FaithCentre is a Christian, faith-based umbrella of programs, services and facilities available to all persons. All persons and groups are warmly welcomed to work as volunteers and/or to work with Centre staff in cooperative services, activities, program development, presentations and fund-raisings events. Help us climb to a higher pinnacle of community service.
In October 2002, Doyle Klinger, Jr., Pastor of Faith United Methodist Church, and David Dimmick, the Church's Director of Community Relations, sat in a local restaurant considering outreach ministry for the Church. They watched as a young woman bought two cartons of cigarettes and left with her scantily clad daughter who was munching on a Twinkie® for breakfast. They knew of poverty and substance-abuse statistics and of homelessness. And they agreed: "we've got to do something about this." At that moment, FaithCentre, a faith-based community outreach center for the Bellefonte area, was born! After individual meetings with a host of community leaders, a gathering was held at which representatives of community groups and churches met to dream. Just seven months later, in June 2003 FAITHCENTRE's thrift shop opened in a small storefront in downtown Bellefonte. The next day several members of the Board of Directors agreed that it was simply too small. Immediately they began looking for another location. God answered.
In January 2004 FaithCentre moved to a new, 11,000+ square-foot facility on the square in Bellefonte. With the additional space, FAITHCENTRE was poised to help. God answered.
In July, 2004, the Bellefonte Academy, a 19th century prep school that housed 23 families in apartments, was destroyed by fire. FAITHCENTRE was asked to help. The Centre's servants stepped up: they received, sorted and distributed approximately two tons of boutique, food and household items; they received and distributed over $36,000 in assistance and, working with the local Red Cross, re-located the 23 families. Centre volunteers maintain an on-going relationship with the victims, continuing to help meet needs with such things as rent assistance, electricity and heat subsidies, insurance premiums, food, furniture and boutique vouchers and others.
The FaithCentre Food Bank routinely serves over 800 greater Bellefonte area residents a month. Those within our assigned region and meeting income guidelines are welcome to register for a monthly distribution of food. The Food Bank, additionally, is available to anyone, regardless of geographic location, requiring emergency food or facing an unforeseen crisis. The FaithCentre Food Bank is also the distribution site for Bellefonte’s Toys for Tots and assists over 1,000 people each Holiday season. We welcome donations of fresh vegetables and other food products. The FaithCentre Food Bank is committed to providing free quality food to our clients.
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