VINTON — The nonprofit organization God’s Hands at Work will be holding an open house at 3 p.m. Sunday to display its new facility in Vinton.
According to Lisa Carroll, organization president, “We are God’s Hands at Work, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a group of believers who came together after a series of terrible tragedies in our area. We serve Gallia, Jackson, Vinton and Meigs counties in Ohio and West Virginia. Our mission is to love our neighbors as ourselves as we are commanded in God’s Word, by providing a ‘hand up’ when we see a need.”
The organization will headquarter itself in the old Fellowship Chapel location at 68 Keystone Road in Vinton.
Carroll told the Tribune that the group first officially started holding meetings in April 2014. The group was started by Sandy Thompson, Carroll and Diane Garbur-Cardwell. Currently, five members sit on the organization’s board. Tammy Rote serves as secretary, Carroll sits as the president, Michelle Henderson acts as the group’s committee liaison, Sharon Anderson serves as vice-president and Garbur-Cardwell serves as acting treasurer.
The group helps coordinate and network individuals with groups, services and items that an individual may need when down on their luck. Carroll made a point to emphasize that while they often serve financially disadvantaged individuals, they will often step in to help individuals that approach the group when facing a temporary hardship like a sudden loss in employment.
Carroll said the group started as a way to help a family that had suffered a tragedy due to a home fire and the program sprung to life from the incident. The group has helped provide food boxes, clothes, hygiene items, household items, furniture, as well as prom dresses to individuals searching for such items. When the group can, it attempts to help with utility payments such as getting a family’s electricity turned back on, provided that funding is available.
The group anticipates holding a 5K run fundraiser in May as well as other events. Carroll told reporters that the organization has conducted prom dress drives in the past to assist young ladies looking for clothing for the annual high school dances.
Last year, the organization helped 168 families. Some of the services provided were help with clothes, utility payments, flood assistance and even coat giveaways.
According to Carroll, the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce will be at the event for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call (740) 645-7609 or contact the group through its God’s Hands at Work Facebook page.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 46-2342, Ext. 2103.