By Colleen Lockhart
With help from many in the community, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission (GFRM) has been moving forward with renovations in their efforts to open the shelter at 339 Washington St. in Chardon.
Donations from generous non-profit organizations have contributed greatly to the progress of the Mission. GFRM is so appreciative of the interest of the business community in the success of the shelter.
Chardon Rotary members recently presented a check to GFRM Executive Director, Nathan Long and President Jennifer Rudman in the amount of $5,000.
Burton-Middlefield Rotary, with Mercury Plastics and the Chevy Network & Pat Preston, visited the shelter and made a $2,000 donation.
Phil Miller Construction donated the time and materials to complete the concrete work on the new sidewalk in front of the shelter as required by the City for the occupancy permit.
PCC celebration drive thru carnival held at the Parkman Congregational Church on June 21 raised over $1,000 with the help of more than 20 talented volunteers and donations of food and other supplies.
Enso Homes has taken on the important task of overseeing the ongoing renovation project.
Studio 76 employee and former GRFM board member, Jonathan Tiber, has designed the upstairs bathroom renovation that will be completed at the same time as the downstairs living area.
Morning Star Friends Church donated two Maytag washers to the shelter.
Many volunteers have donated their time and talents to this renovation process.
In addition to moving forward to the building renovations, United Way awarded a $12,000 grant that will allow GFRM to continue to offer temporary hotel housing to those in need. A young man who was recently helped by the housing program has been donating his time, evidence that the goal of the Mission in Geauga County has had an impact on the community.
GFRM distributed 75 food boxes for Farmers to Families on June 17and expects to help with others in the next month. The event was held at Chardon Christian Church and benefited their family food program along with Haven of Portage County homeless mission and Parkman Congregational Church community dinners.
To move forward with their commitment to help others, Geauga Faith Rescue Mission is looking for volunteers who have talents in all types of services, in home renovation now to the many opportunities that will be available when the shelter is ready to open. Please contact GFRM at 440-313-8981 to learn how you can help.