreaches, clothes closet, tutoring, and gardening. “Two other areas Hope Outreach focuses on is raising awareness of child sex abuse and human trafficking in Tennessee,” added Neel. “Some of our long-term plans include having a Hope Outreach Center in Manchester where we will be able to offer transitional housing, an addiction recovery program, and adult literacy classes in addition to the services we currently provide.” For more information on Manchester Hope Outreach or to make a donation, please call Neel at (931) 450-4420 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Manchester Hope Outreach on facebook.