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New outreach center promises to provide hope to East Highland

By Roslyn Giles

Columbus, GA (WTVM)-  It was one year ago today when the people of East Highland found themselves longing for peace after a rash of shootings.  At least one person died during the rampage and several others were injured.

The outcry for help touched the heart of a local church.  Pastor Gerald Wyatt of the Body of Christ Worship Center said the crime spree has played a big role in his decision to open an outreach center in the area. 

Wyatt added, "East Highland fits our continued mission, continued vision to provide an opportunity for continued encouragement, strengthening, development and growing people so they can be all they need to be—ultimately in the presence of God. We want there to be resources available to the people so they can have hope, joy, love and peace in an environment where there's been so much tumultuous kinds of activity."

The outreach center will provide food, clothing, tutoring and adult training as well as a place for ex-convicts to go upon release from jail or prison.  "We recently partnered with Muscogee County Jail systems to become mentors with certain convicts and as they are released from jail, they establish partnerships with members of our fellowship who will walk along side them as they acclimate back to the community.  One of things we will do is cross training as far as job preparation, skills development, resume writing and interview skills."

The plan encompasses working with the entire family from a holistic approach which includes financial management, budgeting, saving money and investing.  "We will bring in the spiritual side to give the family a full perspective of being productive in the community," explained Wyatt.

Body of Christ Worship Center is purchasing Habitat for Humanity's Headquarters located on Pou Street to use as an outreach center.  The transfer of property will be celebrated during a ceremony this morning with Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Midtown, Incorporated Executive Director Anne King listed on the agenda to speak.

The ceremony gets underway at 1209 Pou Street near Hannan Magnet Academy at 10:00 a.m.

 

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