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Volunteers Help Elderly Couple Who Lost Their Home in a Fire

Members from Church at the Grove helped demolish the home of an elderly couple from Walnut Grove who lost their home in a fire Feb. 10. The money saved will leave them enough insurance money to rebuild.

This past weekend some good Samaritans from the Church at the Grove could be found in Walnut Grove getting down and dirty for a good cause.

After a fire destroyed the home of an elderly couple on Feb. 10, they have found themselves in a difficult situation - trying to rebuild a home that is under-insured while battling health issues. They turned to members of the Church at the Grove for help since they had been helped by them in the past with an AC unit in the heat of summer. Needless to say, the members were quick to again come to this aid of this family. The couple only wanted help in finding an electrician to help wire a makeshift studio for a temporary home, but that was when Scott Nobles put out a call to action.

“After I came and prayed with the family on Saturday the 11th (that God would put them in a better situation), I contacted fellow church member Jeff Baker who is known for helping folks, about getting temporary power for the family. Temporary power was a no go. He came out on Sunday the 12th and has offered a lot of guidance including helping get the dumpsters ordered, permits etc. So without Jeff none of this would have happened,” Nobles said. “Pastor Russ Butcher met Jeff and I on Saturday the 18th. This is when we determined to take advantage of the mission opportunity to reignite some of the local community involvement by volunteers from our church - such as the project that we did at the Sargent house in 2009. We were able to get confirmation on involvement from Dave Crewey of Resurrecting Hope on February 21st and were thrilled to have his leadership.”

The result was Saturday’s work party that broke down the home to save the cost on insurance and plans to help with cleaning up the property for the home once it has been rebuilt. In addition, Crewey recovered every bit of junk he could for another charity, Junk for Joy, to help fund this and future projects.

“We strive to be known as a church whose members are known for what they do outside our meeting rather than inside closed doors. We prefer as the church to assist with volunteers to other charities like Resurrecting Hope and more recently Life Pack founded by fellow church member Chris DiPascal. This group of men go out into homeless communities in Atlanta, Norcross, and Athens in groups of three and witness to and hand out back packs (Life Packs) stuffed with everyday essentials. The Life Pack team was there on site helping Saturday as well,” Nobles said. “Our Church gets involved always with the intention of making Disciples for Christ.”

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