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Apr 28

This site was COMPLETED.

Thanks to all of our volunteers!

One of the few locations that has become an annual trek for our ForColumbia volunteers is Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church as this small congregation houses not one, but two important ministries to Columbia’s homeless population. This year, volunteers from four churches worked together to accomplish a great deal in a single day. Special thanks to Memorial Baptist for partnering with us on this project and providing strong leadership, and to those dedicated volunteers who returned to Wilkes in the days following ForColumbia’s official serving day to finish the bathroom and ceiling tile projects!

Why did we serve here?

One of the ways ForColumbia strives to love and serve our neighbors is by serving those non-profit organizations that are actively working every day in the lives of people in Columbia. Wilkes Boulevard UMC is home to more than one non-profit effort; both Turning Point and Loaves and Fishes work out of this church’s property. Turning Point and Loaves and Fishes both focus on the needs of the homeless population in our city, providing meals nightly as well as other practical services such as laundry facilities and the ability to shower, in addition to other support and advocacy services. When we give our time for the benefit of people in our community who are marginalized, we send the message that they are valuable.

What got done?

Volunteers accomplished all kinds of work at Wilkes Boulevard UMC, including:

  • sealing the fence around two sides of the property;
  • deep-cleaning the large commercial kitchen used by Loaves and Fishes;
  • replacing floor tiles in the Turning Point third-floor shower area;
  • replacing ceiling tiles in multiple areas within the building;
  • painting multiple bathrooms and the “bell room” of the church.