Judi Lively, executive director of Bethlehem House, received a check for $8,000 on Oct. 1 from Revs. Michael Roberts and Lynn Kilbourne of Conway First United Methodist Church.
The funds were collected through several projects, including the church’s Quarters for Quarters project; a homeless awareness fundraiser by the MidYouth; a donation from the Mission Committee; proceeds of the Taste-a-Licious event; and a grant from the Taylor Fund through the church.
Conway FUMC and three other Conway churches joined together and committed to provide funding for the construction of two rooms at Bethlehem House, which will be dedicated to emergency housing. The Quarters for Quarters project was one project that allowed congregation members of all ages to participate. Medicine bottles were distributed and filled with quarters — $9 worth of quarters filled the bottle.
For many years the church has used a portion of emergency outreach funds collected through special donations from congregation members and memorial donations to provide overnight hotel stays for persons with special and immediate need for shelter. The new rooms at Bethlehem House will accommodate these needs in the future.
For information about the ministry and missions of First United Methodist Church, please visit www.conwayfumc.org or www.facebook.com/conwayfirstumc. The church is at 1610 Prince St. (corner of Clifton and Prince) in Conway. For more information, call the church office at 329-3801.