LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- When the Bethlehem House moves to its brand new facility next month, much of the heavy lifting, building, and cleaning will already be completed thanks to a local church.
Volunteers with Conway's Sold Out Church spent Sunday morning helping homeless shelter staff move into a new facility. It's all part of a church initiative called "Fifth Sunday", where members work on a service project at the end of each month with an extra weekend. "Let's close the doors because then people have this allocated time block that they plan on being out serving and we can take that time frame, go out and serve, and experience the blessing that is to give back," says Sold Out Pastor Derek Jones. "It's just a great organization. They really try to help and the timing was just good for this particular fifth Sunday."
Jones and about 40 other church members swept, cleaned, and built furniture at the new Bethlehem House, while another group of volunteers transported food and other supplies from the old facility. "Because of the work that they're doing today they will actually shrink the time it will take us to move probably a month down to a couple of weeks and maybe even sooner," added Bethlehem House Executive Director Judi Lively, who also noted the impact the new facility will have on its residents. "They will have a place that shows that this community loves and cares about even those that are the furthest down on their luck."