Ecumenical Storehouse to open in Anderson County

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Anderson County (WVLT) -- A new non-profit storehouse for the needy is set to open in Anderson County.

The Ecumenical Storehouse has been looking for a new home for several years

Finally after a long search, several area churches have come together to help the less fortunate with the everyday things we typically take for granted.

The Ecumenical Storehouse provides for the needy in Anderson, Roane, Morgan, Campbell and Scott Counties.

"We try to provide them with the very basics, in the way of household furniture and household items,” said Brenda Brewer, president of the Ecumenical Storehouse.

Now they're able to store and give out even more, thanks to a new 5,000 square foot building on Division Road.

"We have over double the space,” Brenda said. “We have a lobby where the clients can sit in peace and quiet without hearing what's going on with another client."

"One of the problems we've had is the dust in the old building,” said Bill Wilson, a 20 year volunteer. “It was so bad that people with any kind of breathing problems just couldn't volunteer."

One of the nicest and most noticeable improvements at the new storehouse is the heat.

The Ecumenical Storehouse is a project that has brought volunteers from 10 area churches together to help those who have fallen, get back on their feet.

"These are people who are not as fortunate as many of us are and they have this need," said Brenda.

The storehouse will open on January 4th, and while the volunteers put on the finishing touches, they know serving others is really all that matters.

“We know we're doing God's work and that's very important to us," Brenda said.

The families who are helped are referred from local agencies or churches.

In 2007, Ecumenical Storehouse served almost 1,500 people.

If you'd like to donate to the storehouse or become a volunteer, click on the hot key.

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