Herrin House of Hope Family Fun Day

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By WSIL Staff

HERRIN -- The Herrin House of Hope is closer to becoming a reality. Following the recent Family Fun Day event, other churches and individuals came forward with donations and pledges, including a $20,000 gift from the Fred and Julia Bruce Foundation, to push the total amount raised for the project to $70,000.

Scott Cody of the Herrin Church of Christ said the funds raised will enable the Herrin House of Hope to purchase a building in downtown Herrin and hire an administrator. “We’re still months away from opening our doors to the public,” said Cody, “but what was once a dream is now set to become a reality.”

Nearly a dozen churches came together August 26 at the Herrin City Park for Family Fun Day to kick-off the fund-raising efforts. Nearly $48,000 was raised at that event.

The planned facility will provide a soup kitchen in town as well as emergency housing, utility assistance and life skills training.

Organizers say they want Herrin residents to have the same options as people in other towns. "All of us are three paychecks from needing a meal and so we wanted to have an answer for that in Herrin," said Community of Faith Church pastor, Troy Benitone. "We found out a lot of our people are going to Marion and Carbondale and other places. The churches wanted to come together to help the people of Herrin right here in Herrin."

Organizers hope to open the soup kitchen in January.
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