Therefore, it’s only fitting that the WHC has added transportation to its arsenal of services. As a result of collaboration with Grace Brethren Church in Wooster, community members will be transported to and from eight different locations for the WHC monthly food distributions at the fairgrounds.
“Wooster Grace cares about the people of Wayne County and looks for ways to serve and give back to our community,” said Jessica Artrip, outreach coordinator at Grace Brethren Church.
Artrip added that since their church exists to bless others, it’s only fitting they help provide a tangible need to the community.
“This unique collaboration will provide a means to a need that we have had since we began these monthly food distributions in May of 2011. This is a way to get the food into the hands of people in Wooster that do not have the means to get to the fairgrounds due to lack of transportation,” said Richard Frazier, administrator for the WHC and pastor at DayBreak Community Church.
Since opening last year, the WHC has provided food to 3,600 Wayne County families. The transportation will allow the community ministry to stretch its reach even further.
“We will have eight stops across Wooster that will target areas that we feel could use the extra support based on where we have received the most calls asking for help. I am extremely happy that we are able to add Lincoln Way Elementary to our list of stops to provide extra support for everyone that lives at the southeast part of Wooster,” Frazier continued.
And if the WHC’s grip is tightened on the pulse of the community’s needs, then its heart is beating to the rhythm of compassion and love. Frazier added that their volunteers build relationships with each person that receives assistance—making it no surprise that the WHC accurately understands the needs of the community.
“The Wooster Hope Center is an advocate for the community and we try to maintain and strengthen our mission to provide basic needs advocacy and services to low-income, at-risk individuals and families in the Wayne County area,” Frazier said.
The next food distribution is Saturday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will mark the first time transportation will be offered. The schedule for the transportation is as follows: 9 a.m. at Melrose Trailer Park by the mailboxes, 9:15 a.m. at College Hills Retirement Village by the community room, and drop off at the fairgrounds at 9:30 a.m.
The transportation will then be at Northgate Apartments on Perkins Street at 9:45 a.m. in the parking lot, 10 a.m. at Rebecca Street Apartments in front of the complex, 10:05 a.m. at Lincoln Way Elementary in front of the school and a 10:15 a.m. drop off at the fairgrounds.
Transportation will then stop at Shelmar Trailer Park at 10:30 a.m., Townview Terrace in the alley by the back door, and 10:45 a.m. at Town Place in the parking lot. Drop off at the fairgrounds will be at 10:50 a.m.
Community members will be returned to these locations at the following times: 10:50 a.m. to Melrose Trailer Park and College Hills, 11:30 a.m. to Perkins Street, Rebecca Street and Lincoln Way Elementary, and a noon return to Shelmar Trailer Park, Townview Terrace and Town Place.
“Wooster Hope Center is establishing a rich history of creating partnerships and collaborations to solve problems. This transportation piece is just another example of our local churches coming together to provide resources for WHC to bring together and provide services that meet the people’s needs,” Frazier said.
For more information, or to discuss collaboration opportunities for transportation in Wayne County, contact Richard Frazier at 330-683-2242 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published: April 5, 2012